Ozzy Osbourne -Plane Crash Which Killed Guitarist Randy Rhoads 3-19-82


Ozzy Osbourne, the Casey Stengel of rock, has another gig: offering health and diet tips plus life lessons as a monthly columnist in Rolling Stone magazine. Just think of it as Dr.Phil with long hair and a tattoo. But when looking back on the circumstances surrounding the first of many subsequent interviews with the legendary classic rocker , my remembrance is bittersweet. In April 1982, less than a month after a plane crash had taken the life of his young & talented guitarist Randy Rhoads on this very day March 19, Ozzy chose my afternoon radio show on Memphis’ #1 station, ROCK 103, to make his first public statements concerning the tragedy. In this  In The Studio interview marking the 30th anniversary of Osbourne’s first solo album Blizzard of Ozz , Ozzy tells the real story of how the light plane stalled as the pilot, the band’s tour bus driver, attempted to  take an aerial photo of the  bus with Rhoads & the band’s 58-year old seamstress Rachel on board,  while Ozzy and wife/manager Sharon Osbourne slept in the rear of the tour bus. As tragic as the accident was, ten feet further back at impact and both Ozzy and Sharon would have been killed along with the plane’s three occupants. –Redbeard