List of Quiet Riot members

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A former lineup of Quiet Riot in 2002, left to right: Kevin DuBrow, Rudy Sarzo, Frankie Banali and Carlos Cavazo.

Quiet Riot is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1975, the group originally included vocalist Kevin DuBrow, guitarist Randy Rhoads, bassist Kelly Garni and drummer Drew Forsyth.[1] Garni left in late 1978, after an altercation with Rhoads in which he reportedly almost shot the guitarist.[2] He was later replaced by Rudy Sarzo, who was credited on Quiet Riot II despite not performing on the album.[3] Rhoads left in late 1979, after he was hired by Ozzy Osbourne to join his solo band.[4] Rhoads and DuBrow offered the guitarist position to Greg Leon, who joined early the next year alongside bassist Gary Van Dyke, following Sarzo's subsequent departure.[5][6] The new lineup subsequently dropped the Quiet Riot moniker and briefly worked under DuBrow's name, changing personnel several times.[1]

The band returned in September 1982 with a lineup including guitarist Carlos Cavazo, drummer Frankie Banali and returning bassist Sarzo, who had left Osbourne's band following the death of Randy Rhoads in March.[7][8] Sarzo would later leave in January 1985,[9] with Chuck Wright (who had performed with the group during its tenure as "DuBrow") taking his place.[1] Following several years of "outlandish and bratty behavior", DuBrow was fired from Quiet Riot in February 1987,[10] with the remaining members of the band claiming that the vocalist "had become a very serious detriment to Quiet Riot".[11] He was replaced by Rough Cutt frontman Paul Shortino, while Wright also left around the same time and was replaced by Sean McNabb.[12] Both new members performed on the band's sixth studio QR, released in October 1988.[1]

DuBrow, who owned the right to use the band name, sued the remaining members of Quiet Riot in 1989, leading to the group's dissolution.[1] The vocalist subsequently formed Heat with guitarist Sean Manning, bassist Kenny Hillery and drummer Pat Ashby, which was later renamed Quiet Riot upon the return of Cavazo in June 1991.[13] Ashby was soon replaced by Bobby Rondinelli, who performed on part of the 1993 release Terrified, before Banali returned to complete the album.[14][15] Wright subsequently returned to the band in 1994, remaining for three years before Sarzo took his place again after reuniting with his former bandmates at a party hosted by Marilyn Manson.[7] The lineup of Quiet Riot remained stable for six years, during which time it released two studio albums – Alive and Well and Guilty Pleasures – before it was announced that in September 2003 that the band had broken up.[16]

The group's breakup was short-lived, however, as just over a year later Quiet Riot returned with a lineup including DuBrow, Banali, former bassist Wright, and new guitarist Alex Grossi.[17] Grossi was briefly replaced by Tracii Guns in December 2005,[18] although he left after just a month due to musical differences.[19] Neil Citron recorded guitar for the band's eleventh studio album Rehab, while Billy Morris took over as touring guitarist.[20] Wright was also replaced briefly, by Tony Franklin in the studio and Wayne Carver on tour, before both he and Grossi returned to the band.[21] Quiet Riot remained active for another year, when frontman DuBrow was found dead on November 25, 2007.[22] It was announced later that the singer had died of an "accidental cocaine overdose".[23] The group subsequently disbanded.[24]

Three years after DuBrow's death, Quiet Riot reformed with new vocalist Mark Huff joining returning members Grossi, Wright and Banali.[25] Huff was fired in January 2012, with former Montrose frontman Keith St. John taking his place for a string of shows in February.[26] Scott Vokoun was later enlisted as Huff's permanent replacement in March.[27] Vokoun remained in the group until the following November, when he was replaced by Love/Hate frontman Jizzy Pearl.[28] Pearl contributed to the band's first studio album in eight years, 2014's Quiet Riot 10, before leaving in December to focus on his solo career, with Seann Nicols taking his place.[29] Nichols remained for only a few months, however, before he was replaced by James Durbin in March 2017.[30] Durbin later re-recorded Nichols's vocals for the album Road Rage.[31]



Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Frankie Banali
  • 1982–1989
  • 1993–2003
  • 2004–2007
  • 2010–present
  • drums
  • percussion
all Quiet Riot releases from Metal Health (1983) onwards
Chuck Wright
  • 1985–1987
  • 1994–1997
  • 2004–2006
  • 2006–2007
  • 2010–present
  • bass
  • backing vocals
Alex Grossi
  • 2004–2005
  • 2006–2007
  • 2010–present
  • Rehab (2006) – two tracks only
  • Quiet Riot 10 (2014)
  • Road Rage (2017)
140322-F-VU439-149 James Durbin at Transit Center at Manas 2014.jpg
James Durbin 2017–present lead vocals Road Rage (2017)


Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Kevin DuBrow.jpg
Kevin DuBrow
  • 1975–1979
  • 1982–1987
  • 1991–2003
  • 2004–2007 (his death)
lead and backing vocals all Quiet Riot releases from Quiet Riot (1977) to Quiet Riot 10 (2014), except QR (1988) and '89 Live in Japan (2004)
Drew Forsyth 1975–1979 drums
  • Quiet Riot (1977)
  • Quiet Riot II (1978)
  • The Randy Rhoads Years (1993)
Randy Rhoads (1980).jpg
Randy Rhoads 1975–1979 (died 1982) guitar
Kelly Garni 1975–1978 bass
Rudy Sarzo
  • 1978–1979
  • 1982–1985
  • 1987
  • 1997–2003
  • bass
  • backing vocals
Carlos Cavazo Iraq 2.jpg
Carlos Cavazo
  • 1982–1989
  • 1991–2003
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
  • all Quiet Riot releases from Metal Health (1983) to Live & Rare Volume 1 (2005)
  • Live at the US Festival 1983 (2012)
Paul Shortino 1987–1989 lead and backing vocals
  • QR (1988)
  • '89 Live in Japan (2004)
Sean McNabb
  • 1987-1989
  • 2006 (touring only)
  • bass
  • backing vocals
Kenny Hillery 1991–1994 (died 1996) bass Terrified (1993)
Pat Ashby 1991 drums none
Bobby Rondinelli 1991–1993 Terrified (1993)
Matt Littell 1995 bass Down to the Bone (1995)
Bjorn Englen 1995 (touring only) bass none
Ty Westerhoff bass
Traciibw (cropped).jpg
Tracii Guns 2005–2006 guitar none
Neil Citron 2006 (recording only) Rehab (2006)
Tony Franklin bass
Billy Morris 2006 (touring only) guitar none
Steve Fister guitar
Mark Huff 2010–2012 lead vocals none
Keith St John.jpg
Keith St. John 2012 (touring only)
Scott Vokoun 2012–2013
Jizzy Pearl 2013–2016 Quiet Riot 10 (2014)
Seann Nicols 2016–2017 none



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