Kevin Dubrow’s brother Terry approves choice of new Quiet Riot singer James Durbin
Quiet Riot‘s latest change in lead vocalist from Seann Nicols to American Idol finalist James Durbin has made worldwide headlines.
Kevin Dubrow was Quiet Riot’s singer from inception in 1975 and he handled the lead vocals for most of the time until November 25, 2007 when he sadly passed away. Since Dubrow‘s passing, Quiet Riot have changed singers quite frequently while the core line-up of drummer Frankie Banali, guitarist Alex Grossi and bassist Chuck Wright has stayed intact. Durbin will be the group’s eighth lead vocalist after 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), Jizzy Pearl (2013–2016) and Nicols (2016-2017).
“Finally Quiet Riot gets a lead vocalist who will do my brother’s voice justice,” he tells Billboard.
Dubrow says he regularly watched Durbin on Idol and was amazed how his ranged matched his brother’s each time he performed.
“Every time I watched James in American Idol I would close my eyes and I would swear he was channeling Kevin,” he says. “He’s got great range and the gravelly depth that launched Quiet Riot to stardom.”
Dubrow credits Quiet Riot drummer/bandleader Frankie Banali for making the move to replace Seann Nicols as the lead singer….
“I believe he and Frankie are going to do something special together, and I can’t wait to him him sing the Quiet Riot classics,” he says. “Cheers to them all!”
Durbin just posted the following message via Facebook about Terry Dubrow‘s comments towards him: “I’m very honored & speechless to have the blessing of the late great Kevin Dubrow‘s brother Terry Dubrow in regards to me joining Quiet Riot. I can’t wait, now more than ever, to hit the stage for my first Quiet Riot show on March 18th at The Cotillion in Wichita, KS. Thank you all for your support. I can’t wait to rock you!! –JD“