Ozzy Osbourne is willing to put some big dough if someone can help track down the thieves who looted a music school with ties to his late pal, Randy Rhoads … we’re talking thousands.
The Black Sabbath frontman posted some sad news Saturday about the Musonia School of Music in North Hollywood, saying it had recently been broken into and looted for a lot of its instruments and precious valuables. Ozzy says at least 6 items were taken by crooks.
Among them … Randy’s first electric guitar, as well as Randy’s mother’s Great Depression-era trumpet that she’d been gifted in childhood. High value, sentimental stuff, in other words.
Ozzy’s got a solution of his own … $25,000 of cold, hard cash in the form of a reward.
He writes, “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.”
I remember it like it was yesterday: I was walking around with a transistor radio on my shoulder. And “She Loves You” came on. And, I don’t know, it just went, Bang! And that’s what I want to do! Wouldn’t it be great?”
When I heard the Beatles, I knew what I wanted to do.
Let’s talk about the first time you heard that song.
My son says to me, “Dad, I like the Beatles, but why do you go so crazy?” The only way I can describe it is like this, imagine you go to bed today and the world is black and white and then you wake up, and everything’s in color. That’s what it was like! That’s the profound effect it had on me. I remember it like it was yesterday: I was walking around with a transistor radio on my shoulder. And “She Loves You” came on. And, I don’t know, it just went, Bang! And that’s what I want to do! Wouldn’t it be great?
With regards to music, you’ve been able to share music with your children and now your granddaughters.
Oh, my granddaughters! They’re something else! My oldest one, Pearl, did a thing at school about the ’80s. She came up on the stage and said, “This is for my Papa!” She calls me Papa. And she sang “Crazy Train.” I was like, “She’s got balls!” I think that every parent should teach their kids a bit about music. Buy piano lessons, or singing lesson, or whatever. Encourage it, because somebody once told me, “In any crisis, there’s two things people want: Food and entertainment.” My wife can’t cook, but I can sing!