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Back In Time: Randy Rhoads playing in Quiet Riot

Randy Rhoads on Quiet Riot

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Back In Time: Randy Rhoads playing in Quiet Riot

Before becoming one the most iconic guitarists in Heavy Metal in Ozzy Osbourne’s band, the legendary Randy Rhoads was in Quiet Riot, a band that would also become famous in the 80s, but without him.

Before becoming one the most iconic guitarists in Heavy Metal in Ozzy Osbourne’s band, the legendary Randy Rhoads was in Quiet Riot, a band that would also become famous in the 80s, but without him.

At age 16, Rhoads and Garni formed the band Little Women. At approximately the same time, Rhoads began teaching guitar in his mother’s school during the day and playing live gigs at night. He graduated from Burbank High School, participating in a special program that allowed him to condense his studies and graduate early so he could teach guitar and pursue music full-time.

Recruiting lead vocalist Kevin DuBrow and drummer Drew Forsyth, the band soon changed its name to Quiet Riot. Forsyth had periodically played with Rhoads and Garni in the past.

Quiet Riot quickly became one of the most popular acts on the Los Angeles club circuit, and by late 1976 were signed to CBS/Sony Records. Rhoads’ “polka-dot theme” became the visual focal point of the band, as many fans began showing up at Quiet Riot shows wearing polka-dot bow-ties and vests, emulating what the guitarist wore on stage.

While the band had a strong following in Los Angeles, Quiet Riot and Quiet Riot II were released only in Japan.

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