Just as QUIET RIOT had built some credibility back up with the excellent Road Rage album (and the following Live in Milan), lead singer James Durbin has quit the band. Back on the microphone is Jizzy Pearl (ex-Love/Hate, ex-Ratt) who previously recorded half of the questionable Quiet Riot 10 album. Durbin has left in order “to concentrate his time and efforts on his solo career.”
This comes during a time when drummer and longest serving member Frankie Banali has been missing shows with no explanation.
Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon broke the news. Here’s the statement from Quiet Riot:
“We wish James every great success for his future and are grateful for his time with QUIET RIOT. Welcome back Mr. Jizzy Pearl!”
Quiet Riot has a new album, Hollywood Cowboys, due in November. They will not re-record the vocals, and James Durbin will be singing on it.
This certainly puts a damper on the band, who had made a decent album with the Durbin lineup. Stay tuned for further developments.