Tag Archives: rudy sarzo

RANDY RHOADS – A TRIBUTE – METAL REWIND

Happy Friday Metalheads. I hope you had a great week. Today we honor the late guitar legend Randy Rhoads, who passed away 38 years ago on March 19, 1982.

Randy was on his way to Orlando, Florida for the next stop on the Ozzy Osbourne, Diary of a Madman tour. After driving most of the night, the band stopped to visit friends and ended up going for a joyride on a small engine plane piloted by tour bus driver Andrew Aycock. Rhoads, who was afraid of flying went only because seamstress/hairdresser Rachel Youngblood had a heart condition and Aycock promised he wouldn’t do anything risky. Randy, who also loved photography wanted to take some aerial photos. Aycock tried to startle the sleeping members on the tour bus and flew the plane extremely close to the bus twice. The third trip, however, proved to be fatal. The plane crashed and burst into flames killing 25-year-old Rhoads, Youngblood and himself.

ozzyrandy

Randy began his foray into music forming a cover band at 14 called Violet Fox, with his brother on drums, playing classic songs by The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper and David Bowie during performances at a local music school. After Violet Fox broke up, Randy formed The Whore and began playing over the next several months at backyard parties in LA. At 16, Randy and best friend Kelli Garni, who he had taught to play bass, formed Quiet Riot and started playing bars and clubs around LA including two of the most popular in that era: The Whisky a Go-Go and The Starwood. While they were creating a buzz, Quiet Riot was only able to sign a Japanese recording contract with CBS/Sony who released Quiet Riot and Quiet Riot II in Japan only.

In 1979, during an interview with a magazine, Ozzy Osbourne mentioned that he was looking for a new guitarist. The editors suggested Rhoads and when he showed up for his audition Ozzy hired him on the spot without even hearing a note. Randy had later recounted  “I just tuned up and did some riffs, and he said, ‘You’ve got the gig’; I had the weirdest feeling, because I thought, ‘You didn’t even hear me yet’”. Osbourne was drunk and passed out during the audition, but described Rhoads’ playing as “God entering my life”.

Rhoads played on two Ozzy albums: “Blizzard of Oz” and “Diary of a Madman.” Ozzy also released a 3 song live EP in 1980 called “Mr. Crowley Live EP” from a Southhampton, UK show earlier in the year.

Randy, who was a devoted student of classical guitar combined his classical music influences along with his own heavy style to create music that will live on forever. He has influenced many, many musicians and is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time. His death was a huge shock to the world and Ozzy wrote in his autobiography “I Am Ozzy” that he almost quit music after Randy’s death.

You may be gone but you are never forgotten!

OZZY OSBOURNE – MR. CROWLEY LIVE 1981

OZZY OSBOURNE – I DON’T KNOW LIVE 1981

OZZY OSBOURNE – CRAZY TRAIN

 

HURRICANE – I’M ON TO YOU – METAL REWIND

hurricane

Pictures courtesy of Melodic Hard Rock and Amazon

Happy Friday Metalheads! Today we take a trip back to 1988, to a song by the band Hurricane called “I’m On To You” off their second album, “Over The Edge.”

Comprised of Kelly Hansen on vocals, Robert Sarzo on guitar, Tony Cavazo on bass and Jay Schellen on drums, Hurricane had minor success with the album, “Over The Edge” including hitting #92 on the Billboard Top 100 chart. The album also includes a cover of Alice Cooper’s, “I’m Eighteen” and Sarzo and Cavazo are the younger brothers of Rudy Sarzo and Carlos Cavazo respectively.

The band has changed lineups numerous times and singer Kelly Hansen has gone on to become the current frontman for Foreigner. Drummer Jay Schellen currently works with a number of different bands including Asia and Yes and guitarist Robert Sarzo and bassist Tony Cavazo remain active in the music industry today.

Check out the video below with Bobbie Brown from Warrant’s “Cherry Pie” video:

RANDY RHOADS – A TRIBUTE – METAL REWIND

Happy Friday Metalheads. I hope you had a great week. Today we honor the late guitar legend Randy Rhoads, who would have been 63 years old today.

