Rudy Sarzo, Rock Metal Bassist, Pt. 2 – Whitesnake, Dio, Off the Rails and Much More

In Part 2 of this special NOL music series, well-known rock and metal bassist and Rudy Sarzo continues his story of his time playing with Ozzy, and what came after that.  You’ll get a true feel for Rudy’s spiritual depth and genuine warmth in this episode, and if you’re an up and coming musician, be sure to listen through to the end, as Rudy graciously provides valuable career advice to those who want a career in the music business.

Some topics we chat about in this episode:

  • Why he left the Ozzy band
  • Losing his dear friend Randy Rhodes
  • Why he wrote his book Off the Rails, and the personal experience of writing it
  • The story behind joining Whitesnake
  • What it was like working with some of the top band managers in the world, from Sharon Osbourne to Trudy Green to Wendy Dio
  • Memories of Ronnie James Dio
  • Why he got into doing CG work for a while, and what he did to get his joy of playing the bass back
  • His upcoming projects (The Guess Who!) and continued advocacy for animal rights
  • What he wants to remembered most for
  • Sage advice for the up and coming musician

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Rudy Sarzo, Rock Metal Bassist, Pt. 1 – From Childhood and Early Bands to Meeting Ozzy

Rudy Sarzo, one of the world’s top rock metal bassists, joins NOL to share how he became a prolific, professional recording and performing artist with a career spanning over 35 years. Rudy has played with Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, DIO, Blue Oyster Cult and many other bands.  He’s as busy as ever, with shows coming up in December with The Guess Who!

I was honored to meet and sing with Rudy in 2008 here in Los Angeles.  I must say, Rudy is an incredibly solid, upstanding, family-oriented man, and he is certainly one of the most ridiculously-talented yet humble musicians I’ve ever been blessed to meet.

I encourage you to visit his website at and to connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

Also, don’t forget to pick up his book!  Rudy authored “Off the Rails”, which chronicles his time with Randy Rhoads during their Quiet Riot and Ozzy years.  We barely scratch the surface of Rudy’s career adventures in these episodes, but here are a few things you can expect to hear about in this show:

– Why Rudy loves doing his own housework
– Rudy’s immigration from Cuba to the U.S.
– What his childhood was like in Miami and NJ
– What got him interested in the bass and how he learned how to play
– His time on the club circuit in Miami
– His moves from NY to Chicago to LA, and his early band experiences
– How he became part of Quiet Riot
– His spiritual journey and personal impact of making peace with God
– What it was like to become part of the Ozzy/Sharon family

In Part 2, we continue the conversation from there…so be sure to come back for more on Rudy’s life and fantastic career!*

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I hope you enjoy the episode!

*Please note that Part 1 and Part 2 were recorded this past summer, so some of Rudy’s current adventures are not mentioned for that reason…check out his Facebook page for the very latest!

Damien Horne On His Journey of Hope – From Homeless to Rising Music Star

This week we turn to music, one of my favorite topics, with the incredible Damien Horne. His manager reached out to me shortly after the NOL launch, and when I heard his story, I was super excited to get him on the show. Damien’s story is impactful, not only for hopeful musicians, but for anyone who needs a boost of motivation and inspiration! 

Damien has a way of making everyone feel special, and it’s because he believes they are. Damien has a real knack for tapping into people’s gifts and talents and inspiring them to reach their fullest potential. In fact, if you were to ask Damien what his purpose in life is, that’s probably what he’d say: to make others believe that they can fulfill their own purpose in this world. Whether it’s through his songs, his public speaking platform or simply via a one-on-one conversation, you’ll walk away from him feeling like anything is possible.

Damien’s credentials are loaded. Although he was homeless in two different cities (LA and Nashville), he has shared the stage with the likes of everyone from Faith Hill and Big & Rich to Robert Randolph and John Legend. He’s landed publishing deals with Big Love and Warner Chapel. He was also a part of a country music trio The Farm that was signed to Warner Brothers. During their stint, they had two charting singles. “Home Sweet Home” (Billboard Top 20) and “Be Grateful” (Billboard Top 40).

When Damien’s not on the road as an artist, he’s working alongside The Salvation Army and Boys & Girls Club to share his story of being one of 12 children, the first to graduate from high school and avoiding being a victim of the streets. One of his latest projects is It’s a weekly blog that showcases people who are doing their part to make the world a better place. It’s an online platform that complements what he’s currently focused on: his single and personal motto “Shine” and his upcoming one man show with the same name. Stay tuned.



Get his EP, The Love Saga, Vol. 1 at:


Billy Vera – Part 2 – A Blue-Eyed Soul Journey – From Capitol to the Walk of Fame, The Grammys, Michael Buble, and Much More

In Part 2 of this NOL Music Series, Billy Vera talks about his journey into acting (hint – Jon Voight!), how a well-known hit television show starring Michael J. Fox called ‘Family Ties’ boosted his career, his days with Capitol Records, getting discovered as a voiceover talent via his pro bono work at KCRW, winning a Grammy, snagging a star on the Walk of Fame, and much more, including his Big Band, his book Vintage Neon, his upcoming autobiography, and his still-in-production documentary starring heavyweights such as Dolly Parton and Dionne Warwick.

Show Notes – Part 2:

For more information on Billy and his upcoming gigs and releases, visit:


The famous scene on Family Ties when ‘At This Moment’ plays:

Get the Big Band Jazz CD:

Get the book Vintage Neon:

Michael Buble’s version of ‘At This Moment’:

More info on Billy’s star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame:

Billy’s Grammy:

One of Billy’s many AM/PM commercial voiceovers:

Trailer for Buckaroo Banzai, which Billy appeared in:

Billy Vera – Part 1 – A Blue-Eyed Soul Journey – Atlantic Records, The Apollo and More

In this Part 1 of 2 NOL Music Series, Billy Vera, prolific songwriter, artist, author & historian, chronicles his early days as a budding musician and his journey leading up to writing hit songs for major artists. He shares loads of stories, such as his first appearance at the legendary Apollo Theatre and how his hit song “At This Moment” was written. Hear Billy’s ups and downs of being a blue-eyed soul artist in the 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s.


Show Notes – Part 1:

Billy’s website:

Billy’s #1 hit “At This Moment”:

Billy’s Wiki:

Get the early hit songs ‘Storybook Children’ and ‘With Pen In Hand’:

In-episode ad mention:

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