Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot’s bassist Rudy Sarzo recently recalled him rejoining Quiet Riot after working with Ozzy Osbourne during the peak of the band’s career. He compared performing with the two musical acts and stated that it was a celebration every night.
Rudy Sarzo first joined Quiet Riot a year before their disbandment in 1979. He familiarised himself with the band only to quit after a year and accepted Ozzy Osbourne’s offer to join him on tour. He established his name between 1981 and 1982 with Osbourne and became a well-known heavy metal bassist.
Right on time for the iconic Metal Health tour, the bassist quit Osbourne and returned to Quiet Riot for the tour. The band gained commercial fame with Sarzo on bass and lived their peak years after 1983. He stayed with the band until 1985.
Rejoining Quiet Riot after burning the stage with Osbourne was definitely an experience for Sarzo. In his recent interview, he described his feelings about transforming from major tours to playing in clubs with Quiet Riot. He stated that even though it seemed like a downgrade, he was happy because he was with his’ family.’
Here is what he said about returning to Quiet Riot:
“When we first went out, it was with Vandenberg up in the San Francisco area, and we were driving ourselves around in station wagons. I was back in the clubs, I was not on a major tour bus going onstage in arenas with Ozzy, but I was happy. I was with my family. And then we got an RV. We drove ourselves around, opening up for the Scorpions, which led to the US Festival. And then back on tour again with ZZ Top, driving ourselves in an RV. Then we opened for Loverboy, and there was a little disparity between their lifestyle and the Quiet Riot lifestyle at the time, so we got kicked off the tour. But within a week, our manager put together a headline tour with Queensryche supporting us, and it was either Axe or Kick Axe – I always get confused there – also on the bill.”
“But what I remember most is it was a celebration every single night. It didn’t matter where we were or who we were playing with – Loverboy, ZZ Top, later on, Judas Priest, and Black Sabbath. It didn’t matter if we were in a club or an arena. It was just, ‘Go up there and have fun and be Quiet Riot.'”
While working with Ozzy was a bigger deal, coming back to Quiet Riot seemed like it was more fun for the bassist. Before each show, no matter where they were performing, the band’s mission was to have fun and be themselves, making a ‘celebration’ every night.