Randy Rhoads Birthday Celebration Events Scheduled for Dec. 4

By Jeff Owens

November 10, 2010

The “Rhoadsfest” Randy Rhoads birthday celebration concert will take place Saturday, Dec. 4, at Paladino’s Club in Tarzana, Calif. Event organizers bill Rhoadsfest as “the official Randy Rhoads tribute show permitted by the Rhoads family.”

Rhoads was born Dec. 6, 1956, in Santa Monica, Calif. At 25, the famed guitarist perished in a March 19, 1982, plane crash in Leesburg, Fla. Rhoads would’ve turned 54 on Dec. 6, 2010.

The event was conceived as a Rhoads-inspired theme concert, with live bands, special guests—including members of the Rhoads family, guitar raffles, giveaways and other special features. Los Angeles-based Randy Rhoads/Ozzy Osbourne tribute band Rhoads to Ozz hosts the event, presented twice annually. Guest performers scheduled for the Dec. 4 event include guitarist Michael Angelo Batio and Rhoads’ elder brother, Kelle Rhoads.

Also that weekend, Rhoad’s elder sister, Kathryn Rhoads D’Argenzio, invites music and wine fans to the D’Argenzio Winery in Burbank, Calif., which she co-owns. At a special gathering there in the winery’s tasting room, fans and friends can celebrate the great guitarist’s birthday and honor his life and legacy with members of the Rhoads family. Complimentary food, beverages and samples of the winery’s recently released limited edition Randy Rhoads 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon will be served. The event takes place at the D’Argenzio Enoteca Tasting Room, 1204 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, Calif., from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. For further details, contact the winery’s Burbank tasting room at 818.846.8466.