Frankie Banali thinks Quiet Riot singer turnover due to DuBrow being complete package
Quiet Riot recently announced that lead vocalist Jizzy Pearl was leaving the band at the end of the year and was going to be replaced by former Adler’s Appetite singer Seann Nicols starting in 2017.
Drummer Frankie Banali was recently interviewed by Eddie Trunk on the latter’s new radio show on SiriusXM channel Volume (106) and Blabbermouth reported on part of the interview including Banali‘s thoughts on why there has been so much turnover in singers since DuBrow‘s passing in 2017 and why Quiet Riot‘s last album 10 has been unavailable.
Nicols will be the group’s seventh lead vocalist after Kevin DuBrow (1975–1980, 1982-1987, 1990–2003, 2004–2007), Paul Shortino (1987–1989, 2002), Mark Huff (2010-2012), Keith St. John (2012), Scott Vokoun (2012–2013) and Jizzy Pearl (2013–2016). Nicols is the fifth lead vocalist since the passing of the band’s most recognized singer DuBrow on November 25, 2007.
The following are excerpts from Blabbermouth‘s article:
Banali also talked about QUIET RIOT‘s latest addition. He said: “His name is Seann Nicols, and he was with ADLER’S APPETITE a number of years ago. But he was off my radar because for the last, I think, two or three years, he had gone back to the university to get a degree in business, so he had been off the grid. And Alex Grossi [QUIET RIOT guitarist] told me that I should check him out, so I checked him out. And I sent him a non-disclosure agreement to sign, and we went ahead about seeing if it could work, if he could sing the catalog.”
He continued: “I think one of the reasons we’ve had such a turnover of singers is because Kevin [DuBrow, late QUIET RIOT singer] was the complete package in every sense of the word. But Seann is really, really good. And I ended up signing a deal with Frontiers Records to release a new album in 2017. And come to find out that Seann writes some great lyrics and great melodies. So all the material is written, the drum tracks are all cut, all the bass is done, we’re working on guitars now. All the vocals are all mapped out, ’cause we did ’em as demos. And we’re gonna go in and finish up the guitars next week and background vocals next week.”…
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. He later explained 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.
You can read the rest of the article at Blabbermouth.