Alex Grossi recalls Frankie Banali playing drums on Hookers & Blow tracks shortly before passing away
Quiet Riot and Hookers & Blow guitarist Alex Grossi was recently interviewed by Steve Mascord for the White Line Fever podcast. Grossi was promoting Hookers & Blow‘s first album consisting of various covers.
Grossi‘s former and now deceased Quiet Riot bandmate Frankie Banali played drums on the two Led Zeppelin covers “Trampled Underfoot” and “No Quarter” that are featured on Hookers & Blow‘s album. In that regard, Grossi indicated (as transcribed by the White Line Fever podcast)
“He recorded those in the middle of doing, like, his 15th chemo treatment.
“He really wanted to do it. He went in a did everything in one or two takes.
“And when I hear that, I’m reminded how strong that guy was. Because, you’d never know he was 130 pounds with stage-four cancer. He played like a 22-year-old kid in perfect health on those tracks.
“You’d never know when you listen to it.
“It’s actually inspiring what someone can do at 50 per cent, or whatever he claimed to be at that day .. but still sounds amazing. It just goes to show talent is talent, you know.”