That’s right, you heard me, Quiet Riot, the 1980s heavy metal band famous for their cover of Slade’s “Cum On Feel The Noize,” is back on tour and with new singer Mark Huff.
Check out the band’s MySpace page to listen to a sampler of classic tunes they re-recorded with Huff on vocals. The sample track has “Cum On Feel The Noize,” “Metal Health/Bang Your Head,” and “Slick Black Cadillac,” and I have to say, it sounds damn good. Also, below, you can watch a video of Huff performing “Metal Health/Bang Your Head” with Quiet Riot at a show they played last month in Denver.
Except for a one-year break-up between 2003 and 2004, Quiet Riot has still been making albums and touring all these years up until original singer Kevin Dubrow‘s death from an accidental overdose of cocaine in 2007.
In September 2010, QR drummer Frankie Banali announced he was putting the band back to together, after getting the blessing of DuBrow’s family. He got former QR bassist Chuck Wright back — while Rudy Sarzo (currently with Blue Ã–yster Cult) is the original bassist, Wright has had multiple stints in QR since 1982. (Little known fact, Wright did backing vocals and played bass on several songs on the band’s breakout 1983 album Metal Health, including the title track.) Guitarist Alex Grossi, who joined the band in 2004, also returned (’80s era guitarist Cavazo was with the band from 1982-2003 and is currently in Ratt). To fill Dubrow’s frontman slot, Banali found unknown vocalist Mark Huff, who had been singing in the Sammy Hagar-era Van Halen tribute band 5150.
This isn’t the first time Quiet Riot has been without Dubrow. In 1987, the singer was fired by his bandmates and replaced with Rough Cutt vocalist Paul Shortino, who appeared on their 1988 album QR.
And while I’m giving rock history lessons, I’d like to point out that prior to the release of Metal Health, which went to #1, Quiet Riot was the little known band that spawned Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads (Rhoads was killed in a plane crash in 1982 while on tour with Ozzy). With Rhoads, the band recorded two albums released only in Japan: Quiet Riot I (1977) and Quiet Riot II (1978). (And yes, of course, I own these two albums.)
So far, the newly reformed Quiet Riot played a few gigs last month, but their next round of dates doesn’t begin until February 2011.
To my fellow headbangers out there, what do you think of Huff’s performance on these classic Quiet Riot songs? Would you go see the reformed Quiet Riot?
THU 2/3/2011 REDONDO BEACH, CA – THE BRIXTON
FRI 2/4/2011 THE CANYON CLUB – AGOURA HILLS, CA
SAT 2/5/2011 SANTA ANA, CA – THE GALAXY THEATER
FRI 6/17/2011 SIOUX CITY, IA – AWESOME BIKER NIGHTS