QUIET RIOT's FRANKIE BANALI On His Cancer Diagnosis: 'I Have No Intentions Of Giving Up The Fight'

QUIET RIOT's FRANKIE BANALI On His Cancer Diagnosis: 'I Have No Intentions Of Giving Up The Fight'

Earlier this year, QUIET RIOT played several shows this year without drummer Frankie Banali, marking the first time ever that the band performed without any of the members from its classic lineup: Banali, singer Kevin DuBrow, guitarist Carlos Cavazo and bassist Rudy Sarzo.

Frankie returned to the stage with QUIET RIOT this past Saturday night (October 26) at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. The show marked the drummer's first performance with the group since he announced he was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.

Speaking to MA Entertainment Global, Frankie said about his absence from the road (hear udio below): "What ended up happening is after I was diagnosed [in April], I was able to do a festival date in Florida in April, and then in May, I was able to do the M3 festival. After that, my doctors said that I wasn't fit to fly or be away from the facilities where I was getting, or about to get, treatment. So it prevented me from playing a lot of dates this year from QUIET RIOT out on the road, although in August I was able to do two local L.A.-area dates, because I didn't have to fly. And then I just did the Whisky this past Saturday, the 26th [of October]. But they've given me the green light to go ahead and play the last two shows of the year, one in November and one in December, as well as I'm gonna be going to Japan to play a show there with a Japanese artist, Mr. Jimmy, in December as well. And we're gonna start doing treatment, my chemotherapy and my recovery time based on when I have to fly out to do dates. So I'll be back out on the road with QUIET RIOT for the end of this year and into 2020."

According to Banali, the support he has received from his fans after his cancer diagnosis announcement has been "incredible." He said: "It's given me even more strength to continue the fight. I have no intentions of giving up the fight, regardless of which way this goes."

At some of QUIET RIOT's recent shows, Banali was replaced by Johnny Kelly (DANZIG, TYPE O NEGATIVE).

Banali resurrected QUIET RIOT in 2010, three years after the death of founding member and singer Kevin DuBrow.

QUIET RIOT went through two vocalists — Mark Huff and Scott Vokoun — before settling on Jizzy Pearl in 2013. Pearl announced his exit from QUIET RIOT in October 2016 and was briefly replaced by Seann Nichols, who played only five shows with the group before the March 2017 arrival of "American Idol" finalist James Durbin. Pearl returned to QUIET RIOT in September.

QUIET RIOT's new studio album, "Hollywood Cowboys" — featuring Durbin on vocals — will be released on November 8 via Frontiers Music Srl.

Tags:

Posted in: News

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).