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Quiet Riot was an Americanmarker heavy metal band whose 1983 US Festival appearance helped to solidify metal's image. They are best known for their hit singles "Cum On Feel the Noize" and "Metal Health." They were founded in 1973 by guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Kelly Garni, under the name Mach 1. The original line-up featured lead vocalist Kevin DuBrow, Rhoads, Garni, and drummer Drew Forsyth.In a radio interview given by the band in 1979 and available here, DuBrow said the band's name was born of a conversation with Rick Parfitt of British band Status Quo in which Parfitt said he'd like to name a band "Quite Right". They are ranked at number 100 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock." Quiet Riot also has a notable iconic heavy metal mascot. Their mascot resembles a man (modeled by the artist himself, Grammy Award winning illustrator Stan Watts of Cedar Park, Texas) in a metal facial mask and in a straitjacket (somewhat similar to Hannibal Lecter) which has appeared on almost every single Quiet Riot album. This mascot has been considered alongside Megadeth's Vic Rattlehead, Iron Maiden's Eddie the Head, Motörhead's Snaggletooth B. Motörhead, A.K.A Warpig as enduring familiar heavy metal symbols.

Kevin DuBrow, lead singer of the band for the majority of its existence, was found dead in his Las Vegas, Nevada home at approximately 5:20 p.m. on Sunday, November 25, 2007. The cause of death was ruled a cocaine overdose. Quiet Riot disbanded after the death of their lead singer.


Early years

The original four members recorded their debut album Quiet Riot, or QR I, which was released in Japan in 1977. Months later, bassist Kelly Garni left the band. The second album Quiet Riot II, or QR II, was recorded at The Record Plant and released in Japan in 1978. Although Garni's replacement Rudy Sarzo was pictured and credited on 'QR II', he did not join before its recording.[22948] In 1979 Rhoads auditioned for Ozzy Osbourne's band after the editors of a small, Los Angeles based magazine, Raw Power (including future Liquid Blue singer Scott Stephens) asked Dana Strum to contact Randy to see if he would be interested. Six months after the audition, Osbourne hired Randy. DuBrow and Forsyth tried to keep the band together following Rhoads' departure, with the addition of guitarist Greg Leon and former Suite 19 bassist Gary Van Dyke. During this period of 1980-1982, the band's name was changed to DuBrow and played shows with former Gamma drummer Skip Gillette.

Following Rhoads' death in a plane crash on March 19, 1982, DuBrow attempted to reform Quiet Riot. None of the other original members were interested, so Tony Cavazo's brother, Carlos, whom he had played with in LA locals Snow, joined as lead guitarist, Sarzo re-joined the band on bass, and Rudy's friend, drummer Frankie Banali, completed the lineup.

In September 1982, with a little help from producer Spencer Proffer (who'd produce W.A.S.P.'S 2nd album The Last Command in 1985), they were signed to CBS records in America. On March 11, 1983, their American debut album Metal Health was released. (Their two previous albums, QR I and QR II, have still not been released in the United States).

Success with "Cum On Feel the Noize"

On August 27, 1983, Quiet Riot's second single "Cum On Feel the Noize" / Run For Cover was released. Their cover of the 1973 Slade hit spent two weeks at #5 on the Billboard chart on November 19 & 26, 1983. It was the first heavy metal song to make the Top 5 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart (a.k.a.Pop Chart). The success of the single helped carry "Metal Health" to the top of Billboard pop album charts, making it the first American heavy metal debut album to ever reach #1 in the USA. It was #1 on November 26, 1983, making Quiet Riot the first heavy metal band to have a top 5 hit & #1 album the same week. Their success was aided in no small part to the "Cum On Feel the Noize" video's heavy rotation on MTV.

A #1 album and a top 5 single was unheard of for a heavy metal band in 1983. The Metal Health album also displaced The Police's Synchronicity album from #1. Metal Health paved the way for a new, stronger commercial viability for heavy metal. Metal Health stayed at #1 for just a week until Lionel Richie's Can't Slow Down took over the #1 spot for three weeks before being knocked off the top by Michael Jackson's Thriller, which returned to the top after a long hiatus from the U.S.summit. Metal Health's title song, which was released as a single on March 11, 1983, finally charted in early 1984 and peaked at #31. This could be attributed to the song's appearance in the 1984 movie Footloose, as well as another heavy rotation video on MTV. The Metal Health album also sold over 6 million copies in the U.S. It was really rare for a metal album at that time to do so.It was Number 41 on the VH1's Top 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.

In support of Metal Health Quiet Riot toured North America as the opening act for Black Sabbath on their Born Again tour from October of 1983 through March of 1984.

Later years

The group's follow-up, Condition Critical, was released on July 7, 1984. It was a relative disappointment, critically and commercially, selling only 3 million units. This release included yet another Slade cover (the single, "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" - a UK chart topper for Slade) and numerous musical and lyrical nods to Slade, whose influence on Quiet Riot dates back to the early 1970s, when Quiet Riot founder and vocalist Kevin DuBrow photographed Slade during their first Los Angeles appearances at the Whisky a Go Go. Reportedly frustrated over the sophomore release's failure to duplicate the success of Metal Health, DuBrow publicly and outspokenly began expressing his opinion that newer bands on the L.A. metal scene owed their success to what he saw as the way-paving and groundbreaking past successes of Quiet Riot.

