Frankie Banali, the drummer for heavy metallic band Quiet Riot, died Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 68.
His spouse Regina wrote in a assertion that he had been battling stage 4 pancreatic most cancers since April 2019. The longtime Quiet Riot drummer additionally performed with Billy Idol, W.A.S.P. and Faster Pussycat.
“He put up an inspiringly courageous and brave 16-month battle to the tip and continued enjoying dwell so long as he may,” she wrote. “He lived for taking part in dwell and carried out for tens of millions of followers around the globe all through his profession. His want for everybody is that you simply be your individual well being advocate for early detection so you might dwell lengthy and rescue many animals.”
Music historian Eddie Trunk additionally took to Twitter to mourn Banali’s demise. “It’s with nice unhappiness that I announce the passing of Frankie Banali,” he wrote. “As many know, Frankie had been battling most cancers and handed away final evening. He was an incredible individual, buddy and musician.”
Born on Nov. 14, 1951 in Queens, N.Y., Banali relocated to Los Angeles within the mid-’70s. He spent 4 years in New Steppenwolf, an offshoot of the hard-rock band led by former bassist Nick St. Nicholas. In 1979, Banali joined bassist Dana Strum and Chuck Wright and guitarist Randy Rhoads, Ozzy Osbourne and Kevin Dubrow, formally forming heavy metallic band DuBrow, which later modified its title to Quiet Riot after the unique lineup had damaged up.
Banali is the final remaining member of the band’s basic lineup. His signature tone and drum intros are featured in hits together with “Cum on Feel the Noize,” “Mony Mony” and “L.A. Woman,” in addition to albums like “Hughes/Thrall.” Arranged by the drummer, the band’s 1982 hit “Metal Health,” launched by Pasha Records, topped the charts and offered over ten million copies worldwide, serving to usher the last decade of heavy metallic rock.
The drummer turned Quiet Riot’s supervisor in 1994, however after three albums and a number of other lineup adjustments, the band disbanded in 2003. Banali and DuBrow reformed Quiet Riot in Oct. 2004 and launched one album, “Rehab,” earlier than DuBrow’s demise in 2007. Banali introduced the tip of Quiet Riot on Jan. 14, 2008.
It wasn’t till Sept. 2010 that Banali reformed Quiet Riot with Wright and Grossi, and in June 2014, the band launched “10,” their first album in eight years. In 2017, the drummer was inducted into the Hall of Heavy Metal History for his contribution to heavy metallic drums.
Banali is survived by his spouse Regina and daughter Ashley.