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Quiet Riot

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

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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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Ex-Quiet Riot Guitarist Joins Ratt

Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer has issued the following:

"Hey Peeps, Justa note to say, we have been rehearsing with Carlos (Cavazo, QUIET RIOT) and it sounds pretty freakin cool. He'll be playing his first show with us in Baton Rouge, LA on August 27th. Then New Orleans, August 28th. Houston, August 29th, Calgary, AB (Canada), August 31st.

"So come on out to the show and rock with us!!

"Crab (former MÖTLEY CRÜE singer John Corabi) has one last show that he's commited to with us on September. 5th in Virginia Beach. Thanks Crab!

"All good, and new things to announce soon,

"Love 2 U, BB."

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Big Names Announced For Metal Christmas Album

A new metal christmas album named "Metal Christmas" has been announced which will feature some of the biggest names in heavy metal music taking part with the following tracklisting confirmed:

"Run Rudolph Run"
Vocal/bass: Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD)
Guitar/vocals: Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ TOP)
Drums/vocals: Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS)

"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
Vocal: Alice Cooper
Bass: Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG/ NIACIN)

"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
Vocal: Ronnie James Dio
Guitar: Tony Iommi (Heaven And Hell/ Black Sabbath)
Bass: Rudy Sarzo (WHITESNAKE/DIO)
Drums: Simon Wright (AC/DC/DIO) More...

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Randy Rhoads Documentary "80 Percent Done"

Director Peter Margolis of Dakota Pictures has told Knoxville's Metro Pulse that he is "about 80 percent done shooting" his much-anticipated Randy Rhoads (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT) documentary film. "But the first 80 percent took as long as it's going to take for the last 20 percent," Margolis explained. "It's the same as if you've ever built a house. Pouring the concrete and putting up the walls is easy. It's the finishing touches, the final stuff, that takes forever....I work, too. I'm doing the film because it's something I want to do, but I can't ignore my career. I'm doing it around my schedule, so at times it's slow going. Realistically, it'll be summertime before I finish all the interviews, then trimming it, adding pictures and music.”

In 2005, Margolis, a veteran TV producer, director, and production manager who's worked, in varying capacities, on "NewsRadio", "Just Shoot Me!", and "The Larry Sanders Show", was working on a televised awards show in Los Angeles. He sat down for lunch with a camera operator he'd worked with several times but only knew casually. The operator told Margolis he was from Burbank, and Margolis told him he'd taken guitar lessons there from Rhoads in 1978 and '79.

"In the middle of L.A., where there are 5,000 camera operators, I was talking to the one guy who was Randy's guitar tech when he was in QUIET RIOT," Margolis says. The camera operator introduced Margolis to Lori Hollen, who had been president of the QUIET RIOT fan club when she was a teenager. A few weeks after Margolis met Hollen, he was pitching a documentary film to Randy's mother, Delores Rhoads, in her living room in Burbank.

"She'd been approached by writers, directors, filmmakers, and repeatedly said no," Margolis says. "She felt like it had to be someone who knew him. Anybody else couldn't understand what he was about and who he was."

Margolis and his crew started filming on March 19, 2007, when hundreds of fans gathered at Rhoads' grave in San Bernardino, Calif., to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his death. Since then, Margolis has filmed almost 80 interviews, with Rhoads' family and friends and people who worked with him. The list of names includes Kelli Garni, the original bassist in QUIET RIOT; Carlos Cavazo, the guitarist in the "Metal Health" line-up of QUIET RIOT; Sarzo and his brother Robert, who was considered as a replacement for Rhoads in Ozzy's band; Jodi Raskin, Rhoads' girlfriend at the time of his death; Grover Jackson, whose company made Rhoads' signature guitars; Randy's brother Kelle, who's wearing the silver "RR" ring Rhoads had on when he died; and MOUNTAIN guitarist and '70s legend Leslie West, one of Rhoads' idols.

Margolis says he has a distribution deal lined up, but he also plans to shop the as-yet-untitled documentary at film festivals when it's done. More...

Read the full article at Metro Pulse.

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Quiet Riot Singer Died Of Cocaine Overdose

The Associated Press reports that the death last month of Kevin Dubrow, lead singer for the 1980s heavy metal band QUIET RIOT, has been ruled an accidental cocaine overdose.

