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40 Years Of Metal Health: An Exclusive Interview With RUDY SARZO of QUIET RIOT

By George Dionne, Podcaster
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 @ 11:41 AM

“[Rehab] was QUIET RIOT trying to go forward while keeping one foot in the past.”

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On January 12, 2023, QUIET RIOT re-released their 2006 studio album with a surprise bonus track added to it. Rehab: Relapsed And Remastered features a previously unreleased song that was found on an old iPod belonging to current guitarist Alex Grossi.

“I Can’t Hold On” was originally written and demoed by Grossi and late QUIET RIOT vocalist Kevin Dubrow in 2003. Now finished, the song reunites Dubrow, bassist Rudy Sarzo, and late drummer Frankie Banali from the Metal Health-era of the band.

The song and accompanying music VIDEO celebrates the memories created by Kevin Dubrow and Frankie Banali, and signals why it was important for the QUIET RIOT legacy to live on.

Regina Banali created Red Samurai Music to preserve her late husband’s life work, and Rehab: Relapsed And Remstered is the first of what will likely be many releases from the imprint bearing QUIET RIOT’s name.

Longtime bassist Rudy Sarzo returned ‘home’ to QUIET RIOT in 2022, to help celebrate 40 Years of Metal Health throughout 2023. He joins guitarist Alex Grossi, drummer Johnny Kelly (TYPE O NEGATIVE), and vocalist Jizzy Pearl (LOVE/HATE). I had the chance to catch up with Rudy Sarzo to talk about the QUIET RIOT legacy.

Highlights include:

-Coming up with Randy Rhodes
-Discussion of Rehab: Relaped & Remastered
-The discovery of the lost song “I Can’t Hold On”
-Were there other lost songs found
-Sarzo’s thoughts on Rehab (2006)
-Hard work that went into making Metal Health a hit in ‘83
-Some of the pitfalls that followed
-40 Years of Metal Health Tour 2023
-Remembering Guilty Pleasures (2001)
-Focusing on ‘the hits’
-Will there be a follow-up to his Off The Rails (2006) book
-Why Sarzo thinks Podcasts are the new historical journals
-And much, much more


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