March 17th is always a bitter sweet day on the KnuckleBonz calendar. It’s the day we saw the great Randy Rhoads at the height of his guitar hero powers on the Diary of a Madman Tour in Atlanta. The Omni was SOLD OUT and the 2nd Ozzy Osbourne solo record was charting hard. The band was now a firm Arena headliner.
Can remember watching Randy Rhoads that night in front of the towering Diary of a Madman stage set and being struck by the fierceness of his playing. However, is was in contrast to his posture on stage. What we were hearing did not seem to match what Randy was doing with his hands. It seemed so effortless for him. It was unlike anything we had every seen. All in our crew at the show were music Superfans, but none was a guitar player. We simply did not have the ability to understand what we just saw. I told Delores Rhoads about this when we met about the 1st KnuckleBonz statue in 2003 for Randy and she knew exactly what I was talking about. She said, “Yes, Randy was always in good position, his left elbow at his side with good posture. Good posture is the foundation for any instrument.” He was so schooled, now it all made sense.
While the excitement and appreciation of that eve will never diminish, it is always accompanied with the memory of the utter shock of only 2 days later when we loose Randy Rhoads in the plane crash on March 19th, 1982. Can’t believe it has been 40 years…no words. RIP RR…
We are currently In-Stock for the latest Randy Rhoads KnuckleBonz Rock Iconz Collectible statue as well as 3D Vinyl for the Diary of a Madman Tour.
Tony’s statue is from the Black Sabbath era circa 1972 with him in one of the flowing silk tops. This was before going to the signature black stage wear. That Rock Iconz is in stock. Ships today, order here.
Ozzy’s Rock Iconz designs have been more from his solo era. Those designs are long since SOLD OUT, but we do have Ozzy Osbourne Diary of a Madman and Bark at the Moon 3D Vinyl is limited supply. Don’t miss out, once the are SOLD OUT, they are gone forever. We have never rereleased any SOL OUT design in the history of KnuckleBonz. Order Here
We still hold out hope to create a set for the band adding Geezer Butler and Bill Ward. But, as you know, licensing for bands that are no longer performing together can be a challenge. KnuckleBonz only created officially licensed work.
November 15th, 1983 was the initial release date for Ozzy Osbourne Bark at the Moon. This was the 1st studio release since the tragic lose of Randy Rhoads and the debut of the amazing talent Jake E. Lee on guitar. The record was the 3rd Top 20 USA charting record for Ozzy and removed any doubt as to the band rebounding from loosing Randy.
KnuckleBonz 3D Vinyl Collectible Ltd. Edition Statue design for Bark at the Moon opted for the full statue design over the 12×12 format used on Diary of a Madman. The 3D Vinyl Series created the great album art we all love in 3D statue designs. Check out Ozzy Osbourne and all the 3D Vinyl Collectibles here.
Yesterday marked the 40th Anniversary of the release of Ozzy Osbourne’s 2nd studio album Diary of a Madman. Ozzy was in full slight as a solo artist at this time on the strength and performances surrounding the solo debut record, Blizzard of Ozz. This was also the high point for the great Randy Rhoads as a recording artist. More time in the studio allowed Randy to truly explore his brilliance. The record also has Lee Kerslake, formally of Uriah Heap, on drums. Although, the touring duties and recording going forward was to be handled by Tommy Aldridge of Black Oak Arkansas fame. If you never got to see Tommy on his double bass in a live set, you really missed something special.
We created Blizzard of OZZ for our 3D Vinyl® Statue series and it remains on the the finest examples of what this collectible category can be. Pictured here is a live shot from the KnuckleBonz studio. Only 1981 have been hand cast and detailed for Ozzy Osbourne Superfans worldwide. You can order this Limited Edition Here.
Also, check out our Randy Rhoads Rock Iconz® Lid. Edition statue that is now shipping. This design is from the touring of the earlier album Blizzard of Ozz. Randy stands about 8.5 inches tall in this limited edition sculpt. Order Here
Randy Rhoads white Jackson Guitar is now on the way to honor him ahead of his induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this fall. The induction ceremony is scheduled to take place October 30th in Cleveland.
We recently spoke with Kathy Rhoads Dargenzio, Randy’s sister and head of the Randy Rhoads Trust along with Randy’s brother Kelle Rhoads. We takled about Randy and how happy the family was with our new Randy Rhoads Rock Iconz Statue. During that call she told us one of Randy’s axes would be going to the hall, but they were still going back on forth on which to send. Glad they picked the White Jackson. We think it’s the most striking of Randy’s guitars he played on-stage.
Our 1st project when we founded KnuckleBonz 18 years ago was Randy Rhoads with his white Jackson from the Diary of a Madman era of Ozzy Osbourne. The great folks at Fender/Jackson actually sent us one of the reproductions they had done to help us nail as many details as possible. That was great, with only one problem. When we were getting down to final approvals and production, one of the head guys in the custom shop at Fender called to tell us the guitar we had not an exact match to Randy Rhoad’s original. The big difference was the body. Randy’s White Jackson has a wider body and slightly different shape that the more sleek reproduction. So…that part of the sculpt was a complete re-do….it happens.
