AOL's Noisecreep conducted an interview with Regina Russell — the maker of the forthcoming documentary "Now You're Here, There's No Way Back: The Quiet Riot Story" — at last month's NAMM show in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below.
"I absolutely love their music," Russell, who also happens to be engaged to QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali, told Noisecreep in 2011 interview, "along with they did. They unleashed the power of the hair bands of the '80s when record companies thought hard rock bands had become dinosaurs. So I want to tell their story. These were real people in a real band that changed the face of music and so I thought it was time to make this happen."
The synopsis for the film, which will be released through the festival circuit: "Our story follows Frankie Banali, a world-renowned drummer you probably remember from the '80s band QUIET RIOT. As a single soccer dad in the suburbs, his long hair and tattoos frighten the neighbors, but to other drummers he's a hero. His career took a major sideswipe when his singer Kevin Dubrow died in 2007. At a crossroads in his life, he must forge ahead and make a new life for himself and his daughter.
"This film takes a trip back through time to the decade of debauchery and decadence. Real home videos shot backstage, on the tour bus, in the recording studio, and in hotel rooms with one of the '80s top platinum-selling bands and most notorious bad boys. Never-before-seen footage from the milestones in Frankie's long career in music and his personal life now. Funny and deeply personal and poignant exploration of Frankie's longtime friendship with his bandmate Kevin Dubrow. The loss of his close friend and his career as he knew it, and his life after Kevin. Follow his journey at his current moment of truth. As he goes through the ups and downs of having to fill the void left by his singer and friend Kevin Dubrow and continue on with QUIET RIOT."
"It's been an amazing experience so far," Russell told Noisecreep. "The people that I've been able to interview for the documentary, some very recognizable names, have all spoken from the heart about QUIET RIOT. Dee Snider, Glenn Hughes, Eddie Trunk are just a few. Then there's the perspective of the other guys in the band and when you put it all together, a very interesting picture emerges. QUIET RIOT probably doesn't get enough credit or respect for what they achieved. But when you take a good look at their career and listen to the people I've had the chance to film, they really do represent a very important chapter in music and I hope that once we release our film, that people will take another look at them."
Without a doubt, THE heavy metal success story of the early '80s was none other than QUIET RIOT. After years of struggling in Los Angeles clubs (despite legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads being in their ranks throughout the '70s), the classic QUIET RIOT lineup of Kevin Dubrow (vocals), Frankie Banali (drums), Rudy Sarzo (bass), and Carlos Cavazo (guitar) hit mega-success with their first-ever U.S. release in 1983, the classic "Metal Health". Spawning two hit singles that have gone on to become synonymous with heavy metal — "Cum On Feel the Noize" and "Metal Health" — the "Metal Health" album went on to become the first-ever metal U.S. debut to hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard album chart, and resulted in a solid year of sold-out shows and non-stop MTV video airplay.
Despite this being an absolute standout era of the band's career, very little substantial video documentation has surfaced. That is...until now.
The video footage — directly from Banali's archives — will include the aforementioned performance in 1980 through some of the last shows QR played, including footage of their Rocklahoma performance in 2007. Additional video footage captures QR in many phases, including a 1982 performance of DUBROW (a short-lived name QUIET RIOT went by in the early '80s), with Dubrow, Banali, bassist Chuck Wright (Sarzo was playing in Ozzy Osbourne's band at the time), and Cavazo's first video performance with the band, his second total. Also included will be live performances, backstage footage, sound checks, studio sessions, and interviews — most of which has never been seen.
As Banali says, "The moment my friend Kevin Dubrow died, my life and career went from sixty to zero with his final breath." But now, Dubrow and QUIET RIOT will receive a much-deserved video retrospective, that will leave no stone unturned. Get ready to bang your head and feel the noize once more!"
A one-minute trailer for "Now You're Here, There's No Way Back: The Quiet Riot Story" can be seen at Vimeo.com.
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