Cheryl Hickey hosted Sharon Osborne's intimate "In Conversation With" at Fallsview Casino on October 10 & 11, 2014 and I was there to photograph the interview. I've read the story of how Randy died many times but this was the first time I had ever heard anyone tell the story in person. In fact, after the show, down the hall, I overheard Ozzy tell Sharon that up until that point, he had never heard her tell the story to anyone.
Randy Rhoads played his last show with Ozzy on Thursday, March 18, 1982, at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. After driving much of the night, they stopped in Leesburg, Florida, to fix a malfunctioning air conditioning unit on the bus.
On the property there was an airstrip with small helicopters and planes. Without permission, tour bus driver and private pilot Andrew Aycock took a single-engine Beechcraft F35 plane for a flight. On the first flight, Aycock took keyboardist Don Airey and tour manager Jake Duncan up with him. He then landed and on the second flight he brought along Randy Rhoads and makeup artist,Rachel Youngblood. During this flight, Andrew made attempts to 'buzz' the tour bus. He succeeded in making two close passes, but botched the third attempt. At approximately 10 am on March 19, 1982, after being in the air for approximately five minutes, one of the plane's wings clipped the top of the tour bus, breaking the wing into two parts and sending the plane spiraling out of control. The plane then severed the top of a pine tree and crashed into the garage of a nearby mansion, bursting into flames. Keyboardist Don Airey was the only member of the band to witness the crash, because the rest (Ozzy and Sharon) were asleep in the bus. Randy Rhoads (25) was killed instantly, as were Aycock (36) and Youngblood (58). #riprandyrhoads #randyrhoads #sharonosbourne #ozzyosbourne #blacksabbath #princeofdarkness #fallsviewcasino #richardbelandphotography