An electric guitar along with an amp which belonged to the late Randy Rhoads has been recovered, more than a year after the items were stolen from Musonia School of Music.
AceShowbiz -An electric guitar and an amp once used by the late Randy Rhoads have been recovered, almost 18 months after Ozzy Osbourne offered up a $25,000 (£17,600) reward for their safe return.
Ozzy took to social media to appeal for information leading to an arrest in the case and the return of the items, which were stolen from the Musonia School of Music in North Hollywood, California in November 2019.
Sharing pictures of the stolen instruments on Instagram, the Black Sabbath rocker wrote, “As many of you have heard, the Musonia School of Music in N. Hollywood, CA (the school where Randy Rhoads famously taught guitar) was viciously robbed on Thanksgiving night.”
“Musonia was run by Randy’s late mother, Delores, and after his death 37 years ago, the school became something of a pilgrimage to his fans from all over the world. It is a place where the Rhoads Family happily opened their hearts to share the life of Randy.”
“As you can imagine, the items that were stolen, including Randy’s first electric guitar, are irreplaceable to the Rhoads Family.”
Shortly after the public appeal, a cache of the missing goods was found in a nearby dumpster, but Rhoads’ first electric guitar, a 1963 Harmony Rocket, and the original Peavey amp used for the recording of the 1977 Quiet Riot album remained missing – until now.
According to TMZ, the two items were handed in to police earlier this week (begs17May21), and have since been returned to the Rhoads family although Delores’ Great Depression-era trumpet is among the outstanding pieces yet to turn up.
The original theft of the Musonia memorabilia is still under investigation, but no arrests have been made to date.
As for Ozzy’s reward, the money has yet to be claimed and the person who recently turned the goods in to authorities made no mention of the finder’s fee.
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