We’ve played more state fairs than The Beatles

Frankie Banali, drummer of trend setting heavy metal band Quiet Riot, passed away on August 20 after a 16-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 68.

Quiet Riot’s 1983 debut album “Metal Health” has sold over 10 million copies and arguably ignited the “hair metal” trend of the mid 80s. The album was the first metal album to be #1 on Billboard, and the first single” Cum On Feel The Noize” peaked in Billboard’s Top 5, also an unprecedented event for a metal song at the time..

The band’s debut album would be the peak of the commercial success, although they would continue on with an ever-changing lineup of members and a multi-year break in the 90s. Banali was the constant, playing on every Quiet Riot album from Metal Health in 83 until founder and lead singers Kevin DuBrow’s death in 2007. He then reformed the band in 2010 and continued touring the 80s nostalgia circuit. He also served as the band’s business manager since 1994. During Quiet Riot’s downtime he found time to play drums on 8 WASP albums.

He also produced and starred in the 2014 documentary Quiet Riot: Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back

Notable Singles
Cum on Feel The Noize
Bang Your Head (Metal Health)
Mama Weer All Crazee Now

*Title is a quote from the Simpson’s episode featuring Quiet Riot

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