Carlos Cavazo

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Carlos Cavazo

Cavazo in Tempe AZ, July 2009
Background information
Born(1957-07-08) July 8, 1957 (age 55),
Mexico City
GenresHeavy metal, hard rock
OccupationsMusician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1980–present
Associated actsSpeed of Light, Snow, Quiet Riot, Heat, Black Plague, 3 Legged Dogg, Big Noise, Hollywood Allstarz, The Dirty Rats, Ratt, Hear 'n Aid
WebsiteCarlos Cavazo on Myspace
 
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Carlos Cavazo

Cavazo in Tempe AZ, July 2009
Background information
Born(1957-07-08) July 8, 1957 (age 55),
Mexico City
GenresHeavy metal, hard rock
OccupationsMusician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1980–present
Associated actsSpeed of Light, Snow, Quiet Riot, Heat, Black Plague, 3 Legged Dogg, Big Noise, Hollywood Allstarz, The Dirty Rats, Ratt, Hear 'n Aid
WebsiteCarlos Cavazo on Myspace

Carlos Cavazo is a Mexican-born American guitarist best known as the guitarist for Quiet Riot during their commercial peak. Born July 8, 1957, Cavazo is originally from Mexico City where his first band—of which his brother, Antonio Cavazo, was also a member—was called Speed of Light. He and his brother, along with drummer Stephen Quadros and singer Doug Ellison, went on to create the Los Angeles band SNOW, which performed regularly at the Whisky A Go Go and the Starwood Club, as well as the Santa Monica Civic and the Pasadena Civic auditoriums. In 1980, Snow released a 10" record that received airplay on Southern California radio stations KROQ and KLOS.

His father, Roberto, originally from Mexico City, married a belle from the South and owned an energy plant. Cavazo went on to record instructional DVDs, and in recent years, has joined the Hollywood Allstarz alongside former Rainbow and Dio bassist Jimmy Bain, as well as Black Sabbath and Dio drummer Vinny Appice. He has also played with 3 Legged Dogg, and is currently with Ratt.

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Quiet Riot

Replacing Randy Rhoads in the reformed Quiet Riot in 1982, he remained with the band into the 2000s until the band split up. However, when vocalist Kevin DuBrow reformed the band to record the 2006 album Rehab, Cavazo was not included.[1]

3 Legged Dogg

Cavazo was a founding member of 3 Legged Dogg, a supergroup made up of drummer Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven & Hell), bassist Jimmy Bain (Rainbow, Dio), vocalist Chas West (Bonham, Foreigner), and guitarist Brian Young (David Lee Roth). They released one album, Frozen Summer, in 2006.[2]

Ratt

In 2008, Cavazo replaced John Corabi as one of the guitar players in Ratt.[3] Ratt are currently writing for another album.

Work in film

In 1991, Cavazo collaborated with his brother Tony and former Los Cycos guitarist Anthony Gallo for an American independent film entitled "Across the Tracks" (written and directed by Sandy Tung),[4][5] for the song "Higher," produced by Mark T. Eisenstein, Russ Castillo (Pink Floyd), and Gary Ferguson (drummer for Eddie Money).[6] It was Brad Pitt's film debut, and also starred Rick Schroder. There was no soundtrack for the film.

Discography

Snow

Quiet Riot

Hear 'n Aid

Power Project

Tim "Ripper" Owens

Ratt

References