To celebrate his new book, "Off the Rails: Aboard the Crazy Train in the Blizzard of Ozz" -- a first hand account of his friendship on and off the road with Randy Rhoads & Ozzy Osbourne -- legendary rock bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot, DIO, Blue Oyster Cult) has launched a songwriting contest on Kompoz.com.
"I had the pleasure of jamming with Randy Rhoads, and now I'm inviting you to join me in honoring his legacy", said Rudy Sarzo. "I'm inviting you to join me in creating a brand new song. I'll play bass. You can play drums, guitar, sing, or whatever you do. Then we'll let the fans decide! Crank up your amps to 11 and lets rock!"
From November 18,2008 until December 31, 2008, musicians and fans are invited to collaborate on Kompoz.com, and create a brand new song to be featured on RudySarzo.com. Download bass grooves and riffs created by Rudy Sarzo (available at http://www.kompoz.com/contest/OffTheRails), then pick a few to assemble a bass line. Work with other Kompoz members to add other instruments to complete a new original song. The best new songs will win huge prizes, including a Jackson Randy Rhoads guitar, a Peavey Rudy Sarzo signature bass, an Ampeg amp, M-Audio Pro Tools gear, a Line-6 POD, Sony Acid Pro, and more.
Contest sponsors include Jackson Guitars, Peavey, Sony Creative Software, Line 6, M-Audio, OurStage.com, Premier Guitar Magazine, TooSmart! Publishing, and PrintMusicOnline.com.
For complete rules and prizes, visit http://www.kompoz.com/contest/OffTheRails
About Rudy Sarzo
Rudy Sarzo's credentials as a bass player are quite impressive. He has been a professional recording and performing artist worldwide for over 20 years. As a member of Ozzy Osbourne's band, from March 1981 to September 1982, Rudy toured the world in support of the "Blizzard of Ozz" and "Diary Of a Madman" records. His bass playing can be heard on Ozzy's multimillion selling CD "Tribute" and "Speak of the Devil" CD and DVD.
As a member of Quiet Riot, from September 1982 to January 1985, Rudy recorded the multi-platinum albums "Metal Health", the first Heavy Metal debut to reach #1 on the Billboard charts and "Condition Critical". During this period Rudy headlined worldwide tours, appeared on numerous MTV videos and was voted #1 Bassist in Circus Magazine for 1983.
As a member of Whitesnake, from April 1987 to September 1994, Rudy recorded the multi-platinum album "Slip of the Tongue". During this period Rudy also performed worldwide on headline tours in support of the multiplatinum "1987" and "Slip of the Tongue" albums and appeared on 6 MTV videos.
As a member of the reunited Quiet Riot, from May 1997 to August 2003, Rudy performed worldwide on headlining tours and as special guests in support of the Quiet Riot CDs "Alive and Well" and "Guilty Pleasure. Rudy also appeared on VH1's Quiet Riot, Behind the Music. In November of 2003, "Quiet Riot Live in The 21st Century" DVD was released after the group disbanded.
His recordings with all of these artists combined have sold over 30 million copies.
In February of 2004, Rudy joined Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force for the U.S. 30 city "Attack Tour".
In April of 2004 Rudy became a member of the multi-platinum Heavy Metal group DIO and has been touring worldwide since. Rudy also plays with Blue Oyster Cult when not touring with DIO.
Rudy was awarded the Hollywood FAME Career Achievement Award for Bass Guitar in 2007.
Kompoz is an online social network designed for music lovers to create songs with others from around the world. Kompoz members span over 80 countries and all 24 time-zones. Kompoz is a community site with strong social networking features pinned around distributed music creation. Meaning this: songs are created in layers -- drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals, etc. But very few people play all of these instruments, so it's hard to create a complete song unless you're part of a band. Kompoz solves that problem. We provide the platform to create songs with a bass player in Sweden, a drummer in Ohio, and a guitar player in Kalamazoo. The world is your virtual on-demand band.