QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali says that he doesn’t pay attention to critics who insist he never should have resurrected the band following the passing of original lead singer Kevin DuBrow.
Speaking to Rock History Music, Banali said (hear audio below): “To give you an idea how many assholes there are out there, I remember that I did a post on Facebook, and I can’t remember who it was for that had passed away, and I said, ‘For our generation, if you like this type of music and these bands are still performing, you should go see them while they’re still around.’ And some idiot — I won’t even justify the Internet site by giving you its name — but somebody goes, ‘Oh, yeah, Banali is so desperate to get fans to QUIET RIOT shows that he’s trying to guilt them into coming to shows before he dies.’ [Laughs]”
Banali went on to say that the negative online comments have “never bothered” him.
“First of all, if the person doesn’t really understand the situation, they really shouldn’t comment,” he said. “And most people don’t understand any situation that they’re being critical about. But the bottom line really is, if you don’t respect the person, their opinion and their comments and their bitching and moaning is completely and totally meaningless. I don’t waste time on it. It’s truly their problem. If they don’t like me, that’s their problem — it’s not my problem; it doesn’t exist in my life. If they don’t like QUIET RIOT, that’s not my problem; that’s their problem.
“Listen, if you don’t like QUIET RIOT or this version of QUIET RIOT, don’t buy the record,” he continued. “You don’t like this version of QUIET RIOT? Don’t go to the show. Nobody’s forcing you. Yet they feel the need to be vocal about it.
“Those people are out there, and they’re generally miserable, and maybe they’re not, but they’re not my problem,” he said. “They’re their own problem. They don’t exist in my life.”
DuBrow died in November 2007 of an accidental cocaine overdose. He was 52 years old.
Banali resurrected QUIET RIOT in 2010, three years after DuBrow‘s death.
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 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.
QUIET RIOT‘s performance at last year’s Frontiers Rock Festival was released in January on CD/DVD and Blu-ray under the title “One Night In Milan”.
QUIET RIOT will release a new studio album, “Hollywood Cowboys”, on November 8 via Frontiers Music Srl.