Somewhere in England during the early '80s, Noddy Holder had to be shaking his head trying to figure out what was going on. His band, Slade, had ruled the UK charts in the '70s but hardly made a dent in the U.S. Now some L.A. Rockers were scoring, in a major way, with a fairly straight rendition of his band's "Cum On Feel The Noize." The accompanying album, "Metal Health" held the #1 spot.
Quiet Riot got together in the mid-70s with vocalist Kevin DuBrow, future Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads, bassist Kellie Garni and drummer Drew Forsyth. This line-up produced two albums, a self-titled debut and "Quiet Riot II." When Rhoads departed, the group temporarily disbanded with DuBrow fronting another band. Drummer Frankie Banali, bassist Rudy Sarzo and guitarist Carlos Cavazo were along for the ride. Soon this group was operating under the Quiet Riot banner, a name DuBrow owned.
"Metal Health" rolled out in '83 and brought fame, fortune and pressure. Wanting to cash in on the group's success, their record label quickly ushered them back into the studio. "Condition Critical" resulted, featuring yet another Slade cover, "Mama Weer All Crazee Now." But the record buying public balked at this slap-dash effort and that sent DuBrow around the bend. He blasted the music press, the group's label and even other Metal bands, blaming them for "Condition Critical's" lack of success. It took a toll. Sarzo bailed and was replaced by Chuck Wright for the "QR III."
Trying to catch the Glam Metal trend, they failed miserably.
When Quiet Riot wrapped up the "QR III" tour, the group ditched DuBrow, replacing him with Paul Shortino. They also added bassist Sean McNabb. Too bad it didn't help. This Quiet Riot faired worse than the previous incarnation releasing the dismal "Quiet Riot." But what really killed the band was the injunction DuBrow filed to stop the group from performing as Quiet Riot. Soon, this edition was gone.
DuBrow cranked up Quiet Riot once again in the early '90s. Two albums, "Terrified" and "Down To The Bone" were recorded with Cavazo, Banali and bassist Kenny Hillary. In '97, Sarzo was lured back, completing the reformation of Quiet Riot's most successful line-up. The public was unimpressed to say the least, but the group found work and released "Guilty Pleasures" and a set recorded on the road, the curiously titled, "Alive and Well."
Quiet Riot officially disbanded prior to DuBrow's '04 solo effort, "In For The Kill." But two years later, the group got back together and issued "Rehab." Then tragedy struck. In '07, DuBrow was found dead (on 11/25) in his Las Vegas home. He was 52.
Prior to the launch of their '12 tour, Quiet Riot announced a new lead singer, the virtually unknown Scott Vokoun. He was the group's third vocalist in a year and a half. Vokoun replaced Mark Huff who was fired. Between Huff and Vokoun, Keith St. John, formerly of Montrose, filled in.
The singer revolving door continued through '17 when the group parted ways with Seann Nicols (a.k.a. Sheldon Tarsha; an Adler's Appetite vet) after only five shows and replaced him with American Idol finalist James Durbin. Artistic and creative differences were the reasons.
1977 Quiet Riot (Japan only)
1978 Quiet Riot II (Japan only)
1983 Metal Health
1984 Condition Critical
1986 Quiet Riot III
1988 QR (album)
1995 Down To The Bone
1999 Alive And Well
2001 Guilty Pleasures
Quiet Riot's self-titled debut and the hugely popular "Metal Health" stand as the group's best efforts. "II" is a decent, if by-the-numbers set. It does have Rhoads' guitar work going for it. "Super Hits" gleans Quiet Riot's peaks.