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Quiet Riot Is Playing M3

We know M3 Rock Festival is slated for May 11 and 12 in Columbia, Maryland. Now we know the first confirmed band, too. Frankie Banali announced that Quiet Riot will play the festival. I'm sure this will get the tongues wagging. Whenever modern-day Quiet Riot comes up in conversation there's always a heated debate as to whether the band should still be performing without Kevin Dubrow.

Incidentally, I saw Kevin and the rest of Quiet Riot at the first Rocklahoma. That was the only time I ever saw the band. I have an open mind - I'll give Frankie's version of the band a chance at M3. Will you?

Reader Comments (33)

How weird! I was just thinkin' tonight that Quiet Riot should play M3. I, too, saw QR, too, with DuBrow. Unreal!

But, if there was ever a legit reason for a band to continue on with a new singer, the circumstances of Kevin's departure are certainly more than acceptable (RIP).

There are at least a couple of other reasons why it's okay for QR to soldier on: 1) DuBrow's own Mother blessed off Banali's latest version, 2) Even though there was none better, DuBrow wasn't the
original singer of QR.

Hopefully it's a sign of even bigger acts to be announced!

I'm there this year, for sure! Can't wait!
November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I'm okay with QR continuing on, even if I never see them live. I doubt I'll be going to M3 this year.

Who was the original singer for QR? I know Frankie wasn't the original drummer, but wasn't aware there was another vocalist prior to Dubrow.
November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJT
Metalboy! Sorry but DuBrow WAS the ORIGINAL singer. I'm thinking maybe you meant Frankie WASN'T the original DRUMMER (Drew Forsyth was). BUT that being said, there are good reasons to see em...

Yes, Frankie said Kevin's Mom gave her blessing to go out as Quiet Riot and continue keeping her son's name alive.

This isn't like when Kevin left and Shortino came in, Huff replaced a fallen rocker. So the "scab" tag isn't fair like Warrant, LAG w/Tracii and Dilana, etc.

Huff kicks ass vocally. I've seen QR twice with him and he's good a duplicating Kevin's vocals. I've seen QR before "Metal Health" was released and plenty of times after, until the first break up. I never saw them with Shortino to make a call there. The "reunions" were vocally and musically, far ahead of the 82-87 shows I'd seen. Kevin really grew as a vocalist over the years. His bluesy stuff was crazy good.
I brought them into Pittsburgh for a show over Labor Day in 2006 and their soundcheck was one of THE most amazing things I've ever seen. They kicked out Faces, Small Faces, Rod Stewart, Deep Purple and QR hits, alone in soundcheck alone.

Now the now, the people that say they suck now haven't really seen them live. The get bagged on from Huff to Grossi, but the band is tight.

This M3 show could put the naysayers in there place (I'm hoping).
November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSweet Lou
sweet. I've never seen them. Metal Health was my very first intro to hard rock and heavy metal. I am looking forward to them. Yes Yes Yes. so sad that Kevin is not with us anymore.
November 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrian L
I stand corrected, Lou. I don't know where I got the story that they were playin' the Troub a lot and DuBrow used to heckle them with taunts like, "I can sing better than that" and pleads of "Let me sing", right in front of the singer.

But I looked up a lot of stuff this morning and you are right, there was no mention of it.

Regardless, I cried when I heard he died. I saw 'em twice. Once, right off "Metal Health" and another off the first reunion. Both occurred at the same venue named The Seagull Inn when I first saw them, later named Network the final time I saw 'em.

Maybe you heard of it. It was in Pasadena, Maryland, a REAL Rock'n'Roll town about 20 minutes outside of Baltimore.

I look forward to seeing them at M3 this year and I wonder who will headline. Think Quiet Riot is a good start and helps define the kinds of acts they are getting to headline.

