Well, we’ve made some great headway in the first half of this campaign. And all the early supporters should have received their link to download the advance preview of Chapter 13 from Kelly Garni: Angels With Dirty Faces. We want to send a HUGE thank you to the folks that have given us the great feedback on the chapter and have expressed how they’re even more excited for the rest of the book. As we are currently formatting the text and photo layouts to standard book form, we are currently looking at nearly 400 or more pages of insight only Kelly Garni could provide to the world of Randy Rhoads, Kevin DuBrow and the formation of Quiet Riot…and that is before adding the pics!
We only have 12 days left and a little ways to go to hit our target of $8000 to help expand the number of books printed within the first pressing.
To help make that push we’ve restructured an overlooked reward level and made it our “Best Value” overall and it is a limited run of 100.
A $65 pledge will get you ALL of the following:
A Signed Advance copy of Kelly Garni: Angels With Dirty Faces (This is a guarantee you will receive a book out of the first pressing and nearly a month before it is available to the rest of the public in October)
PLUS an exclusive 11X17 museum quality print of a custom painted portrait by renowned artist Peter Mera. Inspired by one of Kelly’s favorite pictures showing Randy & Kelly as kids, this portrait has been beautifully painted and inked by an amazingly artistic hand. These exclusive prints will be handcrafted and made one at a time using the highest quality archival inks and printed on a heavyweight “fine art” archival paper stock. Each print will be hand signed and numbered by the artist. They will also be custom stamped using typeset letter press. These prints will ONLY be available through this Kickstarter project. You can see an “in progress” photo and see the actual painting within our intro video on this project’s Kickstarter home page.
PLUS you will receive a digital/ebook version of Kelly Garni: Angels With Dirty Faces (which will be released and delivered in Dec)
AND your name (or someone of your choosing) will be included on a special “Dedication” page at the front of the book. Yep, you will actually have your name IN THE BOOK!
This is the most bang for your buck package we can put together! There are only 98 of these left at this time and once they’re gone they’re gone.
All the other packages will still be available throughout the campaign. We know that times are tough all over and wanted to remind everyone that even a pledge of $1 – $49 gets your name in a special “thank you” section within the book and a $50 or more pledge gets your name in the special “Dedication” section at the front of the book.
Thanks again to everyone that has backed this project so far. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement. This book IS coming out. This book IS everything you’d want it to be and more. Let’s make this final 12 days count and help expand this book to the worldwide audience it deserves
Following a pair of DVD releases, Shout! Factory has announced the release of several performances on CD from the famous US Festival in California including QUIET RIOT. Spearheaded by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, the US Festival intended to be a celebration of technology and culture, with a temporary stage and open-air venue paid for by Wozniak himself just for the purposes of the festival. The event featured “Heavy Metal Day” on on May 29, 1983 with the aforementioned QUIET RIOT along with the following stellar lineup: MÖTLEY CRÜE, OZZY OSBOURNE, JUDAS PRIEST, TRIUMPH, SCORPIONS and VAN HALEN.
Despite the historical value of the performances, the festival was a failure, with two reported deaths at the 1983 festival and Wozniak and promoters losing some $24 million. Setbacks aside, the performances remain a worthy footnote in rock history, and Shout! Factory aims to memorialize these moments, first through DVD and now on CD.
On March 27, the CD/DVD combo of QUIET RIOT’s set will be released, featuring the following track listing:
A new three-minute teaser for “Well Now You’re Here There’s No Way Back – The Quiet Riot Story” can be seen below.
The synopsis for the film, which will be released through the festival circuit in 2012: “Our story follows Frankie Banali, a world-renowned drummer you probably remember from the ’80s band QUIET RIOT. As a single soccer dad in the suburbs, his long hair and tattoos frighten the neighbors, but to other drummers he’s a hero. His career took a major sideswipe when his singer Kevin Dubrow died in 2007. At a crossroads in his life, he must forge ahead and make a new life for himself and his daughter.
