Archive for Randy Rhoads

If You Can’t Shoot ‘Em…Draw ‘Em!

Posted in music, photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2008 by Kevin Estrada

Edward Van Halen & Randy Rhoads
July 7 & July 10, 1984
Drawn By Kevin Estrada

Not too long ago, my Mother and my Step Father were cleaning out their garage and came across a few of my things that had been buried away for years. It was like Christmas morning for me when my Mother handed me a box filled with memories from my childhood. Among the items were these two drawings that I drew when I was a teen back in 1984.

I was so into the rock and roll visuals to the point that if I wasn’t sneaking my camera into shows taking the photos, I was at home drawing the photos. I would throw myself on my bed, crank my music up and draw for hours on end. I studied rock photography like my life depended on it…my nose was always stuck in the latest issue of Cream Magazine or Circus Magazine. I knew all the names by the time I was 11 or 12 years old – Neil Zlozower, Fin Costello, Neal Preston, Mark Weiss, the list goes on and on. Those were my heroes…and they still are.

Obviously, Eddie and Randy had a huge impact on me growing up. These guitar slingers were bigger than life and I would dream of someday working with them one on one. Unfortunately, working one on one with Randy Rhoads would never happen for me…I drew this about 2 years after his death. These pictures were drawn just a few days apart…I must have been really itchy to get to another show.

These drawing mean a lot to me. When I look at them, I remember the passion and the excitement that drove me to live my dream of becoming a rock photographer…I never gave up. Yea, I know people say dreams are lame, but dreams really can come true…I am living proof. Today, I still have that same passion and excitement that I did back in the early 1980’s when I would dream about photographing my favorite band in the dressing room as they readied to hit the stage. I am blessed that my dream came true.

Hang Your Head – The R.I.P. Series

Posted in music, photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2008 by Kevin Estrada

Kevin Dubrow
Quiet Riot

Date Of Death: November 19, 2007
Cause Of Death: Accidental Cocaine Overdose

Like a lot of Metal Kids my age, my interest in Quiet Riot stemmed from my fondness and appreciation of guitar god Randy Rhoads. It is no secret that Rhoads fame and, unfortunately his death, brought many fans to the new Quiet Riot camp.

I was never a huge Quiet Riot fan, although I did see them a handful of times during their ’83-’84 Metal Health Tour. Depending on whom you talked to, Kevin Dubrow was either a fantastic front-man or one of, if not THE, most annoying man in rock at the time. I was team captain on the “annoying” team. His feud with Van Halen’s David Lee Roth stands out in my mind…it was some silly Junior High type stuff.

I met Dubrow a couple of times, and as annoying as he was on stage, he was one of the nicest guys and coolest guys I have met. He was surprisingly soft-spoken and listened to me when we spoke – which really blew my mind.

Photographed with my old Canon AE1 Program and a cheap, no name 70mm-210mm f 5.6 lens. Shot on Kodak Ektachrome film.