Frankie Banali’s wife Regina criticizes Quiet Riot’s post-Dubrow singers prior to Durbin
It has been no secret that it’s been difficult for Quiet Riot to find the right singer since long-time frontman Kevin Dubrow passed away on November 25, 2007 and drummer Frankie Banali made the decision to continue the band with the blessing of Dubrow‘s family. American Idol finalist James Durbin will be the group’s sixth lead vocalist since 2010 after Mark Huff (2010-2012), Keith St. John (2012), Scott Vokoun (2012–2013), Jizzy Pearl (2013–2016) and Seann Nicols (2016-2017).
While Quiet Riot members Banali, guitarist Alex Grossi and bassist Chuck Wright have stayed relatively quiet on criticizing some of the band’s former singers, Banali‘s wife Regina Russell (or Regina Banali) and the film architect behind the group’s successful documentary Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back, posted the following message on her Facebook account on March 3, 2017:
“I don’t weigh in on Frankie‘s band business often but I just have to say FINALLY after many false starts (post Kevin) with singers that were unprofessional, unjustifiably ego and power driven, think they know everything about the music biz even through they have done NOTHING, or just plain assholes, the band have James Durbin. He is not only talented but also a pro, that is motivated, positive, and grateful for the opportunity. He finished 4th place on American Idol and has his own following and made a name for himself. Yet he also knows his ROLE and doesn’t have a drop of “Lead Singer Disease”. They don’t make old school rock stars like they used to and it’s harder than ever to find a real front man in every sense of the word but James is it (He is also 28 and HOT, am I right ladies?) Quiet Riot shows are going to be FUN again! I am so happy for Frankie Banali and Chuck Wright and Alex Grossi. Congratulations boys!”