Rudy Sarzo Owes His Career To Randy Rhoads: ‘He Put His Reputation On The Line’

In a new interview with Bass Player, Ozzy Osbourne’s bassist Rudy Sarzo recalled his days with Randy Rhoads and explained why he owes his career to him.

During the interview, he went on to discuss the times he was friends with Rhoads before his passing in 1982. In Sarzo’s words, the guitarist put his reputation on the line, which seemingly helped Sarzo grow his career. Sarzo explained:

“He trusted me. He put his reputation with Sharon and Ozzy on the line to bring me in. That’s how I got in, because I had no track record. And then, in addition, I am a thousand percent convinced that Randy saved everybody in Ozzy’s tour bus, keeping the plane from crashing into us. It clipped the bus, but it did not crash directly into the bus, and if that had happened, we would all have perished along with Randy and the others in the plane.”

Sarzo Learned A Lot From Rhoads

At the time, Sarzo was employed at Rhoads’ mother’s music school, the Musonia School of Music in Los Angeles, a position extended to him by Rhoads after successfully auditioning for the band. This opportunity turned out to be crucial, as per Sarzo, marking the time when their connection strengthened. According to him, Rhoads dedicated a significant portion of his time to teaching at the school before delving into band-related activities:

“I learned so much more than just learning how to teach the bass because that’s where I got the opportunity to really spend more time with Randy. Once I started teaching, I would be spending more time with Randy and going, ‘Okay, so this is what’s really going on here.'”

It turns out that Rhoads’ strong musical background stemmed largely from his family lineage, as both of his parents were instructors at the Musonia. They played a significant role in shaping his musical upbringing, having built the school ‘with their own two hands.’ He continued:

“I would hear him play some classically-influenced passages of certain Quiet Riot songs, but not necessarily sitting down to play a classical piece on a classical guitar as he would do between students at the Musonia. That showed me a whole different musical side of Randy.”

Rhoads lost his life in a plane crash at the age of 26.

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