Thanks to Sleaze Roxx we have a fresh update on the strange goings-on in Quiet Riot!
With a new album mere weeks away, Quiet Riot performed their first show with Love/Hate’s Jizzy Pearl back on lead vocals. Missing in action, again unannounced, was Quiet Riot drummer and leader Frankie Banali. Banali has missed a number of shows of late, always without notice and always replaced by Type O Negative’s Johnny Kelly.
According to Sleaze Roxx, Frankie Banali was actively posting on Facebook the same day. (We could not verify this as Mr. Banali has us blocked.) Nothing posted about being absent from that night’s gig on September 21, say Sleaze Roxx.
The the majority of fans have piled on Mr. Banali with harsh criticism, while some are arguing that the fans should have known better.
While it is true that fans following the situation know that there are no guarantees of seeing Mr. Banali in concert, the fact remains that these absences have been unannounced. That they remain unexplained is irrelevant. Mr. Banali is entitled to his privacy and we certainly hope he is not ill.
Frankie Banali is the face and brain behind Quiet Riot now, the only member remaining from the Metal Health era. When less familiar faces like Chuck Wright and Jizzy Pearl are fronting the show, unannounced absences by the mainman are inexcusable. The majority of fans going to the show were hoping to see the guy that played drums on every single Quiet Riot album from 1983’s Metal Health to 2019’s Hollywood Cowboys. Chuck and Jizzy are great, but they only have a little bit of the history behind them.
Let’s be “Frank”, shall we? You are misleading your fans, many of which do sincerely care about you and hope you are not ill. You are pissing off the rest of them by snubbing them without notice. The damage you are doing to the Quiet Riot brand cannot be easily undone. Once you damage the trust between fans and band, only a miracle can repair that. Just ask Vinnie Vincent.
Feel better, Frankie.