Aug 21, 2020

RIP Frankie Banali

Category: Live Reviews


RIP Quiet Riot Drummer Frankie Banali

 Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali lost his 16 month battle with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer on 7:18 PM Pacific Time on August 20 in Los Angeles surrounded by his Wife and Daughter.

Banali was the only member of Quiet Riot to perform on every record by the band and the announcement of his passing was officially made by Eddie Trunk, at Banali’s Wife’s request on August 21 via his Sirius XM radio show.

Banali's widow joined Trunk live on air and stated that Frankie had FaceTimed his farewell to all of his band members the day before his death and former Quiet Riot bassist Rudy Sarzo had visited Frankie in person before he passed.  

Besides performing with Quiet Riot, Banali played on Billy Idol’s "Mony Mony" and "L.A. Woman", W.A.S.P.’s "Headless Children" and "Crimson Idol" as well as over 100 other recordings as a session player.

Frankie's wife Regina issued the following statement:

Banali is most known for his lengthy career as the drummer for the multi-platinum heavy metal band Quiet Riot whose Metal Health was the first heavy metal album to reach number one on the Billboard charts and ushered in the 80’s metal band era. He is the only member to play on every album Quiet Riot has released since Metal Health. His signature tone, deep pocket and iconic drum intros are immortalized on many hits including Quiet Riot’s Cum On Feel The Noize, Metal Health (Bang Your Head) Billy Idol’s Mony Monyand L.A. Woman and albums such as Hughes/Thrall, W.A.S.P.’s Headless Children and Crimson Idol as well as over 100 other recordings as a session player in every genre of music. He did the arrangement on the Metal Health album, produced many Quiet Riot recordings and took over managing the band in 1993. He lived for playing live and performed for millions of fans around the world throughout his career. 

He was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer on April 17th, 2019 and given six months to live. He put up an inspiringly brave and courageous 16-month battle to the end and continued playing live as long as he could. Standard chemotherapy stopped working and a series of strokes made the continuation on a clinical trial impossible. He ultimately lost the fight at 7:18 pm on August 20th in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and daughter. 

Frankie is survived by his devoted wife Regina, loving daughter Ashley, many dear friends, dedicated fans, and a menagerie of rescue animals all of whom are family. He was a long time advocate for animal rescue, a spokesperson for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and a sponsor of Children International.Donations in his name are encouraged for,,, or His wish for everyone is that you be your own health advocate for early detection so you may live long and rescue many animals.

Trunk asked Banali's widow what the future plans were for Quiet Riot and she stated that it was too soon to make any statements but she knew what was going to happen.

Trunk asked Banali about the future of Quiet Riot on June 10, 2020 :

Trunk: Ever since Kevin Dubrow passed away you have been steering the Quiet Riot ship and I remember the documentary about it, somewhat controversial that you were the guy taking the lead and you are still doing the band without Kevin and that's alot of what the Quiet riot documentary that your wife did was about. You've always been very transparent about things. When and if the day comes where Frankie Banali, for whatever reason, your health, your energy, you know, you're not with us anymore tragically....Frankie Banali can't play in Quiet Riot, does the band end then or we have seen alot of for instances where the band goes on and had no original members or one guy that was there for a little bit and continued the name going forward. What do you want to see happen? Would you give it your blessings, would you be ok with a Quiet Riot that doesn't have Frankie Banali for whatever reason? Or, when you can't do it anymore is that when the name gets put to rest? What is your position on that?

Frankie:  “Well, first of all, I understand where you are coming from, that after Kevin passed away I took over, I think it's important to understand that when the band asked me to manage them in 1993 that's really when I started restructuring everything and paying attention to how ammends were made by Kevin for some of the things that happened and so forth, so this has been something that I've been doing in a building process since 1993, not since 2007. As far as what might or might not happen post my demise, you're just going to have to wait and see how that chapter plays out."

Trunk:  But that is something you have to put in place, right? If you control the name then that's not going ro be able to happen, and look, I hope you're around forever and can keep doing this forever but you know there are very differing schools of thought. You've got every case out there, I mean Foreigner have basically been touring for years with no original members, some people accept it, some don't, some don't even know, in the broader picture Frankie, how do you feel about all that. Are you somebody that believes that a band has to have atleast one or an anchor of an original or classic member or are you ok with these bands going on in perpetuity?

Frankie: “Well, you know, this is a really tough business where, especially the genre that we are talking about, 30 or 40 years past the expection of all of this, my position is basically that everybody is entitled to make a living provided they are in a position to do so and what's gonna happen is gonna happen or not happen with Quiet Riot after I'm gone and like I said, you're just gonna have to wait and see how that chapter reads.”

Current Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi posted via his Facebook Page:

“Another Thunderbird has taken flight.

Even though I have been preparing myself for this day for a while now, it is simply incomprehensible to me that you are really gone. I can't even begin to wrap my head around the fact that I won't be seeing you at the airport and behind the kit or hearing from you daily as I have for the past 16 years.

I take comfort in knowing that your suffering is over and that your legacy will go on forever through the iconic music you helped create. You will always be with me in my heart and will live on through all of the knowledge and values you have instilled in me.

Rest in peace Frankie, until we meet again....

Love Always,


P.S. - You and Kevin go easy on 'em up up there, ok ?”

Rudy Sarzo wrote:

My hero, mentor, QUIETRIOT
brother FrankieBanali
is now resting in peace and pain free. I will post a follow up in days to come as try to process this unmeasurable loss.

Paul Stanley (KISS)

Very sad to hear of the passing of Frankie Banali. He was so open in his reports of his illness and seemed to live through his treatments and setbacks bravely and with grace. RIP.

