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Quiet Riot

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Formed: 1975
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Quiet Riot News

Below is our complete Quiet Riot news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Quiet Riot To Film Live DVD

American heavy metal veterans Quiet Riot has revealed to Italian publication, Linea Rock that they are planning to film their upcoming performance at the Frontiers Rock Festival (April 28th) for a new DVD. Speaking with the channel, drummer Frankie Benali said:

"It's really amazing when you think about the fact that we recorded the Metal Health record in 1982, it came out in 1983, and in 35 years, we have never, ever played Italy. This is historic. I am so looking forward to it. I've been to Italy before, with my parents, and I actually was in Milan in 1989 with W.A.S.P. We were supposed to play a show, and something happened and the show didn't happen, but I had very good pasta. I'm going to have one very special surprise in one of the songs. It's going to be something that we have never, ever done before like this." More...

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Quiet Riot Lets The "Freak Flag" Fly

Quiet Riot continues a historic journey in 2017 with new album "Road Rage." Led by drummer Frankie Banali, who is joined by veteran bassist Chuck Wright , guitarist Alex Grossi, and new vocalist James Durbin, the band continues to be an unstoppable force in the rock 'n roll world.

Following delays for re-recording after the departure of the band's previous vocalist, "Road Rage" is now set for release August 4th, 2017 via Frontiers Music Srl.

Today the first song from "Road Rage" and the first ever Quiet Riot track featuring James Durbin on vocals has been made available for streaming. Get your first listen to "Freak Flag" below.

Drummer Frankie Banali comments: "Quiet Riot has always recorded songs that have a link with the QUIET RIOT "sound" and at the same time always musically moving forward. "Freak Flag" is such a song with a strong connection to our iconic sound from the past, which I think our longtime fans will appreciate and newer fans will embrace."

Vocalist James Durbin continues that "Freak Flag" is a "concept I've been holding on to for a few years. It's all about being you no matter what life has labeled you with. We're all broken & searching for acceptance, but there's a beauty in that search & it's something that should be celebrated." More...

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Quiet Riot Delays Album Release To Re-Record

Following the departure of singer Seann Nicols from Quiet Riot, both Frontiers Music Srl and band leader Frankie Banali have made the joint decision to delay the release of new record "Road Rage" until later this summer.

Both the band and label feel that in order to truly represent Quiet Riot's lineup, new lead singer James Durbin should be the vocalist on "Road Rage." In order to execute that plan and promote the album accordingly, the band will go back into the studio and record the album with Durbin on vocals.

Regarding the decision, Banali said, "After careful consideration, with the support of Frontiers and understanding the appeals from Quiet Riot fans to have our vocalist James Durbin represented on the new release, we have made the decision to move forward and have James replace all the vocals on "Road Rage" with new lyrics and melodies for a summer 2017 release. Stay tuned!" More...

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Quiet Riot Announces New Album

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of Quiet Riot's new studio album entitled "Road Rage" on April 21st, 2017.

Famously known as the first heavy metal band to top the pop charts, the Los Angeles quartet became a global sensation thanks to monstrous smash hit 1983 album, "Metal Health."

The band now continues this historic journey in 2017 with founding member and drummer Frankie Banali, who on this new release is joined by veteran bassist Chuck Wright and guitarist Alex Grossi together with new vocalist Seann Nicols.

"I'm very excited about the release of 'Road Rage' on Frontiers Music Srl which is the first official Quiet Riot release in eleven years. It contains all newly written and recorded original songs. We stayed true to the great tradition and sound of Quiet Riot while at the same time always moving musically forward", says founding member Frankie Banali.

1. Nothing But Trouble
2. Let It Go
3. Snake Charmer
4. Hey Lil' Sister
5. I Don't Need You Anymore
6. Sledge Hammer
7. Never You Mind
8. Empty Rooms
9. Dirty Money
10. The Seeker
11. Road Rage More...

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Randy Rhoads Tribute Available For Streaming

Tomorrow, UDR Music will release "Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute," an album of cover tracks recorded to memorialize Randy Rhoads, lead guitarist for legendary hard rock and metal bands Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. The digipack version of the album will also include an accompanying bonus DVD.