Clark County coroner spokeswoman Samantha Charles confirmed the cause Monday (December 10) after toxicology results were received.

Dubrow was found dead Nov. 25 at his Las Vegas home. He was 52.

QUIET RIOT was perhaps best known for its 1983 cover of "Cum on Feel the Noize". The song, featuring Dubrow's powerful, gravelly voice, appeared on the band's album "Metal Health" — which was the first by a metal band to reach No. 1 on the Billboard chart.

DuBrow recorded a solo album in 2004, "In for the Kill", and the band's last studio CD, "Rehab", came out in October 2006.

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Helix Frontman Talks About Late Quiet Riot Singer

HELIX's Brian Vollmer has posted the following update:

"Last Sunday lead singer of QUIET RIOT, Kevin DuBrow, was found dead at his home. We would like to express our condolences to his family.

As most of you know, we toured with Quiot Riot and WHITESNAKE in the summer of 1984 through 20,000 seat halls all across the United States. I became friends with Kevin during that tour, and two years ago we met up again at a festival we were playing together.

This week John Hockley came to Planet Helix and we went through the archives to pick out some of my Super 8 home movie footage I had of that tour as well as a couple of clips that I filmed with my Sony cam the last time I saw Kevin and Franki."
You can view that footage below... More...

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Black Sabbath Drummer Speaks On Quiet Riot Singer

BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has issued the following statement regarding the death of QUIET RIOT singer Kevin DuBrow:

"On Monday, November 26th, I was saddened and shocked to hear the CNN news report announcing the death of Kevin DuBrow.

"Sincere condolences to Kevin's family and friends. We shall make an announcement of his passing on our Christmas radio show on December 8th, and also dedicate the show, in part (as we sadly do far too often these days,) to Kevin's family. In January, during our metal show, we'll play two QUIET RIOT songs as an acknowledgement to Kevin's work.

"His voice was like no other — an original artist aligned to passion, mayhem and verse."

Ward's monthly radio show, "Rock 50", airs on WPMD, a college radio station at Cerritos College in California.

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Megadeth Bassist Remembers Quiet Riot Frontman

MEGADETH bassist James Lomenzo has issued the following update:

"Just a quick line to say hey and catch up with you all. My heads still reeling from the fantastic Pac-Rim Tour-O-Duty. What a great surprise to see the enthusiasm of all the crowds from Thailand through to Japan and then on to Gigantour Australia. I was particularly impressed with the turnout in Singapore and Korea. Definitely the best part of my job is to see new places and meet new fans and on both counts, I was not disappointed. Metal is alive and well all over the world! To our Japanese fans, thanks for the hospitality, me and the boys had a great time at hangin' and bangin' with our friends at the clubs. A big shout out to our new friends from our Aussie Gigantour... STATIC X, DEVIL DRIVER, LACUNA COIL and BRING ME THE HORIZON, you guys really made it a great show and a great hang, hell... I'd pay money to see this line-up of bands anytime!

Recently someone wrote in to my musicians thread and asked if I had any comment on the passing of Kevin Dubrow, here's what I wrote: I met Kevin many years ago in the mid-'90s. I was considering playing with Quiet Riot so I went down to a rehearsal to Jam. Kevin surprised me. He was gracious, kind and I was blown away by the power and tone of his voice in the room. I'd heard all the stories but for me, he seemed like he really had it together that night. I'm glad to say that I have a very found memory of him and I'm glad I had that opportunity to meet and make music with him. I know he'll be missed"

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Quiet Riot Singer Dead Six Days Before Discovery

ABC's Las Vegas affiliate KTNV-TV reports: Police say after a distressed call from family members, QUIET RIOT lead singer Kevin DuBrow's next door neighbor and friend kicked down the door to find the 52-year-old dead.

Police say DuBrow had been dead for about six days before his body was discovered. Lori Lee Samson, DuBrow's fiancée, was the last person to see him alive. She says when days passed, she new something was wrong.

Among the collection of memories, Lori Samson will forever save DuBrow's last words. "At 2:40 am Monday he texted me I love you so much," Samson says.

His death has sent shockwaves to fans and family.