“This film takes a trip back through time to the decade of debauchery and decadence. Real home videos shot backstage, on the tour bus, in the recording studio, and in hotel rooms with one of the ’80s top platinum-selling bands and most notorious bad boys. Never-before-seen footage from the milestones in Frankie’s long career in music and his personal life now. Funny and deeply personal and poignant exploration of Frankie’s longtime friendship with his bandmate Kevin Dubrow. The loss of his close friend and his career as he knew it, and his life after Kevin. Follow his journey at his current moment of truth. As he goes through the ups and downs of having to fill the void left by his singer and friend Kevin Dubrow and continue on with QUIET RIOT.”
Without a doubt, THE heavy metal success story of the early ’80s was none other than QUIET RIOT. After years of struggling in Los Angeles clubs (despite legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads being in their ranks throughout the ’70s), the classic QUIET RIOT lineup of Kevin Dubrow (vocals), Frankie Banali (drums), Rudy Sarzo (bass), and Carlos Cavazo (guitar) hit mega-success with their first-ever U.S. release in 1983, the classic “Metal Health”. Spawning two hit singles that have gone on to become synonymous with heavy metal — “Cum On Feel the Noize” and “Metal Health” — the “Metal Health” album went on to become the first-ever metal U.S. debut to hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard album chart, and resulted in a solid year of sold-out shows and non-stop MTV video airplay.
Despite this being an absolute standout era of the band’s career, very little substantial video documentation has surfaced. That is…until now.
The video footage — directly from Banali’s archives — will include the aforementioned performance in 1980 through some of the last shows QR played, including footage of their Rocklahoma performance in 2007. Additional video footage captures QR in many phases, including a 1982 performance of DUBROW (a short-lived name QUIET RIOT went by in the early ’80s), with Dubrow, Banali, bassist Chuck Wright (Sarzo was playing in Ozzy Osbourne’s band at the time), and Cavazo’s first video performance with the band, his second total. Also included will be live performances, backstage footage, sound checks, studio sessions, and interviews — most of which has never been seen.
As Banali says, “The moment my friend Kevin Dubrow died, my life and career went from sixty to zero with his final breath.” But now, Dubrow and QUIET RIOT will receive a much-deserved video retrospective, that will leave no stone unturned. Get ready to bang your head and feel the noize once more!”
PAUL SHORTINO – Solo artist, King Kobra, Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot
INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ
Paul Shortino is a USA born rock singer who has sung for several bands including Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot, Bad Boyzz, and The Cutt. In addition, he has released several solo albums and has been a part of many different projects. The latest solo effort CHASING MY DREAM was released in 2009 and recently he has joined a renewed version of classic hard rock band King Kobra. In September 2010, Paul performed in Stockholm with legendary band Great White. There I had a chance to hear the latest news and some vintage stories directly from the man himself. Read on!
QUIET RIOT BACK IN BUSINESS WITH NEW SINGER AND UPCOMING TOUR
After the tragic passing of co-founding Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow in 2007, many figured that the band was over. But while going through the vaults of vintage video material for an upcoming documentary of the band’s history, the spark was reignited once more for drummer Frankie Banali to kick QR back in gear. The easy part was filling the guitar and bass slots – as former members Chuck Wright (bass) and Alex Grossi (guitar) promptly signed on. However, having to fill DuBrow’s large shoes was no small task.
A longtime fan of heavy metal, singer Mark Huff came to Banali’s attention while fronting a California-based Van Halen tribute band (that focused on the “Sammy Hagar era”). A true Cinderella story, Huff auditioned via a cattle call audition, promptly blew Banali away, and got the gig. After getting the blessing from DuBrow’s mother to carry on with Quiet Riot (and to celebrate her son’s music), the group was ready to rock once more.
Quiet Riot hit mega-success with their first-ever US release in 1983, the classic ‘Metal Health.’ Spawning two hit singles that have gone on to become synonymous with heavy metal – “Cum On Feel the Noize” and “Metal Health” – the ‘Metal Health’ album went on to become the first-ever metal US debut to hit the #1 spot on the Billboard album charts, and resulted in a solid year of sold-out arena shows and non-stop MTV video airplay. However, it was the DuBrow-Banali-Wright-Grossi line-up that proved to be DuBrow’s favorite touring line-up (and also, most stable).
