Rudy Sarzo (Of Quiet Riot), Going Home & Living Joyfully
Rudy Sarzo is "going home" by re-joining Quiet Riot, at least that's how he referred to the transition during a SiriusXM interview with Eddie Trunk. In addition to playing with Quiet Riot, Sarzo has been a member of Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, Blue Oyster Cult, and Queensryche, to name a few.
I was fortunate enough to catch a live interview with Sarzo on Instagram a few weeks ago that was led by a fan, not a professional journalist. Apparently, the fan contacted the rocker requesting the interview and Sarzo accepted the invitation, which right there demonstrates what kind of human being he is. During the exchange, the musician exhibited extreme patience and graciousness because the fan, although very genuine, was not a skilled interviewer and thus was not always a smooth talker, which is a-ok. There's nothing in the world wrong with that, and the only reason I'm mentioning it is to demonstrate what kind of a man Sarzo is, and not to knock the fan-turned-interviewer.
Anyhoo, Rudy Sarzo talked about his roots in Cuba, immigration to the United States at age 11, and his passion as an avid computer digital animator (bet some of you didn't know about that last one). He also discussed how Quiet Riot was a unique band because the members were always very aware of their collective consciousness and thus were in synch regarding the band's goals. Sarzo went on to say that he has always supported every incarnation of the group and recognizes their positive contribution to the industry.
The interviewer commented that Sarzo was a very resilient man, and this is when the interview got (more) interesting. Keep in mind that Quiet Riot has lost three of its supremely talented members--Randy Rhoads, Kevin DuBrow, and Frankie Banali--to untimely deaths. That is a helluva lot of loss for Rudy Sarzo to process. The musician stated that we, as humans, are not in control of much, despite erroneously believing that we have complete control over our lives. He went on to say that we have no control over the bigger plan or of others, and that he recognized this while playing with Quiet Riot. He has accepted that he could not have prevented Rhoads's death nor helped DuBrow make more sound life choices that may have prolonged his life.
Rudy Sarzo also touched on other pertinent topics during the interview, such as the importance of living joyfully, being open-minded and thus receptive to new opportunities, and recognizing that we are all connected and therefore part of a collective consciousness. He commented that traveling the world helped him recognize the similarities among people and that "we're more similar than we're not."
Sarzo, in my opinion, is an emotionally intuitive and highly evolved man. My feeling is that he has learned some of the major life lessons that we're all meant to assimilate. Personally speaking, in the past I really struggled with living joyfully, letting go of control, being grateful for what I had, and being open to new opportunities. I was entrenched in a deep rut plagued by limited thinking that was getting me absolutely nowhere. It took several significant traumas in a short span of time to wake me the hell up, and boy did God, the universe, whatever you want to call it get my attention, but it took knocking me hard on my ass to do so. I still have the bruises to prove it, but I can walk now and the bruises are slowly healing.
Quiet Riot is currently touring and they just added more show dates to the calendar. I plan to see them more than once this summer, particularly at the Whisky A Go Go on June 4th because:
Quiet Riot + Rudy Sarzo + Whisky A Go Go = Pure Joy!
And as Rudy Sarzo knows, living joyfully is why we are all here.