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MISSING: Frankie Banali

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.

 

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R.I.P. Ric Ocasek (1944-2019)

Sad news this morning, as we wake to find Ric Ocasek of the Cars has passed away at age 75.  Hard to believe the tall, jet-haired singer was in his 70s at all.  He always looked like a punk misfit.

The Cars formed in 1976 and had a steady stream of hits through the late 70s and early 80s.  When the cars folded he moved on as a producer and solo artist.  Ocasek produced such diverse albums as Bad Brains Rock for Light, and two of the most popular Weezer albums, Blue and Green.  Through these productions, his impact on modern rock cannot be overstated.

I always liked the Cars best, and so we’ll remember Ric today with one of his catchiest songs ever:  the summer anthem “Magic”.

Rest in peace Ric Ocasek.

R.I.P. Eddie Money (1949 – 2019)

Edward Mahoney was a cop.  As Eddie Money, he was a star.  “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Two Tickets to Paradise” will be played on radio stations forever.  Thank you for the music Eddie Money.

At age 70, Eddie succumbed to cancer of the esophagus.  A long hard struggle.  We hope his family finds peace in this difficult time.

 

Rest in peace Eddie Money.

 

 

 

NEWS: Durbin Out, Jizzy Pearl Back in QUIET RIOT

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.

 

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – D23 special look

What is this?  A surprise twist?  A mere tease?  Or is it…destiny?

Let me know what you think of Rey’s “new look”.

R.I.P. Roky Erickson (1947-2019)

He didn’t have an easy life, so we hope he will rest in peace.  Roky Erickson was a songwriter extraordinaire, an innovator, and an influencer.   He impacted a young Dave Grohl and befriended ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons.  He was a founder of the psychedelic rock movement with the 13th Floor Elevators.  He also suffered from schizophrenia and endured horrific electro-shock therapy.

Roky Erickson eventually got the right treatment and made a return to recording and touring.  Yet it’s his 60s and 70s material that remains immortal.

Recommended listening:  The Evil One on CD, which is essentially two albums combined into one.  Every single song is amazing, but here’s “Mine Mine Mind” (produced by Stu Cook of CCR).  You can tell he was haunted.  Rest in peace, Roky.

R.I.P. Peter Mayhew (1944-2019)

Rrrrrhh Rrrhhh Rrrrrrhhhhhh.  That’s Wookiee for “We will miss you, Peter Mayhew”.

The 7′ 3″ British actor is best loved as the original Chewbacca in five of the Star Wars films.  In his final film, The Force Awakens, he shared the Chewbacca role with his successor Joonas Suotamo.  Mayhew mastered the art of performing in a massive costume and mask, imbuing the character with life.  His expertise was called on twice more, as a consultant on The Last Jedi and Solo.

Chewbacca would make my “top 10 sidekicks” list any day.  As kids we all loved Chewie for his raw strength and loveable personality.  Peter gave him that personality.  Rest in peace.

STAR WARS: The Rise of Skywalker – Teaser

Of all the titles available, The Rise of Skywalker was the last thing I expected Episode IX to be called.

The end of a saga. Over 40 years of movies. We never thought there would be a sequel trilogy. Now we’re winding it up, and the whole damn saga too!

Which Skywalker will rise? What’s with the Death Star? The Emperor’s laugh? LANDO! Set course for December.

R.I.P. Greg Haymes, aka Sergeant Blotto

Sad news this morning.  I’d heard through the grapevine recently that one of the members of Blotto was sick.  I had a bad feeling about it and this morning I read that Greg Haymes, aka Sergeant Blotto, has passed away from cancer.

This is particularly bitter for me.  I only got into Blotto last year.  I was so into them that Blotto became my favourite band of 2018.  As we drove to and from Toronto to take care of my sick mother in law, we had Blotto blaring in the car almost every time.  “Mum” was dying of cancer, and Blotto helped us forget and just laugh while rocking out.

Now Greg Haymes is gone from the very same, dreadful disease, and I’m pissed off.

Haymes was a writer, a musician, and an artist.  I’m sorry I only got to know his music in the last year.

Hopefully Blotto can bring you some of the joy that they brought to me when I needed it.  Here’s “I Wanna Be A Lifeguard” featuring Greg “Sarge” Haymes on lead vocals.

 

NEWS: Iron Mike Sharpe Abdicates Title of Canada’s Greatest Athlete From Beyond the Grave

HAMILTON:  Word has been received from the netherworld that former WWF superstar Iron Mike Sharpe has abdicated his title as Canada’s Greatest Athlete.

Sharpe died in 2016.  The word was received during an unsanctioned seance at the Hamilton Victoria Curling Club in Sharpe’s home town of Hamilton Ontario.

According to witnesses, curling champ Kevin Koe was visiting the area when a Ouija board was found under a pile of brooms.  Koe suggested using the board to contact Canada’s Greatest Athlete, reportedly a great inspiration for the curler.  Within minutes they had Sharpe on the line.

“I am no longer Canada’s Greatest Athlete,” spelled Sharpe from the grave.  “There is another.  Her name is Bonnie Ladano.  She curls like Rachel Homan and Jennifer Jones in one. Her double-raise take out, and tap backs are unrivaled in sport today.  She must be known as Canada’s Greatest Athlete.”

May her sweep always hurry hard.  Bonnie Ladano is Canada’s Greatest Athlete!