Quiet Riot were a band that exploded onto our radio’s and TV screens like no other metal band had before. They broke the way for the 80’s hair metal generation. You couldn’t turn on MTV without seeing their cover version of Slade’s “Cum On Feel the Noize” along with their signature character in straight jacket and metal mask. Quiet Riot were huge!
As the eighty’s wore on Quiet Riot’s fame started to wane, partly due to singer Keven Dubrow’s comments against other top acts boasting a huge ego that fans turned against. So much that Dubrow was eventually fired. The band went through tumultuous times including reunion with Dubrow in 1990 until his untimely and unexpected death due to overdose in 2007.
WELL NOW YOU’RE HERE, THERE’S NO WAY BACK captures the band as it goes through the tough times after being on top and their struggle to make a living doing what they do after Dubrow’s passing. Going through numerous band member changes (I think upwards of 47!) Frankie Banali is the backbone and centre point for the movie as he is the one band member that is carrying the torch and running the ship and calling the shots. Frankie provides a very honest look into the behind the scenes of a band member just trying to keep doing what they love doing, while providing for his family.
Quiet Riot are a very important band in the history books as many bands would probably no have been signed had it not been for the success of Quiet Riot’s debut CD Metal Health. They were the first metal band to hit #1 on Billboard’s charts above Michael Jackson’s legendary Thriller and Synchronicity by The Police. They were huge. Another note to mention is that ex-Quiet Riot’s guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Rudy Sarzo went on to play for Ozzy Osbourne on his first two solo records launching his career.
This film is a great watch for not just Quiet Riot fans, not just music fans, but for everyone that can relate to struggling to keep afloat after dealing with a loss. There is a human side to the story that everyone can relate with. We often tend to judge bands that carry on without original band members, past their prime, we can be very harsh in judgement. This film shows the other side of someone just trying to make a living at what they love doing.
Following the screening, director Regina Russell and drummer Frankie Banali were on hand for a Q & A with the audience. Frankie comes across as a pro that is thankful for any appreciation shown by his fans. A class act.
Growing up in the 80’s and being a musician, I know about the story of Quiet Riot (Randy Rhoads was the reason for me to pick up a guitar), but this story is current and for everyone. Go see it!
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