Randy, who died in 1982, was on his way to Orlando, Florida for the next stop on the Ozzy Osbourne, Diary of a Madman tour. After driving most of the night, the band stopped to visit friends and ended up going for a joyride on a small engine plane piloted by tour bus driver Andrew Aycock. Rhoads, who was afraid of flying went only because seamstress/hairdresser Rachel Youngblood had a heart condition and Aycock promised he wouldn’t do anything risky. Randy, who also loved photography wanted to take some aerial photos. Aycock tried to startle the sleeping members on the tour bus and flew the plane extremely close to the bus twice. The third trip, however, proved to be fatal. The plane crashed and burst into flames killing 25-year-old Rhoads, Youngblood and himself.

ozzyrandy

Randy began his foray into music forming a cover band at 14 called Violet Fox, with his brother on drums, playing classic songs by The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper and David Bowie during performances at a local music school. After Violet Fox broke up, Randy formed The Whore and began playing over the next several months at backyard parties in LA. At 16, Randy and best friend Kelli Garni, who he had taught to play bass, formed Quiet Riot and started playing bars and clubs around LA including two of the most popular in that era: The Whisky a Go-Go and The Starwood. While they were creating a buzz, Quiet Riot was only able to sign a Japanese recording contract with CBS/Sony who released Quiet Riot and Quiet Riot II in Japan only.

In 1979, during an interview with a magazine, Ozzy Osbourne mentioned that he was looking for a new guitarist. The editors suggested Rhoads and when he showed up for his audition Ozzy hired him on the spot without even hearing a note. Randy had later recounted  “I just tuned up and did some riffs, and he said, ‘You’ve got the gig’; I had the weirdest feeling, because I thought, ‘You didn’t even hear me yet’”. Osbourne was drunk and passed out during the audition, but described Rhoads’ playing as “God entering my life”.

Rhoads played on two Ozzy albums: “Blizzard of Oz” and “Diary of a Madman.” Ozzy also released a 3 song live EP in 1980 called “Mr. Crowley Live EP” from a Southhampton, UK show earlier in the year.

Randy, who was a devoted student of classical guitar combined his classical music influences along with his own heavy style to create music that will live on forever. He has influenced many, many musicians and is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time. His death was a huge shock to the world and Ozzy wrote in his autobiography “I Am Ozzy” that he almost quit music after Randy’s death.

You may be gone but you are never forgotten!

OZZY OSBOURNE – MR. CROWLEY LIVE 1981

OZZY OSBOURNE – I DON’T KNOW LIVE 1981

OZZY OSBOURNE – CRAZY TRAIN

 

OZZY OSBOURNE – DIARY OF A MADMAN – METAL REWIND

ozzyrandy

Happy Friday Metalheads! Hope you all had a great week! Today we take a trip back to 1981 to the second album by Ozzy Osbourne called “Diary of a Madman” released 38 years ago on November 7, 1981.

This is the last album by Ozzy to feature guitarist Randy Rhoads, who sadly passed away several months later while on tour in support of the album. Bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake were originally involved in the recording of the album, with Daisley providing most of the lyrics and music on the record. During the recording however, they were fired and subsequently replaced by Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge, who are also credited on the album liner notes as well.

“Diary of a Madman” entered the Billboard chart at No. 16 and features three singles that also hit the Mainstream Rock Chart: “Flying High Again”, “Over The Mountain” and “You Can’t Kill Rock and Roll”.  On May 10, 1982, “Diary of a Madman” was certified platinum by the RIAA and triple platinum on Oct. 26, 1994.

The cover art for the album features Ozzy’s son Louis from his first marriage along with Ozzy in theatrical makeup.

CHECK OUT THE CLASSIC ALBUM BELOW:

 

WHITESNAKE – STILL OF THE NIGHT – METAL REWIND

whitesnake87

Happy Friday Metalheads! Today we take a trip back to 1987 to a track from the seventh self -titled album by Whitesnake called “Still of the Night.”

The song written by David Coverdale and John Sykes hit #16 on the UK Billboard Chart and #79 on the Billboard Hot 100 U.S. chart when it was released in March of 1987 and combines the blues origins of the band with a more distorted, harder sound driving the song, making it a classic.

The video was the first of many Whitesnake videos to include David’s then wife, Tawny Kitaen and ended up being the most requested video the first week of it’s release. The lineup for the song included David Coverdale – vocals, John Skykes and Adrian Vandenberg – guitars, Neil Murray – bass, Aynsley Dunbar – drums and Don Airey on keyboards. Since the band had changed personnel from the time the song was written until it was recorded, the lineup had changed to Vivian Campbell on guitar along with Adrian Vandenberg, Rudy Sarzo on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums.

