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According to, Carlos Ramirez of Noisecreep spoke with author Andrew Klein, who along with Steven Rosen, has co-written a new Randy Rhoads biography entitled, Randy Rhoads. Portions of the interview appear below.

Noisecreep: Randy came out of Los Angeles, during an era famous for its over-the-top party scene, but from reading your book, he didn’t come off like the blowhard many of his peers were. He seemed like a much gentler soul. Do you attribute that to his upbringing?

Andrew Klein: He was a gentle soul and he was not a blowhard. I’m not sure which way to argue the “nature vs. nurture” theory with respect to Randy. Some people think that when we are born, we are a blank canvas shaped by our parents, upbringing, and environment. I believe that is true to a large degree. But there is also an element that we bring with us into this world. It is what makes us unique individuals. There are components of each one of our personalities us that has nothing to do with how we were raised or what we were taught. Randy was brought up in a strict home for the most part. Mrs. Rhoads demanded respect and Randy’s friends were scared to death of her. But at the same time, Randy’s house was the party house. That’s where everyone gathered for 4th of July parties, Christmas parties, etc. The band always rehearsed in his garage and Mrs. Rhoads helped them buy equipment and she even piled their gear into her car when they began playing Stough Park. I’m sure his mom had a lot to with who he was, especially musically. She was lenient within the confines of her rules. Randy was the golden child who could do no wrong in her eyes.

Noisecreep: After speaking with so many people that were close to Randy, what surprised you most about him?

Andrew Klein: I never knew how much he cared for his friends. He was super sensitive. He loved the holidays and he loved to buy presents for people. He was also an amazing artist. The pictures he drew are incredible. He would send his fiance, Jodi, letters and draw quick sketches of people they knew or of his friends. Amazing. He was an incredible artist in every way and super sensitive to the feelings of others. He was also very funny and mischievous in an innocent way. He loved to have fun and make others laugh. If he was in the privacy of his friends’ company, he could be himself, which was when he was happiest.

Noisecreep: In the hard rock world, he’s become a mythic figure. If you had to pick one guitar solo that best represented Randy, what would it be and why?

Andrew Klein: Well, if I may, the one that ‘he’ would pick is Mr. Crowley or possiblyDiary of a Madman. Flying High Again is another one that he was proud of. For me, Crazy Train has a solo that represents Randy’s style, technique, and technical ability very well. It is melodic, flashy, and proficient with a hint of his classical influence. [Bassist] Rudy Sarzo once commented that one of the things that separated Randy from other players was his solo sections. Not the solos themselves, but the rhythm sections that are playing underneath. Most guitar players choose to solo over the music that makes up the verse or chorus. Not Randy. The solo sections are songs within the song. It is a body of music completely independent of any of the other chord progressions in the song. It is incredibly difficult to do this and make it work.

Read more at Noisecreep.

Randy Rhoads, the book, is available for purchase at Velocity Publishing Group


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UPDATE:  There’s been a small statement made on Jani Lane’s (John Kennedy Oswald) personal website which states:

Jani will be missed by all. Very unexpected and tragic news of his untimely death. Jani just wrote the updated bio (himself) and had been recording lots of new music. God bless him.

Do make sure that you go and check out his updated bio.  It’s the most personal thing I’ve ever read on any artists webpage.

Quite a few of his fellow musicians have made posts/tweets  with their condolences.

Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx, who wrote, “I just heard the sad news about Janie Lane. So hard to swallow when people have kids. RIP.”

Poison singer Bret Michaels, said, “We’d like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jani Lane regarding their loss. Respectfully, Bret and all at MEGI.”

Former MTV VJ Martha Quinn  writing, “Super sad news. Janie Lane, dead at 47 … #RIP Jani Lane.”

Slash, Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, former Guns N’ Roses member Steven Adler, Ratt singer Stephen Pearcy and wrestler/rocker Chris Jericho also have made comments as well.

Michael Sweet of Stryper has made several tweets:

I’m still in shock over the sudden passing of Jani. I was just sitting in a dressing room with him less then a month ago. Had I known, I would have spent more time with him. It always hits me like a brick – would have, could have, should have. Unfortunately usually once it’s too late. He was a good hearted guy with a gentle soul. I know he had a tough life and many battles but who doesn’t? He seemed to be genuinely working so hard at sorting things out and getting things in order. It’s a true shame. It’s a reminder to me to stay focused on what’s important and what matters – family and friends and the love and grace that give to them……
My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Jani Lane. Had the pleasure of meeting him on TMS and he was a great guy.

I’m sure there’s going to be quite a few memorial guest books floating around but here’s one I’ve found so far…   You can also go to Jani’s Facebook page and give your condolences there, as well.

Again, we will continue giving you all the news as we get it.


The rock community has just lost yet another great musician.  Jani Lane, 47, original frontman for the band Warrant, has passed away.  He was found dead at a Woodland Hills, Calif., Comfort Inn hotel.

There’s been no official cause of death or statement on his web page but there’s quite a few posts from his fans mourning his death on his Facebook page.  We here at Braingell will try to stay on top of any new information and pass it on to you.

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Frankie Sparcello, bassist for Exhorder, passed away Tuesday March 22nd, 2011. More information will be released shortly.

Signed to Roadrunner Records in the late 80’s/early 90’s, Exhorder released two legendary albums while on the label. Slaughter In The Vatican was wrapped in controversy due to the graphic cover (see below). Their follow up The Law, in which Frankie joined the group, was released in 1992. Both albums went on to inspire many artists including Pantera.
Band members have released the following statement:
“On March 22, 2011, Frankie Sparcello, our brother, friend and bassist sadly passed on from us. His sense of humor and gentle soul that touched so many will always be missing from us in our lives and on the stage we are honored to have shared with such a talented musician.”In situations that were low for us as a band, Frankie usually managed to lift us from the darkness with his silly spirit. His ferocious bass playing and stage presence will always be revered.

“The outreach from family, friends and fans has been amazing for us and the extended EXHORDER family. People are coming from out of the woodworks to lend us their support, love and general kindness.

“Beneath the top layers of we that are known as EXHORDER are real, quality human beings that care deeply for one another and the ones we each call family or friend.

EXHORDER also extends big arms to Frankie‘s family, and we consider you exactly that — family.

“Thank you again deeply from the bottom of our heavy hearts.

“Rest well, dear brother. We love you, Frankie.”

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