Quiet Riot's Kevin DuBrow Dies

Kevin DuBrow
By Chris Farina/Getty Images
Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali has confirmed the passing of the group's singer, Kevin DuBrow, at the age of 52. Both in an e-mail to Spain's The Metal Circus, which had requested a comment from Banali on the rumors of DuBrow's death, and on Frankie Banali's official web site, the drummer wrote, "I can't even find words to say. Please respect my privacy as I mourn the passing and honor the memory of my dearest friend Kevin DuBrow."

Michael Politz of The Vegas Eye reported that DuBrow was found dead in his Las Vegas home on Sunday, November 25. According to Politz, DuBrow — whom Politz calls "one of my closest friends" — recently celebrated his 52nd birthday in New Orleans "where he ate great food and even caught The Cult at The House of Blues."

Although the band has yet to issue an official statement on the matter, bassist Kelly Garni, who was one of the founding members of Quiet Riot, has asked fans to be patient, saying:

"I ask this to all of you not only for myself but for other friends and family. I ask that no one here offer any speculation or opinions, theories or other things that could be construed as negative or, and I'm sorry for this, even sympathetic, right at this immediate time. I am already within hours of this having to deal with untrue rumors and speculation and that only adds fuel to that. There is a tendency for the subject of Kevin to incite flames on every board and now is not the time for that. I will explain to everyone here the facts and the truth in the next 24 to 48 hours as I realize this will affect us all. So please, until then, be patient. All details and other pertinent info will be passed on to you here when it becomes available to me. Thank you."

[Published on: 11/25/07]

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Smittea Mon 11/26/2007 11:03AM
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Smittea Mon 11/26/2007 11:05AM
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apollo18 Mon 11/26/2007 11:34AM
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I like this website because it caters to my diverse musical tastes - as my grandpa used to say, "That's why they make chocolate AND vanilla." If you're not interested in it, why read the article? There is plenty of other stuff to read. And there is no denying Quiet Riot's place in rock history....in addition to their achievements on the charts, they "gave" Ozzy his first post-Sabbath guitarist, Randy Rhoades, who was instrumental (pun intended) in Ozzy's early solo success (Ozzy also pilfered their bassist, Rudy Sarzo, for a while). Quiet Riot was part of that whole LA metal scene of the mid-80s...guess I have a soft spot for it, since I was in college there at the time. That being said, I was never a big fan of Quiet Riot, but I think their singer's death is significant news.

Smittea Mon 11/26/2007 11:42AM
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TravlynnJoe Mon 11/26/2007 12:09PM
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I grew up listening to Quiet Riot back in the 80's. Still listen to the classic "Metal Health" album to this day. They had some pretty damn good tunes rock tunes. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and freinds of Kevin DuBrow. Thanks for the Rock N Roll and May you rest in peace.

petemora starstarstarstarstar Mon 11/26/2007 01:17PM
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This is terrible loss for the music world. One of the greatest voices in Metal History has been silenced. This man was a giant, rumor has it that bass player Rudy Sarzo was one of the first musicians to have Japanese writing on his instrument. No one knew why but it was then copied by many other metal axe slingers. Of course, the lightning bolt guitar strap made the perfect complement. Quiet Riot also sustained the career of the guy who played "Neidermeyer" on "Animal House". He posed the question "What do you want to do with your life!!!??" The answer for all of us is simple: "I WANNA ROCK!!!" Rock on Kevin, rock on...You are in a better place now, a place where everyone drives an 84 IROC Camaro, where all the girls have big boobs and even bigger hair...rock on.

crawf Mon 11/26/2007 01:44PM
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Uh, it's heaven, not New Jersey, petemora. Heard he overdosed on blow.

nuke_ticketbastard Mon 11/26/2007 02:41PM
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uhhh petemora, the "what do you wanna do with your life " line is from a twisted sister video - not quiet riot!

vida421 Mon 11/26/2007 02:57PM
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it's music and it's news thats what i come here for...

gmoo Mon 11/26/2007 04:15PM
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Flat5 Tue 11/27/2007 12:06AM
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right on vida421...and right on andy gadiel and crew...i'm a musician and music fan, and theres nothing better than this site and it's comment boards! jam band armchair quarterbacks unite!!!

orgwell Tue 11/27/2007 12:33AM
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-- To address the "Who cares about Quiet Riot?" perspective: me too. I don't really dig their stuff. And yes, they contributed to the hair metal or glam rock scene (and that sucks?), but then what happened? I believe one reason that the grunge movement originated is because a great many individuals were pissed about what they felt was the pussification of rock and roll. Wanna erase all those good tunes? Just to name a few of the heavies: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains..

