Quiet Riot – “One Night In Milan” (Frontiers Music)
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Originally formed in 1973 by none other than Randy Rhoads, Quiet Riot became a name in LA’s hard rock scene until they exploded with their 3rd album, “Metal Health” that went on to sell over 6 million copies and become the first heavy metal album to reach the top spot in the Billboard 200! With a classic line up of Kevin DuBrow (vocals), Carlos Cavazo (guitar), Rudy Sarzo (bass) and Frankie Banali (drums), the band’s success was matched by its volatility especially in DuBrow, leading to many line up changes, break ups along with reformations, until DuBrow’s death in 2007, whereupon Banali announced the cessation of Quiet Riot as a live performing entity. However, only 3 years later, a new band was formed by him, albeit with the blessing of DuBrow’s family and has remained stable since 2010 with veterans Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, Giuffria, House Of Lords) on bass and guitarist Alex Grossi (Dizzy Reed, Bang Tango, Skid Row, Love / Hate, Jani Lane etc etc) – although the vocalists continue to come and go. Recorded at the Frontiers Rock festival 2018 and coincidentally the band’s first ever show in Italy, “One Night In Milan” is 15 of Quiet Riot’s best right from “Metal Health” to 2017’s “Road Rage” with vocals handled by American Idol Season 10 runner up James Durbin! From Slade covers like ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’ (that went to No 5 as a single) to classics like ‘Bang Your Head’ (that went to No 15 as a single) and my personal favourite in ‘Slick Black Cadillac’, Durbin’s high but slightly gritty vocals do DuBrow’s original tones justice, while Banali maintains a heavy pounding throughout as I remember him. Particularly emotional was the debut of ‘Thunderbird’, never played live before and originally written by DuBrow as a tribute to the late Randy Rhoads, with some very moving guitar from Grossi accompanying Durbin’s tender tones. With the newer material like the heavy rocking ‘Freak Flag’ sitting comfortably alongside with the older material thanks to its swaggering dirty riffs and deep bass leading up to a killer air punching chorus straight outta the LA 80s period, Quiet Riot prove through their first live album since 1983 that they still have the fire that would have both Rhoads and DuBrow mightily pleased indeed!