Shelli DeRobertis 9:19 p.m., May 22
The Quiet Riot documentary film partially shot at Ramona Mainstage on January 28, featuring San Diegan singer Mark Huff as their new frontman, will be released in early 2012. A YouTube trailer for Well Now You’re Here There’s No Way Back features Lita Ford, Rudy Sarzo, Eddie Trunk, Alice Cooper, Steven Adler, and Glenn Hughes. The film was written, produced, and directed by Regina Russell.
“I’ll know in a couple of weeks how my schedule is gonna roll for me,” said Huff in September 2010, shortly after he was announced as the new singer for Quiet Riot.
Original vocalist Kevin DuBrow died from a reported cocaine overdose in 2007.
With former members such as the late Randy Rhoads and star bassist Rudy Sarzo, Quiet Riot was the first metal band with a song in Billboard’s top five, a cover of Slade’s “Cum on Feel the Noize,” while their 1983 LP Metal Health was the first metal album to reach number one. Having last performed in 2007, founding drummer Frankie Banali reunited a latter-day version of the band this year, along with fellow former Rioters Chuck Wright (bass) and Alex Grossi (guitar).
Huff, 46, lives in Carlsbad and still maintains his day job as foreman for a house-painting company. “If you go to the official Quiet Riot [web]site, you can hear the rerecordings that I did for three of their hits. We did ‘Cum on Feel the Noize,’ ‘Slick Black Cadillac,’ and ‘Bang Your Head.’ It was awesome…. We recorded up in L.A.” According to the group’s website, the rerecordings are “not intended as replacements for the original versions. They will not be used for commercial exploitation.”
Huff and bassist-singer John Osmon left OU812 in 2010, though both still occasionally play with Deeper Purple. “We only do it a few times a year,” says Osmon, who doesn’t anticipate any scheduling conflicts. “Right now, even with Quiet Riot, they’re not out on tour yet.”
Regarding Huff’s new gig, Osmon says, “They announced it a couple of weeks ago, but he’s been working with them for a while.... Even when they had Kevin DuBrow...they were kind of playing smaller venues. I don’t know how cool it’s gonna end up. But, you know, at least he’ll be able to say that he sang with Quiet Riot.”
The documentary mainly follows QR drummer Frankie Banali. As a single soccer dad in the suburbs, his long hair and tattoos frighten the neighbors, but to other drummers he's a hero. His career took a major sideswipe when Dubrow died.
The film features home movies from Quiet Riot's heyday and today with Huff, as well as interviews with dozens of rock stars and, according to quietriotmovie.com, “a few surprise twists.”
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