In a recent interview with Jimmy Kay from Canada’s The Metal Voice, childhood friend of Randy Rhoads, Kelly Garni (ex-Quiet Riot’s co-founder) has shared an untold story about Randy.
Kelly told that ‘Randy Rhoads got arrested at 15 yrs old for playing his guitar too loud’. Here’s the story (transcriped by Jimmy Kay):
“We were twelve years old at the time and Randy made me into a bass player and together we had this dream of becoming rock stars. We did not like hate, adversity, differences, people not getting along or people judging others. Also there were a many times when me and Randy got thrown in jail for some things.
We got thrown in jail for being out too late, being in the wrong place at the wrong time and being drunk. Randy even got arrested once for playing his guitar too loud in his house. Me and Randy were jamming in his house, a cop showed up and said the neighbours were pressing charges because we were playing too loud, then the cop put Randy in handcuffs, into the police car and then to jail, he was 15 years old.
But didn’t take me to jail? There were also some more circumstances that pissed the neighbours off that aggravated it all that lead to do this as well. But we learnt our lesson and did not annoy the neighbour anymore.”
When asked if Randy Rhoads older brother Kelle exposed both them to the world of rock music, Kelly said:
“I have to say that Randy’s brother influenced us in lots of ways not only in music. He was older than us and he was a lot like us. Kelle was wearing all these cool clothes and we kind of emulated him.
Then musically he had played in bands and me and Randy would be roadies for them just to be around the music and to be at the parties. So we watched his brother doing this and we said we can do this too and so we did.
Kelle Rhoads also introduced us to a band called Alice Cooper and we really liked the way the band looked. Kelle Rhaods then brought us to see Alice Cooper which was out first real concert and we thought we want to be and strive to be like them. “
Listen to the entire interview below.