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October 29, 1957|
Los Angeles, California
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, photographer, artist|
|Associated acts||Quiet Riot, G.M.O.S. Brownstone|
Born in Los Angeles in 1957, Garni's family moved to Burbank, California in the early 1970s, where he met Randy Rhoads. He played bass with Quiet Riot for about five years, and appears on their 1977 self-titled album, as well as their second album, Quiet Riot II.
On July 9, 2008, Garni announced that he would be returning to music, in a band with Randy Rhoads' brother, Kelle Rhoads. The two old friends recorded an album with Wayne Findlay of Michael Schenker Group and a blues album with Ohio blues musician Jerry Loos. They also toured Japan together, playing in small clubs with local musicians.
In October 2014, he was playing in a group called Super Troup with former Great White member Derrick Pontier, former Bonham singer Chas West, and former Bang Tango guitarist Scott LaFlamme. His current music project is the Cross Rhoads Music Festival in Detroit, MI.
On April 21, 2013 Kelly Garni was inducted into the Las Vegas Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame 80's Reunion, alongside Mark Slaughter in early Las Vegas band Xcursion. On February 14, 2013 he released his autobiography entitled Angels With Dirty Faces. Currently, he lives in an old ghost town, called Pioche, in the mountains north of Las Vegas, Nv. He owns and operates a popular restaurant/coffee bar/art gallery there in a restored 150 year old building. Creatively, he is a successful artist making art pieces out of things he finds in old mines and other ghost towns.
- Official website
- Ghost Town Art & Coffee Co.
- Interview about Quiet Riot's early years
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