Quiet Riot, BulletBoys and Gilby Clarke have joined forces for the Bang Your Head Tour and played the third of three Southern California shows Saturday night July 12 at House of Blues in Anaheim (the band previously played San Diego and Hollywood on previous nights). Now after all these years and many lineup changes many would think these bands have passed their prime . . . well the fact is yes they do have different lineups but each is as powerful as they once were and they proved that by putting on an amazing live show leaving no doubt they are still a force to be reckoned with.
Gilby Clarke former guitarist for Guns n Roses who replaced Izzy Stradlin in 1991 hit the stage first at 9:00pm and got the night started off with 35 minutes of fantastic guitar driven rock n roll. Clarke played two cover songs – Bob Dylan’s ‘Knockin on Heaven’s Door’ and The Rolling Stones ‘It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It)’ in fine form. Clarke shredded through his set playing one of his biggest solo hits ‘Cure Me . . . Or Kill Me’ and ended the show with the up-tempo, fun filled ‘Tijuana Jail’.
After a 15 minute set change BulletBoys took the energy level up several notches as they pummeled those in attendance with a dynamic and skilled performance. Frontman/guitarist Marq Torien sang and played guitar like a crazed madman as he jumped around and provided some classic “funny faces” as he belted out the lyrics and hit the notes. The band never let up for their almost 60 minute set as longtime bassist Lonnie Vencent thumped his bass while new touring drummer Shawn Duncan (DC4 and Odin) pounded his kit intensely giving each drum head a severe beating. Guitarist Nick Rozz did his part on leads as the crowd reaction was loudest during two of the bands biggest hits ‘For The Love of Money’ and ‘Smooth Up In Ya’.
The venue now noticeably more crowded eagerly awaited the headliner Quiet Riot who recently released their first studio album in 8 years simply titled Quiet Riot 10. The history of this band is epic and all in attendance were ready to make another night of Quiet Riot history. The band took the stage and drummer Frankie Banali gave a brief drum intro and then went right into ‘Run For Cover’ from the Classic Metal Health album.
Frontman Jizzy Pearl who joined Quiet Riot in 2013 played the part extremely well as he embodies the spirit and a similar sound of the late Kevin Dubrow. Pearl next took the band through ‘Slick Black Cadillac’ and the fans in attendance became more fired up enjoying the classic songs. Longtime drummer Frankie Banali remains the only member from the classic lineup and displayed his hard hitting drumming behind his drumkit set back on the stage. Banali without a doubt is a phenomenal drummer and the fans in attendance although enjoying the band as a whole absolutely were focusing on Banali’s performance.
Bookended on both sides of the stage were bass player Chuck Wright and guitarist Alex Grossi who both have been with the band for over five years fit the band very well each playing their part musically while entertaining the crowd as Quiet Riot continued down the road of classic songs. Banali jumped out from behind his kit to take center stage and address the crowd and asked for a moment of silence in honor of the late Randy Rhoads and Kevin Dubrow both former bandmates in Quiet Riot. Banali thanked the fans and dedicated the next song ‘Thunderbird’ to his fallen brothers and the band played a passionate tribute then continuing to rock the house with ‘Party All Night’.
The bands two biggest hits ‘Cum on Feel the Noize’ and ‘Bang Your Head (Metal Health)’ ended the night and the band took a bow and left the stage. Overall this version of Quiet Riot is the most solid in recent days and positively has the persona of the classic era that launched the band to stardom. The Bang Your Head Tour continues through the end of July and Quiet Riot will be touring throughout the US into mid- September. Catch this classic band playing all the hits when they hit your town!