I heart the ’80s

Quiet Riot feels the noize at BMI Speedway

By Allyson Crawford

Photo: Quiet Riot performs on April 5 at BMI Speedway in Versailles

No, it’s not 1986 again, but the upcoming tours this spring and summer may have you believing otherwise.

Motley Crüe will head out on their final tour. KISS and Def Leppard will pair up for more than 40 dates as well. And this spring, Quiet Riot will hit the road with fellow ’80s rockers Faster Pussycat, the BulletBoys and Gilby Clarke (of Guns n’ Roses fame). The package – called the “Bang Your Head” tour – will zigzag smaller venues across America. While not part of the “Bang Your Head” package, Quiet Riot will play the BMI Speedway in Versailles on Saturday, April 5.

“Traditionally, Ohio has always been on the front lines of support for Quiet Riot since 1983 and going strong 30 plus years later,” Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali told the Dayton City Paper. “We love the fans in Ohio and appreciate their long-time support.”

Quiet Riot is best known for its 1983 cover of “Cum On Feel the Noize,” featured on the album Metal Health. That song was the first by a metal band to hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart.

If you haven’t kept up with Quiet Riot since the early ’80s days of Metal Health, then you might be surprised to learn the band has undergone a slew of lineup changes. The most notable change is behind the mic. Singer Kevin DuBrow died in 2007. Since that time, Banali has kept the band going with various singers and other members. These days, Jizzy Pearl fronts the band. Banali has faced sharp criticism from fans who feel he should put the band to bed. “Quiet Riot is nothing without Kevin!” is a popular refrain. Still, Banali has resolve and said Kevin would want him – and Quiet Riot – to rock on.

“One of the things Kevin and I always strived for was to continue to create new Quiet Riot music even when rock music had ceased to be popular, because of the change in music and tastes in the ’90s, and then with the decline of the industry itself with all the piracy and illegal downloads,” Banali said.

Still, Banali is sensitive to the diehard Quiet Riot fans and those that can’t get past DuBrow’s death. Quiet Riot is working on a new album and it will feature tracks performed by both Pearl and DuBrow.

“The new Quiet Riot CD is made up of six new studio recorded compositions and four live tracks from the last recorded performance with the late great Kevin DuBrow,” Banali explained. “The studio tracks include new vocalist Jizzy Pearl, Alex Grossi on guitar and Chuck Wright who plays bass on two of the six tracks. I invited my longtime friend and Quiet Riot alum Rudy Sarzo to play bass on two tracks and bassist and friend Tony Franklin who played bass on the 2006 release Rehab. By including Kevin on the record, it gives me the opportunity to show the fans that Kevin left us at the top of his game. It also helps me to deal with the loss by keeping him in the band for this release.”

In addition to a tour and new album, Banali is also looking forward to a documentary about the band’s long career. The rockumentary is due for a summer release. Fans can expect to see rare clips, interviews and performances. Banali added there is a possibility of bonus features via DVD “extras.”

BMI Speedway has a commitment to live music, and especially to ’80s bands. In addition to Quiet Riot, BMI Speedway will host other national acts in the next few months, including April Wine and LA Guns.

Quiet Riot is set to perform on Saturday, April 5 at BMI Speedway, 791 E. Main St. in Versailles. Whiskey Bizness is also on the bill. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Showtime is 7 p.m. For tickets, please visit bmikarts.com. For more information about Quiet Riot, please visit officialquietriot.com.

Allyson B. Crawford lives in Kettering and writes about 80s metal bands on her daily blogbringbackglam.com blog. You can usually find her at all sorts of metal shows around Ohio and across the country. Allyson can be reached at AllysonCrawford@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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