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5th March 2017

quiet riot

Quiet Riot have split with recently announce singer Seann Nichols and replaced him with 'American Idol' finalist James Durbin, who is 28-years-old.

Drummer Franke Banali confirmed the split to Billboard as well as the fact that Nichols has recorded the vocals for the band's upcoming new album, 'Road Rage', which is due for release on April 21st on Frontiers Music.

Nichols joined Quiet Riot after the departure last year of Jizzy Pearl but Banali said:

"After doing all of five live shows, it became apparent to everybody that it really wasn't going to work. There were some serious creative and personal differences. I'm not the type of person who will stay in a bad marriage for the kids — the kids in this case being Quiet Riot. It was unanimous it could not go any further.

"There's no comfortable thing about this situation. I think the record turned out great. But it's not that band anymore, so we have to deal with it. Is it troublesome? Absolutely. Is it risky? Absolutely. Is it the right thing to do? Absolutely!"

Durbin recently collaborated with Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi on the 'Maps To The Hollywood Scars' EP and said about his appointment:

"I'm really looking forward to putting my spin on it as a singer. I feel I'm much more melodic in my singing than some of the singers Quiet Riot has featured in the past, so I'm looking forward to soaring those vocals over the crowd."

Durbin will make his live debut with the band on March 18th at The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas and the band have more North American dates booked over the next two months.

Banali reformed Quiet Riot in 2010, along with Grossi and bassist Chuck Wright, three years after original singer Kevin DuBrow's death. Mark Huff and Scott Vokoun were the vocalists before the band settled on Pearl in 2013.


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