The song and band were often compared to Led Zeppelin, especially Adrian’s bowing guitar technique in the video, however while considering Zeppelin an influence, Coverdale felt that the song stood on it’s own merit. The song still stands the test of time and is one of my all-time favorite metal songs from the 80’s.

CHECK OUT THE CLASSIC VIDEO BELOW:

HURRICANE – I’M ON TO YOU – METAL REWIND

hurricane

Pictures courtesy of Melodic Hard Rock and Amazon

Happy Friday Metalheads! Today we take a trip back to 1988, to a song by the band Hurricane called “I’m On To You” off their second album, “Over The Edge.”

Comprised of Kelly Hansen on vocals, Robert Sarzo on guitar, Tony Cavazo on bass and Jay Schellen on drums, Hurricane had minor success with the album, “Over The Edge” including hitting #92 on the Billboard Top 100 chart. The album also includes a cover of Alice Cooper’s, “I’m Eighteen” and Sarzo and Cavazo are the younger brothers of Rudy Sarzo and Carlos Cavazo respectively.

The band has changed lineups numerous times and singer Kelly Hansen has gone on to become the current frontman for Foreigner. Drummer Jay Schellen currently works with a number of different bands including Asia and Yes and guitarist Robert Sarzo and bassist Tony Cavazo remain active in the music industry today.

Check out the video below with Bobbie Brown from Warrant’s “Cherry Pie” video:

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

QUIET RIOT – BANG YOUR HEAD – METAL REWIND

Growing up in the 80’s was such a great time for me with lots of great memories which led me to want to share some of my favorites (and possibly yours) then and now.

Welcome to METAL REWIND!! Every Friday I’ll write about an old song, album, band or video from back in the day that always gets my blood flowing and reminds me of days past. I gladly welcome any requests or suggestions and would love to feature your favorites as well.

To begin, this week we’ll take a trip back to 1983, to one of the very first songs that put heavy metal into the spotlight, Quiet Riot’s Metal Health (Bang Your Head) off the album of the same name, Metal Health.

Quiet-Riot-Bang-Your-Head

L to R: Rudy Sarzo, Carlos Cavazo, Kevin DuBrow and Frankie Banali

Images courtesy of : Wikipedia & vintageheavymetal.com

The video begins with lead singer Kevin Dubrow in a straight jacket and metal mask planning his escape to entice us all to bang our heads because metal health is what we all need along with bandmates: bassist Rudy Sarzo, guitarist Carlos Cavazo and  drummer Frankie Banali.

The track reached #31 on the Billboard Top 100 chart and was #35 on VH1’s Top 40 Metal songs of all time and has been used in numerous movies and shows, including the professional video wrestling game: Showdown: Legends of Wrestling.

Sadly, singer Kevin DuBrow died of a cocaine overdose in 2007, however his brother Terry DuBrow, a world renowned plastic surgeon, who’s wife Heather is featured on the Housewives of Orange County and had a show on E! called Botched, has his late brother’s platinum records displayed on the walls of his home and speaks about his brother every chance he gets.

Bassist Rudy Sarzo, was one of the original members of Quiet Riot along with guitarist Randy Rhoads, who both left Quiet Riot to become part of Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band. However after Rhoads death in 1982, Sarzo rejoined Quiet Riot but left in 1985 due to DuBrow constantly bickering and insulting fellow metal bands. Sarzo has had a long career in metal including stints in Whitesnake, Blue Oyster Cult and Geoff Tate’s Queensryche.

Guitarist Carlos Cavazo, who replaced Randy Rhoads in Quiet Riot played with the band until their breakup in 2003. When they reformed in 2004, Cavazo was not included in the reunited lineup and subsequent album release. Cavazo formed his own band, 3 Legged Dog and also became a member of RATT, til earlier this year.

Drummer Frankie Banali, who is the only original member of the band from their classic lineup is still touring with a new lineup of Quiet Riot. Banali started a Kickstarter campaign and produced a documentary released in 2014 that chronicles Quiet Riot’s career called: Quiet Riot – Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back – the infamous lyric from “Metal Health.”

Bang Your Head to the classic video Metal Health below: