QUIET RIOT has blasted the upcoming reissue of the band’s ninth album, “Alive And Well”calling it “unauthorized” and “illegal”, and has urged the group’s fans not to buy it.
last month, Cleopatra Records announced that it would reissue “Alive And Well” as a deluxe 2CD set and a 2LP vinyl package on June 17. The 1999 album remains an important cornerstone in the band’s history as it reunited the classic lineup of singer Kevin DuBrowguitarist Carlos Cavazobassist Rudy Sarzo and drummer Frankie Banalithe same quartet which coalesced during the recording of the blockbuster multi-platinum-selling “Metal Health” album and went on to record much-lauded follow-up, 1984’s Condition Critical.
earlier today, Regina Banaliwidow of Frankie Banalimanager of his estate and owner of the QUIET RIOT brand, posted the following statement on the band’s social media: “Please do NOT purchase the unauthorized illegal ‘reissue’ of one of our past albums from the 90’s that a record company is attempting to release tomorrow. They are in breach of contract. contract QUIET RIOT signed with them prohibits reissues, repackaging and rereleasing. This is fraudulent and we are taking legal steps to shut this down. Please don’t send money anywhere to purchase this thinking this is a legitimate product. We really appreciate our fans so much and hope none of you will buy this. Thank you.”
When Cleopatra first announced the “Alive And Well” reissue, it said that the LP had been “digitally remastered to bring out every nuance of the original eight compositions as well as QUIET RIOT‘s cover of AC/DC‘s ‘Highway To Hell’ and six revamped QR classics.” The label said the package would also contain “additional rare live tracks and demos of tracks that were later fleshed out on ‘Metal Health’including ‘Thunderbird’, DuBrow‘s heartfelt tribute to founding QR guitarist, the great Randy Rhoads,” plus “new artwork showingcasing the iconic ‘Man With The Metal Mask’ on the cover” and photos by photographer Paul Natkin.
Sarzo recently said that QUIET RIOT‘s upcoming studio album will include a song that was originally recorded with DuBrow.
DuBrowwho formed QUIET RIOT with Rhoads in 1975, died in November 2007 of an accidental cocaine overdose.
DuBrow recorded a solo album in 2004, the all-covers set “In For The Kill”and his final studio CD with QUIET RIOT, “Rehab”came out in October 2006.
The veteran rock group’s last collection of fresh material was 2019’s Hollywood Cowboyswhich marked Banali‘s final QUIET RIOT studio album before his untimely death.
Banaliwho joined QUIET RIOT in 1982 and played on its breakthrough album, 1983’s “Metal Health”died in August 2020 after a 16-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
The surviving members of QUIET RIOT later said it was “Frankie Banali‘s wish that the band continue and we keep the music and the legacy alive.”
Joining Sarzo in QUIET RIOT‘s current lineup are guitarist Alex Grossivocalist Jizzy Pearl and drummer Johnny Kelly.
Grossi was in the last version of the band, from 2004 through 2007, before DuBrow passed away, and was asked by Banali to return in 2010.
QUIET RIOT went through two vocalists — Mark Huff and Scott Vokoun — before settling on Pearl in 2013. Pearl announced his exit from QUIET RIOT in October 2016 and was briefly replaced by Seann Nicholswho played only five shows with the group before the March 2017 arrival of “American Idol” finalist James Durbin. Pearl returned to QUIET RIOT in September 2019.