‘Cum on Feel the Noize’
COPPER MOUNTAIN – Have you checked your metal health lately?Quiet Riot plays a free show as part of Sunsation at 1:45 p.m. Saturday at Copper Mountain.Drummer Frankie Banali, vocalist Kevin DuBrow, bassist Rudy Sarzo and guitarist Carlos Cavazo cut Quiet Riot’s U.S. debut album, “Metal Health,” in 1983. The first in its genre to hit No. 1, it went platinum.Its hits, “Cum on Feel the Noize” and “Metal Health” (otherwise known as “Bang Your Head”), made Quiet Riot one of the most popular hair-metal bands of the 1980s.”The big hair and the dressing was all we could afford,” Banali said. “We weren’t trying to make a fashion statement.”DuBrow and Randy Rhoads originally formed the band in 1975, releasing two albums in Japan with Sony. The first incarnation of Quiet Riot died in 1979, when Rhoads left to join Ozzy Osbourne and DuBrow took Quiet Riot in a more pop direction, mixing glam rock with the heavy metal sound. In 1982, Banali joined the band, Sarzo rejoined the band, and “Metal Health” hit the charts a year later. From 1988 to 1992, band members took a hiatus, but by 1997, all of the original “Metal Health” members reunited in Los Angeles at a Marilyn Manson after-show party. Since then, they have released “Alive and Well” and “Guilty Pleasures.””The band musically stayed pretty much the same,” Banali said. “We never tried to cut our hair or go techno. We stayed the same for better or for worse.”
“When we’re together, it’s a very good working unit and relationship, but once everybody’s off the plane, we have better things to do (than hang out all night). We all have different goals.”One change Quiet Riot made in the 1990s involved returning to a more aggressive heavy metal sound.”Over time, with radio being non-friendly to the genre of the music, (the sound became) heavier,” he said. “I think our best record is ‘Guilty Pleasures.’ It has more in common with ‘Metal Health,’ with an updated style. The quality of the record is more state-of-the-art, and the songs have more of an edge.”Big hair, black T-shirts and a whole lot of head bangin’ dose Sunsation Saturday.”We’re not an oldies act or a nostalgic act,” he said. “We keep current. … The band has more energy now and looks a lot better than it did 20 years ago, (whether that was due to) substance abuse, staying up all night, playing to a handful of girls, narrow-minded stuff in the past. The focus is different now. Now the bottom line, and where the buck stops, is the music.”Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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