For one night only, The Skirball Center became a big time machine, taking the audience back to the birth of the Los Angeles metal scene with the worldwide premiere of the film “Randy Rhoads: The Quiet Riot Years.” The movie and accompanying book were so new and hot off the presses, they were just delivered the afternoon of the event on 12/12/12, less than a week after what would have been Randy’s 56thbirthday.
GJ² Guitars was on hand as an event sponsor of this first-ever documentary about the late guitar icon. After getting his start in Quiet Riot, Randy Rhoads quickly rose to worldwide stardom with Ozzy Osbourne’s band before his untimely death at age 25 in a plane crash. GJ² co-founder Grover Jackson has long been associated with Rhoads after launching his company with a guitar the two designed together.
The film was a labor of love and respect. A panel discussion followed the screening, which included director Ron Sobol, executive producer Peter M. Margolis, producer Andrew Klein, Randy’s former fiancée Jodi Vigier, and fan club president Lori Hollen. The movie recounts scenes from Randy’s life growing up in the San Fernando Valley, meeting Kevin DuBrow and forming the band with Drew Forsyth and Kelly Garni, and the band’s struggle to get a record deal in the wake of the New Wave and Disco crazes. The wealth of archival photography and 16mm film came from Quiet Riot band photographer Ron Sobol, who was a close friend of the band from the beginning.
The crowd at the premiere screening cheered for the interviewees in the film who were also in attendance as each one appeared on the screen for the first time.
It was a reunion of sorts for many of the cast members. As KLOS DJ Tony Scott put it, the audience looked like a who’s-who of the Sunset Strip. This was the first time that drummer Drew Forsyth and bassist Rudy Sarzo, the former Quiet Riot rhythm section, reconnected since 1997. The extended musical family included Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society, Tracii Guns of LA Guns/Guns N Roses fame, keyboardist Derek Sherinian of Black Country Communion, and guitarist Chris Traynor of Bush.
Watch the official movie trailer for Randy Rhoads The Quiet Riot Years here.