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Money For Musonia School

Randy Rhoads’ mom’s music institute launches crowdfunding effort

By Gary Graff
July 10, 2017

The family of the late Randy Rhoads is looking for a little help from friends — and fans. The Musonia Music School founded by Rhoads’ mother Dolores and now run by his brother, Kelle, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to “get Musonia back into a condition where we can attract new students and visitors in the 21st century.”

That includes restoration work for the guitar room, parts of the Grand Salon (which will house the Randy Rhoads Museum), a bathroom and various painting projects.

The drive has already passed its modest $2,000 goal, but the total cost of all the projects is estimated at $20,000. The school is offering a variety of incentives for donations, ranging from a bumper sticker and T-shirts to original copies of Ozzy Osbourne’s live Tribute album featuring Rhoads.

Rhoads, who learned to play guitar himself at Musonia, which his mother opened in 1948, co-founded Quiet Riot before joining Osbourne’s Blizzard Of Ozz band in 1979. He died on March 19, 1982 at the age of 25 in a private plane crash. Rhoads was an inaugural inductee into the Hall of Heavy Metal History.