Rudy Sarzo has been a professional recording and performing artist worldwide for over 20 years. As a member of Ozzy Osbourne’s band,
from March 1981 to September 1982, Rudy toured the world in support of the “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary Of a Madman” records. His bass playing can
be heard on Ozzy’s multimillion selling CD “Tribute” and “Speak of the Devil” CD and DVD.
As a member of Quiet Riot, from September 1982 to January 1985, Rudy recorded the multi-platinum albums “Metal Health”, the first Heavy Metal
debut to reach #1 on the Billboard charts and “Condition Critical”. During this period Rudy headlined worldwide tours, appeared on numerous MTV
videos and was voted #1 Bassist in Circus Magazine for 1983.
As a member of Whitesnake, from April 1987 to September 1994, Rudy recorded the multi-platinum album “Slip of the Tongue”.
During this period Rudy also performed worldwide on headline tours in support of the multiplatinum “1987” and “Slip of the Tongue” albums and
appeared on 6 MTV videos.
As a member of the reunited Quiet Riot, from May 1997 to August 2003, Rudy performed worldwide on headlining tours and as special guests in support
of the Quiet Riot CDs “Alive and Well” and "Guilty Pleasure. Rudy also appeared on VH1’s Quiet Riot, Behind the Music. In November of 2003,
“Quiet Riot Live in The 21st Century” DVD was released after the group disbanded.
His recordings with all of these artists combined have sold over 30 million copies.
In February of 2004, Rudy joined Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force for the U.S. 30 city “Attack Tour”.
In April of 2004 Rudy became a member of the multi-platinum Heavy Metal group DIO and will be embarking on a worldwide tour beginning in July.
2008 Rudy releases his new book "OFF THE RAILS" - Aboard the Crazy Train in the Blizzard of Ozz
March 19, 1982
“Rudes! Rudes! Come on, get up!” I hear a voice yelling to me through the curtains in my bunk. As I slide the curtains open I see Randy standing in the doorway of the tour bus.
“What’s going on?” I ask with a yawn as I wipe the sleep from my eyes.
“We’re at the bus depot and Andy’s going to take Rachel and me up on a plane to see the country side. Get dressed and come with us! It’ll be fun.”
“What time is it?” I ask, fighting back a yawn.
“Oh, I don’t know,” Randy says with a shrug. “About 8 a.m.”
“Oh that’s all right, Rand, you go ahead. I’m just going to wait until we get to Orlando before I get up.” I put my head back down on my pillow.
“OK, but you’ll be sorry you missed it!” Randy kids as I watch him step out of the tour bus and into the quiet Florida morning.
I pull back the curtains in my bunk and go back to sleep, never to see my friend Randy Rhoads again.
- Rudy Sarzo
Among the many reasons why I took upon the task of writing this book was to clear a lot of misinformation and bogus theories that circulate on the internet about Randy Rhoads' life and death.
Believe me it was not easy chronicling all of the daily events that happened on and off the road. Fortunately, I had kept a journal of our travels so I had accurate details.
But as I started my journey down memory lane the most remarkable thing happened, I felt that I was back in time reliving all the moments. It was great to have Randy alive, if only inside my head during the writing process, but as I neared chapter depicting his untimely death I began to procrastinate You see, I didn't want to lose him again. That chapter was the hardest one to write..
Though Randy's been gone for nearly 25 years his spirit still remains and from time to time he still showers us with gifts such as this. The last thing I expected when I sat down to write this book and began wondering down the long and winding passages of my mind was that at the end of the journey I was going to find myself. Thanks Randy.