Metal patriarch and medical anomaly Ozzy Osbourne announced via Instagram that he is offering a twenty-five thousand dollar reward for the return of a collection of guitars belonging to late Ozzy guitarist Randy Rhoads. The guitars were stolen from the Musonia School of Music in North Hollywood. Musonia was founded by Rhoads’ mother Delores in 1948 and Randy taught guitar there throughout his adolescence.
The school was burgled on Thanksgiving night, when thieves took a number of Rhoads’ guitars from the school’s museum that documents the guitarist’s life. One of the stolen instruments was Rhoads’ first guitar, a 1963 Harmony Rocket, a rare Marshall prototype that was custom made for Rhoads, a Depression-era trumpet owned by his mother, as well as other irreplaceable items belonging to his family.
“I am heartbroken that these treasured physical memories of Randy and Delores have been taken from the family,” Osbourne said in an Instagram post. “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.”
Rhoads served as Osbourne’s guitar player on 1980’s Blizzard Of Oz and 1981’s Diary Of A Madman, in addition to touring with Ozzy until his untimely death March 19th, 1982 at the age of 25 in a plane crash.
Read the full Instagram post from Ozzy Osbourne 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.