Frankie Banali was an American rock drummer, best known for his work with Quiet Riot, a multi-platinum heavy metal band, and the only member left of the original lineup of the band. He was born on November 14, 1951, in Queens, New York City, New York. He was the founder of the band since 1994. He played drums as well as with Billy Idol in the heavy metal band W.A.S.P. For Faster Pussycat and Steppenwolf, Banali was shortly a touring drummer.
Frankie Banali Age
He was 68 years old.
Frankie Banali Career
Frankie Banali was born to Italian immigrants Jack and Martha Banali on 14 November 1951 in Queens, New York City, New York. He moved to Los Angeles in 1975, where he spent four years playing drums with numerous bands including Nick St. Nicholas and Goldy McJohn, Steppenwolf. In 1979, Banali was in secret rehearsals with the then Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoads and Ozzy Osbourne along with bassist Dana Strum as the latter was looking for a guitar player to launch a new band.
He joined forces with Kevin DuBrow in 1980 and formed DuBrow with a musicians’ revolving door, before settling with former Snow guitarist Carlos Cavazo and bassist Chuck Wright. After Rudy Sarzo replaced Wright, DuBrow changed the group’s name to Quiet Riot (which was the band’s same name used by DuBrow, Sarzo, and Randy Rhoads before Sarzo and Rhoads left to join Ozzy Osbourne’s band).
Banali and Quiet Riot also found success with Metal Health since signing with Pasha Records in September 1982, which was released six months since signing their contract with Pasha Records. Metal Health reached # 1 spot on the Billboard 200 charts in November 1983, just eight months after its release (replacing the Synchronicity of the Police), making it the first heavy metal album to go #1 on charts. Metal Health subsequently sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and helped usher in the heavy-metal hair rock decade. It wasn’t until September 2010, that Banali (with the help of the family of Kevin DuBrow) revived Quiet Riot with Wright and Grossi. They initially recruited Mark Huff but in January 2012, they were let go. They recruited Scott Vokoun in March 2012 when Keith St. John went in to fulfill the tour dates. Vokoun left in November 2013 and was replaced by Jizzy Pearl. And Quiet Riot released 10 of them in June 2014, their first album in eight years.
Frankie Banali Death Cause
Banali announced on April 17 that he was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer in October 2019. He died August 20, 2020, from the disease. This left Banali, after Kevin DuBrow in October 2007, as the second member of the classic Metal Health-era Quiet Riot lineup who died. Banali opened up regarding his diagnosis in November 2019. He said his decision to continue performing live was the result of his having “everything to win and everything to lose in this situation. I intend to treat it the way I treat everything, which is to put everything into it and fight it all of the way to the end.”
It is with heavy heart that I share the news of Frankie Banali’s passing. Please read his wife’s Regina’s statement. pic.twitter.com/B7YrhdvE1I
Frankie Banali, drummer for Quiet Riot has passed away from his battle with pancreatic cancer, he was age 68. He was the longest active member of QR (on and off) since 1982, also playing with W.A.S.P. on their Headless Children and Crimson Idol albums. RIP Frankie pic.twitter.com/VDitU02D3D