Quiet Riot Documentary in the Works
Thu, 05 Aug 2010 11:29:54
Quiet Riot Videos
After years of struggling in LA clubs -despite legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads being in their ranks throughout the '70s- the classic Quiet Riot line-up of Kevin DuBrow (vocals), Frankie Banali (drums), Rudy Sarzo (bass), and Carlos Cavazo (guitar) hit mega-success with their first-ever US release in 1983, the classic Metal Health, which spawned two hit singles that have gone on to become synonymous with heavy metal! Those tunes are "Cum On Feel the Noize" and "Metal Health"; eventually, the Metal Health album went on to become the first-ever metal US debut to hit the #1 spot on the Billboard album charts, and resulted in a solid year of sold-out shows and non-stop MTV video airplay. It was an era of metal and Quiet Riot ruled the roost. That's your little history lesson, if you need it.
Despite this being an absolute standout era of the band's career, very little substantial video documentation has surfaced from this blossoming period...until now. Banali is in the midst of constructing a full-length/behind-the-scenes/warts-and-all documentary about the group, which is the first-ever solely about QR, which will focus on this aforementioned era, but also, recount QR's entire story - from the first time DuBrow and Banali crossed paths in January 1980, through DuBrow's untimely passing in November of 2007. It's the oral history of Quiet Riot and fans better get good and ready.
The video footage - directly from Banali's archives - will include the aforementioned performance in 1980 through some of the last shows QR played, including footage of their Rocklahoma performance in 2007. Additional video footage captures QR in many phases, including a 1982 performance of "DuBrow" (a short-lived name Quiet Riot went by in the early '80s), with DuBrow, Banali, bassist Chuck Wright (Sarzo was playing in Ozzy Osbourne's band at the time), and Cavazo's first video performance with the band, his second total. Also included will be live performances, backstage footage, sound checks, studio sessions, and interviews, most of which has never been seen.
Banali has already invested money into the project, and to make the documentary reach its full potential, he is having an online fundraiser that ends September 2. Fans are being called upon to help back the project and to lend a hand in its completion. You can pledge a donation, which allow for rewards of QR-related merchandise, and as the pledge amount increases, so do the rewards, including such coveted collectibles like an autographed QR photo that includes the late DuBrow's signature; a personal drum lesson with Banali in LA; dinner with Banali at the Rainbow in LA; your own personalized Metal Health platinum CD award; and your name in the film's credits, amongst many other cool opportunities.
As Banali says, "The moment my friend Kevin DuBrow died, my life and career went from sixty to zero with his final breath." But now, DuBrow and Quiet Riot will receive a much-deserved video retrospective, that will leave no stone unturned. Get ready to bang your head and feel the noize once more! Girls, rock your boys.
Will you be donating to the Quiet Riot fund?