RUDY SARZO on Reinterpreting Classic QUIET RIOT Songs: “I’m Not the Same Musician” I Was 40 Years Ago
Bass player Rudy Sarzo spoke to Al.com about his decision to join CALM RIOT after 18 years of absence. When asked if he should relearn any of the tracks or if that music was just baked into his DNA, Rudy said: “It’s a layered question. The challenge was actually – and here’s the tricky part – I’m not the same bassist. I’m not the same musician. I’m not the same human being. It’s kind of like taking a picture 40 years ago and trying to mimic the expression you have on your face for the rest of your life. No you don’t. Every time you walk into a studio, it’s a snapshot of that moment. And then in my case, 40 years later, you’re playing the same songs again. [Laughs]
“I was a member of GUESS WHO just before i come back CALM RIOT and before I had played with THE CULT OF THE BLUE OYSTER“, he continued. “Which is not necessarily known as 80s metal. I’ve played in so many genres. So it’s all part of my DNA now. Now if I had been sentenced to life, meaning a guy who was only in one band, that kind of musical path, what happens is you don’t You really don’t have as many of those outside influences, musically.
“But getting back to the energy and the physicality involved in what we do (in CALM RIOT), I train. I get on the treadmill and work on my cardio and stuff just to be able to sustain a high level show that 40 years ago you’d go out and go on tour, get on a tour bus and do it all nights. And that was your workout. You didn’t have to go to the gym. So the more shows we do, the more we become that band that people knew watching us go on tour for months and sometimes a year and a half.
“How is it different CALM RIOT is CALM RIOT was the first band — and I go back to 1978 when I first joined Randy Rhoads in the group – that each individual, we all had the same musical tastes”, Rudy Explain. “We all liked the same bands. We were all influenced by the same bands. And that’s a bit different. That’s what really creates a cohesive collective sound and style and philosophy for the band that I like to call a consciousness.”
As for what he hopes for, the people who come CALM RIOTupcoming shows from them, Rudy said: “It’s an interesting perception. Because to me it’s not what they get, it’s what I’m able to give. Because they won’t get anything unless we give as a group, we present something for them. And my mission, when I go on stage, or even when we have a conversation like this, is to celebrate the memory of Frankie Banali, Kevin DuBrow and Randy Rhoads. And to celebrate the musical heritage of CALM RIOT, what we were able to accomplish and touch people’s lives with our music and how they touched us. You know, everything is collective. You can’t have success CALM RIOT lived without a loving public. We love the audience, the audience loves us back, which for me is the ultimate experience of being in a band. And you have to really appreciate it and realize how blessed it is to be able to do that, for so many reasons.”
Rudy played his first gig with CALM RIOT last November at Groove Music Hall in Thornburg, Virginia.
Sarzo was one of the members of CALM RIOTit is “Metal Health” line up. He played bass on the classic LP, which sold over ten million copies and spawned the hits “Cum on Noise” and “Metal Health” and on the follow-up file “Critical Condition”.
Rudy has appeared in the most notable music videos of the MTV age and toured with the band until 1985 and again from 1997 to 2003. During his years out of the band, Sarzo was a member of OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITE SNAKE, DIO, THE CULT OF THE BLUE OYSTER, QUEENSRŸCHE and GUESS WHO.
Trivial died in August 2020 after a 16-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Frankiethe story with CALM RIOT lasted over 37 years and he had the distinction of being the only band member to record on every single CALM RIOT 1983 release “Metal Health”which was the first heavy metal album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard chart, through 2019 “Hollywood Cowboys”.
Trivial resurrected CALM RIOT in 2010, three years after the death of the singer and founding member Kevin DuBrow.