On February 24, Dani Buarque of the “Lokaos Rock Show” conducted an interview with legendary bassist Rudy Sarzo (BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT, WHITESNAKE, DIO) prior to BLUE ÖYSTER CULT‘s concert at HSBC Brasil in São Paulo, Brazil. You can now watch the chat below.
When asked about the tragic 1982 airplane accident — a morning joy ride gone horribly wrong in Florida — that took the life of OZZY OSBOURNE/ex-QUIET RIOT guitarist Randy Rhoads, Sarzo said in an April 2011 interview with The Star-Ledger, “We all deal with grief in different ways. You’re grieving and you learn to live with the passing of your friend — somebody who I owe my career to, someone who saved our lives by turning the plane from actually completely crashing into the bus where we were sleeping, and just clipping the bus instead.”
When asked about why he rejoined his and Rhoads‘ pre-Osbourne band, then a relatively unknown Los Angeles bar band by the name of QUIET RIOT, Sarzo said, “I left the biggest band in the world to join total uncertainty. I just needed some peace of mind. Thank God it turned out how it did. When we got to be No. 1 in 1983, we were competing with ‘Thriller’, we were competing with ‘Synchronicity’ — all great albums of that era. That was quite an honor. It was more than just selling records. It was what it meant to achieve that in the company of artists like Michael Jackson and Sting.”
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.”
“Off the Rails” includes a first-person account from Rudy‘s personal day-by-day diary of events while touring with Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads in the early Eighties. The book was originally due in 2005 but was delayed after Sharon Osbourne allegedly applied pressure to have it pulled.