Brazil’s “TV Diário” earlier in the year conducted an interview with legendary bassist Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT, WHITESNAKE, DIO, ANIMETAL USA). You can now watch the chat in the YouTube clip below.
During a recent conversation with Ultimate Classic Rock, Sarzo revealed that he is no longer a touring member of BLUE ÖYSTER CULT.
“Due to my scheduling with other projects that I’m doing, it became a little bit hard for me to keep a really solid working schedule with BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, so we amicably, we just basically parted ways,” Sarzo said. “So they can actually find somebody who can devote more time to the band and I can actually pursue other bands that I’m doing.”
Sarzo‘s other projects include the Japanese anime-inspired project ANIMETAL USA and TRED, the new band featuring former ANTHRAX singer Dan Nelson, TWISTED SISTER drummer AJ Pero and ADRENALINE MOB guitarist Mike Orlando. His time is further occupied by shows with the official Ronnie James Dio tribute band DIO DISCIPLES and his ongoing duties with the Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp.
Sarzo and Randy Rhoads shared a unique musical kinship — they both played with QUIET RIOT and OZZY OSBOURNE, but most importantly they shared a friendship. Rudy‘s book, “Off The Rails”, was written to tell Randy‘s story; from local musician to global superstar and the truth about the crash that took his life.
Sarzo speaks with honesty in the book, which was written from journals he kept during the “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary Of A Madman” tours.
A collector’s edition of Rudy‘s book, “Off the Rails: Aboard the Crazy Train in the Blizzard of Ozz”, was released in August 2008 via TooSmart! Publishing. According to Sarzo, “The new edition is beautiful and includes many more pictures throughout the book as well as a 16-page glossy spread of Ross Halfin photos from the beginning of our tour.”