-- Not all aspects of culture are always going to kick royal ass. To continue, even though something's "good" doesn't necessarily mean you'll like it. There's a significant portion of grunge that's not to my liking, including a bunch of stuff from those aforementioned heavies. So just because something's not jam-oriented means that we shouldn't be knowledgeable of it? [e.g., Garth Brooks] There's quite a few stereotypical bands on this website that I don't like so much; they're probably still good at what they do, though.

-- I don't attend a lot of acts that appear at festivals generally because I think they're trendy-ish, and I think that that's the reason why a lot of people like them -- because they think they should. This is incredibly stupid on my part, but that's how I roll. My point is that if you don't dig something, it's not necessarily because it sucks; maybe you haven't given it the proper chance -- but maybe it's' just not to your taste, plain and simple.

-- Let's cut the trash-talking people. Anyone, anyone..? Bueller..?

-- [Oh, and have some respect for the deceased and those close to them. Want people to talk shit or your message board right after you die?]

Uncle Fishbits starstarstar Tue 11/27/2007 12:53AM
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Uncle Fishbits


give em a break. if you aren't old enough to remember this, can it. If you are, raise you lighters high.

I am not a metal head, but come on, how can you talk shit about something like this?!?!

Girls... rock your boys.

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gmoo Tue 11/27/2007 09:52AM
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98% of grunge sucks too. Your intentions are good Orgwell, and I agree with the trendy-music comment, but a lot of us here DO know what we like and don't like with regards to music. And yes, many of us have extensive knowledge of this crappy music. This QR article is merely another reminder that many, many people in America are mindless phonies that will buy anything they are told is hip. Sorry for the truth.

Smittea Tue 11/27/2007 10:59AM
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No need to apologize here. Its hard giving up music that you thought was great in your past. I used to listen to Deep Purple... QR was NO Deep Purple. QR blows chowdah!

roberto767 starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/27/2007 11:09AM
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I agree with Orgwell and even gmoo for once ...a lot of people just listen to bands because they hear so much hype that they think they should like them. This is how I feel about The Arcade Fire. I've given them a chance, but just can't seem to like them. I feel like I should like them (because so many people do), and people are constantly raving about how great they are. But guess what? They don't do shit for me. Sorry Trey...Sorry David Bowie...I just don't get it.

petemora starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/27/2007 11:18AM
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Twisted Sister? Thats right! This changes everything. Come to think of it "I Wanna Rock" is a Twisted Sister song, too. Thanks for clearing that up for me kizzy1. I was so depressed over this giant loss to music I must not have been thinking clearly. I couldn't even sleep last night. I was up all nite sobbing and playing Metal Health over and over on my turntable. Well thank God we still have Dee Snider. Yes they started the "Hair Band" movement. Judging by the wigs they are wearing they started the "Fake Hair Band" movement.

petemora starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/27/2007 11:41AM
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Uncle Fishbits, I just watched the youtube video. An excellent choice. It is a true testament to their awesome rock power. The giant stereo lays that kid's bedroom to waste. If you put some crappy jam band on the giant stereo I doubt they would achieve the same devastating effect. Noodles would probably start coming out of the speakers instead, from some lame noodle jam. Cum on Feel the Noize! How about those special effects on the "metal health" mask. I'm freakin' out man. This is what Tray Anastasio said about this horrible loss to the music world: "Without Quiet Riot we would have never striven to be the band we became. They raised the bar, man, they raised the bar. To me the "Metal Health" album is even better than Sgt. Pepper's or Pet Sounds." Phil Lesh said this: "I thought we (The Dead) were a psychedelic band. I caught their set at Six Flags Amusement Park and was completely blown away. It was truly a heightened musical experience. Granted the 3rd quarter moon was in the Aquarius phase so that had a lot to do with it."

Smittea Tue 11/27/2007 11:44AM
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..and that is why you are posting here and there are REAL music critics.

guitardave star Tue 11/27/2007 11:49AM
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I don't know what makes me laugh more, Pete Mora's sarcasm and comedic genius or the people who actually take him seriously. What is a REAL music critic anyway? I'd rather take the opinion of a half decent musician than someone who can't play.

