James Durbin may have been the “metal guy” during his season on American Idol, but it’s been an uphill battle for him to get any sort of street cred in the actual scene. His subsequent solo albums seemed noncommittal in terms of style and his brief stint singing for Quiet Riot felt more like an odd novelty than a real step forward. It’s hard to tell how the reception towards The Beast Awakens (Frontiers Records srl) will compare but at the very least, it’s a notable turning point on his path to Heavy Metal legitimacy.
In a surprising post to social media Hard Rock legends Quiet Riot, who recently lost founder and leader Frankie Banali to Cancer, has opted to continue despite his death. The band shared that it was Frankie’s wish for the band to continue with longtime bassist Chuck Wright, singer Jizzy Pearl, guitarist Alex Grossi and drummer Johnny Kelly (Silvertomb, Danzig, Type of Negative). Read the statement from the band below. Continue reading
Sad news as Rock legend Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot, who battled pancreatic cancer for the last few years of his life, has died. He was 68. after a battle with pancreatic cancer, according to published reports. The drummer passed away last night (Thursday, August 20) at 7:18 p.m. on August 20 in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and daughter. Frankie was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer on April 17, 2019 and given six months to live. He put up a brave and 16-month battle to the end and continued playing live as long as he could. He also updated his many fans with frequent social media posts, helping to encourage those around him. Standard chemotherapy stopped working and a series of strokes made the continuation of a clinical trial impossible. Funeral plans will be announced at a later date. Eddie Trunk revealed that Frankie had paid for and planned a huge party and celebration of life and according to his wife, will be held at a later date when safe, post-pandemic. We send our sympathy to Frankie’s family, friends, and family.
Hard rock legend Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot is recovering at home after recently suffering a stroke. Banali, who has been battling stage IV pancreatic cancer for the past 16 months, gave an update on his health in a social media post last night (Friday, August 14). He wrote: “Update: I spent the last three weeks in the hospital. Home now. Had two blood transfusions. I also had a stroke while there. I am rehabbing at home. Thank you for your concern and well wishes.”Continue reading
Stars from across Rock and Metal will join together on a livestream to raise money tonight on the David Z Foundation Livestream. David Z (David Zablidowsky) was the brilliant metal and progressive rock musician best known for his work in bands such as Adrenaline Mob, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and ZO2, died three years ago on July 17th, 2017 when a tractor-trailer collided with Adrenaline Mob’s tour bus. Check out the updated poster from Mike Portnoy’s tweet below. You can donate at the GoFundM link below and watch the live stream including artists ranging from Mike Portnoy, Dee Snider, Chris Jericho, Ray Luzier (Korn), John Moyer (Disturbed) Rikki Rockett, Don Dokken, Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan, Jeff Scott Soto, Carmine Appice, Eddie Trunk, Marco Mendoza, Joel Hoekstra, Tiffany, John Pooper, Alex Skolnik, Charlie Benante, Dug Pinnick, Ra Diaz and more! Continue reading
Hookers & Blow has shared their third single, a cover of David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust”. The now legendary project formed by longtime Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed and Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi, hit the studio to record a covers album that will be released later this year via Golden Robot Records. The band has used producer Alistair James who recently worked with Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, and Johnny Depp on the newest Hollywood Vampires album. After covering “Shakin’’ and “Rocks Off”, now they have shared thier Bowie cover, streaming everywhere!
Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has written the forward to “Nothin’ But A Good Time”, described as the definitive, no-holds-barred oral history of 1980s hard rock and hair metal, will be released on March 16, 2021 via St. Martin’s Press. 1980s hard rock was a hedonistic and often intensely creative wellspring of escapism that perfectly encapsulated — and maybe even helped to define — a spectacularly over-the-top decade. Indeed, fist-pumping hits like Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, Mötley Crüe’s “Girls, Girls, Girls”, and Guns N’ Roses‘ “Welcome To The Jungle” are as inextricably linked to the era as Reaganomics, Pac-Man, and E.T.Continue reading
Hookers & Blow, the now legendary project formed by longtime Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed and Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi, hit the studio to record a covers album that will be released later this year via Golden Robot Records. The band has used producer Alistair James who recently worked with Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, and Johnny Depp on the newest Hollywood Vampires album. After sharing their tribute to Eddie Money with his classic ‘Shakin’’, they have shared a new single and video. Watch the clip for Rollings Stones’ deep cut ‘Rocks Off’ from Exile On Main Street.
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the late rock music legend, commemorated the 10th anniversary of his passing and the formation of the charity with its 10th Anniversary Memorial Awards Gala held on February 20, 2020 at the Avalon Hollywood. Hosted Eddie Trunk (That Metal Show, SiriusXM Trunk Nation), the organization recognized honorees in eight categories—each named after songs written by Ronnie James Dio–who have played a role in either Dio’s legacy or that of the charity. Live entertainment was provided by Ronnie James Dio’s live band Dio, featuring vocalists Tim “Ripper” Owens and Oni Logan, and band members Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Scott Warren and Bjorn Englen, and highlighted by the vocals and visuals of Ronnie James Dio. Los Angeles comedian Brian Posehn, in addition, his comedic duties, performed a song from his upcoming GRANDPA METAL album accompanied by Scott Ian (Anthrax) and Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), while local rockers Sadie & the Tribe opened the festivities with their set. Check out these EXCLUSIVE photos by Tyler Kanode of Brilliant Reverie Photography. Continue reading
Quiet Riot and heavy metal legend Frankie Banali has checked in at the Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center in Woodland Hills, California on Friday (February 21) to undergo his twelfth round of chemotherapy. Banali has said he needed several more rounds of chemo to attempt to win his bout with pancreatic cancer. Banali had just appeared on stage the night before at the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout for Cancer Gala Awards show. Banali shared a messaged with fans. Continue reading