Ozzy Osburne is still looking out for the guitarist who helped him launch his solo career and made his first two post-Black Sabbath albums must listens.
Ozzy is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction and/or return of some priceless gear that once belonged to the late Randy Rhoads.
Ozzy says thieves nearly wiped out the Musonia School of Music in North Hollywood on Thanksgiving night. It was started in 1948 by Rhoads mother, Delores, and is run by his brother, Kelle.
Among the items stolen were said to be Rhoads’ first electric guitar, a Peavey amp head, a Randy Rhoads series Marshall head and Delores Rhoads’ first trumpet. Ozzy posted pictures of the items on Instagram, along with a view of the main room of the building before it was cleared out.
“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,” Ozzy said. “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.”
Kelle Rhoads told The Metal Voice a police report has been filed, but no progress has been made in the investigation that he is aware of.
UPDATE: According to the ABC affiliate in Los Angeles, some of the equipment and memorabilia was found in a dumpster, but not Rhoads' first guitar. The Rhoads family credits Ozzy with helping spread the word.