Rudy Sarzo's story plays like the first half of a Behind the Music episode. Struggling musician, destitute and virtually homeless, lands the gig of a lifetime in the employ of rock & roll's most infamous madman. Cue the music, the meteoric rise to stardom and the Platinum records.
Rudy was sleeping on the floor of Quiet Riot vocalist Kevin DuBrow's apartment when he got the call to audition for the Ozzy gig (he turned it down). After some thought and cajoling from DuBrow, his once and future bandmate, Rudy reconsidered. Ozzy called again—assured by Randy Rhoads that Rudy was the man for the job—and this time Rudy accepted without hesitation.
Of course, he landed with the gig that would open a thousand doors, becoming metal's ultimate sideman, and in 1983 earning the distinction of the world's No. 1 bassist as decided by readers of metal magazine Circus. A true survivor, he lived to tell the tale—and he committed some of best of them to ink in Off The Rails: Aboard the Crazy Train in the Blizzard of Ozz.
During the next two decades Rudy became one of the most recognizable figures in rock, sharing stages with virtuosos Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen and playing bass on a catalog of work with Quiet Riot, Whitesnake and more that has sold 30 million records.
Today, Rudy tours with Dio and Blue Öyster Cult and lends his famous fretwork to other musicians through his "Working Man's Bass" loop library for Sony Acid software. Here is the essential work that made Rudy Sarzo a living legend.
Ozzy Osbourne & Randy Rhoads: Tribute
Rudy and Randy's friendship dates to an early Quiet Riot lineup, but everything clicked when they joined Ozzy's post-Black Sabbath solo band. Recorded during the marathon Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman tours, Tribute captures a rock legend getting his second wind, and a hungry band of musicians enjoying the wild ride. Spin this while reading Rudy's book Off The Rails to get the full experience of this mad era.
Quiet Riot: Metal Health
Rudy joined the re-formed Quiet Riot in time for Metal Health, which earned its place in history as the first metal record to score No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart. QR's turn on the Slade track "Cum On Feel The Noize" endures as one of rock's greatest anthems. The band's glory days lasted through Condition Critical the following year, but before long the journeyman Sarzo was anchoring another soon-to-skyrocket band. Bang your head!
Whitesnake: The Definitive Collection
Following his star-making turn in Quiet Riot, Rudy joined Whitesnake at the peak of its powers, appearing in the MTV videos to mega-hits "Here I Go Again" and "Is This Love," and playing alongside Steve Vai on Slip of the Tongue, the self-titled smash's Platinum successor. Some might attribute the 'Snake's success to Tawny Kitaen's car-top striptease in the video for "Here I Go Again," but don't underestimate their talent for penning sweet slices of pop metal.
Rudy relives the drama of his time with the Ozzy Osbourne band in Off The Rails, giving fans an insider's account of life in Ozz and an intimate look at his close friend and guitar legend Randy Rhoads, who died tragically in a plane crash while on tour in 1982.