Founding Quiet Riot bassist Kelly Garni has shared a story about late rock guitarist Randy Rhoads, explaining how the rock legend was once arrested for playing his guitar too loud.
Over the years, we’ve heard plenty of stories about rock music and its constant struggle with volume. While we’ve seen Sydney bars forced to close due to noise complaints, and we’ve the 2014 edition of Soundwave copped a $10k fine for breaching noise restrictions in Adelaide.
Likewise, we’ve seen people complain about Metallica shows being too loud, and we’ve even seen scientists name a creature that kills its prey by sheer force of sound after English icons Pink Floyd.
However, a recent story from Quiet Riot’s Kelly Garni has shone a light on the playing habits of late Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads, explaining that the young rocker ended up in cuffs due to his guitar’s volume.
Check out Kelly Garni’s chat with The Metal Voice:
Speaking to The Metal Voice (via Loudwire), Kelly Garni revealed how he and Randy Rhoads first dreaming of being rock stars at the age of 12, before explaining how the pair were arrested “many times”.
“We got thrown in jail for being out too late, being in the wrong place at the wrong time and being drunk,” Garni explained. “Randy even got arrested once for playing [his guitar] real loud in his house.”
“We were jamming, and the cop showed up and said the neighbours were pressing charges and you’re going to jail. And they hooked him up, they took him to jail — he was like 15 years old.”
While Garni was surprised he was never jailed while Rhoads was, he explained that the incident had actually transpired due to some run-ins with angry neighbours.””We kind of cleaned up our act a little bit after that, at least with the person involved with it, the neighbour. And we didn’t fuck with him any more, the way we used to,” Garni concluded.
Tragically, Randy Rhoads died while on tour with Ozzy Osbourne in March of 1982. Though our exposure to Rhoads and his music was far too brief, we can at least take solace in remembering some of his crazy rock stories such as this.