FRANKIE BANALI Says JAMES DURBIN 'Quit' QUIET RIOT 'To Follow His Own Path'
September 9, 2019
Frankie Banali says that James Durbin quit QUIET RIOT in order to "follow his own path."
The drummer discussed the circumstances behind the band's split with the singer in the Facebook comments section below his original post announcing Durbin's exit from the group.
Frankie said: "[James] gave notice effectively quitting to follow his own path." He added: "You can't time when someone quits."
Banali also confirmed that Durbin's vocals on QUIET RIOT's upcoming album, "Hollywood Cowboys", will not be replaced by that of his successor, Jizzy Pearl.
The drummer wrote: "Here's the reason I won't re-record the vocals for 'Hollywood Cowboys'.... It would mean that if manufacturing has already started for both vinyl and CD, I would have to pay to have those units destroyed. Then the added expense of booking studio time, engineer, to record Jizzy's vocals. Then the expense of remixing and mastering all out of my pocket. Everyone thinks it's really easy. It's not and [it is] expensive. Not to mention redoing all the text in the artwork."
Pearl previously fronted QUIET RIOT from 2013 until October 2016, when he was briefly replaced by Seann Nichols, who played only five shows with the group before the March 2017 arrival of "American Idol" finalist Durbin.
Durbin recorded two studio albums with QUIET RIOT — 2017's "Road Rage" and the aforementioned "Hollywood Cowboys" — during his three-year stint with the group.
Banali resurrected QUIET RIOT in 2010, three years after the death of founding member and singer Kevin DuBrow.
QUIET RIOT initially featured the late guitar legend Randy Rhoads and went through some early lineup shifts before securing the musicians that recorded the band's multi-platinum-selling 1983 album "Metal Health".
Bassist Chuck Wright has been a part of QUIET RIOT, on and off, since 1982, having initially been involved in the "Metal Health" recordings (he played bass on the tracks "Metal Health" and "Don't Wanna Let You Go"). Guitarist Alex Grossi was in the last version of the band, from 2004 through 2007, before Kevin passed away, and was asked by Banali to return in 2010.
QUIET RIOT went through two vocalists — Mark Huff and Scott Vokoun — before Pearl's first three-year run with the band.
"Hollywood Cowboys" will be released on November 8 via Frontiers Music Srl.