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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*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!