Carlos Cavazo

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Carlos Cavazo
Carlos Cavazo In Phoenix 2009.JPG
Cavazo in Tempe AZ, July 2009
Background information
Born (1957-07-08) July 8, 1957 (age 58),
Mexico City
Genres Heavy metal, hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1980–present
Associated acts Speed of Light, Snow, Quiet Riot, Heat, Black Plague, 3 Legged Dogg, Big Noise, Hollywood Allstarz, The Dirty Rats, Ratt, Hear 'n Aid
Website Carlos Cavazo on Myspace
Notable instruments
Gibson Flying V

Carlos Eric Cavazo (born July 8, 1957) is a Mexican-born American guitarist best known as the guitarist for Quiet Riot during their commercial peak. Cavazo is originally from Mexico City. His first band, founded in Orange County (in an area which became Anaheim Hills)—of which his brother, Robert Anthony 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.

Quiet Riot[edit]

Replacing Randy Rhoads in the reformed Quiet Riot in 1982, he remained with the band until the band split up in 1989. He rejoined shortly after Kevin DuBrow reformed the following year, and remained until they broke up again in 2003. However, when vocalist Kevin DuBrow and drummer Frankie Banali reformed the band to record the 2006 album Rehab, Cavazo was not included.[1]

3 Legged Dogg[edit]

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]


In 2008, Cavazo replaced John Corabi as one of the guitar players in Ratt.[3] Ratt then wrote another album called Infestation.

Work in film[edit]

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 starred Brad Pitt and Rick Schroder. There was no soundtrack for the film.



  • 1981 Snow

Quiet Riot[edit]

Hear 'n Aid[edit]

Power Project[edit]

  • 2006 Dinosaurs

Tim "Ripper" Owens[edit]



  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography-Quiet Riot". Allmusic. Retrieved January 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography-3 Legged Dogg". Allmusic. Retrieved January 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ Bowar, Chad (August 17, 2009). "Ratt Guitarist Discusses New Album". Retrieved January 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Across the Tracks". Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  5. ^ Across the Tracks (1991) – IMDb
  6. ^ Across the Tracks (1991) – Soundtracks