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Random Awesomeness (part 208)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase Quiet Riot – Live At The US Festival 1983.

Fans can get involved with Inside Metal

Inside Metal


The early ’80s metal scene in Los Angeles has become legendary, as it spawned such worldwide headliners as Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Dokken, W.A.S.P., and originally, Metallica (before the latter relocated to San Francisco). And the new documentary, Inside Metal: Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock & Metal, chronicles the entire scene.

Directed by Bob Nalbandian and produced by Metalrock Films, Inside Metal features all-new interviews with countless bands and artists that thrived on the scene, and tell its story, first hand. To ensure that this killer documentary receives the attention it deserves, a fundraising campaign has been set up at – which will help strengthen the film’s distribution, marketing and promotion.

This groundbreaking movie features exclusive and candid interviews with members of Metallica (Lars Ulrich), Ratt (Stephen Pearcy), Dokken (Don Dokken), Quiet Riot (Carlos Cavazo), W.A.S.P. (Chris Holmes), Megadeth (David Ellefson), Great White, (Jack Russel), Y&T, (Dave Meniketti), Stryper (Michael Sweet) and Armored Saint (Joey Vera).

Inside Metal is about giving fans the real inside story from the behind the scenes world of metal and hard rock with in-depth interviews, ultra-rare concert footage and photographs, and an original music score from that era; in this no-holds-barred, never before seen, recollection of untold stories.

Check out some sneak previews below:

Early feedback has been exceptional, including renowned video director Jonas Åkerlund (who has worked with the likes of Metallica and Ozzy) raving, “This film captures an era that catapulted metal into the spotlight and takes the audience on a wild ride down memory lane. After watching it I wanted to get in my time machine and experience those days for the first time. You’re hit with a potent nostalgia, a time I thought we couldn’t get back, not until I saw this film. I can’t get enough of this shit, what an amazing film to watch over and over again, well done!”

Metalrock Films ask—and want—real and serious metal fans to be a part of this historic documentary and spread the word that this was the scene where it all began, ground zero. “Our Fanbacked campaign will raise the direly needed financial support to bring this film to one and all in the US and Internationally in order to pay for the marketing and promotion to get it noticed by the general public. We want to bring this film to your theatre, town, bar, club and living room! Unite and support us. We have created some one of a kind opportunities for our friends and fans to participate with us in birth of this film. Get your name on the screen and let the world know that you support metal and the bands that create it. Help us tell the story of the music you love and let the world know you love it. Join in the festivities of our, and your, accomplishments by being at the premiere of the movie and interact with the artist that participated in its creation. Commemorate your participation with a plaque, t-shirt, poster or other limited edition merchandise items that says ‘Metal Rules.’ Keep checking back as we add more tasty premiums.”

And thanks to you and your donation, Inside Metal will finally get the true story of the scene heard – worldwide!

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Quiet Riot – 10 (2014)

Quiet Riot 10

Quiet Riot
RSM Records, 2014
43 minutes

The latest Quiet Riot release is met with some controversy, being the first record featuring new material and bearing the QR name since Kevin Dubrow’s death in 2007. From a business standpoint, the decision to call this a Quiet Riot release makes sense. An album bearing the Quiet Riot name, even with a different lead singer, will generate more interest and sales than a newy named band, even if the members of that band are well-known in the hard rock community. Think what you will about the business of the band name, but in the end, judge the record by the music.

As for the music, the studio tracks are worthy. Jizzy Pearl, best known for his work with Love/Hate, takes over the vocal duties on the studio tracks, the first six songs on the album. Those songs are very solid, well-written rockers in the vein of the 1980s heyday of the Los Angeles strip. There is no anthem like you would find on the classic Metal Health album, and Alex Grossi doesn’t have the chops that Carlos Cavazo had (but neither does present-day Carlos Cavazo). But the studio tracks on Quiet Riot’s 10 will not disappoint the rocker in you from a musical standpoint.

Once the live portion of 10 starts, however, beware. I was pleased with the song selections: “Put Up Or Shut Up” from the often overlooked QR III, as well as two songs from the criminally underrated Rehab and a medley. Live bass duties are handled by Rudy Sarzo and Tony Franklin. The vocal performance, though, is painful to listen to. The late Dubrow had a great deal of difficulty hitting the notes in these performances, and I have trouble believing he would have approved of them being released for public consumption.

Fans would have been better served with an six-song EP of strong studio recordings rather than a full ten-song release that includes live performances that are well below par, severely diminishing the overall quality of the album.

