A show that never was, this poster marks a dark moment in Ozzy Osbourne’s story when his friend, co-songwriter and guitarist Randy Rhoads died in a plane crash in Leesburg, FL. Ozzy had just been fired from his breakthrough band, Black Sabbath in 1979 and was pursuing a solo career. He would team up with Randy to write two hit records, “The Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary of a Madman.” Specifically, Ozzy credited Randy for developing the chord structure of both “Crazy Train” and “Mr. Crowley,” two of the greatest rock songs of all time.
The day Randy died, the band stayed at a private airfield about an hour northwest of Orlando on their way to the Super Bowl show in Orlando. They stopped to repair their tour bus’ AC and for Ozzy to get needed rest. Bus Driver and private pilot Andrew Aycock offered plane rides to the band without permission of the plane’s owner and likely under the influence of cocaine. After one successful flight with other crew, Randy’s aerophobia subsided and he gave it a go, boarding the single-engine plane with hairdresser Rachel Youngblood. They allegedly buzzed Ozzy to come out of the bus four times but he wouldn’t get out of bed. Perhaps to coax the band out of bed, Aycock made low passes with the plane next to the bus but after two close passes, he clipped a wing on the bus with a third pass. The plane then spiraled out of control, hitting a tree and finally crashing into the ranch house garage. The impact allegedly killed the three instantly, but the ensuing fire burnt their corpses beyond recognition, having to be identified by jewelry and dental records. The bus took a severe hit to the point that it shattered its glass and left a gaping hole in the bus but no one was seriously injured. The event canceled the tour’s following eight shows but Ozzy was back on the road after only 12 days.