Quiet Riot Singer Kevin DuBrow Found Dead
Mon, 26 Nov 2007 13:31:46
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Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow was found dead at his Las Vegas home yesterday (11.25.07). The cause of death is currently unknown.
Dubrow formed Quiet Riot along with guitarist Randi Rhoads in 1975. The two parted ways and retired the band when Rhoads left to join Ozzy Osbourne's solo outfit in 1979. After Rhoad's tragic death in 1982, Dubrow brought the band back into existence along with guitarist Carlos Cavazo, bassist Rudy Sarzo and drummer Frankie Banali.
This new incarnation of Quiet Riot went on to become one of the first glam-metal groups to rise to prominence in the 1980s. Aided by heavy video rotation on MTV, songs like "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)" and "Cum on Feel the Noize" helped push their debut album, Metal Health, to #1 the Billboard 200 chart.
The group's popularity began to decrease after the release of their sophomore effort Condition Critical, and DuBrow chose to leave the band in 1987. He would latter return in the 90s, touring with various Quiet Riot lineups and releasing a handful of albums.
Bill Chavis, owner of Chavis records, the label that released the band's last album, Rehab, issued a statement on the label's website saying, "As I mourn his death with a heavy heart, I will remember hearing his voice and the music for the very first time on the radio back in 1983. I will remember all the great music Kevin and Quiet Riot gave to so many of us over the years and I will say, 'Thank you, Kevin. May you rest in peace.'"
—The ARTISTdirect Staff