DuBrow's tirades led to fan backlash and clashes in the media with other Los Angeles based metal bands, and resulted in Sarzo quitting the group in 1985. (In 1987 the bassist went on to Whitesnake) The bass slot in Quiet Riot was filled by erstwhile collaborator Chuck Wright (of Giuffria) and the group temporarily added keyboardist John Purdell for their 1985 tour and he appeared on their next release, QRIII, in 1986, another commercial failure. Fed up with DuBrow's antics, the rest of Quiet Riot fired him from his own band in early 1987 and replaced him with former Rough Cutt vocalist Paul Shortino. Wright was also fired and was replaced by Sean McNabb. The band released Quiet Riot in 1988, which was another poor seller. This 1988 album technically has the same name as their original first album with Randy Rhoads. After a tour that ended in Hawaiimarker in 1989, the band members went their separate ways; DuBrow fought to keep control of the name.

DuBrow joined English born blues guitarist Sean Manning, Bassist Kenny Hillary and drummer Pat Ashby to reform. Initially changing the name of the band to 'Little Women' (The original name of Quiet Riot with Kevin Dubrow and Randy Rhoads), to avoid any adverse publicity, Dubrow and Manning compiled songs for a new album (later to be released as Quiet Riot's 'Terrified'). The band played venues throughout the USA until 1990 when Manning left to join the band Hurricane.

Tempers had cooled between the former bandmates Carlos Cavazo and Dubrow and they started to communicate again forming Heat with bassist Kenny Hillery and drummer Bobby Rondinelli, but eventually became Quiet Riot again in 1991 and released Terrified (1993) with Banali rejoining. Quiet Riot, with Chuck Wright again on bass, hit the road in 1994 in support of 'Terrified' with Wisconsin's Slam I Am.

That same year, DuBrow released The Randy Rhoads Years featuring tracks from Quiet Riot's Columbia albums and some previously unreleased material (many of which featured newly recorded vocals). Hillery(who'd left the group in 1994) committed suicide on June 5th, 1996. The band released Down to the Bone in 1995 and a "Greatest Hits" album in 1996, which included nothing from the original two Rhoads albums and nothing from the two 90's albums. It did, however, include a few tracks from the 1988 Shortino album. After that, Rudy Sarzo joined up again in 1997, and the band continued touring.

The '97 tour was a disaster, as the band was arrested several times; one angry fan sued DuBrow for injuries sustained during a show. The group still managed to release Alive and Well in (1999) which featured new songs and several rerecorded hits. They followed this up with Guilty Pleasures (2001).

In Late 2002 they teamed up with Director Jack Edward Sawyers to shoot a concert video. Quiet Riot Live In The 21st Century was shot on September 26, 2002 at the Key Club in Los Angeles California and was released November 11, 2003.

DuBrow performing.
Quiet Riot officially broke up in February 2003(with Sarzo joining Dio the following year) but reunited in 2005. The line-up included DuBrow, Banali, Wright and new guitarist Alex Grossi. The band was featured on the 2005 Rock Never Stops Tour 2005 tour along with Cinderella, Ratt, and FireHouse.

Kevin DuBrow released a solo album titled In For The Kill in 2004.

As of January 2006, Chuck Wright and Alex Grossi had left the band and former L.A. Guns/Brides of Destruction guitarist Tracii Guns had joined, only to leave two weeks later under musical differences. Other recent members of Quiet Riot have included guitarists Billy Morris and Neil Citron, and bassists Tony Franklin, Sean McNabb and Wayne Carver. In an interview with rock & roll comic C.C. Banana in August 2006, Frankie Banali attempted to clarify the matter of Quiet Riot's recent rapid-fire membership rotation, indicating that both Alex and Chuck were both back in the band again.

Quiet Riot released Rehab on October 3, 2006 with a lineup of DuBrow, Banali, Franklin, & Neil Citron. Former Deep Purple bassist and singer Glenn Hughes also made a guest vocal appearance on the album.

On July 13, 2007, Quiet Riot performed at glam metal festival "Rocklahoma." Then on September 19 they gave a free show to service members on Keesler AFBmarker in Biloximarker, MSmarker.

DuBrow's death

On November 25, 2007, The Vegas Eye website reported that Kevin DuBrow was found dead in his apartment that day. Banali confirmed the death in an email to Spainmarker's The Metal Circus.Banali wrote:
"Please respect my privacy as I mourn the passing and honor the memory of my dearest friend Kevin DuBrow."

On December 10, 2007, media reports confirmed that Dubrow was pronounced dead on the afternoon of November 25, 2007, and was later determined to have died of a cocaine overdose approximately six days earlier.

