Eric Blair of "The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show" conducted an interview with legendary bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, CALIFORNIA BREED, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) on April 29 at the Newport Beach Film Festival. You can now watch the chat below.
"Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back: The Quiet Riot Movie", the feature documentary on the seminal heavy metal band QUIET RIOT, premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
The band topped the charts in 1983 with the first #1 heavy metal album ("Metal Health") which sold over 10 million copies worldwide, and paved the way for successful metal bands like MÖTLEY CRÜE, POISON and BON JOVI turning the 1980s into the decade of heavy metal hair rock.
An unlikely and surprisingly personal narrative to conquer the loss of a friend emerges from an odyssey about the rise, fall and resurrection of an 80's metal band. The career of Frankie Banali, drummer of QUIET RIOT, took a major sideswipe when his singer and best friend Kevin DuBrow died in 2007. In 2010 and at a cross roads in his life, Banali has to forge ahead and make a new life for himself and his daughter. At times both utterly tragic, and downright hilarious, the film follows him going through the emotional feat of trying to fill the void left by Kevin and get the band back together one more time.
Speaking about his own struggle with drug addiction and the loss of his good friend Kevin DuBrow, Glenn said: "I did about everything you can do without ending it.
"For me, I had to have had enough of everything bad, for me, until it didn't work any longer. I was rendered surrendered. Unfortunately, Kevin never got to that point.
"We lose… I mean, I've lost Tommy Bolin [DEEP PURPLE], John Bonham [LED ZEPPELIN]… The list is endless of people I've lost through the disease of alcoholism or drug addiction.
"Did I know Kevin was that sick? No, not really. Did I know Tommy Bolin was that sick? Kind of. But no one can get sober, or clean… You have to actually want to have it yourself.
"You can count… In fact, I've lost count of the people that have tried to get me sober and clean — it was frightening — until I absolutely had enough of it to stop. Unfortunately, with Kevin, none of us really knew — and I'd say Frankie especially — we never really knew how desperate he was to get clean and sober. And, to be quite honest with you, he was kind of hanging with me a lot knowing that I was sober and clean, and he was a highly inteliigent man, but drugs and alcohol, they just take everybody. So it was devastating when Kevin died."
He continued: "Look, I wasn't five years old grabbing on my mother's apron, going, 'Mommy, when I'm a man, can I be a drug addict?' It's not that. It's just in your genes. It can skip generations. It's a family disease. It's what it is. Some of us have it, some of us don't. But you have to be treat it.
"The biggest dilemma, for me, when Kevin passed away was could I have been there? He was supposed to be in my home. It's in the movie. He wasn't there. Could I have done something? I mean, I beat myself up. There's nothing I could have done. It was written in the wind, what was gonna happen. I had no say-so. I've been around this for so long with my own recovery that there's nothing that I could have done, or I would have done it — believe me."
"Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back: The Quiet Riot Movie" is described as a 105-minute, character-driven documentary that goes beyond the guts and glory of the common getting the band back together tale. "Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back" reveals an unforgettable man who uses ambition, adaptability, relentless determination and principle to navigate through a business, and a series of obstacles that are attempting to control his fate.
"When Frankie Banali told me he was planning to meet with Kevin DuBrow's mother to get her blessing to go on with the band and find a new singer, I thought this would be an extraordinary story for a documentary," said first-time director Regina Russell, who gained access to the private video and photo archives of the band. Russell, who is now engaged to Banali, followed the band for four years and got interviews with many of the integral characters in the group's history.
Production on the indie film was launched in 2010 after a surprisingly successful campaign on Kickstarter.com, in the crowdfunding web site's infancy. The campaign raised $25,000 of startup capital from the band's loyal fan base for over 30 years, and a whole new generation of young head bangers.
"Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back" is produced and directed by Regina Russell, edited by Kelly McCoy and executive-produced by Gene Raphael Miller.