Tracii Guns Calls Randy Rhoads An ‘Incredibly Dark Guitar Player’
L.A. Guns co-founder Tracii Guns recently joined an interview with Eddie Trunk and reflected on his thoughts on the documentary, ‘Randy Rhoads: Reflections Of A Guitar Icon.’ He called Randy Rhoads an ‘incredibly dark guitar player.’
Randy Rhoads was best known for his works with Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne. He contributed to Quiet Riot’s first two albums with his incredible guitar parts. Then, the rocker left the band to join Ozzy Osbourne as his new guitarist. He was both guitarist and the co-writer for Osbourne’s first two solo studio albums. The guitarist, unfortunately, died in a plane crash in 1982. Despite his short career, he is among the greatest guitar players in rock music.
A new documentary, named ‘Randy Rhoads: Reflections Of A Guitar Icon,’ which examines the brief life and enormous impact of Randy Rhoads in the rock scene, was released on May 6, 2022. Narrated by Tracii Guns, the documentary is available on various streaming platforms. It relies on archival interviews and the first-hand accounts from those he closely knew Rhoads.
Recently, Tracii Guns talked about his opinions and feelings regarding the documentary during his appearance. The guitarist revealed that he is still in touch with Rhoads’ sister, Kathy, and brother Kelle. So, he mentioned to them the documentary. The two commented positively, which made Guns relieved. The guitarist thinks the documentary was a perfect reflection of his life. According to Tracii Guns, it reflected both his character and guitar style. Then, Guns called Rhoads an ‘incredibly dark guitar player‘ and cited him among his favorite guitar players.
About the new Randy Rhoads documentary, Tracii Guns said:
“I’m close with Kathy Rhoads in particular, and I know Kelle. He is a really lovely person, too. I know that they love their brother, and they want to protect their brother. And at the time, I didn’t tell Kathy right away because I was going to surprise her because I knew that if I were involved, she would be very flattered. So when she found out, we talked about it, and she just said, ‘I wish you would have run it by me first.’
And I was like, ‘Oh, man.’ She said, ‘I’m not mad at you. I know that you love Randy.’ She gave me the green light to put a positive spin on it. For me, that’s coming full circle in my life because Randy Rhoads had the same impact on me as Jimmy Page and Eddie Van Halen. He is my guy; I’m obsessed. So, I watched the documentary a few times, and I had to practice along with it.”
“It is a very accurate account of his life. I was in a band with Rudy Sarzo for over a year, where he told me so many heartfelt stories as Rudy does. He is an emotional guy when it comes to Randy. After watching the documentary a few times before I did it, I felt comfortable doing it. I felt like I put Randy in a great light.
I think it exposed his human nature as a kind person and the exact balance of the incredibly dark guitar player. He is just one of these icons, and I feel it was time to get back into the general public and create curiosity. It has been very successful, and the reviews have been very good. So, it ends up all positive for everybody.”
You can watch the official trailer of the documentary below.