In a recent exclusive interview with Canada’s The Metal Voice, a former member of Quiet Riot and Ratt, Carlos Cavazo, shared insights into his musical career and upcoming projects. The conversation revolved around Cavazo’s involvement in the highly anticipated new album “We Are Warriors” by King Kobra, set to launch on August 11, 2023, under Cleopatra Records.
Cavazo gained prominence during his tenure with Quiet Riot, notably performing with the band from 1982 to 1989 and again from 1991 to 2003 (as per Wikipedia records). He played a pivotal role in the band’s iconic lineup alongside Kevin DuBrow on lead vocals, Frankie Banali on drums, and Rudy Sarzo on bass. This era produced several of Quiet Riot’s most renowned albums, including the multi-platinum “Metal Health” (1983), platinum-certified “Condition Critical” (1984), “QR III” (1986), “QR” (1988), and “Terrified” (1993). Tragically, DuBrow passed away in 2007 due to a c*caine overdose, while Banali lost his battle to pancreatic cancer in 2020. The legacy of Quiet Riot lives on with Sarzo on bass, Jizzy Pearl on lead vocals, Alex Grossi on guitar, and Johnny Kelly on drums.
Addressing the possibility of rejoining Quiet Riot, Cavazo shared his perspective with The Metal Voice, expressing that such a decision would involve political complexities. However, he also revealed a personal shift in focus, stating, “I don’t even want to be in a band anymore to be honest with you. I’m still recording and writing songs with people, but as far as touring and being in a band, I don’t know about that anymore.” Cavazo’s past experiences with Quiet Riot have led him to a place where he’s content with his current musical endeavors.
The interview also touched upon Cavazo’s involvement in the acclaimed Quiet Riot documentary, “Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back,” released in 2014. Reflecting on this, Cavazo mentioned, “I was out of the band, and they called me up… those guys kind of screwed me over a little bit and after that, I was like, ‘You know what, I didn’t want nothing to do with these people or this band anymore.'”
When asked about a potential return to Quiet Riot, Cavazo revealed his sentiments: “If Frankie and Kevin were around today I would come back but without them, I think it’s a no for me.”