It’s one thing to say you love a musician, but it’s another thing entirely when you have the shirt to prove it. Thanks to the Internet, we can now appreciate the lengths that Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett went to to share his love for the late guitar god, Randy Rhoads.
Thanks to a dedicated Foo Fighters and Taylor Hawkins fan who goes by the Twitter handle Ava / OTH, an old Shiflett class photo has surfaced of the long-haired youth wearing a Randy Rhoads T-shirt. But this is no ordinary T-shirt. Shiflett had it made himself with a specific message.
Introducing the photo, the poster wrote: “And the award for the fairest school photo goes to Mr. Chris Shiflett!! like seriously, this is hands down the most amazing class photo I’ve ever seen, gotta find a Randy shirt like this ASAP possible.”
Shiflett then saw the post and added some more context to the jersey’s story, commenting, “FYI – the full text on that shirt was ‘randy rhoads is good’ and I had it made at a mall kiosk. ah the good old days. . “
In an interview with Premiere guitarShiflett offered some insight into the guitar influences he had in his youth and continues to the present, stating, “When I was a little kid, I had older brothers and everything, and we’re talking about the 1970s into the 80s, and it was the ‘Guitar Hero’ era. So my heroes, the reason I play guitar is because of guys like Richie Blackmore and Ace Frehley and Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen, and all those people. So those were my guitar playing heroes when I was little. I mean, it still is, really.”
Rhoads first started playing along Quiet Rebellion before connection Ozzy Osbourne at the beginning of the Prince of Darkness’ solo career. It was Osbourne’s spotlight that catapulted Rhoads to a new level of fame, where he was often cited along with several other of the guitar heroes of the day, which Shiflett rattled off as his early influence.
These days, the love child of Randy Rhoads has become Foo Fighters’ longtime guitarist. As recently revealed, the band does intend to continue after Death of Taylor Hawkins last year and they have started booking a number of festival appearances for 2023.