Smittea Tue 11/27/2007 11:56AM
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I guess you're half decent then.... kudos to you for sticking up for yourself. I am of the other extreme. I will listen to the opinions of composers OR someone that doesn't play a note but knows what the phuk they are talking about. There are too many armchair musicians out there that "know it all."

petemora starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/27/2007 11:58AM
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Shittea says:"and that is why you are posting here and there are REAL music critics." It appears you have more posts "here" than anyone else. What does that say about you? BTW: Richie Blackmore = overrated. Its probably good that you don't listen to DP anymore. Now if you could just move out of your parents basement.

Smittea Tue 11/27/2007 12:08PM
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Petemora,.... I must've hit a little too close to home with you. I didn't mean to hurt your feelings. Trust me, you wont hear me going to great lengths defending Deep Purple over Quiet Riot, the point being that there are certain bands that people listen to during certain stages of their musical and intellectual development. Deep Purple was one of those bands that I listened to in High School and early years of college. I'd like to think that even though they were a pretty decent (and certainly globally popular) band, my opinions were not entirely off base. However, to still champion a battle of Deep Purple would be akin to,.... well, kinda like defending Quiet Riot. Based on that and your lack of development, maybe it is YOU that should be giving your parents a break, getting a job, moving out of the house and stop thinking that your High School years were the best of your life.

Smittea Tue 11/27/2007 12:18PM
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Haven't you ever been to a party or out with friends for a beer and someone says, "Oh, that band sucks." Do some of you REALLY take it that personally? Jeez. Get over it. It is not an affront to you unless of course you associate all of your tastes with allegiances. I've share many experiences with friends and neighbors that don't always share in my own. That makes neither one us wrong, only different. What kills me is that every time someone says something "sucks" every lover of that band wants to start a flame war

Go to my profile. Copy a list of all the bands I like. Come back here and slam every single damn one of them.... I wont care. Now get over yourselves and your personal tastes. Everyone is entitled to an opinion even if it slightly negative, against the status quo and ant-Quiet Riot.

I was in High School and college went Quiet Riot was smoking hot. I knew many people that listened to them. I think they sucked then too. Today, none of these same people listen to them anymore. I'm only guessing (and I could be wrong) that they got over them too.

petemora starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/27/2007 12:32PM
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The joke is on you. Do you really think I was serious? You are like a dog that chases the fake frisbee throw. Have you ever heard of sarcasm? You say "everyone is entitled to their opinion" yet you flame everyone on this dopey thread. "I will listen to the opinions of composers OR someone that doesn't play a note but knows what the phuk they are talking about. There are too many armchair musicians out there that "know it all." Nice use of "phuk", wow you have some serious street cred.

Smittea Tue 11/27/2007 12:36PM
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Peter. There was no sarcasm on your part... unless of course you are still being sarcastic in which case I don't think you truly understand what the word means. There is no joke here. There is no one looking for street cred only intelligent discourse to which you have failed horribly... next time you post something, please put out a personal reminder to me to ignore you. I'd hate even waste electrons typing a response.

..oh and you will find that the greatest music critics are either composers or someone that has never played a note... The computer is right in front of you, please use it for something other than spreading stupidity.

nuke_ticketbastard Tue 11/27/2007 01:24PM
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so if you aren't sure what good music really is try going to www.idontknowwhothefuckiamorwhatiamdoingherepleasetellmewhotolistento.com

gmoo Tue 11/27/2007 01:51PM
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Oh the mystical powers of the Quiet Riot thread. This is the most this band has been talked about in 15 years.

petemora starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/27/2007 02:00PM
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"There is no one looking for street cred only intelligent discourse to which you have failed horribly." Is this run-on sentence an example of intelligent discourse? Or my personal favorite: "the greatest music critics are either composers or someone that has never played a note."

The word "either" makes the two mutually exclusive, meaning that it has to be one or the other. In that case, I'll take a real player anytime. Obviously, you can't play a lick because you seem to defend these pinheads so voraciously. Conversely, you attack people who do play as being know it alls and armchair quarterbacks. Its too bad you could never master those barre chords.

BGsteveBG Tue 11/27/2007 03:49PM
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Even if the music wasn't great.. the dude died.

Please, for your own sake, show some respect

toeknee420 Tue 11/27/2007 05:57PM
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The way that release reads, you'd think the guy hung himself jerking off like that dude from INXS, Mike Hutchinson. Hope it was with an 8 ball and a hooker at least or natural causes.

