FRANKIE BANALI: 'QUIET RIOT Has Never Phoned In A Performance'

November 7, 2019

In a brand new interview with Rockin' Metal Revival, QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali was asked what he wants people to think when someone mentions the band's name. He responded (hear audio below): "I don't think along those terms. What's ultimately important to me is, number one, that QUIET RIOT has never phoned in a performance.

"In the '90s, when it was not a very friendly atmosphere for bands like QUIET RIOT, we'd play places, and I'll be perfectly honest with you, there might be 25 people there," he continued. "We would give those people the same show that we would give them at the L.A. Forum, because our position has always been that if one fan buys a ticket, he deserves the best show possible. So that has been a very important and constant thing with QUIET RIOT.

"The other side of the coin is that I'm ridiculously grateful to all the QUIET RIOT fans for supporting us for over three and a half decades, because the reality is, without those fans and without that support and without them wanting to hear the music of QUIET RIOT, there would not be a QUIET RIOT," he added. "And I'm very, very aware of that, and I'm very appreciative of that — I never take it for granted. And that's why, every show, wherever possible, I'm out there right after the show to meet as many fans as I can and sign whatever they want and do the selfies and all of that, because they've given me the career and the life that I've had."

Banali played his first show with QUIET RIOT since he announced his stage four pancreatic cancer diagnosis on October 26 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California.

At some of QUIET RIOT's recent shows, Banali was replaced by Johnny Kelly (DANZIG, TYPE O NEGATIVE) or Mike Dupke (W.A.S.P.),depending on each musician's availability.

QUIET RIOT's shows this year with Kelly and Dupke marked the first time ever that the band performed without any of the members from its classic lineup: Banali, singer Kevin DuBrow, guitarist Carlos Cavazo and bassist Rudy Sarzo.

Banali resurrected QUIET RIOT in 2010, three years after the death of founding member DuBrow.

QUIET RIOT went through two vocalists — Mark Huff and Scott Vokoun — before settling on Jizzy Pearl in 2013. Pearl announced his exit from QUIET RIOT in October 2016 and was briefly replaced by Seann Nichols, who played only five shows with the group before the March 2017 arrival of "American Idol" finalist James Durbin. Pearl returned to QUIET RIOT in September.

QUIET RIOT's new studio album, "Hollywood Cowboys" — featuring Durbin on vocals — will be released on November 8 via Frontiers Music Srl.

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