Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali checked in with fans on his official web site on Monday (January 14) with the following message:
I have been approached to see if I would be interested in contacting Rudy Sarzo and Carlos Cavazo and to audition singers for QUIET RIOT.
I have also been approached to see if I would be interested in contacting and re-forming the version of QUIET RIOT that included Paul Shortino, Carlos Cavazo and Sean McNabb.
Let me make this very simple and perfectly clear. While I am still actively involved in the business interests of QUIET RIOT and will continue in that capacity, I reject any and all suggestions to have QUIET RIOT continue as a live performing entity.
My friendship, love and respect for Kevin DuBrow as well as my personal love and affection for Kevin’s mother and his family makes it inconceivable for me to ever entertain any ovation to reform or to continue QUIET RIOT. Kevin was too important to go on without him. It would also be a disrespect to the fans who have supported QUIET RIOT for nearly 25 years.
I thank everyone for the wonderful and sometimes unpredictable adventure that I was able to share as a member of QUIET RIOT. The only regret that I have is the loss of Kevin. May he rest in peace.
I now begin life after QUIET RIOT.
Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali shared his thoughts after the death of the band’s frontman Kevin DuBrow on his official web site. Banali writes:
I want to thank everyone for the hundreds of condolences that I’ve received in honor of Kevin which continues to pour in. With Kevin’s passing a very large part of my life and my history has come to end and I can’t imagine life without his presence.
I’ve not slept. There is such a void in every part of my life now. I can’t find any words to say that make any sense of it. I can’t fix this, I can’t change this and I’m expected to accept the unbearable. I can’t utter a sentence or think of my dear friend or even say his name without a flood of tears.
I can’t stand that I won’t hear his voice on the phone.
I can’t stand that I won’t step on a stage with him again.
I can’t stand that I won’t share another day with him.
I can’t stand that I won’t sit across from him laughing.
I can’t stand to go past the room and see the awards we earned and shared.
I can’t stand that life is forever changed.
I can’t stand that I can’t change this.
I can’t stand that I have to accept this.
This is a picture (Note: the link at frankie-banali.com has since shut down) that Kevin sent to me on May 24, 2007. It was taken in 1993 after we had reconciled and started working together again and when he sent it to me he called to say that this is how he will always like to remember us as friends. A relationship in life that continued until now. I want to remember my dear Kevin in life like this rather than in his passing.
Quiet Riot bassist Kelly Garni commented on death of band’s lead singer Kevin DuBrow in a clip on Fox News Channel. “I would be very much going out on a limb in confirming anything like that,” Garni said of the possibility that drugs played a role in the 52-year-old’s death. “However, we’re rock and rollers. If you do the math, you know, if you look at the history of rock ‘n roll, how many people have left us in this manner? It’s somewhat of a common thing.”
Video at FoxNews.com has since been removed.
Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi released the following statement regarding the passing of the group’s lead singer, Kevin DuBrow: “I really don’t know where to start. Kevin was a beautiful soul and I feel more than fortunate to have known, worked and learned from him. Kevin was always a positive influence in what sometimes can be a very negative business. I am proud to have called him my friend, and always will be. Kevin DuBrow was a true lover of music and was EXTREMELY dedicated to his craft. I am honored to have been part of a band that changed the face of hard rock forever and to have been given the opportunity to play, write, and most importantly be part of his life. He will be forever missed. Rest in peace, my friend.”
Quiet Riot bassist Chuck Wright released the following statement to MelodicRock.com regarding the passing of the group’s lead singer, Kevin DuBrow: “I’m completely shocked and devastated. I’ve truly lost a brother and it’s a very sad loss for the world of rock n’ roll. I’m so very fortunate to have been a part of his life these past 26 years. I have so many fond memories and it’s a blessing that these recent few years have been so great with the band. There is no reason to say ‘I wish we could have…’ We did! I still can’t believe I won’t be sharing the stage with his larger-than-life presence ever again. The man left a mark wherever he went and I’m heartbroken that he is no longer with us.”
Reuters reports Kevin DuBrow, lead singer of the veteran heavy metal band Quiet Riot, has been found dead from unknown causes at his home in Las Vegas on Sunday. DuBrow was 52. “I can’t even find the words to say,” Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali said on his Web site. “Please respect my privacy as I mourn the passing and honor the memory of my dearest friend, Kevin DuBrow.” A spokeswoman for the Clark County Coroner’s Office said an autopsy was under way now to determine the cause of death. Yahoo.com has since removed the full article.
For the final interview of his month-long Bananiversary Celebration, rock & roll comic C.C. Banana spoke with drummer Frankie Banali about Tracii Guns, Blackie Lawless and the upcoming Quiet Riot studio album. A few excerpts from the interview follow:
C.C. Banana: When can fans expect to hear more of that sweet, sweet Quiet Riot sound?
Frankie Banali: The new album is a work in progress. Kevin (DuBrow) and I made a conscious decision last year to record new Quiet Riot music that would represent the style of music we both like. Since we are financing the project ourselves, we are in no hurry to churn it out because it is not time sensitive. Do we want it released? Of course, but when we are ready to do so and on our own terms. Let’s face it, the Quiet Riot fans will likely go out and buy it when it’s released. All those who aren’t interested in Quiet Riot will ignore it. Then of course, the legions of malcontents who don’t like Quiet Riot (or anything else, for that matter) will slam it as usual, without ever hearing it. So the album will be available when we decide to release it.
Firehouse, Quiet Riot, Cinderella, and Ratt performed during the ‘Rock Never Stops’ Tour at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater on July 7th in Pompano, Florida. Check out pictures from GettyImages.
Ratt, Firehouse, Quiet Riot, and Cinderella performed at The Joint in The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Resort on Friday (June 24) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Check out pictures from WireImage (Cinderella / Quiet Riot / Ratt / Firehouse).
Quiet Riot frontman Kevin DuBrow recently spoke to Glam-Metal.com about the group’s plans for their next studio album, tentatively due in early 2006. Check out the transcript here.