Robert Sarzo is a Cuban-American guitarist. His career has spanned 40 years. He has worked with an array of notable and iconic people in the entertainment industry. As a bit of trivia, he was hired by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, as the original replacement for Randy Rhoads. Robert never went on tour with Ozzy because Jet Record’s Don Arden, also Sharon’s father, had hired a different guitarist, Bernie Thome, without telling anyone.
Robert has worked with Interscope/Universal Record’s Jimmy Iovine and legendary metal producers, Bob Ezrin and Mike Clink. He also worked with Robert Stigwood of “Saturday Night Fever” and Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts” fame on numerous soundtracks such as “Times Square”, D.L. Byron the writer of Pat Benatar’s hit “Shadows of the Night”, Reggae artist Garland Jeffreys, and the late Sam Kinison on his “Leader of the Banned” album. Robert formed his band Hurricane in the early 80′s and went on to have hits such as “Over the Edge” and their #1 hit “I’m Onto You.”
In the early 1980s, Robert was introduced to bassist Tony Cavazo by Los Angeles heavy metal band Quiet Riot’s lead vocalist Kevin DuBrow. Both Robert’s brother Rudy and Cavazo’s brother Carlos were in Quiet Riot at the time. He later joined with Cavazo, singer Kelly Hansen and drummer Jay Schellen to form the Glam Metal band Hurricane.
He remained with Hurricane from 1985 until 1989. Although Hurricane released a reunion album (Liquifury) in 2001, Sarzo did not participate in this project. After many years in the studio, Sarzo worked to reform Hurricane in 2007.
Not just a heavy metal/rock and roll guitarist with a classical background, Robert Sarzo has branched out to become a producer and movie music composer. His current projects include the movies, “The Hiss”, written and produced by David Lynch’s daughter, Jennifer with the film composer Alexander van Bubenheim, and the 2009 wide-release “The Collector” written and produced by Marcus Dunstan writer of Saw 4, 5, & 6. Robert will be working on “The Collector” sequel in 2011.
He has opened a recording studio in Sherman Oaks and is working with his brother, Rudy, on several upcoming projects. He is endorsed by Peavy guitars and Line 6.
Recently Robert worked on the Blockbuster Movie in India “HISSS” and the upcoming native american indian Album “Tears of a shaman” with composer and producer Alexander van Bubenheim. and as Group councelor “Rock’n Roll Fantasy camp”.