March 4, 2024

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RANDY RHOADS – ‘New Years Evil 1981’ OZZY Show!


TMD reveals one of the last known Randy Rhoads performances with OZZY ever captured on audio.

Late great OZZY/QUIET RIOT guitarist Randy Rhoads played what would be his final show on Thursday, March 18, 1982 at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum in Knoxville, Tennessee. There is no known recording of this event to exist. The last known recording of Rhoads to surface is believed to be the El Paso, Texas (County Coliseum) show that took place on February 23rd, 1982.

However, on December 31, 1981 – less than three months away from his tragic plane wreck, Rhoads suited up for the infamous ‘New Years Evil’ performance – which was just the second show of the Diary of a Madman U.S. 81/82 first leg, which would later serve as a historical moment in Rock N Roll. Think of all the shows that Rhoads played with OZZY, well over a hundred and yet you will be hard pressed to find maybe but a handful of really good quality recordings that anyone can actually hear all these years later.

This show is not only one of the last opportunities to hear the guitar hero play live on stage at the height of his greatness… if you listen closely, you will find it to be one of the most remarkable performances of Randy’s short but explosive musical career.

Here’s the set list from that historic night:

Over The Mountain
Mr Crowley
Crazy Train
Revelation (Mother Earth)
Steal Away (The Night)
Suicide Solution
Rhoads Guitar Solo/Band Jam
Aldridge Drum Solo
Goodbye To Romance
I Don’t Know
No Bone Movies
Flying High Again
Iron Man
Children Of The Grave

This coming March 19th will mark 28 years since Randy was killed tragically in a plane wreck, leaving a gaping hole in the soul of Rock N Roll music. Now you can celebrate his incredible musical legacy… by being able to experience the event that helped make him a legend. Listen to the concert below!