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One Night In Milan - Quiet Riot

“One Night” is what it says. 
It doesn’t say “Only The Best Pieces of Ten Shows in Europe.” That’s because this is an exquisitely produced and mixed recording of one uncut Quiet Riot show from the Frontiers Rock Festival in April of 2018. 

Back in the day, passion and energy is what rock and roll was all about. It was not only enough for fans, it was the only thing we asked for from our rock heroes. With this new CD/DVD/Blu-Ray package, Quiet Riot chose to put the listener in with the sweaty crowd instead of in front of a studio sound board. Hearing this imperfect yet intense performance tells me that Quiet Riot and their veteran leader, drummer Frankie Banali, have not forgotten what the heart and soul of rock and roll is. This is an old school record that is an exhibition of what really matters.

So, if you’re looking for precise and perfect execution of every note on every song, you walked into the wrong venue. But, if you want to raise a fist, let out a scream, and bang your head, you’ve come to the right place.


JAMES DURBIN
Fans know Durbin from his time as a finalist on American Idol and his performance on Road Rage, Quiet Riot’s 2017 release of all original material. Road Rage introduced fans to a tone and approach that was very similar to original Quiet Riot vocalist Kevin DuBrow. So, hearing Durbin take on the classic Kevin DuBrow material here is a real treat. There are moments throughout the record where it feels like DuBrow has entered the room. Durbin puts it all across convincingly though, because he doesn’t sacrifice his own style. He’s a singer with a nice high register and range and he likes to put it on display. All of the little nuances are fun to listen to, and more importantly they honor the classic material instead of mimicking or mocking it.

THE MIX
Wow. This might be the most impressive part of this recording. Every note is pristine and clear, even the bass parts. One of my biggest complaints on live recordings is the disappearance of certain instruments throughout an album. It might be the entire bass part, or it might be the snare drum that just doesn’t come up in the mix.  With this recording, great care was taken to keep everything audible without flattening the sound. Bravo!

THE SETLIST

As you might expect, the band runs through almost all of their major label debut, Metal Health. It’s something they have to do, and it’s always a treat to hear. What you might not expect is the addition of songs like “Whatever It Takes” or “Terrified”. For so many metal bands, the early 90’s were lean years and the music that was made in that period is often forgotten about. Having a few of these songs in the setlist makes it more of a complete retrospective of the band’s music. On the flip side of that, the addition of brand new material is nice to see because it says that the band believes in what they are currently doing, and the stuff comes across as confident and strong here.
My favorite part of any Quiet Riot show, and especially this set, is the performance of “Thunderbird” and the moment of silence. For a live recording, many bands would have chosen to move things along and eliminate the “dead air” of a moment of silence. I think it’s a courageous move on the band’s part to show a somber and sensitive side in the middle of a heavy metal party. The moment memorializes former members Randy Rhoads and Kevin DuBrow, and having Frankie Banali tell the story of “Thunderbird” while he pours his heart out is nothing short of classy and poignant. This recording is especially impactful because it is the first live performance of the song with the piano part. It’s just a gorgeous moment.


I want to give you some homework with this one.
You’ll hear James Durbin sing his ass off and Frankie Banali be the bottom heavy powerhouse that he always is, and you’ll hear guitarist Alex Grossi prove that he can nail every solo without breaking a sweat. But, thanks to that great mix I talked about, I want you ears to give special attention to Chuck Wright’s bass, especially on “Thunderbird”. The guy is just a freakin’ beast. Yeah, he spits out a flurry of notes up and down the fretboard, but he also plays with poise and artistic flair. Just listen to “Thunderbird”. Good lord….
Also, keep your ears keyed in on the crowd here. It’s not some surreal, pumped up crowd of two million people. You’re thrown in the middle of a rabid theater crowd of diehard fans. You can almost hear individual voices and smell the guy next to you. It’s rock and roll, man! Quiet Riot did a phenomenal job of putting me in Milan for one night and delivering all the things that make rock and roll great. 


Visit Quiet Riot on the web at: quietriot.band
To purchase One Night In Milan on Amazon click here





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Milan and Beyond:
The Frankie Banali Interview

When I got word that I would be speaking with Frankie Banali, I knew what I was going to get. I was set to receive firm, frank, and honest answers to whatever I chose to ask. No bullshit. That's who Frankie Banali is - a honest, respectful, tough-as-nails New Yorker filled with integrity. (Yes, he now makes his home in L.A., but don't let that fool you.) 
Banali has gone through every up and down that the music industry has to offer, yet he still pushes on with as much passion as a starry-eyed kid just starting out. 

In this conversation with the powerhouse Quiet Riot drummer, you'll hear him discuss his love of Japanese art and culture, his new singer James Durbin, and the new CD/DVD/Blu-Ray package
One Night In Milan, along with a host of other things.
So grab a comfy chair, click the play button below, and get to know rock and roll's genuine article, Mr. Frankie Banali.

Click play on the player below to hear the conversation!
You can jump to specific portions of the interview by following the time markers listed below. Enjoy!




00:00 - 05:33     Greetings and getting to know Frankie Banali.

05:34 - 08:57     Discussing band life with new singer James Durbin.

08:58 - 10: 36    How is the relationship with Frontiers Records, and do                              you see the band doing another studio record with the
                          label?

10:37 - 13:08     Frankie talks about playing the old songs, and the                                   specifics of the One Night In Milan recording.

13:09 - 16:47     Frankie discusses Alessandro Del Vecchio and his                                     keyboard performance on “Thunderbird,” as well as the                             importance of the moment of silence.

16:48 - 19:28     Will we ever see a re-release or a reworking of Quiet                               Riot 10?

19:29 - 22:16     Will anybody ever hear the original Road Rage                                         recording with vocalist Seann Nichols?

22:17 - 24:10     Frankie discusses a piece of art he made called Mony                               Mony.

24:11 - 25:43     Frankie discusses how his deep love of Japanese culture                           got started, and the influence it may have on his life                                 and his music.

25:44 - 27:38     Frankie discusses the documentary Quiet Riot: Now                                 You’re Here, There’s No Way Back and Regina Russell’s                             work to make it happen.

27:39 - 29:23     Have you ever considered playing on a jazz record or in                           a genre other than hard rock and metal?

29:24 - 30:31     Ever think about writing a book, even a cookbook?

30:32 - 31:18     When is the last time you thought about retiring?

31:19 - 32:20     What’s on top of Frankie Banali’s bucket list?

32:21 - 35:07     Frankie discusses his life, as well as his love and                                     appreciation of the fans.



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