WHITESNAKE's DOUG ALDRICH Offers Demonstration Of New RANDY RHOADS Signature Amp

February 10, 2008

Gearwire has posted a four-minute clip of WHITESNAKE/ex-DIO guitarist Doug Aldrich playing the new Marshall Randy Rhoads (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT) signature series amplifier at this year's winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show, which was held January 17-20 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. A two-minute interview with Marshall's Nick Bowcott (former guitarist for the cult British heavy metal act GRIM REAPER) about the Randy Rhoads amp conducted by Premier Guitar is also available.

This new signature product from Marshall Amplification is dedicated to the memory of Randy Rhoads and has been designed around Randy's own factory modified white 1959 Superlead amplifier, which he personally left the factory with in January 1980.

This amp went on to be used to record the ground-breaking "Dairy of a Madman" and "Blizzard of Ozz" as well as being used to create the Randy Rhoads sound on tours from September 1980 to spring 1982 when Randy's life was tragically cut short.

Features and specifications:

* 100 watt all valve head in Randy Rhoads styling
* 3 x ECC83 valves, 4 x EL34 power valves
* 2 channels
* Randy Rhoads signature and graphic
* Custom art dust cover
* Custom art carton
* Certificate of authenticity
* 1959RR handbook with notes from Delores Rhoads, Kelle Rhoads, Max Norman and Nick Bowcott
* UK-built

Director Peter Margolis of Dakota Pictures recently told Knoxville's Metro Pulse that he is "about 80 percent done shooting" his much-anticipated Randy Rhoads documentary film. "But the first 80 percent took as long as it's going to take for the last 20 percent," Margolis explained. "It's the same as if you've ever built a house. Pouring the concrete and putting up the walls is easy. It's the finishing touches, the final stuff, that takes forever....I work, too. I'm doing the film because it's something I want to do, but I can't ignore my career. I'm doing it around my schedule, so at times it's slow going. Realistically, it'll be summertime before I finish all the interviews, then trimming it, adding pictures and music.”

Margolis and his crew started filming on March 19, 2007, when hundreds of fans gathered at Rhoads' grave in San Bernardino, Calif., to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his death. Since then, Margolis has filmed almost 80 interviews, with Rhoads' family and friends and people who worked with him. The list of names includes Kelli Garni, the original bassist in QUIET RIOT; Carlos Cavazo, the guitarist in the "Metal Health" line-up of QUIET RIOT; Sarzo and his brother Robert, who was considered as a replacement for Rhoads in Ozzy's band; Jodi Raskin, Rhoads' girlfriend at the time of his death; Grover Jackson, whose company made Rhoads' signature guitars; Randy's brother Kelle, who's wearing the silver "RR" ring Rhoads had on when he died; and MOUNTAIN guitarist and '70s legend Leslie West, one of Rhoads' idols.

Margolis says he has a distribution deal lined up, but he also plans to shop the as-yet-untitled documentary at film festivals when it's done.

Doug Aldrich demonstration with Marshall 1959RR Randy Rhoads signature series amplifier:

Marshall's Nick Bowcott interviewed:

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