Rock and metal stars flock to Randy Rhoads tribute album

Randy Rhoads Remembered

A slew of greats from the world of rock and metal music are contributing to a new Randy Rhoads tribute album.

Randy Rhoads Remembered Volume 1 will be released on the 23rd of January via Tish Tone Records in memory of the revered Ozzy Osbourne band guitarist.

The album concept came about after former Ozzy and Whitesnake drummer Brian Tichy put on the first Randy Rhoads Remembered shows in January 2014.

Says Tichy of the forthcoming release: “RRR Volume 1 is a great representation of the spirit of the RRR shows. The first show was so successful that five more were held in June 2014 on the East Coast with another amazing cast of players.

RRR Vol 1 is also a true representation of the spirit of the musicians who gave their time. There are no rules when recording these songs other than, ‘Make it sound great.’

“The songs are recorded as organically as possible. The drum sounds are real. There are no click tracks. There is no copy and pasting. It’s just real players playing their instruments.

“Guitars are plugged into amps and cranked up with a microphone in front of them. Singers are not auto-tuned. In the spirit of how Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman were recorded, Randy Rhoads Remembered Volume 1 was approached the same way.”

22 musicians have contributed to the collection, including former Megadeth bassist James LoMenzo, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach, current Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson and LA Guns man Tracii Guns.

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Brian Tichy set to play on Chris Caffrey solo LP

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Brian Tichy, former drummer with Whitesnake, is set to appear on guitarist Chris Caffrey’s forthcoming solo album.

Tichy left Whitesnake last year, citing that he wanted to spend more time on his new project with singer Sass Jordan, Something Unto Nothing.

Says Caffrey of the announcement: “Brian is currently sending me drum tracks for five songs that I will release on my next solo record in 2015. I won’t be able to finish until after the Trans-Siberian Orchestra tour is finished, but I’m hoping to do some tracking on the days off. Lots of great musicians will be around me too, so perhaps I will steal some of them for appearances on these tunes!”

The new album will be Caffrey’s fifth solo effort. “I still haven’t decided exactly what I want to call the record. I had ideas, but I keep changing my mind as the newer songs develop! The album will most likely have 12 songs and I am considering an instrumental or two as well,” he adds.

Meanwhile, in addition to his work with Caffrey, Tichy has also confirmed that he is a member of Sweet Lynch alongside Michael Sweet of Stryper, George Lynch of Lynch Mob and James Lomenzo, formerly of Megadeth. Lomenzo was also a bandmate of Tichy’s when the two played together as part of Pride & Glory with guitarist and frontman Zakk Wylde in the mid 90s.

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Without a song: Pride & Glory – Pride & Glory

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Artist: Pride & Glory
Album: Pride & Glory
Originally Released: 1994
Label: Geffen

If you love music, you’ll remember them.

They are gems. Precious glistening jewels. The tones, textures and melodies that become the key to your heart. They are the moments when you looked into the deepest, darkest soul of music and saw yourself looking back.

In short, they are the most influential albums you’ve ever listened to. And Pride & Glory is one of mine.

In the summer of 1994 I was an awkward, gangling teen. I knew I loved drums and guitars more than anything else in the world (perhaps with the exception of Karen, with whom I was totally besotted.) Beyond that, I knew nothing.

Every Friday night without fail, I set the VCR to record Noisy Mothers, the only show on British network television giving air time to hard rock and metal. Then, every Saturday morning I would race downstairs before the rest of the house was awake, rewind the VHS tape, lie back on the sofa and basque in the glow of the television. In the following hour of dissentient, distorted bliss, I would absorb all the musical masterpieces that Krusher and Anne Kirk could throw at me.

One Saturday in particular, a music video was introduced that would change my musical world forever. And unusually for Noisy Mothers, it started with a banjo.

The track was Losin Your Mind, the opening song of the eponymous album from new band, Pride & Glory. Masterminded by erstwhile Ozzy Osbourne axe-slinger Zakk Wylde, their’s was a beguiling blend of styles that – on paper – shouldn’t have worked at all. In practice, however, oh boy….

That banjo motif, playing over images of a southern US swampland reminiscent of a scene from Deliverance, soon broke out in to a full-bore rock song, a heavy guitar riff mirroring the banjo, accompanied by resonant, clattering drums and a low-down, dirty bass rumble.

But what was this style of music? Was it metal? Sure, but then again, not really. Wylde’s custom Les Paul was very much in evidence, as were his blistering solos, but then so was that banjo. Was it country? Bluegrass? As well as the now infamous banjo, there were elements of American roots music all over the parent album, most notably in the rhythm and twang of Cry Me A River. Was it blues rock? Southern rock? Yes AND no. James Lomenzo’s swampy bass and Brian Tichy’s muscular drumming wouldn’t have sounded at all out of place on a Lynyrd Skynyrd album (something made explicit by the name of the album’s song publisher and original band name, Lynyrd Skynhead), and Wylde’s bottleneck slide on Troubled Wine brought the blues tropes to the fore.

Wylde’s cracked, throaty drawl of a singing voice turned out to be a captivating instrument all of it’s own. His lyrics a biblical blend of doom, love, decay and joy. In album closer I Hate Your Guts, they came with a wicked sense of vitriolic humour, too. Horse Called War was a full-tilt blast of hard rock, it’s descending riff keeping pace with Tichy’s spine-tingling beat. Lovin’ Woman was an acoustic-led summer breeze of an old school love-song, Fadin’ Away as a fine and affecting piece of piano balladry as you were likely to hear all year. The aforementioned Cry Me A River was out and out country, but with a sublime howl of a heavy metal solo seamlessly bolted on to thrilling effect.

Whatever the hell this music was, it was electrifying, mesmerising, hair-raising stuff. For this then 14 year old, the whole was worth so much more than the sum of the parts; the album was nothing short of epiphanic.

Ultimately Pride & Glory lasted for a little over a year and just the one studio album. James Lomenzo left the group and they broke up after their touring commitments were over. Wylde would go on to greater acclaim, longevity and album sales as part of his new metal band, Black Label Society. Lomenzo has sinced played in Black Label Society and Megadeth amongst other projects. Tichy has played with various bands including Whitesnake, and is now focused on new band S.U.N. with singer Sass Jordan. But somehow the shortlived nature of Pride & Glory and their limited recorded output just seems to make that one album all the more special.

As the Trinidadian turn of phrase would have it: “Perfect album is perfect.”