Quiet Riot

Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park, NJ

Quiet Riot
Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park, NJ
April 6, 2019
Photographs By Estelle Massry
Article by Dennis Morgillo
 
Quiet Riot ruled the World in 1983. Their monster mega smash album "Metal Health" went to #1 and was designated 6x Platinum. It is considered to be the first Metal album to top the charts.
 
"Cum on Feel the Noize" went to #5 and has become a Rock n Roll Classic. 

Did you know that the band was originally formed by Randy Rhoads!? Yes, Randy Rhoads. They wanted to name the band "Quite Right", but with the thick British accent it came out as "Quiet Riot". 

Their most commercially successful lineup consisted of vocalist extraordinaire Kevin DuBrow alongside guitarist Carlos Cavazo, bassist Rudy Sarzo and drummer Frankie Banali. 

Tragically, singer Kevin Dubrow died in 2007 and the band with him. Drummer Banali revived the band in 2011 and they have toured steadily since, recording new music as well. 
The current lineup consists of Banali on drums, lead vocalist James Durbin, bassist Chuck Wright and guitarist Alex Grossi.
 
Bassist Chuck Wright has been with the band since 1982, Grossi since 2004 and James Durbin, the newest member, a former American Idol contestant, has been with the band since 2017. 
 
Durbin does an incredible job of filling Dubrow's rather large shoes. Dubrow was an icon and one of the best voices in the biz. Durbin does not try to do a Dubrow impersonation. He remains true to the music while being himself.  

The band is incredibly tight and energetic. Banali and Wright have incredible chemistry and are steady as they come. Grossi displays some amazing Guitar pyrothechnics. 

If you are looking for a fun night, go see Quiet Riot. It's pure joy as the entire audience sings every word of "Cum on Feel The Noize", and fist pumps during "Bang Your Head". 

We all long for the summer of 1983, a simpler time, a time when music was still fun. A time when headbands, leather jackets, and jean vests were all the rage and Quiet Riot music blared out of boomboxes, "Mama Weer All Crazee Now", "Slick Black Cadillac" and so many more. Damn that's good stuff. 
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