FRANKIE BANALI Says QUIET RIOT Likely Won't Release New Music Again

August 7, 2015

QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali says that he will only release new music from the band if he has a good reason to do so.

Banali revived QUIET RIOT in 2010, three years after DuBrow's death, along with veteran bassist Chuck Wright, who played on several of the tracks on the classic QUIET RIOT album "Metal Health", and guitarist Alex Grossi. The group has since gone through two vocalists — Mark Huff and Scott Vokoun — before settling on current frontman Jizzy Pearl (LOVE/HATE, L.A. GUNS, ADLER'S APPETITE, RATT) in 2013.

During an appearance on the July 27 edition of Eddie Trunk's SiriusXM satellite radio show, "Eddie Trunk Live", Banali was asked about the possibility of the current lineup of QUIET RIOT working on fresh material.

"I'm never gonna say 'never' about anything again, you know," he said. "I've learned a valuable and painful lesson."

He continued: "I think everybody understands the dynamics of the music industry has completely changed. So I'm not opposed to doing it, but I wanna have a good reason to put out new QUIET RIOT music, and it has to be QUIET RIOT."

The Jizzy Pearl-fronted QUIET RIOT did actually record six new songs for an album called "10", which was released digitally on iTunes and in June 2014, but Banali pulled the songs from both download stores shortly after putting the effort on sale and hasn't made them available again. He explained to Yahoo! Music: "I ran into two situations. First, people were illegally downloading it rampantly, and then I had some of the fans getting all upset because I didn't make physical copies. So, at the end of the day, there was zero hope of breaking even because the music was just being stolen. Forget making any profit. And after the money I had already spent to make the record and the time I spent writing, recording and mixing the material, I was not going to pour out more good money into it just to have the same outcome if I put out physical copies. So I pulled it instead."

Banali said that his decision to remove "10" from iTunes and was motivated in part by the fact that he couldn't find a record label that would properly promote the album. In addition, he said that the system that brought us classic rock music has been forever altered by the times and the promotional and marketing engine that is broken, no longer effectively exposing music from the labels through radio and to the masses.

"DJs today are not allowed to play anything at all," Banali said. "In the old days, we'd walk into a radio station with the new record and the DJ would play whatever he wanted. It didn't even have to be the perceived single. That's gone. So the idea of releasing a new record so you can say you're touring for a new album is an antiquated equation. It just doesn't make any sense anymore to make records. I feel badly for the real fans who want the music, but it's just not worth it."

Banali told Yahoo! Music that he is fine with QUIET RIOT moving forward by mining the nostalgia circuit for all it's worth, touring on the strength of past hits and eschewing recording new music altogether.

"One thing I always enjoyed about QUIET RIOT, and especially when Kevin was alive, was that we continued to record new music because it was fun for us," Banali said. "And we could infuse two to four new songs into the set. But in this day and age, no matter what you do, people are only interested in hearing 'Cum On Feel The Noize', 'Bang Your Head (Metal Health)', 'Mama Weer All Crazee Now' and 'The Wild And The Young'. And if you could add one new song to the set, it might be well received, but it doesn't make any difference because it's not going to get any radio airplay and you're not going to release it. So it's an unfortunate situation. But that's the reality we're facing and we just have to deal with it."

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