QUIET RIOT has widely been credited with breaking down the doors to heavy metal music and kicking off the sunset strip hair metal craze of the 1980’s. The band is excited to welcome legendary bass player RUDY SARZO back into the band after a nearly 18 year absence. Rudy is thrilled to be back home in QUIET RIOT and to honor his friends the late Frankie Banali and Kevin DuBrow (as per Frankie’s wishes) and is looking forward to touring and recording into 2022 and beyond.
The story of QUIET RIOT begins in 1980 when Kevin DuBrow formed a new band under his own name, working with Frankie Banali and a variety of musicians over the next few years before signing with Pasha/CBS Records, recycling the QUIET RIOT moniker, and recording the album “Metal Health” at a time when new wave was king and no other record company would consider a heavy metal band. The album “Metal Health” was released in 1983 and jumped over Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to become the first heavy metal album to reach number one on the Billboard charts. The band became MTV darlings on rotation every half hour. The single “Cum on Feel The Noize” peaked at number five and “Metal Health” (Bang Your Head) became a monster hit. The album surpassed ten million in worldwide sales before the record company stopped counting. Their follow up album “Condition Critical” also went multi-platinum and spawned the hits “Mama Weer All Crazy Now” and “Party All Night”.
In 2007 singer Kevin DuBrow passed away. After careful consideration and with the blessing of the DuBrow estate, Banali reformed the band in 2010. The emotional journey was chronicled in the documentary “QUIET RIOT: Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back” that aired on Showtime for two years starting Jan 29th 2015.
In 2019 Frankie Banali was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He selected Johnny Kelly from Type O Negative to fill in for him and since Frankie’s passing Johnny has continued on in his place. QUIET RIOT 2022 consists of Sarzo, Kelly, vocalist Jizzy Pearl from Love/Hate and Adler’s Appetite, guitarist Alex Grossi who's been in the band since 2004.