Quiet Riot Bassist Recalls Whitesnake’s Inner Conflicts That Later Caused David Coverdale’s Departure

Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne bass guitarist Rudy Sarzo remembered the time when he was offered to join Whitesnake and explained why he refused their offer during a recent appearance on 80’s Glam Metalcast.

In the conversation, Rudy pointed out that he first met and become friends with Whitesnake in 1984 where they were an opening band for Quiet Riot in the ‘Condition Critical’  tour. Furthermore, Rudy remembered that Whitesnake asked him to join them with drummer Tommy Aldridge when he decided to leave Quiet Riot in the next year, but he decided to turn down the offer at first.

As Rudy said, he knew that Whitesnake had been dealing with the inner conflicts for a while and he thought that the band wouldn’t survive long even if he joined. In the end, David Coverdale ended up firing three members in the next year, Neil Murray, John Sykes, and Aynsley Dunbar.

Therefore, Rudy decided to step in for the Whitesnake after only one musician left that was part of that conflict. Thanks to this decision, the band’s one of the most successful albums was released, named ‘Whitesnake.’

Unfortunately, dealing with the inner conflicts as well as the serious sinus infection made David pretty frustrating. Therefore, Coverdale got tired of the business over the years and disbanded Whitesnake in 1990. Following two years of working with Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, Coverdale formed a new lineup for Whitesnake, featuring Rudy Sarzo once again, and returned to the action.

Rudy Sarzo recalled the conflicts that affected Whitesnake’s dispersal:

“My roots with Whitesnake date back to 1984, the ‘Condition Critical’ Quiet Riot tour when Whitesnake was the opening band. So I met everybody, I became very close with all the members, and I have been a fan of Whitesnake since the ’70s. And David with Deep Purple, one of my favorite records of all time is ‘Burn.’

So when I left Quiet Riot in 1985, I got a call from management, and at the time, I was putting a band together with Tommy Aldridge, and we went over to Whitesnake’s management office, and they offered us to join the band.

And what happened is this – since I had toured with Whitesnake, I knew about the inner conflicts that were going on within the band, so I was not surprised that there was going to be a new band shortly because there was so much conflict going on, I could not see that surviving.”

He continued:

“But then when they brought us in, there was one musician left in the band that was part of that conflict, and I decided, I said, ‘No, I’m just leaving one situation, I don’t want to join another situation.’ So I passed on the opportunity in 1985.

“nd I really believe that if I would have said yes, I would have never made it through past the recording of the record because nobody from that record survived and went on to the ‘1987’ tour.

Adrian  had joined Whitesnake right before they finished the ’87 record so he got to play the solo on ‘Here I Go Again,’ but there’s no other musician besides, of course, David Coverdale who made it from that record to the tour of ‘1987.’”

You can check out the full interview below.