Chuck Wright

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Chuck Wright
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Wright in 2011
Background information
BornLos Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresHeavy metal, hard rock, progressive rock, reggae
Occupation(s)Musician, bassist, songwriter, graphic designer
InstrumentsBass guitar
Years active1982–present
Associated actsQuiet Riot, Giuffria, House of Lords

Chuck Wright is an American bassist, graphic designer and show producer, best known as a member of multi-platinum heavy metal band Quiet Riot.[1] He originally joined Quiet Riot in 1982, playing bass on the tracks "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)" and "Don't Wanna Let You Go," as well as singing background vocals on all the tracks from the 1983 hit album, Metal Health.[2]

Throughout the 80s and 90s, Wright left and rejoined Quiet Riot multiple times, most recently rejoining in August 2005 for their “Rock Never Stops” tour and staying until the untimely passing of lead singer Kevin DuBrow in October 2007. After a three-year hiatus, the band reformed with a new lead vocalist and began touring again in 2010.

Wright is featured in the documentary Quiet Riot - Well Now You're Here, directed and produced by Regina Russell. It premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival on April 29, 2014, was seen at the Cannes Film Festival, and has aired on the Showtime Network.


Wright's career in mainstream rock first took off when he joined Giuffria in 1984. Their debut album Giuffria peaked at #26 on the Billboard album charts on March 2, 1985. The album spawned two hit singles, "Call to the Heart" (Hot 100 #15) and "Lonely In Love" (Hot 100 #57). After sold-out arena tours with Deep Purple and Foreigner, Wright left Giuffria to re-join Quiet Riot in 1986, replacing Rudy Sarzo, recording and writing songs for their QRIII release and supporting world tour.

His reputation as one of the most sought-after bass players has landed him gigs with such music icons as Alice Cooper, Slash, Gregg Allman, Carmine Appice, Ronnie Montrose, John Waite, and Pat Travers. Wright has appeared on over 90 worldwide record releases, playing bass and producing albums of various styles, including ambient trance, reggae, rap, country and rock. He has toured all over the world, performing in North America, Europe, Russia and the Far East.

He was also directly involved in seven film scores, most notably being the Universal Studios film release Kull the Conqueror, where he was joined by Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Over the years, Wright also worked with House Of Lords, Bad Moon Rising, Blackthorne, Christian Tolle Project, Doro, Impellitteri, Kuni, MSG, Magdalen, Murderer's Row, Pata, Stephen Pearcy, Adler's Appetite, Love/Hate, Ken Tamplin, Shane Gibson from Korn, and has recorded various tribute albums with many other luminaries. Wright has headed up “Ultimate Jam Night,” a long-running live music show since January 2015 at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood. Now a popular Sunset Strip fixture, “Ultimate Jam Night” features up to 60 pro musicians each week.

Wright still tours with Quiet Riot, remains an in-demand session player, and performs live with various rock acts, as well as his Los Angeles eclectic local group Acoustic Saints. He is endorsed by Ampeg, Godin Guitars, CAD Microphones and Sick Boy Motorcycles.


With Giuffria[edit]

With Quiet Riot[edit]

With House of Lords[edit]

With Heaven and Earth[edit]

Other releases[edit]


  1. ^ Carlo Wolff (15 September 1986). "Smaller Crowd Greets Quiet Riot Return Visit". Schenectady Gazette. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  2. ^ Saulnier, Jason (6 June 2008). "Chuck Wright Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 3 July 2013.

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