QUIET RIOT has announced Seann Nicols (formerly of ADLER'S APPETITE) as its new vocalist starting in 2017. QUIET RIOT is currently in the studio with Seann recording its forthcoming full-length album of all new material, to be released on Frontiers Music Srl in early 2017. They will also be releasing a music video, which will be the first QUIET RIOT music video since 1989. The band will kick off their tour on January 27 in Medina, Minnesota and will continue their touring schedule around the globe.
Vocalist Jizzy Pearl (LOVE/HATE, L.A. GUNS, ADLER'S APPETITE, RATT), who is departing to concentrate full time on his solo career, will finish off the 2016 QUIET RIOT tour dates through December. Frankie Banali claims the departure is amicable. "QUIET RIOT thanks Jizzy for a great three years and we wish him the very best," he says.
Banali revived QUIET RIOT in 2010, three years after singer Kevin DuBrow's death, along with veteran bassist Chuck Wright, who played on several of the tracks on the classic QUIET RIOT album "Metal Health", and guitarist Alex Grossi. The group went through two vocalists — Mark Huff and Scott Vokoun — before settling on Pearl in 2013.
The Pearl-fronted QUIET RIOT recorded six new songs for an album called "10", which was released digitally on iTunes and Amazon.com in June 2014, but Banali pulled the songs from both download stores shortly after putting the effort on sale and hasn't made them available again.
Banali said last year that his decision to remove "10" from iTunes and Amazon.com was motivated in part by the fact that he couldn't find a record label that would properly promote the album. In addition, he said that the system that brought us classic rock music has been forever altered by the times and the promotional and marketing engine that is broken, no longer effectively exposing music from the labels through radio and to the masses.
"DJs today are not allowed to play anything at all," Banali said. "In the old days, we'd walk into a radio station with the new record and the DJ would play whatever he wanted. It didn't even have to be the perceived single. That's gone. So the idea of releasing a new record so you can say you're touring for a new album is an antiquated equation. It just doesn't make any sense anymore to make records. I feel badly for the real fans who want the music, but it's just not worth it."
Banali told Yahoo! Music in May 2015 that he was fine with QUIET RIOT moving forward by mining the nostalgia circuit for all it's worth, touring on the strength of past hits and eschewing recording new music altogether.
"One thing I always enjoyed about QUIET RIOT, and especially when Kevin was alive, was that we continued to record new music because it was fun for us," Banali said. "And we could infuse two to four new songs into the set. But in this day and age, no matter what you do, people are only interested in hearing 'Cum On Feel The Noize', 'Bang Your Head (Metal Health)', 'Mama Weer All Crazee Now' and 'The Wild And The Young'. And if you could add one new song to the set, it might be well received, but it doesn't make any difference because it's not going to get any radio airplay and you're not going to release it. So it's an unfortunate situation. But that's the reality we're facing and we just have to deal with it."