I played guitar in a few bands until it became obvious I wasn’t that good. Although I knew the chords and the notes, I didn’t have the feel so I switched to bass. After years of idolizing Eddie Van Halen and Angus Young, I needed new influences for my new instrument. Fortunately, there was no shortage of amazing players in that era for me to learn from; Spider (Streetheart), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Steve Harris (Iron Maiden), Dee Murray (Elton John), and Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Dio, Blue Oyster Cult).
Last weekend, I was lucky to meet Rudy and have a short chat with him. It’s said you should never meet your heroes because you might end up disappointed. This was absolutely not the case with Rudy. He was a really friendly and approachable guy. I’m glad I met him.
His recording career is storied, but somewhat complicated. You can read about it elsewhere. Rather try and explain which albums he played on compared to which albums his picture appeared on, I chose three live performances. As he’s the bass player, he gets last camera time than the other guys. Rock and roll is a vicious game.
All along, all I’ve really wanted to be is a writer. So now I tell people that’s what I am, even though I haven’t earned a dime being a writer.
That being said, I’ll confess that once a day, every day, I wish I was still a musician. That was the one time in my life when I was cool.