Ozzy Osbourne is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for stealing music gear that once belonged to his late, legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads.
According to a message on Ozzy's Facebook page, the Musonia School of Music in North Hollywood, California — where Rhoads learned how to play guitar and later taught students how to play — was “viciously robbed” on Thanksgiving (November 28th).
The message stated, “The items that were stolen, including Randy's first electric guitar, are irreplaceable to the Rhoads Family. I am heartbroken that these treasured physical memories of Randy and Delores (Rhoads, his late mother) 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.”
The message listed the stolen items, adding, “For information regarding the theft or return of these items please contact: Nick D'Argenzio Phone: 818-281-7893 E-Mail: [email protected]”
Musonia School Of Music was founded in 1948 and run by Delores Rhoads, who died in November 2015 at the age of 95. Run today by Delores's son Kelle Rhoads, Musonia continues to teach local students of all ages piano, drums, and guitar, while also serving as a Randy Rhoads museum.
Randy and two others were killed on March 19th, 1982 when the small plane they were flying in at Flying Baron Estates in Leesburg, Florida struck Ozzy's tour bus, then crashed into a mansion. He was 25 years old.
Ozzy told us a while back that he couldn't believe his eyes and ears when he first met Randy: “I was very drunk in an apartment, and this little skinny little guy came into my apartment, and I thought I was hallucinating at first. And then when I heard him play, I was convinced I was hallucinating. He played with such grace and ease that it was, like, effortless.”
Ozzy Osbourne recalls how he met Randy Rhoads :