Very few people in metal today embody the term “persistence” as much as Frankie Banali. Having formed Quiet Riot in the 80’s and reached the top of the charts in 1983, going above Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller” and The Police‘s “Synchronicity”, Frankie surely had his share of hardships since then. He faced a million lineup changes in the band, lost his long time friend Kevin Dubrow to a drug overdose in 2007, and now is facing a battle against stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Six months into treatment, Frankie seems optimistic about the future, and is focusing his efforts on his recovery and on being productive. Quiet Riot‘s new album, “Hollywood Cowboys” is set for release on November 8th via Frontiers Music, and it’s by far the most diverse they have ever done.
Musically, the new album offers exactly what you would expect from Quiet Riot. Arena ready hard rock with strong hooks and infectious riffs, along with a maturity in the songwriting that only a band with such a history and pedigree can offer. The lineup on the record is completed by bassist Chuck Wright, guitarist Alex Grossi and powerhouse vocalist James Durbin, who sadly has quit the band a few months ago, after the recording was finished.
Sonic Perspectives collaborator Rodrigo Altaf sat down with Frankie Banali to discuss the writing and recording of “Hollywood Cowboys”, his fight against cancer, his efforts to carry on the legacy of Quiet Riot and much more. And as usual remember to subscribe our social media channels to be notified about new interviews and contents we publish on a daily basis.
Slideshow photographs by Joe Schaeffer