Quiet Riot is currently firming up plans for a full U.S. tour – their first in three years. And with the aforementioned documentary on the horizon, and the band’s music being used in hit films (‘The Wrestler,’ ‘Tropic Thunder’), video games (‘Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80′s’), and even musicals (‘Rock of Ages’) – as well as QR being name-checked in songs by Weezer and Ben Folds – Quiet Riot remains a major force in heavy metal. And soon, you will get a chance to bang your head once more to Quiet Riot, at a concert venue near you!
Without a doubt, THE heavy metal success story of the early ’80s was none other than Quiet Riot. After years of struggling in LA clubs (despite legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads being in their ranks throughout the ’70s), the classic QR line-up of Kevin DuBrow (vocals), Frankie Banali (drums), Rudy Sarzo (bass), and Carlos Cavazo (guitar) hit mega-success with their first-ever US release in 1983, the classic ‘Metal Health.’ Spawning two hit singles that have gone on to become synonymous with heavy metal – “Cum On Feel the Noize” and “Metal Health” – the ‘Metal Health’ album went on to become the first-ever metal US debut to hit the #1 spot on the Billboard album charts, and resulted in a solid year of sold-out shows and non-stop MTV video airplay.
Despite this being an absolute standout era of the band’s career, very little substantial video documentation has surfaced. That is…until now. Banali is in the midst of constructing a full-length/behind-the-scenes/warts-and-all documentary about the group (the first-ever solely about QR), which will focus on this aforementioned era, but also, recount QR’s entire story – from the first time DuBrow and Banali crossed paths in January 1980, through DuBrow’s untimely passing in November of 2007.
The video footage – directly from Banali’s archives – will include the aforementioned performance in 1980 through some of the last shows QR played, including footage of their Rocklahoma performance in 2007. Additional video footage captures QR in many phases, including a 1982 performance of “DuBrow” (a short-lived name Quiet Riot went by in the early ’80s), with DuBrow, Banali, bassist Chuck Wright (Sarzo was playing in Ozzy Osbourne’s band at the time), and Cavazo’s first video performance with the band, his second total. Also included will be live performances, backstage footage, sound checks, studio sessions, and interviews – most of which has never been seen.
Banali has already invested money into the project, and to make the documentary reach its full potential, he is having an online fundraiser that ends September 2nd. Fans are being called upon to help back the project, and lend a hand in its completion. Also via the aforementioned link is a list of the different increments you can pledge – all of which give rewards of QR-related merchandise, and as the pledge amount increases, so do the rewards (including such simply awesome items as an autographed QR photo that includes the late DuBrow’s signature, a personal drum lesson with Banali in LA, dinner with Banali at the Rainbow in LA, your own personalized ‘Metal Health’ platinum CD award, your name in the film’s credits, amongst many other cool opportunities).
As Banali says, “The moment my friend Kevin DuBrow died, my life and career went from sixty to zero with his final breath.” But now, DuBrow and Quiet Riot will receive a much-deserved video retrospective, that will leave no stone unturned. Get ready to bang your head and feel the noize once more!
The first stages of putting the documentary together are now underway, and a “teaser” clip of what to expect has been posted via this link:
WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks
Veteran Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali and guitarist Alex Grossi are the newest recruits to the upcoming tribute album “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks.” Each lends their talent to a unique interpretation of the title track, originated by Led Zeppelin in 1969. Offering a new twist on the familiar classic, Alex provides a nuanced lead while Frankie brings his trademark Zeppelin sensibilities to the drums, making this the first time the two have appeared together on a studio recording. The track was arranged and produced by Paul LaPlaca(Chris Caffrey, The Great Kat, Zandelle), who also contributes acoustic guitar, bass and additional percussion. All vocals are handled by newcomer Celisa Stratton, a supersized songstress of 6’2″ and 400+ lbs. A big, beautiful woman with a big, beautiful voice, she more than embodies the spirit of the album and brings all new meaning to the phrase “Whole Lotta Love.” A sample of the song is now available at the official “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” MySpace page.
