Frankie Banali reveals which singers he thinks were masters at engaging an audience
Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali was recently interviewed by Jay Oakley of Just A Rock N Roll Junkie and spoke about the importance of the role of a singer in engaging an audience.
Banali stated: “Yeah. Ya know, a lead singer has a responsibility, they have a very difficult job because their instrument is their voice which they have to take care of but they have to go out there and entertain the audience and if they don’t engage the audience, they audience doesn’t engage the band and that is not a good place to be if you are a live performing band. Kevin [DuBrow] was the master of that. I’ve never seen anyone other then David Lee Roth (Van Halen) in his prime, really take an audience and he’s got them in the palm of his hand and James is doing that as well. Plus, he’s a really, really nice person. Everybody’s getting alone, everybody’s having a great time and for the first time since I toured with Quiet Riot when Kevin was alive, I’m actually having a lot more fun now then I’ve had in the previous times since 2010.”
Just A Rock N Roll Junkie also asked Banali about which Quiet Riot alumni or band members should be inducted with the group if it was to be inducted in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Banali replied: “That’s a double-edged sword. I have my own personal opinion but if it were to happen and I think it’s a very big if because with Quiet Riot in the industry, Quiet Riot was the band they loved to hate. They were very happy to cash in when the band was selling millions of records but at the same time we were always treated like the step-child to the more traditional bands. So, if it were to happen, if it happens in my lifetime, I would be overjoyed and incredibly appreciative but I would have to differ because Quiet Riot has had so many members as was documented in the Quiet Riot movie: Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back, there is no way that they can all be included and by exclusions there is always going to be some hard feelings with someone. I have my opinion of what it should be but everybody has an opinion of what they think it should be. It’s a lose-lose situation. It’d be great to have that problem but I’ll wait to see if I have that problem.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Banali at Just A Rock N Roll Junkie.