Sometimes you forget how long a band has been around – and Quiet Riot are one of those bands. Formed in 1973 by Randy Rhoads and Kelly Garni, although there have been a few inactive periods in the band’s history, they have been going strong again since 2010.
Quiet Riot seem to have struggled with finding the right vocalist since their comeback, with no less than five singers from 2010 to 2017, but hopefully they have now found the one with American Idol contestant James Durbin.
Recorded at the 2018 Frontiers Rock Festival in Italy this is a live performance bursting with energy. Opening with the intro to ‘Metal Health’ James Durban lets everyone know he is definitely the right man for the job. Flying straight in to ‘Run for Cover’ Frankie Banali and Chuck Wright’s rhythm section is pounding and Alex Grossi’s guitar sound is fantastic. Well known Slade cover ‘Mama Weere all Crazee Now’ goes down a storm and has the audience singing along. James Durban vocals are perfect and he really knows how to interact with the crowd. The set contains plenty of Quiet Riot classics including ‘Love’s a Bitch’, ‘Slick Black Cadillac’, ‘Condition Critical’ and ‘Thunderbird’ from 1983’s Metal Health, which has never before been played live. The band play with continued enthusiasm ‘Cum On Feel The Noise’ again has the crowd in full voice on the crowd participation section. I saw Quiet Riot back in 2011 and hearing ‘Bang Your Head’ live is still one of my top gig memories, so I’m not surprised that they end the show with this absolute classic and again James Durban proves he is the perfect fit for Quiet Riot.
This is a great live album that just left me wishing I’d been there.
Quiet Riot – One Night in Milan is out now via Frontiers Records