Rudy Sarzo Announces His Departure from Blue Öyster Cult

Bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake) has announced his departure from Blue Oyster Cult, his rock and roll home for the past four years.

Sarzo told Ultimate Classic Rock that he and the group had reached a mutual decision to make the change.

“Due to my scheduling with other projects that I’m doing, it became a little bit hard for me to keep a really solid working schedule with BOC," Sarzo said. "So we amicably, we just basically parted ways. So they can actually find somebody who can devote more time to the band and I can actually pursue other bands that I’m doing.”

Sarzo’s many projects include the Japanese anime-inspired Animetal U.S.A. and Tred, a band featuring former Anthrax singer Dan Nelson, Twisted Sister drummer AJ Pero and Adrenaline Mob guitarist Mike Orlando. Sarzo also performs with Dio Disciples and works with Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp.

Tred are finishing up their debut album, which will be released later this year.

Head to Ultimate Classic Rock for more on this story.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.