In celebration of tomorrow’s release, Billboard Magazine is hosting a stream of the tribute album in full (including the infamous Serj Tankian cover of "Crazy Train"). Listen in below.

The tribute features appearances by Tom Morello, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, Vinnie Appice, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Frankie Banali, George Lynch, Gus G., Doug Aldrich, Dweezil Zappa and others. More...

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Bonus Interview From Randy Rhoads Tribute Posted

On March 3rd, UDR Music will release "Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute" to memorialize Randy Rhoads, lead guitarist for legendary hard rock and metal bands Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. The digipack version of the album will also include an accompanying bonus DVD.

Today, Loudwire.com is hosting the premiere of an unreleased clip from the bonus DVD, which features an interview with Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot/Ozzy Osbourne). The in-depth interview discusses Sarzo’s work on the record and his memories of Randy Rhoads, as well as other topics. The interview is conducted by producer Bob Kulick and can be seen below (and as a bonus, Serj Tankian does not sing at all!)

In addition to the aforementioned interview with Rudy Sarzo, this essential bonus DVD is chock full of never-before-seen, in-depth interviews with more of the artists involved in the compilation, such as Dweezil Zappa, Jon Donais (Shadows Fall, Anthrax), Bruce Kulick (Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad), and others. More...

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Serj Tankian Covers "Crazy Train"

As announced earlier this month, UDR Music will release a compilation of cover tracks honoring the late, great Randy Rhoads – heralded as the legendary lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot.

"Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute" and accompanying bonus DVD (with digipack edition) will hit stores on March 3rd, 2015.

Today, Rolling Stone is hosting the official worldwide premiere of the first track on "Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute" – a blazing cover of the hit Ozzy Osbourne "Blizzard of Ozz" track “Crazy Train.” The track features Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Rudy Sarzo, and Vinny Appice. Give it a listen below. More...

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Rhandy Rhoads Tribute On The Way

The late, great Randy Rhoads (heralded as the lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot) will be celebrated with the release of "Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute" on March 3rd, 2015 via UDR Music.

A collection of 11 classic Rhoads co-written songs, "Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute" is performed by twenty contemporary artists, including old friends and performing partners Rudy Sarzo and Frankie Banali, his brother Kelle Rhoads and musicians like Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Vinny Appice, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, George Lynch, Gus G., Bruce Kulick, Doug Aldrich, Dweezil Zappa and others.

The album was produced and compiled by the Grammy-award winning guitarist and producer Bob Kulick at his own studio.

Along with the album, "Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute" will also contain a bonus DVD available in the digipack version, including interesting interviews with some of the involved artists and a feature on the Musonia School of Music, a teaching school on North Hollywood, California, set up by Randy’s mother and run by his brother Kelle Rhoads. The full track listing is: More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Dysfunction is my Business

Steven Adler (ex-Guns N’ Roses) is back with his new band named Adler and a new single titled “The One You Hated.” The band insists that the band is about a man/woman relationship and not what we all assume: heroin. Of course, I guess it could be about Axl Rose as well, or maybe the song is about Steven from the mindset of Celebrity Rehab’s Dr. Drew. Either way you look at it, Steven has an impressive memory catalog to pull inspiration from… More...

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Golden Gods Heavy Metal Curators Interviewed

Jamie of Hardrockchick.com interviewed the curators of the Golden Gods' History of Heavy Metal exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum in downtown LA. You can watch the interview below.

She also spoke with a number of artists on the black carpet about items they have featured in the GRAMMY Museum's History of Heavy Metal exhibit (or what of theirs should be in there). Interviews include: Machine Head, Quiet Riot, Twisted Sister, Ministry, Motorhead, Hatebreed, Black Label Society, Hellyeah, Halestorm, Dethklok, Adrenaline Mob, Evanescence, and Korn.

HardRockChick's GRAMMY Museum Black Carpet Interviews:

More interviews from the black carpet are also available from Metal Injection here.

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Quiet Riot Posts Documentary Trailer Online

American heavy metal veterans, Quiet Riot, has posted a trailer online for their forthcoming documentary movie, "Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back." You can check it out below. The film is currently in production with a release date to be set for some time in 2012. A synopsis for the film reads as follows:

"Our story follows Frankie Banali, a world renown drummer you probably remember from the 80's band Quiet Riot. As a single soccer dad in the suburbs, his long hair and tattoos frighten the neighbors, but to other drummers he's a hero. His career took a major sideswipe when his singer Kevin DuBrow died in 2007. At a cross roads in his life he must forge ahead and make a new life for himself and his daughter.

