Chris Epting of AOL’s Noisecreep spoke with bassist Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake) about Eagle Rock’s forthcoming DVD release of Ozzy Osbourne’s concert film Speak of the Devil on July 17th. Portions of the interview appear below.
NC: Rudy, the Speak of the Devil show was special, wasn’t it?
Sarzo: It really was. I’ve been looking forward to watching this since seeing the initial broadcast on Halloween in 1982. It was filmed in Southern California so it was a kind of hometown gig for all of us in the band because we all lived in the L.A. area. And of course, what makes it really special is that the person we are playing for, although he is not there in body, is truly present with us. You feel it.
Sarzo: It’s something I talk about in the liner notes. This particular show was really about capturing something unique. Rarely do you see a band doing a video where the main character or performer is not there. Randy Rhoads is missing – but we were all playing in the spirit of Randy. Every performance that happened after the crash was basically leading us all through the steps of grieving – every single one. And so by the time we were doing that last show, it was a celebration – purely a celebration of Randy Rhoads. By that night we had reached a truly special level and so to have it captured so professionally is very exciting for all of us. And remember, this was really the last tour that featured so much from Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman, which Ozzy wrote with Randy. So all of the music that’s featured is very special, too.
NC: What was this tour like for you personally? I mean, on the DVD you play with such force and energy – you seem really moved by what is happening on stage.
Sarzo: Over the course of playing with this amazing band, starting when my good friend Randy was there, I had developed that style that you talk about. I learned playing with that Ozzy band, how to really dig deep into the music and become part of the music rather than just playing notes. That’s something I have carried with me ever since. Being in that band for those couple of tours was a touchstone of my career; nothing else even comes close to that.
Read Rudy Sarzo’s entire interview with Noisecreep by clicking here.