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.
HOOKERS & BLOW, the legendary project formed by longtime Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed and Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi, recently hit the studio to record a covers album that will be released later this year via Golden Robot Records.
Now the band have now dropped their third single, an emotive version of David Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’ that truly and respectfully holds a candle up to the original.
Guitarist Alex Grossi comments, “’Ziggy Stardust‘ has been in the Hookers & Blow live set since our very first show 17 years ago. We are really happy that we were able to capture the vibe of the way we do it live in the studio.”
Stream/buy ‘Ziggy Stardust’ HERE
The first single that hit our ears was an inspired cover of the Eddie Money classic ‘Shakin’. ‘Shakin’ finally saw the undeniable talent of HOOKERS & BLOW shine through on their debut single. HOOKERS & BLOW delivered the track with all the soul, honesty and depth of the original but in their own fashion, dripping with immaculate musicianship and flawless vocals.
Following ‘Shakin” was an energetic and rambunctious version of the Rolling Stones classic ‘Rocks Off’ from the iconic double album Exile On Main Street.
Dizzy states, “If I had to pick one song to cover from the Stones, ‘Rocks Off’ would be it. Enjoy!”
The band has used producer Alistair James who recently worked with Joe Perry, Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp on the newest Hollywood Vampires album.
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.
Watch the interview here:
“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”.
Watch the interview here:
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 interviewed ex-Quiet Riot‘s co-founder, bassist and best friend of Randy Rhoads, Kelly Garni. Part 2
Watch the Pt 2 of the interview here:
Garni spoke about his book Angles with Dirty Faces, which talks how he and Randy disliked Black Sabbath in the early years, Garni conflicts with Kevin Dubrow, Randy Rhoads letters, poor management in Quiet Riot, re-releasing Quiet Riot 1 and 2 and the gun shooting incident with Randy Rhoads that led to Garni being fired from Quiet Riot.
When asked about why he did not get along with Kevin Dubrow
“I never really got along with Kevin Dubrow from the very beginning because I didn’t like him. Kevin was not a nice person. He was obnoxious and he hated me. Kevin loved and adored Randy and he wanted to be really close to Randy and I was like no that is not happening that’s my best friend. If you asked anybody in the music business back then what was Kevin like, they would say he was a prick and that’s even after he is dead. Kevin doesn’t even get any respect after he died. Kevin was a dick, he was a prick and asshole and he certainly made his own bed in that regards. Later on in the ending of my book I talked about how I learned a different side of Kevin and how I became extremely good friends with him and close enough with him, that if I had a brother this is the guy outside of Randy and Kelle Rhoads. ”
When asked about their opinions of Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper at the time in the early years
“Black Sabbath to us were trying to be evil. Randy Rhoads and I didn’t really get it. That is why it’s so weird that Randy Rhoads ended up with Ozzy because we never listened to Black Sabbath, we didn’t think they were very talented. Randy and I loved Alice Cooper it was a whole different realm of music, this was like going to see a horror movie. Black Sabbath to us was like a church of evil to us. That is how we saw them. When you went to see Alice Cooper you understood the entertainment value, it was a show. The Black Sabbath guys to us at the time appeared to be really into worshipping the devil and our upbringing didn’t support believing into anything like that. We didn’t want to be evil at all. Alice appeared to be more crazy than evil. When Randy first told me he joined Ozzy I was like really Ozzy? We hated that shit but Randy said this was different he got to write the music and work with these other guys well respected artists.”
When asked about Randy Rhoads letters to Kevin Dubrow in his time with Ozzy Osbourne
“Kevin did have a tendency to write letters to Randy and Kevin showed me the letters Randy sent to him and Randy was clearly clearly unhappy in Ozzy. When Randy did come to Las Vegas during the Blizzard of Oz tour and we spent time together, Randy was very clear about how unhappy he was in that band. Kevin Dubrow said the most interesting thing to me later on in life that I could never ever believe. He said, you know what after you left Quiet Riot Randy just wasn’t the same anymore and he wasn’t into the band Quiet Riot anymore like he was, he felt alone and Kevin said I think that is why he left to join Ozzy. ”
When asked if Randy appreciated the position in being in Ozzy band
“Randy was given free reign in Ozzy and was really appreciative of Ozzy giving him the opportunity. Randy felt pretty lucky to be playing and writing with band. I know he was particular close with Bob Daisey. Also Bob deserves a lot of credit for helping Randy getting out of his shell that Randy was put in the Quiet Riot days by the people who managed us.”
When asked about the gun shooting incident with Randy Rhoads
“The only thing out there that I would debunk or argue with is people say I tried to kill Randy Rhoads with a gun. People call me out on that one all the time and I almost got into a fist fight with Ozzy about it. Nothing could be further from the truth. First of all when it comes to Randy everyone thinks he was so angelic, well we used to go out and shoot guns all the time. One time the S.W.A.T. team was called at my house because we were firing guns off in my backyard.”
“What happened was I had robbed a bar the night before and stolen all their liquor and I was very drunk that’s why Randy was at my house because we were drinking and we were drinking for about 6 hours straight. Randy and I had an argument over whether was should kick out Kevin Dubrow from Quiet Riot. People say that during that fight I tried to shoot Randy Rhoads and that is not true. I fired a bullet through the ceiling. (in the book Garni claims 10 feet above Randy’s head 8 feet in front of him). The bullet went no where near Randy Rhoads and in no way would I ever try to kill my best friend. And yes a pretty good fist fight happened a rather violent one. Randy left my house bleeding pretty badly and so did I. But that is what friends and brothers do is they roll around the ground, beat each other up and that’s all it was. People have made a big deal about a fight between two best friends who are brothers and have construed it in a completely negative manner then it actually was. In no way did I try to kill Randy Rhoads, in no way. Because of this fight I was thrown out of Quiet Riot, I was kicked out of Quiet Riot because of this. I have no problems saying that. Once I started to pull a gun out the management said he is out of control which I agree to that decision that they made and have no issues with. I deserved to get fired from Quiet Riot, totally deserved it. But I will say Randy called me up after I got out of jail from the incident the next day and he was laughing cause I got thrown in jail. How I got thrown in jail was, I got in my car and I was very angry and I knew that Kevin was down at the Record Plant recording vocals for Quiet Riot 2. Like I said the fight was over kicking Kevin out of the band and we got into a mix about it, the gun was fired and we got into a fist fight, I probably got into a dozen fist fights with Randy over the years. That’s how brothers are you fight, you cry, you say you are sorry and then you do it again. I pulled out a gun to make my point, to make a big loud noise which was sort of my way of saying everyone just shut up. So after Randy left my house with the aid of a friend who was sitting right there who will back up everything I am saying Kim McNair a good friend of Randy’s and mine. I was very drunk and after Randy left I said I am going to fix this deal and I am going to blow Kevin’s ass away. I got in my car and I tried to drive clear over to Holly wood which was 25-30 miles away and I was going to kill Kevin, that was my big drunken plan and as soon as I got in my car and started driving I realized I couldn’t drive. I didn’t have the ability and I was like well there goes that plan, well I’m going to have to go home. So in order to park in front of my house I had to go around the block and I had to go into a major intersection and when I made that turn, I blew the turn and there was a cop car and they pulled me over in front of my house. I had the gun in the shoulder holster and they had me get out of the car . Next thing I know I was on the ground and then I woke up in jail with my face covered in blood. I was charged with DUI and felony possession for a concealed weapon. I know what I did, I owned up to it I am not going to lie about it and I’m not going to try and sugar coat it, there is no way to sugar coat it . I fucked up.”
In case you missed the Pt.1, watch it here: