by Joe Iliff
(House Springs, MO, USA)
Randy Rhodes the first that I heard combining the classical music style with heavy metal music. Although Ritchie Blackmore did this to some degree with Deep Purple and Rainbow, it was more hard rock than heavy metal. Randy combines the power and the complexity of classical music with the riff orientated heavy metal in a way that was more creative than Eddie Van Halen's tapping technique. Randy is in a class by himself...R.I.P.