"This film takes a trip back through time to the decade of debauchery and decadence. Real home videos shot backstage, on the tour bus, in the recording studio, and in hotel rooms with one of the 80's top platinum selling bands and most notorious bad boys. Never before seen footage from the milestones in Frankie's long career in music and his personal life now. Funny, and deeply personal and poignant exploration of Frankie's long time friendship with his band mate Kevin DuBrow. The loss of his close friend and his career as he knew it, and his life after Kevin. Follow his journey at his current moment of truth. As he goes through the ups and downs of having to fill the void left by his singer and friend Kevin DuBrow and continue on with Quiet Riot." More...

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Quiet Riot Cancels Australian Tour

Reunited heavy metal veterans Quiet Riot has announced that they have cancelled their previously announced tour of Australia and New Zealand, stating: "As a consequence of the promoter’s breach of contract the Metal Health Tour scheduled for April 2011 in Australia and new zealand has been cancelled." The tour was scheduled to kick off at the end of this month and the band were to bring fellow California rockers Warrant and L.A. Guns with them.

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Quiet Riot Announces Australian Tour

The recently reunited heavy metal veterans Quiet Riot have announced that they will be heading down under for a headlining tour of Australia, with one stop in New Zealand. Joining them on the trek will be L.A. Guns (fronted by Phil Lewis) and Warrant, who now feature former Lunch Mob vocalist Robert Mason behind the mic. You can check out a trailer for the tour below.

The tour dates are as follows:

April 29 - The Palace - Melbourne, Australia
April 30 - Anu Bar - Canberra, Australia
May 2 - The Powerstation - Auckland, New Zealand
May 5 - HQ Complex - Adelaide, Australia
May 6 - Metro City - Perth, Australia
May 7 - The Tivoli - Brisbane, Australia
May 8 - The Metro - Sydney, Australia

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Former Dio Guitarist Forms New Band

Craig Goldy, the current guitarist for Welsh hard rock legends Budgie and former guitarist of Dio, has announced that he has formed a new band with vocalist Chas West (Bonham,) bass player Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Great White) and drummer Gary Holland (Great White.) The band currently have no name but Goldy stated:

“The idea is to put the rock star back into everyone’s lives. So, you’ve got four people who look great, are amazing at their craft and the music pierces your soul. And they’re all good people. I think."

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Sunday Old School: Quiet Riot

With the recent announcement that Quiet Riot are to return this year with a new vocalist in tow, it seemed as good a time as any to take a look at the band, and how they broke a major barrier for the genre of heavy metal. The band made a name for themselves in the 1980s but were actually formed by guitarist Randy Rhoads in 1973 under the name Mach 1. The group used this moniker for a short while, before changing it to Little Women until they made the wise choice to change their name once again, this time to the label we know them today, Quiet Riot. While the name may sound like a way to stick in people's minds, it actually has a fairly humourous origin. While the band were talking with Rick Parfitt of the legendary British rock band Status Quo, Parfitt mentioned he'd like to name a band "Quite Right," but owing to his English accent, the band members mistakingly believed he said, "Quiet Riot" and settled on the moniker.

The band slugged it out in their native Los Angeles with their new name for two years before eventually landing a deal with Sony. Strangely though, the deal only entitled the band's albums to be released in Japan. They released their self-titled first album the same year, which featured covers of songs by the likes of Dave Clark Five and The Small Faces. A second album, simply named, "Quiet Riot II" followed in 1978, but the band parted ways with bass player Kelly Garni soon after, with future Ozzy Osbourne, Dio and Whitesnake bassist Rudy Sarzo replacing him. The next year would see another lineup change for the group, when founding guitarist Rhoads left for what proved to be a critically acclaimed, though ultimately tragic stint as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist. Quiet Riot soldiered on for a while, but eventually changed their name to DuBrow, after the band's vocalist, and went through a number of lineup changes. More...