Samson says she will cherish the last moments spent with him and her son. She never knew the man she met years ago was a legendary rock star. Still rocking into his 50s, they celebrated Dubrow's birthday just two weeks ago. Samson says Dubrow performed for charities, growing more humble with age.

At 52 years old, QUIET RIOT's vocalist finally found the one. The couple was supposed to appear on A&E for a roast of Gene Simmons.

The coroner's office is now investigating the exact cause of death.

Samson says something fans never knew is that alcohol was not allowed backstage at their concerts. This was in support of band members' struggle with sobriety.

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Friends Puzzle Over Quiet Riot Singers Death

Greg Burk of the Los Angeles Times reports: The life of QUIET RIOT singer Kevin DuBrow, who died at age 52 over the weekend in Las Vegas, had not been on a completely even keel after he'd broken up this month with his girlfriend of more than seven years, Las Vegas television personality and KXPT-FM radio DJ Lark Williams, according to friends saddened Monday by the news of his death.

Nevertheless, "his mood the last couple of months was stable," said former DEEP PURPLE bassist and singer Glenn Hughes, who said he had communicated with DuBrow several times a week since they had become reacquainted after a 2001 performance by Hughes in Las Vegas. "He did not sound agitated or paranoid or anything at all — he was just normal Kevin," Hughes said. He added that QUIET RIOT's recent tour had gone well.

Williams said she didn't think DuBrow had any health problems. "He was as strong as an ox, that boy. He ate well, took a lot of vitamins. He worked out, and of course when he performed it was quite a workout," she said Tuesday from Las Vegas. "He never looked better." She said she had last communicated with him about a week ago by text message, with no indications that anything was awry.

As of Tuesday, the Las Vegas police were not investigating the death as a suspicious one. Samantha Charles, the communications officer with the Clark County coroner's office, said that an autopsy was performed Monday on DuBrow and that official determination of the cause of death would depend on results of toxicology tests, which could take six to 12 weeks.

Read the full article at this location.

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Annihilator Guitarist Talks Quiet Riot Singer

Guitarist Jeff Waters of the long-running Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR has posted the following message on the band's official forum:

"QUIET RIOT had an impact on me when I was a teen and when I wasn't listening to their music, I was playing it or seeing a cover band that was playing it! 'Metal Health' was a brilliant record and his voice and [guitarist Carlos] Cavazo's playing was damn good for that time... and very influential to many others. From [bassist Rudy] Sarzo licking his thumb to the spandex and posing; pure cheese but great cheese! Their music was rock and metal and party music all in one.

"It is a sad day for metal, as DuBrow and QUIET RIOT helped, in their own way, make metal what it has become today.

"RIP, dude. You will be missed by many and thanks for the memories and the music."

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Motley Crue Bassist Remembers Quiet Riot Singer

MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has released the following statement to Saviours Of Rock regarding the passing of QUIET RIOT singer Kevin DuBrow:

"I was thinking about sitting in Kevin's apartment in 1979. I had just been over to [late QUIET RIOT/OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist] Randy Rhoads' (who still lived with his mom at the time) learning some of their songs. Randy called Kevin while I was there and told him they should get me to be the bass player in QUIET RIOT. I passed... 'cause we all had a destiny.

"Today is a sad day.

"[Kevin] always did what he loved most — music — and always said what was on his mind. And that is the measure of a man.

"He will be missed.

"I'm grateful to have those early memories.... before the fame, just kids with dreams.

"I send my love and support to his family and friends... I know this is a hard time."

Watch QUIET RIOT "performing" the song "Party All Night" on a TV show in 1984: More...

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Quiet Riot Guitarist Talks About Late Singer

QUIET RIOT guitarist Alex Grossi has 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's latest studio CD, "Rehab", was released on October 3, 2006. The lineup on the album was Kevin DuBrow, Frankie Banali, Tony Franklin and Neil Citron.

QUIET RIOT was the first metal band to top the Billboard chart and is perhaps best known for its cover of SLADE's "Cum on Feel the Noize".

In 2004, DuBrow recorded a collection of cover versions for his first solo album, "In for the Kill".