1. Rock In Peace
2. Bang For Your Buck
3. Backside Of Water
4. Back On You
5. Band Down
6. Dogbone Alley
7. Put Up Or Shut Up (live)
8. Free (live)
9. South Of Heaven (live)
10. Rock ‘n’ Roll Medley (live)

Quiet Riot is:
Jizzy Pearl – vocals (tracks 1-6)
Kevin Dubrow – vocals (tracks 7-10)
Alex Grossi – guitar
Chuck Wright – bass
Frankie Banali – drums

Learn more about Quiet Riot.

Purchase Quiet Riot – 10.

Top 50 Hair Metal Songs: #1

…but first a re-cap of #50-#2…

Remember the rule that each band can only be represented once in the top 50. That’s right, fifty different hair metal bands, putting forth the best song from their respective catalogs. In addition to the best, we also listed other songs by each artist that could be considered as well, though in most cases replacing a song would affect the rankings. The Top 50 Hair Metal Songs of All-Time are…

#50 Night Ranger – “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”
#49 Heavy Bones – “4:AM T.M.”
#48 Nitro – “Freight Train”
#47 E-Z-O – “Here It Comes”
#46 Stryper – “Soldiers Under Command”
#45 Autograh – “Turn Up The Radio”
#44 Dokken – “Breaking The Chains”
#43 Trixter – “Give It To Me Good”
#42 King Kobra – “Iron Eagle (Never Say Die)”
#41 Vinnie Vincent Invasion – “Love Kills”
#40 Danger Danger – “Naughty Naughty”
#39 Tigertailz – “Love Bomb Baby”
#38 FireHouse “Don’t Treat Me Bad”
#37 Tesla – “Love Song”
#36 Dangerous Toys – “Teas’n, Pleas’n”
#35 Nelson – “After The Rain”
#34 Bang Tango – “Someone Like You”
#33 Enuff Z’Nuff – “Fly High Michelle”
#32 Britny Fox – “Girlschool”
#31 Rough Cutt – “Never Gonna Die”
#30 Great White – “Rock Me”
#29 XYZ – “Inside Out”
#28 Bulletboys – “Smooth Up In Ya”
#27 Faster Pussycat – “Bathroom Wall”
#26 Pretty Boy Floyd – “I Wanna Be With You”
#25 Europe – “The Final Countdown”
#24 Helix – “Rock You”
#23 Kingdom Come – “Get It On”
#22 Steelheart – “I’ll Never Let You Go”
#21 Slaughter – “Up All Night”
#20 Keel – “The Right To Rock”
#19 Jackyl – “Down On Me”
#18 L.A. Guns – “Never Enough”
#17 White Lion – “When The Children Cry”
#16 Extreme – “More Than Words”
#15 Krokus – “Screaming In The Night”
#14 Kix – “Don’t Close Your Eyes”
#13 Lita Ford & Ozzy Osbourne – “If I Close My Eyes Forever”
#12 Winger – “Seventeen”
#11 Warrant – “Cherry Pie”
#10 Skid Row – “I Remember You”
#9 Ratt – “Round And Round”
#8 Cinderella – “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)”
#7 Whitesnake – “Here I Go Again”
#6 Bon Jovi – “Wanted Dead or Alive”
#5 Motley Crue – “Dr. Feelgood”
#4 Poison – “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”
#3 Def Leppard – “Pour Some Sugar On Me”
#2 Twisted Sister – “We’re Not Gonna Take It”

And the #1 Hair Metal Song is…

Quiet Riot paved the way for heavy metal to be accepted by the mainstream with their cover of Slade’s “Cum On Feel The Noize.” That’s right, a cover song is the best hair metal song of all-time. The song reached #5 on the Billboard charts, and the album Metal Health went all the way to #1, staying on the Billboard charts for 74 weeks. Because of Quiet Riot’s success, other metal acts were seen as commercially viable by record companies and more money was spent on publicity for them, impacting record sales, radio and MTV airplay.

Other songs considered: “Bang Your Head (Metal Health),” “Slick Black Cadillac,” “Party All Night”

Purchase Quiet Riot music.

Purchase “Hair Metal” compilation albums.

R.I.P. Randy Rhoads

(December 6, 1956 – March 19, 1982)

Thirty years ago today, guitar legend Randy Rhoads was killed in an airplane crash. He was on tour with Ozzy Osbourne at the time. He had previously played with Quiet Riot. There are two studio albums by Quiet Riot featuring Randy Rhoads released only in Japan, as well as a collection that Kevin Dubrow released in the USA in the 1990s. With Ozzy, Randy recorded two studio albums; there is also a live Ozzy album featuring the guitarist.

Hard Rock Nights!

Tune in to Hard Rock Nights for 3 hours of fantastic hard rock!

