Rockers Mourn the Passing of Quiet Riot’s Frankie Banali

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As the news of the passing of Frankie Banali broke on Friday afternoon, many of his fellow classic rockers paid tribute to the longtime Quiet Riot drummer. Banali died August 20 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Those mourning include members of Quiet Riot, Deep Purple, Poison, Cinderella, and more.

One prominent rocker wrote, “When we hear the heavens thunder we will know it came from you.”

Though Banali was not an original member of Quiet Riot when they formed in 1973, he was a force in their most commercially successful lineup when he joined Kevin DuBrow, Carlos Cavazo, and Rudy Sarzo in 1982, performing on such hits as 1983’s “Metal Health (Bang Your Head)” and “Cum On Feel the Noize,” and 1984’s “Mama Weer All Crazee Now.” (The latter two were covers of Slade songs.)

Sarzo wrote, “My hero [and] mentor, Quiet Riot brother Frankie Banali, is now resting in peace and pain free. I will post a follow up in days to come as [I] try to process this unmeasurable loss.”

Banali, 68, was in treatment since spring 2019 and completed his 19th round of chemotherapy earlier this year.

Kathy Valentine of the Go-Go’s wrote, “Sad loss to the rock n’ roll community today. Condolences to his wife, daughter, friends, family and fans.”

The members of Foghat wrote in part, “What an incredible drummer and what a valiant battle he fought against pancreatic cancer. Rest in peace Frankie.”


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