Courtesy of Bravewords.com:
R.I.P. – Kevin DuBrow (1955-2007)
QUIET RIOT singer Kevin DuBrow’s body was found by friends, on Sunday, November 25th in his Las Vegas home. Dubrow recently spent a birthday weekend in New Orleans where he ate great food and even caught THE CULT at the House of Blues.
Kevin loved fine foods and was a true gourmet at heart. DuBrow grew up in Hollywood, California, before settling in the Los Angeles suburb of Van Nuys at age 13. By the time he was in his mid-teens he had developed an appreciation for a number of British rock acts including the SMALL FACES, SPOOKY TOOTH, ROD STEWART and HUMBLE PIE. It was the latter of those influences that would leave the biggest impact on DuBrow and act as a compass in his musical career.
The original Quiet Riot band was started by Randy Rhoads in 1975, but broke up in 1979 when Rhoads went on to join OZZY OSBOURNE’s band. In 1980, DuBrow formed a band he named DuBrow, which also included brothers Tony and Carlos Cavazo. After Rhoads’ death in 1982, Dubrow changed the name of the band to Quiet Riot, which his record company felt would allow the band to capitalize on wide name recognition. Rudy Sarzo ended up joining the band once again before the release of Metal Health, which stormed to the top of the charts, making Quiet Riot the first metal band to achieve number one status on their (US release) debut album. Songs like ‘Cum On Feel the Noize’, and ‘Metal Health (Bang Your Head)’ then launched them into national fame.
Quiet Riot continued through the 90’s in several different incarnations. In 2004, DuBrow recorded a collection of cover versions for his first solo album, In For The Kill.
Quiet Riot’s latest album, Rehab, was released on October 3, 2006. The lineup on the album is Kevin DuBrow, Frankie Banali, Tony Franklin, and Neil Citron. Legendary singer GLENN HUGHES also makes a guest vocal appearance on the album. However, as was noted above, this version of the band no longer exists.
Frankie Banali’s official website has the following statement: “I can’t even find words to say. Please respect my privacy as I mourn the passing and honor the memory of my dearest friend Kevin DuBrow.” — Frankie Banali
Although the band has yet to issue an official statement on the matter, bassist Kelly Garni, who was one of the founding members of QUIET RIOT, has posted the following message on the Randy Rhoads (late QUIET RIOT/OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist) web site RandyRhoads.tk:
“I ask this to all of you not only for myself but for other friends and family. I ask that no one here offer any speculation or opinions, theories or other things that could be construed as negative or, and I’m sorry for this, even sympathetic, right at this immediate time. I am already within hours of this having to deal with untrue rumors and speculation and that only adds fuel to that. There is a tendency for the subject of Kevin to incite flames on every board and now is not the time for that. I will explain to everyone here the facts and the truth in the next 24 to 48 hours as I realize this will effect us all. So please, until then, be patient. All details and other pertinate info will be passed on to you here when it becomes available to me. Thank you.”
Another sad day in the Rock world and very shocking. I always loved Quiet Riot, I grew up in the ’80s. I caught every local show the band did and I always respected the band for keeping at it even though they were the top dog anymore. Kevin made some great music and had many fans, he will be missed by everyone. Rest in peace Kevin…..
The Kevin DuBrow MySpace page is back online, stop by and leave your thoughts.