Bret Michaels (Poison)

My deepest condolences to the family & friends on the loss of @FrankieBanali

Former Type O Negative drummer Johnny Kelly posted via his Facebook page:

Rest In Peace Frankie Banali. My heart goes out to his wife, daughter and his bandmates. Along with a lot of young drummers, his drumming had a big influence on me. It was an honor to eventually become friends and the biggest honor of all was keeping his seat warm for him when he wasn't well enough to play. Like the true warrior he was, he put up one helluva fight and continued to do what he loved at the same time. I don't think there are many of us that could do that. Much love and respect.

Former Motley Crue Frontman John Corabi wrote on his Facebook page:

R.I.P. Frankie Banali I’m deeply saddened to hear this news!!! Frankie was a great guy, and I had many laughs with him!!!! The band upstairs is unfortunately becoming

greater...Rest in Peace buddy!!!!!

David Coverdale (Whitesnake):

So Sad To Hear Frankie Banali Has Passed...R.I.P. Sweet Frankie...My Love To Your Family, Friends & Fans...XXX

Troy Luccketta (Tesla)

RIP @FrankieBanali "He was a friend, a great drummer and a beautiful person. Such a loss" – @TLuccketta #FrankieBanali

Gilby Clarke wrote:

RIP Frankie Banali. I’ve known Frankie for many years & he was always a straight up dude. I worked in the studio with him & we have played many shows together. I respected his determination & unwavering passion for playing drums. You will be missed my friend. Condolences to Regina & your daughter.

Joey Belladonna (Anthrax)

So sorry to hear about the passing of @FrankieBanali
God bless he was a great drummer and a really good person. God bless his soul.

Deen Castronovo wrote:

Heartbroken to hear of Frankie Banali’s passing after a courageous battle with Cancer. One of the coolest and kindest men I ever had the honor of knowing. A groove like no other and sheer power behind the kit! Rest In Peace my brother....

Patrick Kennison (Lita Ford/Union Underground) wrote:

One of the cool things about performing music for a living is that I get to meet many of my childhood heroes. As you’d imagine, some end up being dicks, some end up being great people. This guy was the latter. My few memories of hanging offstage with him are great ones. Rest In Peace buddy, your time here was loud & inspiring.

Sebastian Bach:

My sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Frankie Banali and Friends and fans alike. A true rocker who dedicated his life to rock n' roll RIP Rock In Power Frankie Banali

Tracii Guns wrote:

I don’t know what to say. I loved this man. He along with Rudy and Kevin who are not only I always felt or feel comfortable with and consider to be people I really trust but they are also my heroes and I admire their accomplishments and their human skills . This is a bad day for rock n roll music and the world. I played music with all three of these guys but never all at the same time. He fought cancer like the warrior he will always be remembered for being. I can only imagine what his family and closest friends are going through today and I wish them extra strength to deal with this tremendous grief . Fly High Frankie.

Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat)

RIP Frankie you will be deeply missed! Thanks for the 30+ year friendship! #fuckcancer #rockandrolllegend

Scott Griffin (LA Guns)

RIP Frankie one of the greats from the 80s that me and my whole generation based our lives as musicians and lovers of rock on

Rikki Rockett (Poison)

I met Frankie Banali when Poison and Quiet Riot did a small tour together in 1986. Frankie was by far the coolest rockstar I had ever met at that point. We stayed friends since then.
Frankie was the epitome of being a straight shooter, but a super nice person all at the same time.
When Frankie and Regina reached out to me because they knew I went through my own battle, I hooked them up with my Doctors right away. At that time they had no trials outstanding that they they felt was better than the options he was being offered at the time.
Frankie battled like a banshee, but the beast was relentless.
I never got that pasta recipe, Frankie. Damn you!
Love always my brother...

Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)

Wow. What a day. So sad to hear about the loss of @FrankieBanali. He fought hard until the end. His playing and rock 'n' roll spirit will live forever. A fellow New Yorker, Frankie was the real deal. RIP my friend. "Take me away from all this death."

Bullet Boys

Rest in Peace Frankie!!! U know we all loved you brotherman! @FrankieBanali U will be missed by all of us! Our Thoughts & prayers go out to Regina & Ashley Banali BB

Michael Sweet (Stryper)

You always hope and pray for the best news yet sometimes you receive the worst. I’m so very sorry to hear about the passing of @fbanali - I saw Frankie play long before any one of us “made it” and I remember thinking to myself how incredible he was and what a groove he had. Then not long afterwards @quietriotband broke and I thought “he deserves it!” No surprise to me at all. He fought a very tough battle and gave his all. May God bless his soul and walk him through the pearly gates. Until we meet again, Godspeed my friend......

Mikkey Dee (Motorhead)

Devastating news today! Such a nice guy and respected drummer in the world of rock n roll. Rest in Peace Master Frankie Banali.

Tom Keifer (Cinderella):

Saddened to hear that @FrankieBanali
has passed away. Not only was he a talented drummer/musician but also a great human being. He will be missed. Condolences, love & prayers to his family and friends. #RIPFrankieBanali

Glenn Hughes:

So very sad that my brother Frankie Banali, passed away last night. Frankie played drums on the the Hughes: Thrall album . There was no one more loyal honorable courageous and committed than Frankie. Words cannot express how I feel. Let’s all share the love for Frankie

Lita Ford:

Deepest Sympathy to the Frankie Banali family and fans all over the world. When we hear the heavens thunder we will know it came from you. Great musicians never die.... RIP FRANKIE

Mike Portnoy

So saddened to hear of the passing of my drumming brother @FrankieBanali. He fought an incredibly brave battle against Cancer and his strength and dignity was truly inspiring...Rest In Peace my friend  



Author: Bob Suehs