Bassist Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DIO, QUIET RIOT) will be signing copies of his recently published book "Off the Rails" at the upcoming NAMM show in January in Anaheim, California. "If you're planning to attend NAMM or know someone who is just bring the book by any of the booths and I'll be more than happy to sign it," Sarzo said.
"Off the Rails" was originally due last year but was delayed after Sharon Osbourne allegedly applied pressure to have the book pulled.
According to a posting by Sarzo on a message board, the original manuscript has not changed. "The Osbournes' disapproval of the book has not influenced me to make a single change from the original manuscript," Rudy reportedly said.
In an April 2005 interview with Greg Prato of Billboard.com, Sarzo stated that the book will include a first-person account from his personal day-by-day diary of events while touring with Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads in the early Eighties.
"I kept a diary, like a journal," Sarzo told Billboard.com, "And I have the details of all those [tour] dates, mainly because my accountant at the time requested that I did. I would keep records of my travels for tax purposes. There's so much misinformation about that period on the Internet. I think somebody probably grabbed an old itinerary, and just went by that as 'These are the dates.' At the time, there were a lot of cancellations and rescheduling, especially after the accident."
Regarding the accident that killed Rhoads and two others, Sarzo said, "The spookiest thing looking back at it, I got a chill when I got to [the day of the accident] March 19th [in the journal and] it's missing. It was like, 'Wow.' Having to go back in my head and walk down those corridors, because a lot of this stuff, it still is hard to talk about it, because people ask me about [it]. Every time I tell the account of what happened that day, I have to relive it. And it's so hard. That's one of the reasons why I wrote it, so I don't have to talk about it anymore, you know what I mean? If you really want to know what happened, just read that chapter, if anything."
Read more at Billboard.com.
(Thanks: Andrew / The Space Lord)