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when I read this article, I do not see how it could generate arguments.

yet, it happened. I am finally getting used to seeing any sort of music news here. ANY. once u get past the mission statement, of being all inclusive, then the articles u would not expect will not surprise you so much :)

garth brooks, quiet riot, levon helm. this is a mission statement alright.

Smittea Wed 11/28/2007 06:48AM
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Pete,... you forgot the personal reminder. Anyway, in response to your ideas of music critics, please let me refer you to George Bernard Shaw. Oh, and you are also mistaken about my musical ability. I think your mom is calling you up for your morning job search.

petemora starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/28/2007 10:46AM
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What is the name of your band? The Virginia Pig Bangers? YOUR mom called me for a morning BJ.

gmoo Wed 11/28/2007 12:42PM
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"You fancy yourselves as prophetic. You preach about evolution and robot-mentality, yet, somehow, it is evident that your so-called "evolution" has only led you down a path that narrows. The only parameters under which a robot functions efficiently are quite specific."

People who deny the existence of robots may be robots themselves.

But seriously, there must a serious lack of working brain cells on these boards. Robot evolution? Prophetic message boarders?

TravlynnJoe Wed 11/28/2007 03:18PM
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Police: QUIET RIOT's KEVIN DUBROW Died Six Days Before Being Discovered

Dubrow's Fiancee Speaks Out

Police say after a distressed call from family members, Quiet Riot lead singer Kevin Dubrow's next door neighbor and friend kicked down the door to find the 52 year old dead.

Police say Dubrow had been dead for about six days before his body was discovered.

Lori Lee Samson, Dubrow's fiancee, was the last person to see him alive.

She says when days passed, she new something was wrong.

Among the collection of memories, Lori Samson will forever save Dubrow's last words.

"At 2:40 am Monday he texted me I love you so much", Samson says.

His death has sent shockwaves to fans and family.

Samson says she will cherish the last moments spent with him and her son.

She never knew the man she met years ago was a legendary rock star.

Still rocking into his 50's, they celebrated Dubrow's birthday just two weeks ago.

Samson says Dubrow performed for charities, growing more humble with age.

At 52 years old, Quiet Riot's vocalist finally found the one.

The couple was supposed to appear on A&E for a roast of Gene Simmons.

The coroner's office is now investigating the exact cause of death.

Samson says something fans never knew is that alcohol was not allowed backstage at their concerts.

This was in support of band members' struggle with sobriety.

KTNV, ABC 13 - Las Vegas, NV

Smittea Thu 11/29/2007 07:20AM
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When all else fails Peter, you think of my mother. You are a child. You've confirmed everyone's opinion about your immaturity... and again you forgot to post a notice for me to ignore you.

petemora starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/29/2007 08:13AM
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How exactly am I supposed to remind you of anything? I tried to phone you at the Waffle House but they said you called in sick again. I doubt "everyone" would have you speak for them. I think WAY more people hate you on this site. You got off to a rollicking -20 on your first two posts! Oh, and say "hi" to your mom for me.

Smittea Thu 11/29/2007 09:49AM
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Hating a post and thinking poorly of an individual are two different things. ...and I don't have a mom, me and my dad share yours. How's that working for you son? You are my son, or didn't you know that? I've been porking that cow you call a mother for years.

gmoo Fri 11/30/2007 03:37AM
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It's all good phunk, and I do appreciate non-jam articles. I shoot my mouth off sometimes, but its only because I'm so passionate about music. You seem like a nice person. My bad.

gmoo Fri 11/30/2007 03:37AM
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It's all good phunk, and I do appreciate non-jam articles. I shoot my mouth off sometimes, but its only because I'm so passionate about music. You seem like a nice person. My bad.

TravlynnJoe Mon 12/10/2007 04:01PM
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QUIET RIOT Singer Died Of Cocaine Overdose

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yep COCAINE.. accidental.. after 52 years he did not know his limit??

I thought he had enough experience that he would have known his limits.

petemora Tue 12/18/2007 08:58AM
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I am your son? Yay, another attempt at "street" lingo. So creative, I mena derivative. I am young enough to be your son because you are old? I know you are ugly because all angry people such as yourself are. Old and ugly people don't get laid. Way to be, Shittea. I am sorry your mom went away, she probably ran off with the UPS guy or hung herself because her son is an insufferable jackass.