I hope M3 can scale the heights they achieved when they had Scorpions and Cinderella on the same bill a couple years back.
November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I would like to see Def Lep headline. That would be up there...
November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian L
M3 is completely on the other side of the country from me, so I will not be going for that reason only. Dubrow had an amazing set of pipes, and his voice only got better with age. The only clips of Huff singing with QR I have heard were in that little montage they put out with samples of Huff singing various QR songs. I thought Huff's vocals were slightly flat, and lacked the classic Dubrow grit. maybe he has gotten better, I don't know, but I wasn't impressed with the first clips I heard.
November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBob
The new QR rocks! I've heard the band live and damn Huff is a helluva fit for this band! Its great news that a great band like this still soldiers on and at a major event! I just want this lineup to record. I think it can only get better for the band.
November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShadow
Well, I walked out on the 'classic' QR (Kevin / Rudy / Carlos / Frankie) in 2002, so no real interest in a tribute.

I would still attend M3 just to see KIX, and whatever other bands are playing that year.
November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike
I saw Quiet Riot a ton in the old Randy Rhoads days, & have seen them a lot ever since. Frankie Banali's latest version is every bit as legitimate as any version when Kevin was alive. Kevin left the rights to the Quiet Riot brand to Frankie, so obviously it had Kevin's blessing. Chuck Wright is an amazing bassist & has been a part of the Quiet Riot family ever since the DuBrow band,before Metal Health was recorded. (and,he plays on half that record, even though Rudy Sarzo's picture is on it.) Mark Huff does an almost eerie performance that is in many ways similar to Kevin's. What they do onstage is in every way respectful to the memories of both of Quiet Riot's founders, Kevin DuBrow & Randy Rhoads.
November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
No, no, NO! QR without Kevin is unacceptable and is as bad as Queen w/o Freddie!!!
November 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterreptileblvd
I just saw the new version of QR two weeks ago. They sound really good. But that being said, its NOT Quiet Riot. It feels like a really good tribute band.
November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
I agree Kenny, kind of like Traci Guns version of LA Guns. Not really exicted about QR(2) being there.
November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff
Actually, this is closer to being Quiet Riot Version VIII. But it's still Quiet Riot. Certainly not the Quiet Riot I grew up with, because none of these guys were in that version of the band. But Frankie & Chuck are good 2nd & 3rd generation QR members.
November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
You know what would help is if Cavaso rejoined but there must be some kind of issue there, probably $$$ more than anything.
November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Idk about Cavazo Metalboy. When They tried to fire the band back up around 05 when they did rehab they asked him he was up for it and he said he would only do it if Rudy was in. Obviously Kevin and Rudy's problems with each other prevented that but now that its someone different who knows.
November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShadow
Shadow is right about Carlos. Kevin's own issues w/ Sarzo kept it from happening. Both Rudy & Carlos are doing OK without Quiet Riot.

In fact, Carlos is doing a re-union show with his old 70's band "SNOW" at the Key Club in Hollywood on December 10th. For those that don't know, The riff you know as "Bang Your Head/Metal Health" was originally a Snow song called "No More Booze". They play on playing all the old Snow songs... should be a blast ! and, they're playing w/ a re-united Salty Dog.
November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
Geez! I got a Snow CD and I've never played it. Gotta dig it out! As for Cavazo, I hope Shadow is right -- since DuBrow is no longer with us, maybe he will come around. I had heard DuBrow was difficult but I thought he and Los patched it up. And, frankly, I don't see why Cavazo needs Rudy, in order to rejoin, though, don't get me wrong, it would be great to have Rudy in on it.

At least Cavazo should rejoin, if not Rudy, as no one plays it better than he.
November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I'll save you the trouble of digging out the ol' vinyl EP...

"Crack The Whip" -

"Don't Want Anymore" -

"No Way To Treat A Lady" -

Maybe on a day when Allyson is short for content, she can devote a post to this band that was more important than most people ever knew. Carlos went on to Quiet Riot & Ratt, his brother Tony went on to play bass for Hurricane, & drummer Stephen Quadros went on to be a TV star.
November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele

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