Ozzy Osbourne is offering a $25,000 reward in connection with the return of a guitar and other special items that belonged to his late guitarist Randy Rhoads.
On Thanksgiving, the Musonia School of Music in North Hollywood, Calif., which was run by Rhoads and then his mother following his death in 1982, was “viciously robbed,” Osbourne, 71, wrote on social media on Saturday.
“It is a place where the Rhoads Family happily opened their hearts to share the life of Randy,” Osbourne wrote. “As you can imagine, the items that were stolen, including Randy’s first electric guitar, are irreplaceable to the Rhoads Family. 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.”
According to Osbourne, items that were stolen include the electric guitar, a Peavey amp head used by Rhoads when he was in Quiet Riot, a “Prewar/Great Depression Era” trumpet that belonged to Rhoads’ mother Delores, and “40 years of fan gifts to the Rhoads Family, memorabilia, all photos of Randy Rhoads, the Osbournes, Delores Rhoads, and miscellaneous instruments.”
Rhoads died in a plane crash in 1982 at age 25 while on tour with Osbourne in Florida.
“To this day, as I’m talking to you now, I’m back in that field looking at this f–king plane wreck and a house on fire,” Osbourne told Rolling Stone in 2018. “You never get over something like that. You’re in shock.”
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