Mark Huff states Quiet Riot movie disheartening and apologizes for his negative comments when dismissed
Former Quiet Riot lead vocalist Mark Huff has issued a public statement apologizing for any of his comments that may have offended anyone when he was terminated from the band back in 2012.
Huff was in Quiet Riot from 2010 to 2012 and was the first singer to replace lead vocalist Kevin DuBrow in the band after the latter died in 2007 and the band was put on ice for three years. Huff recently resurfaced in a new group called Steel Mountain Crossing along with Tiger Claws guitarist Dennis D, bassist David Leighton and drummer Grant Dubois. Steel Mountain Crossing will be releasing their debut studio album in November 2019.
The following message was posted on Steel Mountain Crossing‘s Facebook page earlier today (with slight edits):
“Greetings to all Mark Huff Singer for Steel Mountain Crossing here. It is w a smile on my face I can be here and say hello to you all. I wanted to take this time to write a sincere apology to anyone I may of offended in the Quiet Riot camp at the time of my dismissal. At the time I was recovering from brain surgery and going through a very dark period of time in my life. I felt hurt and abandoned. The movie was disheartening and did not exactly paint the truth of the matter and only showed one side of the coin. After many months of learning to speak again I may have said some things regarding my termination from the band. I would like to retract all the less than positive statements I made at this time. As I said before I wanted to be the best singer I could for the band and make the fans happy. The Randy Rhoads era is a very special time for my guitarist Dennis D and I. We are Randy purists. Dennis had met with Randy‘s beloved Mother Delores a great many times at Musonia and played guitar in his Ozzy Randy tribute band for almost 25 years in New York before getting lucky with the worldwide artists he has delivered for. Dennis is a class act and so is the rest of this band. They know him well at Sharon Osbourne Mgt. We are honored to offer you all our new music. At this time I wish nothing but positivity and the best of luck to Quiet Riot and its fans worldwide. We will see you all in November, hopefully even before then. Steel Mountain Crossing 2019″
Back in April 2012, Huff told Sleaze Roxx as follows about his thoughts on being fired from Quiet Riot while battling brain cancer: “As far as reasons for being fired; I had been signed on for the year (2012). I had dates, I had flight itineraries, and I was ready to go… This was something that came out of nowhere. I understand people need to get back to work but I’m not happy at how they went about it. I’m past that now, but I don’t like when people go out of their way to stifle my mouth about the truth. I’m an honest, hard-working person and a skilled musician. I deserve respect — that’s the bottom line.”
Huff continued: “It’s very unfortunate that Quiet Riot didn’t wait until afterward to see how things turned out before firing me. I still don’t believe it. I was hired to be their singer and to do the documentary. I wasn’t there to replace anyone, I was there to pay tribute and help Quiet Riot continue. I think I was doing one hell of a job. Sure my feelings were hurt, but I’m moving past that, although it would be fake and untruthful to wish them well — I just don’t care anymore. I don’t wish them anything.”
Sleaze Roxx stated the following in its review of the Quiet Riot documentary Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back, which premiered back in 2014: “At the end of the day, this film really helps you to see that rock stars are people with some of the same day to day problems that many of us face. In a ten year period, Banali‘s mother, his wife and his best friend all pass away. He’s left to raise his daughter as a single parent and seemingly single-handedly resurrect the band Quiet Riot like a Phoenix from the ashes and keep his dreams and income alive. The director, Regina Russell, does a great job with making this film feel personal and it moves along at a steady pace. I highly recommend this movie to music fans and rock historians alike. It’s rare to find a film like this that’s not only enjoyable and interesting to watch, but also make you want to watch it over again.”