Randy Rhoads and Rudy Sarzo played side-by-side in Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne’s band. A skilled Cuban-born bassist, Rudy initially auditioned for Quiet Riot near the end of Randy’s tenure. They became friends, and Randy recommended him to play on Ozzy’s Diary of a Madman tour. Both musicians appear on Ozzy’s live Tribute album.
Since then, Rudy Sarzo has enjoyed a storied career. After Randy’s death, he played on Ozzy’s Speak of the Devil. He joined the reconstituted Quiet Riot for the multi-platinum Metal Health album and continued with the band through 1985. He then spent seven years in Whitesnake and recorded and toured with Quiet Riot from 1997 to 2003. Since then, he has toured with Yngwie Malmsteen, Ronnie James Dio, and Blue Oyster Cult. Outside of music, Rudy’s a self-confessed computer geek and 3-D digital animator. His 2008 book Off the Rails: Aboard the Crazy Train in the Blizzard of Ozz details his experiences with Randy Rhoads and Ozzy Osbourne. Our interview took place in August 1982, a few months after Randy died. Continue reading