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Quiet Riot Bassist Speaks On Late Singer

QUIET RIOT bassist Chuck Wright has issued the following statement regarding the death of vocalist Kevin DuBrow via Saviours Of Rock:

"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."

Chuck Wright

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Bassist Rudy Sarzo Speaks On Quiet Riot Singer

Ex-QUIET RIOT bassist Rudy Sarzo spoke to Headbanger's Blog about the passing of his former bandmate, QUIET RIOT singer Kevin DuBrow.

"All of us are in shock trying to deal with this," Sarzo told Headbanger's Blog. "The last thing you expect when you get up in the morning is something like this. He was somebody who really loved life. He loved to have fun and have a great time. Every day to him was like a party — that's what it was like when I played with him."

Sarzo added, "I think he’ll be remembered for being a hell of a rock singer. He was definitely one of the best singers of the '80s."

Katherine Turman, a music journalist who produces Alice Cooper's radio show, "Nights With Alice Cooper", praised DuBrow's dynamic state presence. "I was in high school the first time I saw Kevin at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, and I remember loving their song 'Slick Black Cadillac'," she told Headbanger's Blog. "Kevin was a super-energetic performer and listeners need to know there was more to QUIET RIOT than SLADE covers."

Former RIP magazine editor and "Life on Planet Rock" author Lonn Friend, who was good friends with DuBrow, told Headbanger's Blog that the singer refused to dwell on the past and lived to the fullest. "He was never without a smile on his face or a bounce in his step. It didn't matter what rug he plopped on his head or what folks might be saying about the guy he was in the spandex-clad past, Kevin didn't give a f— anymore. He was content playing his own rock, venturing out to see his musical peers shred it loud and hard and totally enjoying the second half of his life."

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Ex-Warrant Guitarist Comments On Quiet Riot Singer

Former WARRANT guitarist Billy Morris, who played guitar with QUIET RIOT off and on during the band's later years, has released the following statement to D.X. Ferris of the Cleveland Scene regarding the passing of QUIET RIOT singer Kevin DuBrow:

"Wow. Today I learned that my friend Kevin DuBrow passed away. This blows me away. No one would ever imagine this happening to Kevin, especially me, after knowing him for the past eight years. During our tours together, he would really take care of himself, eating well (certainly better than the rest of us). He'd take his vitamins every day, and always kept his body and voice in check. One thing about Kevin was that he was always so thankful for what he had. Performing live and creating music were his passions, and he was grateful for the time he spent with his friends and fans. The rock scene has lost an icon, an individual who brought it every night! Kevin, you will be missed."

According to The Associated Press, a neighbor summoned police and paramedics Sunday (November 25) to the Las Vegas home where the 52-year-old Dubrow was pronounced dead at 5:20 p.m., police and coroner's officials said.

There was no forced entry at the house, and no suspicious circumstances were reported, police Officer Jose Montoya said.

The cause and manner of death were not immediately known, pending an autopsy and toxicology results, Clark County coroner's spokeswoman Samantha Charles said.

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Quiet Riot Drummer: "I've Lost My Best Friend"

QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali has released a short statement to CNN regarding the passing of the group's singer, Kevin DuBrow.

According to The Associated Press, a neighbor summoned police and paramedics Sunday (November 25) to the Las Vegas home where the 52-year-old Dubrow was pronounced dead at 5:20 p.m., police and coroner's officials said.

There was no forced entry at the house, and no suspicious circumstances were reported, police Officer Jose Montoya said.

The cause and manner of death were not immediately known, pending an autopsy and toxicology results, Clark County coroner's spokeswoman Samantha Charles said.

"I'm at a loss for words. I've just lost my best friend," Banali told CNN. "Out of respect for both Kevin and his family, I won't comment further. There's going to be a lot of speculation out there, and I won't add to that. I love him too much."

QUIET RIOT hit the top of the charts with its 1983 album, "Metal Health", considered by some sources as the first heavy metal album to hit No. 1. The album was driven by the group's cover of SLADE's "Cum on Feel the Noize", which hit the Top 40.

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Quiet Riot Singer's Body Being Examined

TMZ.com reports that Las Vegas Metro Police has confirmed that Kevin DuBrow, lead singer for '80s metal band QUIET RIOT, was found dead in his Las Vegas home.

