A teaser clip from a new documentary on Randy Rhoads titled Randy Rhoads: Reflections of a Guitar Icon includes archived audio from Eddie Van Halen giving his thoughts on the perceived Eddie vs Randy rivalry back in the Sunset Strip club days.
The clip – premiered exclusively by Guitar World – revisits the days when Rhoads was the guitarist for Quiet Riot, who performed often on the Sunset Strip. Quiet Riot fan club president Lori Hollen recalled seeing Eddie and David Lee Roth at the shows.
“At some of the shows, we would see David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen there, which was always interesting to me,” said Hollen. “Because I know Randy never went to see [Van Halen] play but they would always come to see Quiet Riot and Randy play.”
Along with rare audio recordings from Rhoads talking about his favorite guitarists (Leslie West of Mountain among them) are comments from Eddie regarding what he thought of Rhoads’ skills.
“He was good,” Eddie said of Rhoads. “But I don’t really think he did anything that I haven’t done. And there ain’t nothing wrong with it. I’ve copied some other people, you know?”
Randy Rhoads: Reflections of a Guitar Icon arrives May 6th through VOD platforms, including iTunes and Amazon. Narrated by Tracii Guns, the film also features Ozzy Osbourne, George Lynch, Dweezil Zappa and more.