The Metal Voice pays tribute to QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali with Ex W.A.S.P. Chris Holmes, Ex Quiet Riot , Alcatrazz keyboardist Jimmy Waldo, Ex Anthrax Neil Turbin and Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon.
Yesterday, June 15th, QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali – who is battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer – was admitted to the emergency room at the Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center in California.
Frankie has issued via his Facebook page the following: “Just admitted to the Emergency Room at Kaiser… It occured to me that this is just like Disneyland except the lines are shorter & the rides are painfully slow… and the price of admission… OMG!”
A GoFundMe page has been launched to aid Frankie with his medical expenses.
Jimmy Kay from Canada’s The Metal Voice recently spoke to Quiet Riot Leader and drummer Frankie Banali. Banali spoke about his current health issue, his new album Hollywood Cowboys and plans for writing another album and going on tour in 2020.
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“Hollywood Cowboys”, which will be released on November 8 via Frontiers Music Srl.
When asked about his current Health Pancreatic stage 4 Cancer Diagnosis
“It’s been overwhelming the amount of love and prayers and support that everyone has shared on my Facebook page and via text messages, emails, private messages and everything. I’m incredibly fortunate and incredibly grateful to have this much support from fans and Friends so thank you.”
When asked if his Cancer Diagnosis played a role either positive or negative in the production of the album
“When I had my diagnosis I was scheduled to start mixing that record with our engineer Neil Citron. Two days after the diagnosis I went right in and sort of mixed the record. As dire as the prognosis was, to give you an idea of my mindset and my strengths is that two days after I did one of the rounds of chemo I was on the Western video set in the desert, really hot in wardrobe for 12 hours. And a month later three days after another round of chemo I was on on the set for the final day of shooting at a different location, so I just I just kept moving forward as business as usual. Unfortunately you know my doctors were very adamant to make sure that I wasn’t flying to show dates and that’s one of the reasons that I was unable not able to do the shows with Quiet Riot. ”
When asked about the guest writers on the new album
“What happened with the situation is that Neil Citron and I wrote the music to all the songs and I sent demos to our previous singer James and he found a comfort zone on five of the songs but the other seven he wasn’t comfortable. So I reached out to Jacob Bunton who’s an incredible singer and songwriter and he actually wrote the lyrics and melodies to, Don’t call it love and In the blood (which is the video song), Heartbreak City and Devil that you know Oddly enough those four tracks were the tracks that I had in mind to open up the record . Change or Die and Insanity were a little different than what you might consider the norm for Quiet Riot and there were a little heavier so I immediately turned to another friend (former Anthrax singer) Neil Turbin who wrote the lyrics and did the background vocals. Then there’s there’s an odd track on there which is uh a blues bass track that’s not like Led Zeppelin blues but more like a Robert Plant solo and the first person that came to mind is another really talented guy August Young, who wrote the lyrics and melodies to. And one of my fellow bandmates Jimmy Sakurai he also contributed, I’m really happy with all their contributions they’re they’re great songwriters they’re great people and they also did background vocals to the tracks. I then sent those demos with their vocals and lyrics and melodies over to James and then he basically copied that.”
When asked about his future plans
“Even though the new record won’t be out until November 8th I’ve already started writing material for a future Quiet Riot record and I’ve actually laid down a couple of drum tracks. I just sit down and start writing and and Neil is instrumental in the writing process and we’ve got a really great partnership in that regard. I’m actually going to go check with my medical team for future shows, they’ve already green lighted me to go back out on the road in 2020. I just have to really schedule you know my treatments so that one does not interfere with the others but it’s my intention to go straight back out into the saddle in 2020.”
The follow-up to 2017’s “Road Rage” will feature the following songs:
01. Don’t Call It Love
02. In The Blood
03. Heartbreak City
04. The Devil That You Know
05. Change Or Die
06. Roll On
09. Wild Horses
10. Holding On
11. Last Outcast
12. Arrows And Angels
Jimmy Kay from Canada’s The Metal Voice recently spoke to Quiet Riot leader and drummer Frankie Banali. Banali spoke about the new Live Album, unreleased Quiet Riot songs, Kevin Dubrow, Randy Rhoads and gave an updated on the new studio album. QUIET RIOT‘s performance at last year’s Frontiers Rock Festival was released last month on CD/DVD and Blu-ray under the title “One Night In Milan”.