According to TMZ.com, one of DuBrow's neighbors found the singer Sunday (November 25) around 5:20 p.m. The Clark County Coroner has confirmed that they are currently examining DuBrow's body to try to determine the cause of death.

Fellow bandmember Frankie Banali posted this message on his web site: "I can't even find words to say. Please respect my privacy as I mourn the passing and honor the memory of my dearest friend, Kevin DuBrow."

QUIET RIOT was the first metal band to top the Billboard chart and is perhaps best known for its cover of SLADE's "Cum on Feel the Noize."

In 2004, DuBrow recorded a collection of cover versions for his first solo album, "In for the Kill".

QUIET RIOT's latest studio CD, "Rehab", was released on October 3, 2006. The lineup on the album was Kevin DuBrow, Frankie Banali, Tony Franklin and Neil Citron. Legendary singer Glenn Hughes also made a guest vocal appearance on the LP.

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Quiet Riot Singer Found Dead

Michael Politz of The Vegas Eye reports that QUIET RIOT frontman Kevin DuBrow was found dead in his Las Vegas home on Sunday, November 25. According to Politz, DubRow — whom Politz calls "one of my closest friends" — recently celebrated his 52nd birthday in New Orleans "where he ate great food and even caught THE CULT at The House of Blues."

Although the band has yet to issue an official statement on the matter, bassist Kelly Garni, who was one of the founding members of QUIET RIOT, has posted the following message on the Randy Rhoads (late QUIET RIOT/OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist) web site RandyRhoads.tk:

"I ask this to all of you not only for myself but for other friends and family. I ask that no one here offer any speculation or opinions, theories or other things that could be construed as negative or, and I'm sorry for this, even sympathetic, right at this immediate time. I am already within hours of this having to deal with untrue rumors and speculation and that only adds fuel to that. There is a tendency for the subject of Kevin to incite flames on every board and now is not the time for that. I will explain to everyone here the facts and the truth in the next 24 to 48 hours as I realize this will effect us all. So please, until then, be patient. All details and other pertinate info will be passed on to you here when it becomes available to me. Thank you."

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Helloween Bassist To Do Hard Rock Album

Frontiers Records will release the debut album from Markus Grosskopf's (HELLOWEEN) BASSINVADERS, entitled "Hellbassbeaters", on January 25, 2008.

BASSINVADERS was a creation of Markus' while sitting in a bar and enjoying a few drinks. It was there that he got inspired to produce a heavy rock record without any guitars at all. He presented this concept in early 2007 to Frontiers Records, which was intrigued by the idea and gave it a go.

According to a press release, "Hellbassbeaters" contains all the basic elements of a heavy rock record "and so much more. You got the strong vocals, rhythmic bass, intoxicating drums and even bass and twin bass solo parts. What you hear is what you get: 100% genuine heavy rock record with absolutely no discordant guitar note on it at all." To guarantee a great variety of different influences, Markus invited some well-known singing bass players from the German metal scene to join the band, including DESTRUCTION's Schmier, SODOM's frontman Tom Angelripper and RAGE's Peavy. He also managed to get a few of his bass heroes to lay down solos on some of the tracks, including Billy Sheehan, Rudy Sarzo and DD Verni.

Guest musicians include:


Lee Rocker (STRAY CATS)
Dirk Schlächter (GAMMA RAY)
Stig Pedersen (D.A.D)
Nibbs (SAXON)
Tobias Exxel (EDGUY)
Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69)
Peter Baltes (ACCEPT)
Jan S. Eckert (MASTERPLAN)
Michael Müller (JADED HEART)


Jesper Binzer (D-A-D)


Stefan Arnold (GRAVE DIGGER)

01. Awakening the Bass Machine
02. We Live
03. Armageddon
04. Romance In Black
05. Godless Gods
06. Empty Memories (Breaking Free)
07. Boiling Blood
08. Far Too Late
09. The Asshole Song
10. Dead From the Eyes Down
11. Razorblade Romance
12. Voices
13. Eagles Fly Free (HELLOWEEN cover)
14. To Hell And Back (bonus track for Europe)

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Metal Gets Its Due On Massive Rhino Boxed Set

Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.

Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.

The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.

Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...

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