Veteran hard rock band Quiet Riot has two claims to fame.
One is their massively popular '83 album Metal Health, featuring
the title track and the even more popular "Cum On Feel The Noize"
(a cover of the British rock group Slade).
The second claim to fame is that this is where acclaimed guitarist
Randy Rhoads got his start, before making it big as
Ozzy Osbourne's first
lead guitarist and then tragically being killed in an accident
a few years later.
Often it is mistakenly written that Quiet Riot were the first metal
band to go to #1 with their first album, but in fact Metal Health
was their third, as the band released two albums in Japan with
Rhoads in the late 70's -- his departure necesitated somewhat of
a style change and Metal Health was the result.
They were never able to duplicate that album's success,
though they remained a popular live act for some time.
For much of the last two decades they've been an on-again, off-again item,
with varying lineups sporadically recording, one such lineup
being the classic "Metal Health" quartet that toured together from
around 1999 to 2003.
The duo of Kevin DuBrow and Frankie Banali later decided to
work together once again, and with a couple of hired guns in tow,
recorded Rehab in 2006, reportedly a departure from the classic
QR style, towards a more 70's rock sound.
With the unfortunate passing of DuBrow in 2007, the band was presumably
laid to rest for the final time, but as of January 2001 Banali,
with the blessing of longtime bassist Rudy Sarzo, has plans to resurrect
the band once more.
Recent album: Hollywood Cowboys,
released on November 8, 2019.