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When asked about the new Quiet Riot live album in Milan
“We recorded it April 28th of 2018 in in Milan, Italy. Frontiers approached me about playing the festival they also wanted to know if if I would agree to have it recorded for live album and DVD. It was gonna be Quiet Riot’s first time performing in Italy so that was special but I also wanted the label to understand that I’m a real big believer in if it’s going to be a live record it has to be a live record. I’m also a really big believer in the guys in the band, Chuck Wright on bass, Alex Grossi on guitar and James Durbin on vocals and that we could do a live show and not have to go into the studio and fix things. A live record by definition is live, without any fixes, live without a net . I didn’t even let the guys know that I had opted not to fix anything until the morning of that show. Since I joined the band when I first started working with Kevin in 1980 the band always revolved around live performances, we have been very successful at various levels over over the years but everything always revolved around being the best and tightest live we can possibly be. I always tell the band play to the best of your abilities because not everyone plays great every single night but as long as you go out there and try I think people can see that, I think people can hear that and I think people can can feel it. Since it was our first time in Italy the setlist I put together I made sure that it included all the songs that I think they wanted to hear off the Metal Health record some songs off of Condition Critical, QR3 some deep tracks from, the Down To The Bone Album and Terrified and two songs from Road Rage.”
When asked if there are any unreleased studio and live material from the Kevin Dubrow years
” I have a lot of unreleased Quiet Riot studio material as well as live songs that were recorded. The problem is with releasing something like that is that it just gets bootlegged to such a degree that that it’s almost pointless. I mean, you have to go in and go through the masters and if the tapes are really old you have to bake the tapes. There’s a lot of time, there’s a lot of expense, there’s a lot of expertise that goes into something like that. Then you release it and it gets bootlegged out there on sites that will just rip it off. Those sites have their subscribers and they’re making money off of it but the artist isn’t. So I’m not that inclined to do so at this point in time.”
When asked if Randy Rhoads ever heard the track Thunderbird and what he thought of the song prior to tragically losing his life
“Here’s the chronology of Thuderbird as a lot of people have a mistaken idea of how the song and why the song was written. Kevin Dubrow originally wrote the song not about Randy’s passing but about Randy leaving the first version of Quiet Riot in 1979 to join Ozzy. Kevin had already asked both Rudy Sarzo and Randy Rhoads to come in and play. Randy had agreed to do so but it wasn’t until Randy’s untimely passing that Kevin rewrote the last verse to reflect Randy’s death. Randy was indeed scheduled to come in and and play on that track but I don’t think Randy heard the song prior. I would imagine that he didn’t because we hadn’t demoed the song until after Randy had passed so I don’t think he would have had an opportunity to have heard it but I could be wrong. That would have been a great question for Kevin Dubrow that to my knowledge no one ever asked. ”
When asked about Kevin Dubrow’s home being robbed after he had died and were Quiet Riot 1 and 2 masters stolen
“His home was robbed actually twice after he passed away fortunately because I started managing the band in 1993 all the archives have always been with me. What they what they stole were personal effects, clothes a lot of his CD collection and a lot of his vinyl collection. I think they basically stole things that they could sell. I had a professional facility that all of this material was stored at and then after its passing that facility was actually going out of business and I retrieved all the material and in turn took it to another secure facility.”
When asked about the musical direction off the new studio album and the timeline
“All the drums, bass and guitar tracks are done. About half of the vocals are done so it’s a matter of finishing the other half of the lead and background vocals. Then the the mixing process will start. We’re still working on on the art and on all those components so I think best-case scenario fall 2019, or worst-case scenario early next year. From my perspective, it is the most varied Quiet Riot record I have ever have ever worked on. It’s gonna cover a lot of bases,I think is going to surprise a lot of people and I hope it’ll be a pleasant surprise, it’s the most varied record. My first consideration when I’m writing something and when I write together with my writing partner Neil Citron is what would Kevin Dubrow like this? The greatest thing about Kevin is he was so open-minded and he had such a broad taste in music that there were there were very few things that he didn’t like. ”
When asked about him watching the original Quiet Riot with Randy Rhoads Live in the 70’s
” I used to see Quiet Riot at a club called the Starwood in Los Angeles, it’s because they they drew more girls than any of any other band I had ever seen, so that was my that was my first priority. My second priority but it’s a close to one was the fact that Randy Rhoads was the most amazing unknown guitars that I had ever heard. He was incredibly talented, he was also an incredible showman, he was like the complete and total package. And then Kevin was the most energetic singer I had ever seen, I mean he was all over that stage and and the way he dressed and the way the band presented of themselves they actually have production, when local bands for the most part never have production, it was a great package. And then of course Rudy Sarzo at that point had joined the band he was the bass player in the band at the time and you know we’re now talking you know late 70’s Rudy and I had known each other since 1972 so there were there were a lot of great reasons for me to go see the first version a Quiet Riot there were no bad reasons. James Durbin is doing some some writing on this record as well so as far as lyrics are concerned so yeah he’s he’s you know definitely an active part of the right process insofar as lyrics and vocal melodies and background vocals.”
