On Thanksgiving Day, a number of guitars and amplifiers belonging to Randy Rhoads were stolen from the Musonia School of Music in North Hollywood, California.
“My heart is broken," Rhoads' sister, Kathy Rhoads-D'Argenzio, wrote in an Instagram post announcing the theft. "Someone broke into our beloved Musonia and ‘stoled [sic] history.’ Everything is being assessed and under investigation. So no post as yet to exactly what was taken. I’m just at a loss for words right now. So very sad. Musonia was totally ransacked and suffered major damage.”
The Musonia School of Music was founded by Randy’s mother, Delores Rhoads, in 1948. A '60s-era Harmony Rocket - Rhoads’ first-ever electric guitar - a Peavey amp used by Rhoads during his time in Quiet Riot and a prototype Randy Rhoads Marshall head are among the items that were stolen from the school.
Now, Ozzy Osbourne has addressed the theft of his former guitarist's gear, offering a $25,000 reward for information related to the crime.
“I am heartbroken that these treasured physical memories of Randy and Delores have been taken from the family,” Osbourne said in a Facebook 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.”
Though many of the instruments remain missing, NBC Los Angeles reported yesterday that a trumpet given to Dolores Rhodes by her great-grandfather, plus a number of photos and fan gifts, were recovered from an open dumpster in an alley in North Hollywood.
Anyone with information about any of the remaining missing gear is encouraged to contact Nick D’Argenzio at, or firstname.lastname@example.org.