Ozzy Osbourne Offers $25,000 Reward for Stolen Randy Rhoads Guitars

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Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoads died in 1982, but his memory lives on at the Musonia School of Music, the North Hollywood institution started by his mother where Rhoads taught for many years. On Thanksgiving night, multiple instruments previously owned by the guitarist were stolen from the music school in a robbery. Now, Ozzy Osbourne has announced that he’s offering a $25,000 reward for the return of the stolen instruments, as Rolling Stone points out.

“I am heartbroken that these treasured physical memories of Randy and Delores [Rhoads] 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,” Osbourne wrote Saturday on Instagram. Included amongst the stolen items is Randy Rhoads’ first electric guitar, as well as other items that Osbourne calls “irreplaceable.”


“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,” the statement notes. “It is a place where the Rhoads Family happily opened their hearts to share the life of Randy.”

The full list of missing instruments includes a 1963 Harmony Rocket guitar, a 1970s Peavy amp head, a Marshall amp head, and a Besson trumpet owned by Delores Rhoads. Rhoads played on numerous Ozzy Osbourne albums including 1980s Blizzard of Ozz and 1981’s Diary of a Madman before dying in a tragic plane accident in 1982. Read Osbourne’s full note below.

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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. 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. For information regarding the theft or return of these items please contact: Nick D’Argenzio Phone: 818-281-7893 E-Mail: [email protected] Here is a list and images of the items that were taken: · Randy Rhoads’ First Electric Guitar Owned, Harmony Rocket Est. 1963 · Randy Rhoads’ Original Quiet Riot Gear – Peavey Amp Head, 1970s · Randy Rhoads Series Marshall Head, Rare Protoype No. 1 or 2 given to the family by Marshall Company. · Delores Rhoads’ First Trumpet, a Prewar/Great Depression Era Silver Fresh Besson 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. This subsequently sparked Delores Rhoads long lived music career. · 40 years of fan gifts to the Rhoads Family, memorabilia, all photos of Randy Rhoads, the Osbournes, Delores Rhoads, and miscellaneous instruments were taken. The photo shown in the main room was cleared out.


A post shared by Ozzy Osbourne (@ozzyosbourne) on Dec 7, 2019 at 8:17am PST

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