Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy, Whitesnake, Dio…)


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 By Thomas Semioli

Among the most prolific, versatile and accomplished bassists on stage and on record, Rodolfo Maximiliano Sarzo Lavieille Grande Ruiz Payret y Chaumont has anchored some of hard rock’s most groundbreaking and influential artists: Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Dio, Yngwie Malmsteem, and Tony MacAlpine, to cite a select few.

An author (Off The Rails / 2006), composer, clinician, educator (Rock Bass Essentials), and designer (Signature Peavey Cirrus Bass, Spector Signature Bass) – Rudy plies his craft with a crisp tone, deft use of chords and harmonic extensions, and a proclivity to leave space in a genre oft given to over-playing! And he’s a master showman….

Incorporating signature jazz, rock, classical, and Latin motifs in his solos, Rudy exemplifies the value of exploring musical formats beyond his chosen genre.   

Along with Tony Franklin, Boz Burrell, Bill Wyman, Kenny Passarelli, and Jack Bruce, Rudy is among rock’s fretless bass pioneers.


As the Rock and Roll Hall Fame is making strides, albeit slowly, in citing the masters and influencers of metal and hard rock, Rudy Sarzo should be recognized for his body of work as a sideman, performer, and bandmember in the Musical Excellence category.   

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Dig Rudy with Quiet Riot “Bang Your Head” https://youtu.be/O_1ruZWJigo

Dig Rudy with Tony McAlpine from Project Driver “I Can See It In Your Eyes” https://youtu.be/lIlswNoPnIg

Dig Tony Senatore’s Rudy rendition from Project Driver “Nations On Fire” https://youtu.be/y6JS3VNEsXc

Dig Rudy with Manic Eden https://youtu.be/5s-Anco9jmM

Dig Rudy demoing his Spector bass: https://youtu.be/GrhIfsJD9yY

Dig Rudy rockin’ with Ozzy “Mr. Crowley” https://youtu.be/G3LvhdFEOqs

Rudy as the consummate song player in a pop rock context: Dig Tony Senatore’s rendition of Rudy’s passage on the Quiet Riot by way of Slade classic “Come On Feel The Noise” https://youtu.be/lgBMgpf7NXo