Quiet Riot to Continue Band with Late Drummer Frankie Banali’s Blessing

2020-09-18

Quiet Riot say late founding band member Frankie Banali had a wish for the group to continue after his passing and "keep the music and the legacy alive."

Quiet Riot album cover – Story by Charles Ken, courtesy photo

Quiet Riot say late founding band member Frankie Banali had a wish for the group to continue after his passing to “keep the music and the legacy alive”

Quiet Riot have announced plans to continue as a band with the blessing of late founding member Frankie Banali. The current Quiet Riot lineup features drummer John Kelly, who filled in while Banali fought his battle with cancer, as well as Chuck Wright, Alex Grossi and Jizzy Pearl.

“It was Frankie Banali’s wish that the band continue and we keep the music and the legacy alive,” the band said in a statement, followed by a list of upcoming concert dates running this October through next October, with more concerts reportedly on the way.

“Chuck Wright has been in the band off and on since 1981 and played not only on the song ‘Metal Health’ but many other Quiet Riot Albums,” the statement continued. “Alex Grossi has been in the band since 2004 touring and recording. Jizzy Pearl has been a member of the Quiet Riot family since 2013, and Johnny Kelly has been doing a great job filling in on drums this past year with Frankie’s blessing.”

The statement went on to say the band is looking forward “to celebrating the history and legacy of Quiet Riot with all of you in 2021 and beyond.”

Grossi echoed that sentiment in a recent tweet, stating, “While I am still devastated from the loss of one of the most important people in my life, I take comfort in knowing that Frankie Banali’s legacy could not be in better hands and will carry on as he wanted.”

Banali passed away in August after a fight with pancreatic cancer. He was 68.

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