36 years ago today, Ozzy Osbourne played his first solo show at the Civic Center missing his very close friend and music partner, guitarist Randy Rhoads.  This was the Diary of a Madman tour making a stop in Portland on May 22,1982. Tragically, Randy was killed in a plane crash two months earlier in Florida.

Guitarist Brad Gillis of Night Ranger stepped up for the tough gig and joined Ozzy for the rest of the dates. A show on the tour was recorded at the Ritz in NYC and released as the Speak of the Devil live album.

Steve Jennings/Getty Images
Steve Jennings/Getty Images

Watch Ozzy with Brad Gillis on guitar doing Randy proud a few weeks after the Portland show in ’82!

Ozzy Osbourne returns to Blimpville on September 6 at Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA. Night Ranger rocks the New England Ribfest the following day in Bangor, ME!

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