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Frankie Banali

Today we will tell you about the drummer Frankie Banali.

(Photo: Christopher Ameruoso)

Banali is best known as the drummer of the bands "Quiet Riot" and "W.A.S.P."

He was born in Queens, New York on November 14, 1951, but moved to Los Angeles in the mid - 1970s in search of a musical career. He played for several years with various bands, including an incarnation of "Steppenwolf".

In 1980 he joined "Quiet Riot" and in 1983 released with them their most successful album "Metal Health" which became the first metal album to conquer the top of the Billboard charts and eventually sold more than 6 million copies.

Banali was a member of "Quiet Riot" until 1989 and when the band disbanded he moved to "W.A.S.P.", serving as their regular drummer from the album "The Headless Children" from 1989 until 2004.

In 2004 he reunited with Kevin Dobro and the two re-established "Quiet Riot", since then he has performed and released albums until 2019 when the "Hollywood Cowboys" album was released.

In April 2019 he has diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. The treatments caused him to miss several shows but he continued as long as his medical condition allowed.

After a stubborn and brave fight, Frankie succumbed to the accursed disease on August 20, 2020. He was 68 years old.

To listen to his latest album with "Quiet Riot" Click Here:

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