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Quiet Riot To Return With New Singer

American heavy metal veterans Quiet Riot have announced that they will be returning this year to perform a headlining tour of the United States, their first since lead singer Kevin DuBrow sadly passed away in 2007. The lineup features drummer Frankie Benali, as well as guitarist Alex Grossi and bass player Chuck Wright, as well a new singer in the form of Mark Huff. The group consulted with DuBrow's mother before deciding on once again touring as Quiet Riot. The band will also be releasing a documentary in the future. You can hear re-recorded versions of some of the band's songs with Huff on vocals by heading to the band's official website.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The 80’s Album Razor Test

This week I give you my top albums from the eighties hair bands. Essentially a top twenty-five list, with a twist; imagine all of the albums from the eighties disappeared and you could no longer listen to this genre ever again, similar to 1992, but permanent. Unable to own the music, hear the music on the radio, or even listen to a song at a bar…what would you do to change this? Allow me to present the razor blade test. How many times will you cut yourself to bring a particular album back to your life? More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Video Marathon Diary II

Thoughts while counting the number of spandex body suits worn in the David Lee Roth video “Yankee Rose”…

For those that refuse to place KISS into the hair band genre please take a look at exhibit A: The video for “Forever”: It’s as if both Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley walked into wardrobe and asked for the Rikki Rocket…On the topic of bad hair, there is not a worse wig then the one worn by the principle in Motley Crue’s version of “Smoking In The Boys Room”… More...

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Keel Signs To Frontiers Records

Frontiers Records has announced the signing of KEEL for the release of a brand new studio album in early 2010.

In 1985 KEEL exploded onto the hard rock scene with “The Right To Rock,” the fastest-selling debut album in A&M Records’ history. That disc and its successor “The Final Frontier” were both produced by Gene Simmons of KISS. KEEL sold over two million albums and toured with/opened for icons such as Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Van Halen, and Aerosmith, winning Best New Band honors in publications such as Circus, Metal Edge and Hit Parader. Radio and MTV hits include “The Right To Rock,” “Tears Of Fire,” “Because The Night,” “Somebody’s Waiting,” and “Rock N Roll Outlaw.”

The band announced their reunion last November, and enjoyed appearances at major summer festivals such as Rocklahoma, South Texas Rock Festival, the Mid West Rock Fest, and the M3 Rock Festival in Maryland, in addition to sold-out headline shows in Hollywood and Phoenix. The energy and excitement of these tour dates spawned a surge of creative activity, resulting in an album's worth of new material. This album, entitled "Streets Of Rock & Roll," will be the first new KEEL recording in twenty years.

The project is being produced by Pat Regan (Deep Purple, KISS, Warrant etc.) and will feature guest appearances by Jaime St. James (Black N Blue) and Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot) who is also producing and recording Ron's lead vocal sessions.

Frontiers Records will also release "The Right To Rock: 25th Anniversary Edition," exactly 25 years after this classic album first hit the streets. This official reissue will be digitally remastered and will feature a brand new recorded version of the title track, which is even louder and heavier than the original. "The Right To Rock (Reunion Version)" features an all-star vocal chorus, and the band is also inviting fans everywhere to sing on the track: you can download a sample chorus on KEEL's MySpace, add your voice to the mix, send the band an MP3, and these will be mixed in to the actual recording of this timeless classic. For details, visit the KEEL web site and the KEEL MySpace.

Song titles that will be included on the forthcoming new studio release are (in no particular order) include: "Hit The Ground Running," "Come Hell Or High Water," "Streets Of Rock & Roll," "Push & Pull," "Live," "Brothers In Blood," "The Devil May Care," "Looking For A Good Time," "No More Lonely Nights," "Hold Steady," "Does Anybody Believe," "Gimme That," "Reason To Rock (Reunion Version)."

KEEL 2009 lineup includes Ron Keel on vocals, guitarists Marc Ferrari and Bryan Jay, drummer Dwain Miller along with long time Ron Keel collaborator Geno Arce on bass.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Side A Song 1

There was once a time when music wasn’t downloaded one song at a time, had (in the case of albums and cassettes) two sides (an A side and B side), and song order was not only a conscious decision, but a reason an album would be successful.

Today we look at the glam heavy metal scene (late seventies to early nineties) and review the best first tracks.

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