QUIET RIOT Drummer Mourns Passing Of BILLY THORPE

QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali has issued the following update:

"Sad News: Singer/Guitarist Billy Thorpe passed away in his homeland of Australia on February 28. Billy was a great person, very talented and I was fortunate enough to have recorded with him in 1982 for his 'East Of Eden's Gate' record as well as having participated for a short while on part of his tour for that release. God bless you, Billy, and may you rest in peace."

QUIET RIOT's four-song performance on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline", recorded on January 10, 2007 at the "Rockline" studios in Los Angeles, California, has been made available for download at this location. The tracks played were as follows:

01. Free (4:10)
02. South of Heaven (6:08)
03. Old Habits Die Hard (5:50)
04. Strange Daze (4:11)

The group's lineup for the performance was:

Kevin DuBrow - Vocals
Frankie Banali - Drums
Alex Grossi - Guitar
Chuck Wright - Bass
Neil Citron - Guest Guitar

QUIET RIOT's latest album, "Rehab", was issued in the United States in early October via Chavis Records. The European release was handled by the U.K.-based Demolition Records.

For the new recordings, DuBrow and Banali were joined by Tony Franklin on bass (ex-THE FIRM and BLUE MURDER), session guitarist Citron, and the voice of rock, Glenn Hughes (ex-DEEP PURPLE and BLACK SABBATH), who performed a vocal duet with DuBrow on the classic 1969 SPOOKY TOOTH song "Evil Woman" and also contributed the bass track for that song as well.

DuBrow and Banali recently reunited with Alex Grossi and Chuck Wright (bass) to tour worldwide in support of the "Rehab" release.

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