* Friday, 1 pm EST on Stickman Radio
* Friday, 10 pm EST on KWTF The Edge
* Saturday, 9 pm EST on Rock Hard Radio, or
* Sunday, noon EST on Rock Hard Radio

Paul Shortino, former Rough Cutt and Quiet Riot singer, is our guest. We’ve got new music from him, as well as classics from Alice Cooper, Motley Crue, and Aerosmith; deep cuts from Izzy Stradlin, Black Sabbath, and Ace Frehley; new stuff from Black Robot, Jennifer Batten, and The Spider Rockets. Don’t miss a second of it!

My Saturday night activity…

Some of you are new to The Writer’s Journey blog, so let me take just a second to plug one of my other hobbies besides writing and baseball cards. I’m also a “disc jockey” on a Cincinnati radio station, and host my own hard rock show every Saturday night called Hard Rock Nights. You can listen to the show on 88.9 FM if you’re in the Cincinnati area, or log on to and listen from anywhere in the world! Here’s a preview of tonight’s program…

Things are back to normal tonight after our GNR celebration last week, but we never settle down on Hard Rock Nights! We’ll get things started off at 9 p.m. eastern with some classic AC/DC and Krokus, we’ll run through some deep cuts with David Lee Roth and Poison, and we even have a couple of requests lined up for Guns N’ Roses and Izzy Stradlin. As Rob mentioned recently, it was just over a year ago when Kevin Dubrow passed. We’ll pay tribute to him as well with a seldom-heard Quiet Riot classic as well as a track from QR’s last record. Be sure to tune in to Hard Rock Nights tonight, 9-11 p.m. eastern, at!

It’s coming…


Starting August 9…only on

The loss of a lead singer

Frankie Banali, drummer of the now-defunct Quiet Riot, has stated that he will not reform the band with a different lead singer. Not even Paul Shortino, who fronted the band for an ill-received album in 1988. Evidently, some have suggested that Banali should call up Rudy Sarzo and Carlos Cavazo and audition new singers, or have Shortino come back to the band. Both ideas are, in my oh so humble opinion, terrible.

I have been against bands changing key members while retaining the original name. Some have pulled it off, namely Van Halen and AC/DC, but many others have failed miserably, such as Quiet Riot. What is a key member? Well, the lead singer is definitley a key member. The guitarist can be a key member if he has a signature sound. Can you imagine anyone but Slash riffing for GNR? (The correct answer is no.) Neither can I. The bass player and drummer, not so much. The idea of a Led Zeppelin reunion is not far-fetched, even though their drummer has left this world. Bonzo was amazing, don’t get me wrong. But I’m not convinced that the band would be any less spectacular without him.

One thing to remember about VH and AC/DC is that they were immensely popular when their key changes happened. AC/DC was coming off one of their best album with Bon Scott, Highway to Hell, when tragedy struck. Van Halen had just released their epic 1984, which contained the immortal songs, “Panama,” “Jump,” and “Hot For Teacher.”

What about Quiet Riot? Frankly, they haven’t been popular since 1983. That’s not to say that the material they released in the past 25 years has been bad. The band’s 2006 disc, Rehab, is a great CD filled with classic rock vibes. A departure from their signature sound, but still they were unable to garner much airplay from its release.

To continue on as Quiet Riot would be a huge mistake. Banali is right to move on, and I applaud his willingness to come out publicly against a new lineup.

Quiet Riot’s Kevin Dubrow (10/29/55-11/19/07)

One of the celebrity deaths that affected me most in 2007 was the passing of Kevin Dubrow, lead singer for Quiet Riot. The band is known best for their 1983 hit, a cover of Slade’s “Cum On Feel The Noize.” Guitar legend Randy Rhoads was also with the band before they made it big in America, and was featured on the first two QR albums that were released only in Japan. Dubrow and drummer Frankie Banali released a new album in 2006, ironically titled Rehab, with a new guitarist and bass player in tow. After Dubrow’s passing, I wrote a few lines (no pun intended, seriously). Here goes nothin’:

Nobody Rocks It Like You

Driving in my Cadillac on the way to the show
Bangin’ my head, I gotta go, go, go
Speedin’ down Sunset, I already feel the noize
Yeah, I just can’t wait to see those boyz
Rockin’ on the stage like it’s nobody’s business
No one is going home until the party is finished
We’re wild and we’re young and we’re never gonna stop
That heavy metal sound is just way too hot

Nobody rocks it like you
Screamin’ on the stage
Day after day
Nobody rocks it like you
Heavy metal sage
Hey! Hey! Hey!

At the front of the line, all the rest are imitators
Sincerest flattery, heavy metal invaders
Rising to the top, you showed us all the way
“We were born to rock” is what I heard you say
Strange daze would come, but you never gave up
You kept pushin’ and pullin’ and rockin’…you were tough
But now you’ve go on to be with the Thunderbird
You know no one will ever forget your words

Nobody rocks it like you
Screamin’ on the stage
Day after day
Nobody rocks it like you
Heavy metal sage
Hey! Hey! Hey!

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