On this very day in 1982, the incredibly gifted guitarist Randy Rhoads died in a plane crash. He was just 25 years old.
Since teaming up with Ozzy Osbourne and playing a key role in the Prince of Darkness’s post-Sabbath solo success, Rhoads was flying high. "Blizzard of Ozz" and "Diary of a Madman" had put Ozzy back in the limelight and the band were in Knoxville for a show at the Civic Coliseum on March 18, 1982. It was Randy Rhoads’ last gig.
After the show, the band left Tennessee for Florida where they were playing a festival in Orlando. Stopping for a rest break and to run some repairs, the caravan stopped at some property in Leesburg, Florida. There were just two houses on the property. One of them belonged to Ozzy’s bus driver, Andrew Aycock.
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