Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali reveals he has pancreatic cancer; says he's "on the mend" after treatment
Written by Classic Rock 93.9 on October 22, 2019
“Get well soon” wishes go out to longtime Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali. The 67-year-old rocker revealed in a message posted Monday on podcaster Mitch Lafon‘s Facebook page that he was diagnosed with stage-four pancreatic cancer in April, which is why he’s missed a number of concerts this year.
“The original prognosis was very scary. I had quite a battle on my hands and it took a lot, but I am thankful to say that, after several rounds of chemo and other treatments, I am on the mend,” Banali writes.
“The road ahead is not going to be easy but cancer has met its match and I plan to continue fighting,” he adds. “I wish I could have been with you all at every Quiet Riot performance as this is the first time in 38 years I have ever missed a gig.”
Frankie adds that he’s “feeling much better and stronger now,” and insists he plans to perform at the band’s concert Saturday at The Whiskey a Go Go in West Hollywood, California, “and to continue touring in 2020 with Quiet Riot.”
He concludes, “I appreciate all the fans that support Quiet Riot by coming to shows and I hope you will all continue that support, as well as keeping me in your thoughts and prayers.”
The news of Banali’s illness comes as Quiet Riot prepares to release a new studio album titled Hollywood Cowboys on November 8.
The record, a follow-up to 2017’s Road Rage, features Banali, longtime bassist Chuck Wright and guitarist Alex Grossi — who joined the group in 2004 — as well as one-time American Idol contestant James Durbin on lead vocals. While Durbin lent his talents to the album, Jizzy Pearl will front Quiet Riot when the band tours.
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