New live collection another first for Quiet Riot
Ever since the unexpected 2007 death of original lead singer Kevin DuBrow, co-founding member and drummer Frankie Banali has worked tirelessly to keep L.A.-based Quiet Riot afloat. A new live set from Golden Core Records titled Backstage - Live 1983 does much to keep the band alive by showcasing live performances during its heyday. After an initial effort that featured late guitarist Randy Rhoads, the band regrouped in 1982 and issued the history-making, multi-platinum Metal Health—the first heavy metal ever to top the Billboard 200—led by equally historic monster hit, ‘Cum On Feel The Noize,’ as the first heavy metal song to reach the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100.
Backstage - Live 1983 is Quiet Riot’s first live album and features a two-part track list that is broken into two roster lineups. Tracks 1 through 9 feature live performances by DuBrow (vocals), Carlos Cavazo (guitar), Rudy Sarzo (bass) and Banali (drums), while the remaining three tracks feature DuBrow and Babali with Bob Steffan (guitar) and Chuck Wright (bass) on original demos of the songs ‘Thunderbird,’ ‘Love’s A Bitch,’ and ‘Let’s Get Crazy.’ The live cuts include Metal Health favorites ‘Cum On Feel The Noize,’ Love’s A Bitch,’ ‘Let’s Get Crazy,’ ‘Run For Cover,’ and the hit title track. Also included are stage versions of ‘Winners Take All’ and ‘Condition Critical’ off 1984’s platinum-selling Condition Critical album.
In 2004, DuBrow and Banali recruited guitarist Alex Grossi and bassist Chuck Wright and continued to tour nonstop throughout 2006 as a lead up to the band’s eleventh studio album, Rehab (2006). What followed was a band in turmoil with the passing of DuBrow and an ensuing revolving door of lead singers that currently includes Love/Hate vocalist Jizzy Pearl.
“Change is inevitable,” Banali recently told Loudwire.com. “Quiet Riot has always been in a state of change. The fact is that Quiet Riot has never recorded with the exact same lineup for more than any two consecutive records. I’m actually the only member of Quiet Riot that has been on every single release since Metal Health.” Banali adds he decided to continue the band as a tribute to his longtime friend and musical partner. “One of the things Kevin and I always took great pride in was to continue to record new music and release records … for the music, for the fans, for promotion and for self-fulfillment.”
Banali goes on to tell Loudwire that he also plans to continue making music so that new and past members of the band can appear on new Quiet Riot records. He also reveals that going back and listening to DuBrow on the Backstage - Live 1983 live tracks reminds him of what a great singer and live performer he was. “There is no denying that when Kevin died, he was at the top of his game. I made a conscious decision not to use the usual songs that people would expect. I picked tracks that were special and of the moment.”
The current Quiet Riot lineup of Banali, Chuck Wright (bass), Alex Grossi (guitar) and Jizzy Pearl (vocals) is launching a spring/summer tour on March 28 as the Monsters of Rock Cruise sets sail from New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and continues through April 2. At least a dozen more U.S. shows are scheduled through July as the band then departs for three shows in Colombia, South America (August 8, 9, 16).
Watch the official music video for Quiet Riot’s ‘Cum On Feel The Noize.’
As A Matter of Fact…
* Quiet Riot evolved out of a band formed by guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Kelly Garni in 1973 called Mach 1. When Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt suggested calling the band “Quite Right,” variations on the name eventually led to Quiet Riot.
* The original Quiet Riot lineup included Rhoads, Garni (later replaced by Rudy Sarzo), vocalist Kevin DuBrow, and drummer Drew Forsyth. The L.A.-based band often competed against Van Halen as Southern California’s top rock act.
* Despite securing a record deal with Sony, the original Quiet Riot only released two albums (Quiet Riot I, Quiet Riot II ) before Rhoads left in 1979 to join Ozzy Osbourne, followed soon thereafter by Sarzo.
* DuBrow and Forsyth attempted to carry on under the name DuBrow, adding guitarist Carlos Cavazo and drummer Frankie Banali in 1982. Rhoads’s death in a plane crash led to Sarzo’s return and reverting back to the Quiet Riot moniker.
* The newly formed Quiet Riot signed with CBS Records in 1982 and released the album Metal Health the following year. The breakthrough LP became the first heavy metal album to ever top the Billboard 200, selling more than 10 million copies to date.
* The signature hit ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’ was the first heavy metal song to reach the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100. The song is often featured in films (Tropic Thunder, Rock of Ages), sports-related promotions, and video games.