The shot in the Blog here is one of the most coveted in the KnuckleBonz studio. It’s from a sound check taken by the great Neil Zlozower. Neil has helped us with photo research over the many years. He was kind enough to sign this print from his original negative…so cool.
Excited to tell all the Randy Rhoads fans that our Randy Rhoads III Rock Iconz® Limited Edition Statue has arrived at our USA warehouse and has begin shipping.
This Rock Iconz Statue is one of the hottest sellers. Orders are being shipped in the order they were received.
If you ordered before June 1st 2021, you should be receiving shipping notice via the email associated with your order over the next few days.
If you ordered after June 1st, your Randy Rhoads Rock Iconz will be fulfilled from our 2nd wave pf production. These statues are already finished and going thru the International shipping and import/export process on the way to our USA warehouse.
This is our 3rd Randy Rhoads design working directly with the Rhoads Family and the Randy Rhoads Trust. Randy Rhoads thru capatures Randy from the first days of touring with Ozzy Osbourne on the Blizzard of Oz Tour.
Stay tuned here and via our email newsletter for all the updates.
If you have been paying attention, you might have caught glimpses of this since we announced our QUEEN Rock Iconz® Limited Edition Statues for Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon some weeks ago. The beloved metal behemoth that graces the cover of QUEEN’s News of the World album sparked by Rogers’s love of Sci-Fi and the cover of Astounding Science Fiction’s story by Tom Godwin, “A Gulf Between” is coming to our 3D Vinyl Series® this Fall.
We decided that this particular design would be better served by a full statute figure, rather than the 12X12 format we have used for other 3D Vinyl Limited Edition Statues like Ozzy Osbourne’s Diary of a Madman or Pantera’s Vulgar Display of Power. Excited to share that the statue is well into production for a very limited run in 2021. #staytuned here and via our email list for launch specifics.
Randy Rhoads Rock Iconz® Ltd. Edition Statue from KnuckleBonz® 1st Wave of Production is complete and on way to KnuckleBonz USA Warehouse.
This 1st wave of the 3000 unit Rock Iconz Limited Edition Statue production went well with only minor Covid disruptions. This our 3rd production of Randy Rhoads working directly with the Rhoads Family and Randy Rhoads Truest. The shot here in the Blog is from the very first days of performing live with Ozzy Osbourne 1981. The design has Randy in his red leather stage outfit w/ white shoes and almost still can see him looking at back for ques from Tommy Aldridge at Day on the Green at the Oakland Coliseum. Most of the Blizzard of Oz was played during these live sets. There were of course s smatteri9ng of Black Sabbath era songs to close the set.
Pre-Orders are super crazy on this one so it looks like we might have to go right on “back-order” after the 1st production wave hits our warehouse and goes out the the Randy Rhoads Superfans that have already pre-ordered.
Hard to grasp it’s been 39 years since we lost guitar virtuoso Randy Rhoads. Can still remember the lingering effects of the damage we did from the partying at the Ozzy Osbourne Dairy of a Madman concert at the Omni in Atlanta March 17th, 1982. We got to see Randy Rhoads ablaze that night. Ozzy lifted Randy high over head, we cheered and head banged with no hint at what was to come. March 18th it was on to Nashville for what would be Randy’s last performance. On March 19th, 1982, he was gone…
Randy Rhoads was the inspiration and the engine for Ozzy’s first 2 solo records, “The Blizzard of Oz,” and “Diary of a Madman.” It’s fair to ask, how would Ozzy’s career would have progressed if Randy was not there for that critical, but all too brief time?
We have included a short video here from the KnuckleBonz® production floor. Our work on the Randy Rhoads 3 Rock Iconz® Ltd. Edition Statues continues and is going well. Still on track for the May/June ship date. This is one of the fastest sellers in the 18 years of KnuckleBonz. Pre-Order now to be part of not more that 3000 Superfans to own this limited edition collectibles. This production is officially licensed with the Rhoads Family and the Randy Rhoads Trust. You can Pre-Order Here: https://knucklebonz.com/product/randy-rhoads-rock-iconz-statue/
Here’s s great shot of Ozzy Osbourne on the tour for the initial solo album “The Blizzard of Oz.” Stage left of course is the great Randy Rhoads ripping his signature polka dot, harpoon-headed V-guitar. Photos of this period that have both Ozzy and Randy in frame are so precious. Ozzy was just beginning to emerge as a major solo headliner on the strength of the Blizzard of Oz and the “Crazy Train single at this point.
We were fortunate to see Randy Rhoads w/ Ozzy live at the 2nd to last show before we lost him in 1982. That show was in Atlanta, GA on the Diary of a Madman Tour.
Production continues on our Randy Rhoads III Rock Iconz Limited Edition statue. All is going well with not major production hiccups or Covid-Distruption so far. Things are still on track for the original May/June ship date. Sales are hot on this one so decently pre-order if you want a chance to this limited edition.
Pre Order Randy Rhoads III ROck Ionnz Limted Edition Statue Here: https://knucklebonz.com/product/randy-rhoads-rock-iconz-statue/