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Remembering Kevin DuBrow

dubrow.jpgKevin DuBrow, lead singer of Quiet Riot is dead at age 52. He was found in his Las Vegas home yesterday, but other details are sketchy.

Quiet Riot had an immense impact on glam - and heavy Metal. They were the first Metal band to have a number one album with Metal Health and the Slade cover "Cum On Feel the Noize" helped make the band a household name. The band also launched the career of guitar virtuoso Randy Rhoads.

I saw Quiet Riot live one time -- at last summer's Rocklahoma festival. DuBrow seemed to be in good spirits and he was in good voice too.

Today, Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali left this statement on his website:

"I can't even find words to say. Please respect my privacy as I mourn the passing and honor the memory of my dearest friend Kevin DuBrow."

Here's Quiet Riot performing their 1982 hit "Cum On Feel the Noize."

Reader Comments (9)

My deepest sympathy is extended to his family and friends.

November 26, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterfletch
A very big part in metal becoming what is was in the 80's. I saw them several times, the best memory was on the terified tour. Kevin stood outside behind the bar the show was at and talked to me and my friend for about a half hour after the show. he was great, nothing like he was portrayed in the media.
R.I.P. Kevin
November 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterScott
I am just stunned by Kevin's death. I will be playing Quiet Riot tunes all day in respect to Kevin.

Condolences to Kevin's family and friends.

Rob Rockitt
Hard Rock Hideout
November 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRob Rockitt
Woke up this AM and found the news of Kevin's passing.....very sad. I caught Quiet Riot everytime they came to RI or MA and they always put on a solid show. My sympathies to Kevin's family, friends, and bandmates (especially Frankie Banali).

Fly on Thunderbird......

Heavy Metal Addiction
A very sad day indeed. I was big into Quiet Riot in the early 80's and even still have my Quiet Riot bandana and mirror painting "from th old fair days" to this day. Quiet Riot was the first metal band to experience main stream success and all rock bands on the radio today owe a debt of gratitude to Kevin and QR.
Kevin, rest in peace brother.
~~~Kenny Ozz~~~~~
November 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
Quiet Riot kicked my ass in 1983 the first time I heard them. I love that band. Kevin was an awesome front man. He was singing until the end,the way it was meant to be. R.I.P. Kevin. You will be missed by millions.


Toledo,Ohio Metal Maniac
November 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKOZ
i met kevin on there reunion tour in toronto canada after the show we talked for about a half hour till my wife came to find me while he left 2 hot 6 foot blondes waiting for him and he got everyones autograph for me he was awesome and will be sadly missed and i will never forget that day, he wasnt anythin like i heard he was, he will be sadly missed and one of rock most powerful voices is now silenced.
November 26, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterglam rocker archie
The 2006 "Rehab" album was so good, it's a shame it didn't get more attention from fans and radio. I've been listening to QR a lot today, from the early days with Randy, through the Metal Health era, getting ready to spin the 2004 solo Kevin Dubrow disc. He still had fans. Best line of the "Rehab" disc: "It sucks to be you, it rocks to be me." R.I.P. Kevin.
November 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJason
I know this is old news to most but I did not know that he had passed. I just put a Quiet Riot song on my profile and googled him. So sorry to hear this
June 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

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