“Randy indirectly got me the gig. He told Kevin, ‘Hey, you should check out this guy. My students are saying he’s really good. Give him a call for Quiet Riot’”: Carlos Cavazo forged ’80s hair metal excess, replaced Randy Rhoads and riffed with Ratt

American Rock band Quiet Riot performs onstage at Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, October 5, 1983. Pictured are, from left, vocalist Kevin Dubrow (1955 - 2007) and guitarist Carlos Cavazo.
(Image credit: Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

As one of the early comers to the buzzing hair metal scene, Carlos Cavazo assumed the role of lead guitarist for a reformed Quiet Riot, setting off a chain reaction of glammed-out excess.

Stepping out of the shadow of Randy Rhoads and into the spotlight, Cavazo – like many of his contemporaries would do later – infused classical and flamenco touches to Quiet Riot’s mix. The result was a torrent of madness on the backside of Quiet Riot’s 1983 smash success, Metal Health, skyrocketing the unassuming six-stringer.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.