Vocalist KEVIN DUBROW Explains QUIET RIOT Split

January 16, 2004

In an interview with ElectricBasement.com, vocalist Kevin Dubrow explained the reason for the sudden dismantling of QUIET RIOT late last year. "Well, the question should really be: why did we stay together for so long?" he said. "It really should have stopped earlier. We'd been together for a long time and it had gotten to the point… I'm only going to be so specific about this out of professionalism. It's also like the Mafia — when you're in something you don't talk too much about the family business. There was a situation that existed in QUIET RIOT that I never liked, but I went along with because it was for the best of everything. It got to the point where the situation became less and less tolerable for me. And I wasn't the only one that found it hard to tolerate. This situation, as I like to refer to it, came to a head in Detroit on the last gig we had performed. It was either a matter of, that was it for me, I had to walk away from it, or if I had stayed, it was gonna get really, really ugly. I mean really ugly. I mean, somebody was gonna get… It was gonna be bad. You've got to keep in mind how bad this got for me because when I tell you that I love playing with Frankie Banali — he's one of the best drummers out there and he's also my best friend. Also keep in mind that Frankie Banali did all the business for the band. So all I had to really do was show up, but showing up became increasingly difficult when there is a situation in the band that you just are so unhappy with and angry with. Not only that, it was affecting my fucking health, it was affecting my hearing for sure! The way it went down would not have been the way I would have chose to have done it, but I wouldn't have chose to have done it. It wasn't like a thing I chose. It was more of a reaction. Everybody always asks: do you think QUIET RIOT will get back together? My answer to that is: I hope so! I'd love to see the band get back together. I loved QUIET RIOT. A lot of people made fun of us and thought we were a cheesy '80s band, but we had a good time and people were entertained by us. We did a good live show. I thought musically we degenerated into garbage the last couple of years live, but people still loved it because it was something fun to watch. I would be back to QUIET RIOT tomorrow morning if we just made one change. I'll just put it that way." Read the entire, candid interview here, including more on QUIET RIOT, his new solo project, working with Glenn Hughes and more.

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