|Birth name||Rodolfo Maximiliano Sarzo Lavieille|
Grande Ruiz Payret y Chaumont
|Birth place||Havana, Cuba|
|Associated acts||Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake,|
Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, Dio,
Blue Öyster Cult
Rock career[edit | edit source]
Rudy Sarzo is a lifelong heavy metal bassist, actively rocking for 40 years straight. A lot of his efforts have resulted in more underground projects, including stints with Manic Eden, Angel, Michael Baito, Animetal, Bass Invaders, and Geoff Tate. In his 1980's heyday though, Sarzo struck gold performing on recordings by three of the biggest metal acts of the 80's at their peak; Ozzy Osbourne's Speak of the Devil (1982), both of Quiet Riot's big albums; Metal Health (1983) and Condition Critical (1984), and Whitesnake's Slip of the Tongue (1989).
What distinguished Rudy from other metal bassists: Sarzo was also an active video gamer and was known to have traveled with a Vectrex on the Quiet Riot tour bus. In an era when top 40 metal and home video game systems were at their pinnacle, Sarzo made room in his life for both. It is unknown if he chose the Vectrex as his preferred touring system because it had arcade graphics or because it had a built-in screen.
Technical career[edit | edit source]
Sarzo is also an avid computer digital animator. When not touring or recording, he is a 3D technical director and co-executive producer at Ocean Visual FX in Southern California. Sarzo has demonstrated computer animation software at major tradeshows, such as demonstrating Acid, Sony Vegas and DVD Architect software at the Sony Pictures booth during the 2004 Winter NAMM Show. He released the Acid for Non Linear Editors training DVD, directed by Douglas Spotted Eagle, for the VASST training series, and created the “Working Man’s Bass” loop library exclusively for Sony Pictures’ Acid Software. He created the concert 3D animated opening for the video wall used during a European tour by Dio. 
Sarzo's Vectrex[edit | edit source]
The auction, which started at $99.99, ended with a winning bid of $499. In addition to the Vectrex, it included an additional Vectrex Control Panel and a certificate of authenticity signed by Sarzo himself.
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