“Since this is a salute to fat chicks, my intention was to make the song sound FAT,” says vocalist Celisa Stratton. “So I changed the key and utilized my full vocal range to create a whole new version of the song. Hopefully in listening to this track, people will see the point of view of a proud fat woman who has a whole lotta love to give.”
“I put much thought into the best way to approach this,” adds producer Paul LaPlaca. “I ended up with a largely acoustic arrangement with lots of hand percussion and some exotic loops. Interestingly, when Alex and Frankie added their parts, it took the song in a completely different direction that still totally worked.”
“It was a lot of fun providing the drum track for ‘Whole Lotta Love,’” comments Frankie Banali. “To bring some authenticity to this iconic song, I brought in a drum kit of the exact specs used on the original ‘Led Zeppelin II’ sessions, right down to the drumheads. While not copying beat for beat, I played drum parts that are in the spirit of the great John Henry Bonham.”
“I was pretty excited to add my guitars to this song, especially after hearing Frankie’s drums,” continues Alex Grossi. “Overall, I’m glad to be a part of this project, paying tribute to fat chicks everywhere!”
Frankie Banali is a legendary drummer who is best known for his work with Quiet Riot and W.A.S.P. Frankie joined Quiet Riot in 1983 prior to the band releasing their smash album METAL HEALTH. The album stormed up the U.S. charts; it even reached the number one spot and went platinum five times over in the process. It is worth a mention that Quiet Riot were the first heavy metal band to top the U.S charts. Unfortunately thier following albums CONDITION CRITICAL and QRIII didn’t reach the success of METAL HEALTH. With the lack of success and several line -up changes the band slowly disbanded in 1988. Frankie started to work with W.A.S.P. HEADLESS CHILDREN was released in late 1988 and it was a big success. Frankie did a world tour with W.A.S.P and later on he worked on numerous W.A.S.P albums including CRIMSON IDOL which was another milestone in W.A.S.P’s career. Quiet Riot was reformed in 1993 and after several discussions Frankie decided to rejoin his old mates. Since re -joining Frankie has been the driving force behind Quiet Riot. The band released their latest album "Rehab" in 2006 and now in 2007 they finally arrived here in Scandinavia, for the very first time in their career.At the Swedenrock festival I managed to sit down with Frankie himself to talk about the long history of Quiet Riot, his involvements with W.A.S.P, his work with Glenn Hughes and various other interesting topics…
Article and pics by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjälä
(Addiotional comments by J. Huovila – Thanks)
Wow! This is the seventh time that the Finnish Metal-Rules squad made an invasion to the mighty Swedenrock festival. Almost 70 bands descended upon the southern area of Sweden for a festival that turned out to be an utter blast from the beginning to the end! The bill of Swedenrock festival 2007 covers a wide range of metal styles and even classic rock stuff such as Kreator to Black Oak Arkansas and everything between. Therefore, there was at least something for everyone who attended the festival. As usual, the whole festival was once again sold out with around 30,000 people at the area every day. The Swedenrock festival has always had tremendous luck with the weather every year. Once again the gods of weather had given their blessing for this rocking metallic heaven on the earth with an extreme hot and sunny weekend that burned red the skin of several festival goers.
As written in the first sentence, this is already the seventh time that the Swedenrock festival has been featured in the site of Metal-Rules.com, so it is quite logical for us to give an in-depth article of several bands performing at Swedenrock. However we are not able to cover every band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading moment… Enjoy !!!
Rudy Sarzo is one of the best known bass players the metal world. He has appeared and recorded with Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, and Quiet Riot amongst others. Recently he joined another legendary band – Dio – and I had a chance to talk with Rudy after their brilliant performance at the Tuska Festival in Helsinki.
Hard rock and metal fans are well aware of what Kevin DuBrow has accomplished in his career as the lead singer of Quiet Riot. Most know all the turbulent times that Kevin and his bandmates endured over their successful career. Through all the good and bad, Kevin has carried on. After another break up of the QR boys, Kevin has returned with a new album of covers via Shrapnel Records. I had the chance to speak with Kevin who gave me a look into his new solo career and the trying times of being in Quiet Riot. You can check out his website at www.kevindubrow.com.