The super imposed colors don’t make me think of a hard rock band, it makes me think of the licorice candy Good and Plenty.

Believe it or not, Quiet Riot is still around. Established back in 1975, this was the band founded by Randy Rhoads before he joined Ozzy Osbourne. A group that once ruled MTV, Quiet Riot was the first heavy metal act to achieve a number one hit in America with their cover of Slade’s “Cum On Feel the Noise”. What the hell happened?

I heard the band folded permanently in 2008 after the death of Kevin DuBrow (1955-2007) but apparently they reformed in 2010 and have since gone through numerous singers. I can’t say I’m surprised. Kevin DuBrow was a legend with an unmistakable voice. I put him up there with vocalists like Ozzy Osbourne, Klaus Meine or Udo Dirkscneider, not because he attained their level of success but because his voice had a similar identifying factor. In my mind, the Quiet Riot moniker died with DuBrow. Unbelievably, the band has a new album, Road Rage, which is set for release next month via Frontiers Records.

Now let’s talk about the new video, “Can’t Get Enough”. Why pink? This is like watching a ‘70s bubble gum comercial. The super imposed colors don’t make me think of a hard rock band, it makes me think of the licorice candy Good and Plenty. Pink, white and black do not equal a heavy metal juggernaut!

This a performance video that’s hard to watch. Musically the band is solid but the high octave vocals of James Durbin leave much to be desired. He may have finished fourth place on American Idol (Season 10) but his voice does not mesh well with this style of music. The biggest disappointment was not seeing the famed straight-jacket or iconic mask! It’s difficult to believe that 46 thousand people have viewed this effort.

If Quiet Riot really wants to continue playing they should consider making a Kevin Dubrow hologram. The Ronnie James Dio camp is doing something similar and although I’m not exactly on board with the decision, I’d take it over this current Quiet Riot lineup in a heartbeat. Seeing this video makes me want to scream – ‘I’ve had enough!’ \m/

Quiet Riot are:

  • Chuck Wright – Bass
  • Alex Grossi – Guitars
  • Frankie Banali– Drums
  • James Durbin – Vocals
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