Ozzy Osbourne Is Giving A $25,000 Reward For Randy Rhoads’ Burgled Gear
Ozzy and Randy Rhoads for I Don't Know, live in 1981 - Ozzy Osbourne / Youtube
The Prince of Darkness has offered a healthy sum of $25 thousand to recover the equipment of his friend and bandmate, the late Randy Rhoads, who died in 1982 as a result of a plane crash. This is because his gear was stolen from Delores Rhoads’ music school, which has served as a memorial site for the guitarist since his death.
In an Instagram post, Ozzy said, “As many of you have heard, the Musonia School of Music in N. Hollywood, CA (the school where Randy Rhoads famously taught guitar) was viciously robbed on Thanksgiving night. Musonia was run by Randy’s late mother, Delores, and after his death 37 years ago, the school became something of a pilgrimage to his fans from all over the world. It is a place where the Rhoads Family happily opened their hearts to share the life of Randy. As you can imagine, the items that were stolen, including Randy’s first electric guitar, are irreplaceable to the Rhoads Family.”
He then proceeded to offer a reward to bring Rhoads’ gear by saying: “I am heartbroken that these treasured physical memories of Randy and Delores have been taken from the family so I’ve decided to personally offer a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction and/or return of all stolen items.”
He also listed the missing items on the post (which you can read below), including Rhoads’ first-ever electric guitar, some premium amp heads, and even his mother’s first trumpet. “This was given to her as a child by her medical doctor father in exchange for medical services as a barter during the great depression,” Osbourne said. The thieves were also said to have cleared out the main room.
Kelle Rhoads, Randy’s brother, said how “bad” the burglary was, saying “The Rhoads family essentially has no more pictures or memories … It’s all gone. It’s devastating. … They spent some time here. They even turned one of the heaters on so they’d be warm while they were robbing us blind.”
He was also disappointed with the cooperation (or lack thereof) of local authorities, saying that “They’re kind of like, ‘We’ll make a report,’ which they did, and, ‘Too bad for your loss. A lot of people have been burglarized lately so good luck. We’ll see you. Bye,’. It’s real hard to even communicate with the police — either too many burglaries and the police don’t have the manpower or they found a really good place to get coffee and the donuts.”