Carlos Cavazo vowed to himself that he wouldn’t have anything to do w/ Quiet Riot & he hasn’t for 20 years

Carlos Cavazo vowed to himself that he wouldn’t have anything to do with Quiet Riot & he hasn’t for 20 years

Former Quiet Riot and Ratt guitarist Carlos Cavazo was recently interviewed by Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon for Canada’s The Metal Voice. Cavazo was promoting King Kobra‘s upcoming new album We Are Warriors, which will be released via Cleopatra Records on August 11, 2023.

Cavazo is best known for his time in Quiet Riot. He was in the band from 1982 to 1989 and again from 1991 to 2003 (according to Wikipedia). He was also part of what many consider to be the “classic” line-up for the band which also included Kevin DuBrow on lead vocals, Frankie Banali on drums, Rudy Sarzo on bass. During his time in Quiet Riot, Cavazo played on the group’s best selling and arguably best known albums including the multi-platinum selling Metal Health (1983), the platinum selling Condition Critical (1984), QR III (1986), QR (1988) and Terrified (1993). DuBrow died of a cocaine overdose back in 2007 while Banali passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2020. Quiet Riot continues to this day with Sarzo on bass, Jizzy Pearl on lead vocals, Alex Grossi on guitar and Johnny Kelly on drums.

On whether he has been asked to rejoin Quiet Riot, Cavazo indicated (as provided by The Metal Voice with slight edits): “They haven’t asked. That’s a political thing. I don’t think I would do it anyways. 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. I’m just kind of over as far as being in that band [Quiet Riot]. I mean, I already jumped off that crazy train once, I’m not gonna get on it again.”

Cavazo was asked whether he participated in the well received Quiet Riot documentary Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back that was released back in 2014. The guitarist stated: “I didn’t. I was out of the band and they called me up and it’s like 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.’ I vowed to myself I’m not gonna ever do anything for that band and I haven’t for 20 years. People still think I’m in the band. I’ve been out of the band for more than 20 years. It’s like being married. Sometimes the marriage breaks up in a bad way and it’s a bad divorce, and sometimes it’s an amicable divorce. You don’t know what you’re going to get.”

On whether he would ever return to Quiet Riot, Cavazo stated: “If Frankie and Kevin were around today I would come back but without them I think it’s a no for me.”

You can listen to the interview with Carlos Cavazo on The Metal Voice below: