80's Rock Concerts

September 19th, 2005

Randy Rhoads 1956 – 1982

Posted by Scooby in Concerts


Band: Ozzy Osbourne
Other Bands: Foreigner, Bryan Adams, UFO, & Pat Travers
Date: March 20, 1982
Venue: Tangerine Bowl, Orlando FL
Ticket Price: $15.00

Although Foreigner is listed as the head-liner, this concert will always be about Ozzy. And here’s why…

On March 19, 1982, Ozzy was heading to Rock Super Bowl XIV in Orlando FL when they stopped at the tour bus drivers house in Lessburg, FL. The bus driver was also a pilot and Randy Rhoads & the bands hair dresser, Rachel Youngblood, went for a ride in his plane. Apparently the pilot tried to make a mock divebomb at the bus but the plane clipped the bus and went flying into a house. Randy Rhoads, just 25 years of age, was killed instantly.

Randy was the reason I was going to that show. His guitar work was brilliant. His sound was perfect. And his polka-dot Flying-V was pretty cool too. The rock world lost a great guitarist.

I decided to go to the concert anyway. And seeing all the banners that said things like “We’ll miss you Randy“ confirmed that he was already a legend.

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  1. Eric said:

    on September 23rd, 2005 at 11:46 pm

    He is definitely a legend. I’m convinced that without Randy, Ozzy would never been much more than the singer for Black Sabbath (which would have been good enough). Who replaced him on guitar for the concert?

  2. Scooby said:

    on September 24th, 2005 at 6:49 am

    I agree. Randy played a critical role in getting Ozzy’s solo career off the ground. Regarding the concert, Ozzy did not play. Randy died the day before the show. So Ozzy canceled. I did see Ozzy a few years later with Jake E Lee (I’ll eventually post about that concert).

  3. Supa Freak said:

    on November 8th, 2005 at 10:26 pm

    Randy Rhoads was, just plain and simply, a legend. He redifined music with his alternative variations in his songwriting. He was an angel with a guitar, no questions asked.

  4. Glyn (Zaphod) Evans said:

    on November 24th, 2005 at 11:36 am

    That would be a sweet show. UFO, Rhodes… I am goign to see Bryan Adams on my birthday in January :D

  5. J said:

    on January 21st, 2006 at 1:23 am

    I love Ozzy and Randy smoked on the axe, and it was a sheer tragedy, but let’s give Foreigner their due as on that tour they were at the height of their success and rocked just as hard and expertly as the Ozzman and his band. What a double bill!

  6. Rick said:

    on March 14th, 2006 at 10:10 am

    was there that day but cashed in my ticket, like a MORON. didn’t Robin Trower cover Ozzy’s spot? I can’t remember. anyway cool site.

  7. CG said:

    on May 19th, 2006 at 12:07 pm

    Great site. I’m from the Orlando area and went to a lot of shoes in Lakeland and the Jai Alai Fronton in Fern Park (it was apparently the exclusive showcase for “new wave” acts). Pat Travers covered Ozzy’s spot – he lived about 20 minutes from the Tangerine Bowl at the time.

  8. TG said:

    on June 15th, 2006 at 5:57 pm

    Shame Randy did not make those huge arenas…just as he was finally getting a name for himself. Tragic..I remember reading about the accident in the English press…still makes me sad to think about it.

  9. dave said:

    on August 28th, 2006 at 9:02 pm

    i have a uncut ticket from a 1982 ozzy show where he canceled because of Randy ….it’s a Charlotte NC ticket in mint condition…..do you think its worth anything?…..I never went went back for a refund….Thx Dave

  10. Mike said:

    on August 28th, 2006 at 9:27 pm

    I also went to this show. Ozzy (and Randy) were for sure the main reason I wanted to see this show. I was a HUGE Ozzy fan and was severely bummed out about the plane crash the day before the show. I decided to go anyway, but I was too disapointed to enjoy it. Pat Travers was no substitute, but I guess that’s the best the promoters could do on such short notice. I’m sill pissed, as I never saw Ozzy after that. It would not have been the same without Randy anyway. Thanks, Mike (Orlando)

  11. Jay said:

    on September 30th, 2006 at 12:14 am

    Me and my brother went to that concert, and I agree it was a real bummer that Ozzy couldn’t be there. I do have a question though…..I know it’s been a few years, and my memory is not as good as it used to be, but wasn’t the Rosington/Collins band there also………..

  12. Grandma Caesar said:

    on November 20th, 2006 at 2:40 am

    i was lucky enough to see ozzy and randy a few days before in shreveport (hirsch memorial coliseum). it was incredible.

  13. Paul said:

    on March 20th, 2006 at 11:07 pm

    Even in the 80’s Hatchet held a tourch for Southern Rock that was slowly dwindling. Not that Hatchet was doing bad, rather fads were shifting. Today in 2006 I still go back and listen to Molly Hatchet, but I don’t go back to listen to Loverboy or 10,000 bands just like them. Hatchet was unique, and they live on.