Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry tweeted about the tour last week but revealed very little. I was a bit skeptical that the tour would happen in the summer, but with an announcement next week, I would say we'll be getting a good flight of warm weather dates. Once we know the dates, I'll post them here.
I wrote a feature about Quiet Riot for the Dayton City Paper. Here's an excerpt of that article. Click the link at the end of this post to keep reading.
No, it’s not 1986 again, but the upcoming tours this spring and summer may have you believing otherwise.
Motley Crüe will head out on their final tour. KISS and Def Leppard will pair up for more than 40 dates as well. And this spring, Quiet Riot will hit the road with fellow ’80s rockers Faster Pussycat, the BulletBoys and Gilby Clarke (of Guns n’ Roses fame). The package – called the “Bang Your Head” tour – will zigzag smaller venues across America. While not part of the “Bang Your Head” package, Quiet Riot will play the BMI Speedway in Versailles on Saturday, April 5.
“Traditionally, Ohio has always been on the front lines of support for Quiet Riot since 1983 and going strong 30 plus years later,” Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali told the Dayton City Paper. “We love the fans in Ohio and appreciate their long-time support.”
Quiet Riot is best known for its 1983 cover of “Cum On Feel the Noize,” featured on the album Metal Health. That song was the first by a metal band to hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart.
If you haven’t kept up with Quiet Riot since the early ’80s days of Metal Health, then you might be surprised to learn the band has undergone a slew of lineup changes. The most notable change is behind the mic. Singer Kevin DuBrow died in 2007. Since that time, Banali has kept the band going with various singers and other members. These days, Jizzy Pearl fronts the band. Banali has faced sharp criticism from fans who feel he should put the band to bed. “Quiet Riot is nothing without Kevin!” is a popular refrain. Still, Banali has resolve and said Kevin would want him – and Quiet Riot – to rock on.
“One of the things Kevin and I always strived for was to continue to create new Quiet Riot music even when rock music had ceased to be popular, because of the change in music and tastes in the ’90s, and then with the decline of the industry itself with all the piracy and illegal downloads,” Banali said.
Still, Banali is sensitive to the diehard Quiet Riot fans and those that can’t get past DuBrow’s death. Quiet Riot is working on a new album and it will feature tracks performed by both Pearl and DuBrow. KEEP READING...
On Tuesday, Bret Michaels will release the new single "A Beautiful Soul." Over the weekend, Bret released a teaser clip of both the song and new video.
"A Beautiful Soul" is a ballad, but it's definitely better than I thought it would be... even if I want new rock music. The production sounds pretty thin for a major artist, though. Bret clearly has money for a good producer, so why does the track sound this way? What do you think?
Once again, the guys in Motley Crue are cashing in by licensing "Home Sweet Home" for a big time marketing campaign. Sprint is using the song - sung in French - for a new "friends and family" promotion. After all, money is money. Make it where you can.