After leaving Quiet Riot, Sarzo formed M.A.R.S. with former Ozzy Osbourne bandmate Tommy Aldridge, who Sarzo maintained a close friendship with. From April 1987 to September 1994, both Sarzo and Aldridge were members of Whitesnake.

Sarzo would rejoin Quiet Riot on multiple occasions, and recorded albums with them in 1999 and 2001. In February 2004, Sarzo joined Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force for the U.S. 30 city “Attack Tour”. He then joined Dio later in 2004.

In 2006, Sarzo wrote a book, Off The Rails, which tells the story of his time in Ozzy Osbourne's band, and centers mainly on his memories of guitarist Randy Rhoads, a close friend who died in a plane crash during the Diary of a Madman American tour.

As of 2008, he is touring as a member of Blue Öyster Cult.

  • He has been a professional recording and performing artist worldwide for over 20 years. As a member of Ozzy Osbourne's band, from March 1981 to September 1982, Rudy toured the world in support of the "Blizzard of Ozz" and "Diary Of a Madman" records. His bass playing can be heard on Ozzy's multimillion selling CD "Tribute" and "Speak of the Devil" CD and DVD.

  • As a member of Quiet Riot, from September 1982 to January 1985, Rudy recorded the multi-platinum albums "Metal Health", the first Heavy Metal debut to reach #1 on the Billboard charts and "Condition Critical". During this period Rudy headlined worldwide tours, appeared on numerous MTV videos and was voted #1 Bassist in Circus Magazine for 1983.

  • As a member of Whitesnake, from April 1987 to September 1994, Rudy recorded the multi-platinum album "Slip of the Tongue". During this period Rudy also performed worldwide on headline tours in support of the multiplatinum "1987" and "Slip of the Tongue" albums and appeared on 6 MTV videos.

  • As a member of the reunited Quiet Riot, from May 1997 to August 2003, Rudy performed worldwide on headlining tours and as special guests in support of the Quiet Riot CDs "Alive and Well" and "Guilty Pleasure. Rudy also appeared on VH1's Quiet Riot, Behind the Music. In November of 2003, "Quiet Riot Live in The 21st Century" DVD was released after the group disbanded.

  • His recordings with all of these artists combined have sold over 30 million copies.

  • In February of 2004, Rudy joined Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force for the U.S. 30 city "Attack Tour".

  • In April of 2004 Rudy became a member of the multi-platinum Heavy Metal group DIO and has been touring worldwide since.

  • Rudy also plays with Blue Oyster Cult when not touring with DIO.


Sarzo is also an avid computer digital animator. When not touring or recording, he is a 3D technical director and co-executive producer at Ocean Visual FX in Southern California. Sarzo has demonstrated computer animation software at major tradeshows, such as demonstrating Acid, Sony Vegas and DVD Architect software at the Sony Pictures booth during the 2004 Winter NAMM Show. He released the Acid for Non Linear Editors training DVD, directed by Douglas Spotted Eagle, for the VASST training series, and created the “Working Man’s Bass” loop library exclusively for Sony Pictures’ Acid Software. He created the concert 3D animated opening for the video wall used during a European tour by Dio.
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Rudy Sarzo (born Rodolfo Maximiliano Sarzo Lavieille Grande Ruiz Payret y Chaumont, in Havana, Cuba on November 18, 1950) is a world renowned rock musician known primarily for his work as a bass guitarist.

He immigrated to the United States in 1961. Sarzo has played with many well known heavy metal acts including Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Manic Eden, Dio and Blue Öyster Cult.

From March 1981 to September 1982, Sarzo rose to fame as the bassist in ex-Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne's band. He was recruited on the recommendation of Osbourne's guitarist Randy Rhoads, who had previously played with Sarzo in Quiet Riot. Sarzo's playing can be heard on Osbourne's Speak of the Devil and Tribute live albums, though he never appeared on a studio album with Osbourne. The liner notes of Osbourne's 1981 studio album Diary of a Madman list Sarzo as the bassist, though Bob Daisley actually played bass on the recordings.

Following Rhoads' death in a plane crash in 1982, Sarzo became disillusioned and left Osbourne's band. He rejoined Quiet Riot in the midst of the recording of Metal Health, which would go on to become a multi-platinum hit. He remained with the band from September of 1982 to January of 1985, when friction with vocalist Kevin DuBrow convinced him to leave. Sarzo's time in Quiet Riot was coincidentally the band's most successful, and he appeared in numerous MTV videos and was voted 1983's Top Bassist by the readers of Circus magazine.

After Sarzo had left Osbourne's band, a serious rift developed between the two, primarily the result of Quiet Riot vocalist Kevin DuBrow's persistent criticism of Osbourne's vocal abilities in the heavy metal press. Osbourne later claimed to have "punched out" Sarzo in a later meeting.