On January 14, 2008, drummer Frankie Banali issued the following statement regarding the end of Quiet Riot.
"I have been approached to see if I would be interested in contacting Rudy Sarzo and Carlos Cavazo and to audition singers for Quiet Riot. I have also been approached to see if I would be interested in contacting and reforming the version of Quiet Riot that included Paul Shortino, Carlos Cavazo and Sean McNabb. Let me make this very simple and perfectly clear. While I am still actively involved in the business interests of Quiet Riot and will continue in that capacity, I reject any and all suggestions to have Quiet Riot continue as a live performing entity. My friendship, love and respect for [late Quiet Riot singer] Kevin DuBrow as well as my personal love and affection for Kevin's mother and his family makes it inconceivable for me to ever entertain any ovation to reform or to continue Quiet Riot . Kevin was too important to go on without him. It would also be a disrespect to the fans who have supported Quiet Riot for nearly 25 years. I thank everyone for the wonderful and sometimes unpredictable adventure that I was able to share as a member of Quiet Riot . The only regret that I have is the loss of Kevin. May he rest in peace. I now begin life after Quiet Riot."

Pop culture

  • In 2008 movie, The Wrestler, "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)" was used in the movie's opening sequence and was also Randy "The Ram" Robinson's entrance theme.
  • In 2008, the song "Cum On Feel the Noize" was played in the opening scenes of the movie "Tropic Thunder" during the movie preview parody scenes.
  • In 2007, Quiet Riot were featured in radio promos for ESPN Radio, parodying their status as dated rock and roll icons. Dubrow mentions that they are not completely dated, since they're still touring, to which Banali replies " your minivan."
  • Quiet Riot are mentioned in Ben Folds - "Rockin' the Suburbs" (2001). "I'm rockin' the suburbs, just like Quiet Riot did. I'm rockin' the suburbs, except that they were talented"
  • In the 2005 episode of The Simpsons entitled "The Father, The Son, and The Holy Guest Star", the band is depicted as converted to a religious band called Pious Riot and plays a parody of the song "Cum On Feel the Noize" as "Come on Feel the Lord." When Bart calls them "a crappy rock band from the 1940s," Kevin DuBrow responds, "We've played more state fairs than The Beatles."
  • Quiet Riot's track "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)" is used as the title theme to the video game Showdown: Legends of Wrestling. The same song also appears in the soundtrack to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, while their version for Slade's "Cum On Feel the Noize" is featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, both playing on Rock radio station V-Rock. "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)" was also used in the Crank soundtrack, as the song played during the film's opening sequence. It was also used in a scene for the film Footloose. The song "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)" is a playable song in the game Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80s.
  • On the Weezer track "Heart Songs" from their self-titled "Red Album", lead singer Rivers Cuomo sings "Quiet Riot got me started with the banging of my head", as part of a list of Heavy metal bands who have inspired him, alongside Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Slayer, before listing more 80's pop artists, and finally Nirvana.
  • In the 2005 album "Punk Goes 80's", Relient K covered The Bangles' song "Manic Monday" and changed two original lines to read "He says to me in his Quiet Riot voice: "C'mon feel the noise".

Band members


Studio Albums

Year Album Details Peak Chart Positions Certifications
US AUS CAN NZmarker SWImarker UK
1977 Quiet Riot (Japan only)
  • 1st studio album
  • Released: March 2, 1977
- - - - - -
1978 Quiet Riot II (Japan only)
  • 2nd studio album
  • Released: April 24, 1978
- - - - - -
1983 Metal Health
  • 3rd studio album
  • Released: March 11, 1983
1 1 1 1 2 1 6× Platinum
1984 Condition Critical
  • 4th studio album
  • Released: July 27, 1984
15 2 3 5 2 4 Platinum
1986 Quiet Riot III
  • 5th studio album
  • Released: September 8, 1986
32 2 5 4
1988 Quiet Riot
  • 6th studio album
  • Released: October 21, 1988
112 10 15 34
1993 Terrified
  • 7th studio album
  • Released: July 19, 1993
- 11 27
1995 Down to the Bone
  • 8th studio album
  • Released: March 1, 1995
- 20 8 24 19
1999 Alive and Well
  • 9th studio album
  • Released: March 23, 1999
- 9 9 7 6 8
2001 Guilty Pleasures
  • 10th studio album
  • Released: May 29, 2001
- 18 28 40
2006 Rehab
  • 11th studio album
  • Released: October 3, 2006
- 61



  • "It's Not So Funny" (1977)
  • "Slick Black Cadillac" (1979)
  • "Bang Your Head " (1983) #31 Hot 100
  • "Cum On Feel the Noize" (1983) #5 Hot 100
  • "Slick Black Cadillac" (1983)
  • "Mama Weer All Crazy Now" (1984) #51 Hot 100
  • "Party All Night" (1984)
  • "Winners Take All" (1984)
  • "Bad Boy" (1984)
  • "The Wild and the Young" (1986)
  • "Twilight Hotel" (1986)
  • "Stay with Me Tonight" (1988)
  • "Little Angel" (1993)



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