“I never felt any pressure to be or play like Randy. I only knew Randy as the guitar player for Ozzy”: How Carlos Cavazo became the guitarist who replaced Randy Rhoads in Quiet Riot – with the help of Randy Rhoads himself

Carlos Cavazo and Randy Rhoads
(Image credit: Bill Tompkins / Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

In 1982, only a couple of years after they first disbanded, Quiet Riot reformed with a reshuffled lineup.

Headed up by original vocalist Kevin DuBrow, the new-look Quiet Riot featured drummer Frankie Banali, bassist Chuck Wright, and former Snow electric guitar player Carlos Cavazo, who was recruited to replace Randy Rhoads.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.

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