What asked about what he remembered moist of Randy Rhoads
“I knew Randy and the funny thing about about Randy was he never didn’t have a guitar in his hands, he constantly has a guitar in his hand and he was constantly working on something. Randy would hold a conversation with you and be very engaging and very endearing but the entire time you know half of the brain was working on something musical on that guitar. I owe both Randy and Rudy Sarzo a debt in that Randy after he left Quiet Riot he told Kevin he should get me as the drummer. Same thing Rudy Sarzo told Kevin, so I owe them both the debt of gratitude for pointing me in Kevin’s direction.”
Jimmy Kay from Canada’s The Metal Voice recently spoke to Frankie Banali drummer and manager of QUIET RIOT. He spoke about Randy Rhoads, Kevin Dubrow and the upcoming album Road Rage.
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On how Randy Rhoads introduced Frankie to Kevin Dubrow
“I used to see Quiet Riot play all the time at the Starwood in L.A. When Randy Rhoads left Quiet Riot in 1979 to go play with Ozzy Osbourne I got a call from Randy asking me to go play. We played together with Ozzy for about a week. Nothing came of it but from that experience of Randy and I working together for that week, Randy recommend me to Kevin Dubrow. At the same time Rudy Sarzo was still playing with Kevin in Quiet Riot in band that was now called DUBROW and Rudy and I have know each other since 1972, so Rudy also recommend me to Kevin. So the two Randy and Rudy were responsible for me playing with Kevin in 1980.”
When asked his opinion of releasing Quiet Riot 1 and 2 albums which features Randy Rhoads on guitar
“I don’t have the rights to those records, those were pre my involvement with Quiet Riot. That is something I have no control over. There are a lot of people involved, the original label Sony Japan, there were managers involved, there were producers involved, musicians and in the case of Randy and Kevin, their estates. They would all have to come together and commit to some kind of agreement for those records to be officially released. I can tell you that if Kevin was alive he would be against releasing them, cause he didn’t think they were as good as they could have been. Kevin didn’t feel he was as good as a singer as he eventually became from his perspective. I don’t think he would have been happy about it but it’s not my call.”
When asked if the press in 1983 was to harsh on Kevin Dubrow when he claimed that Without Quiet Riot other LA bands would be nothing and never got signed
“From my perspective I didn’t agree with what Kevin said, I didn’t agree on how he said it but I supported his right to give his opinion. One of Kevin’s biggest faults is he was so incredibly honest. Kevin just spoke his mind, if anything he was guilty of being way to honest and it came back and ultimately affected him personally and affected the band professionally.”
When asked if there were any left over tracks from the Rehab recording sessions prior to Kevin Dubrow’s death
“There are a couple of things that I have on my drives in the archives whether they will ever see the light of day it’s hard to say, we will just have to wait and see”
When asked what he saw in new singer James Durbin that he didn’t see in the other singers he worked with that did not work out
“I hadn’t met him before and I really didn’t follow American idol but I did see that one season where he sang with Rob Halford Judas Priest and I said to myself this guy is really talented. His voice is not the same as Kevin’s but he has the range that Kevin had and he has got a very melodic style of singing. And he’s got that same kind of energy as a performer that Kevin had and for me that is something that has been missing since Kevin passed away since 2007. I needed someone who can sing the old material live as well as someone who can bring something new to the table.”
When asked what is the musical similarities between the new album Road rage to the Quiet Riot catalogue
“It’s bits in different places if you take a track like Freak Flag and Wasted, I think they are siblings to some of the material we did on Metal Health and Condition Critical and then there are songs that are completly different than anything we have done in the past . I just let the music just come out and progress as it did. The only thing that is the same from the original Road Rage is the music. We got rid of all the lyrics and the vocal melodies of the first version and had James created all new lyrics and all new melodies. James to this day has not heard the original record cause I wanted to make sure that he had a blank canvas.”
When asked if they will record a live album or a biography
“There is a real possibility that would happen if the situation is right for a live album. There is definitely several books in me, its a possibility”