During the month of June, GUNZO, composed of bassist Rudy Sarzo, guitarist Tracii Guns, vocalist Keith St. John, and drummer Shane Fitzgibbon, will be playing a series of west coast dates! Catch them if you can get to a show!
A behind-the-scenes interview with QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali filmed during his recent appearance on VH1 Classic‘s “That Metal Show” can be seen below.
Asked how well he knew late OZZY OSBOURNE and QUIET RIOT guitarist Randy Rhoads, Frankie said: “Not as well as people would assume that I knew Randy.”
He continued: “It was really funny, because I was a in a three-piece band called MONARCH, and it was all originals, and we were playing the same circuit — you know, the Starwood [in West Hollywood]. We actually played with QUIET RIOT a few times. And that band was a cross between LED ZEPPELIN and FREE; that kind of material. At one point, QUIET RIOT were thinking of getting rid of the drummer they had at the time. And so Rudy [Sarzo, QUIET RIOT bassist] had already known each other since 1972, so he wanted me to come down and audition. And I agreed — reluctantly I agreed — because Rudy and I were friends, and because QUIET RIOT were a great band, but, to me, QUIET RIOT was more of a pop band than what I was into. So I went down and played, and all sides agreed that maybe it’s not gonna work. But because of that, he was the one that told Kevin [DuBrow, QUIET RIOT singer] that he should get me in Kevin‘s new band after Randy left to go play with Ozzy. But when Randy went to audition for Ozzy, afterwards, he called me up and he goes, ‘Hey, Frankie.’ I said, ‘Randy?’ [He said], ‘Yeah. You wanna come and play with this guy Ozzy?’ And I said, ‘The guy from BLACK SABBATH?’ And he goes, ‘Yeah.’ And I said, ‘Okay. I don’t have a car.’ He goes, ‘I’ll pick you up.’ And we went down and we had some rehearsals, and it sounded great, and that was gonna be the band. But, ultimately, the label decided they were only gonna spend money on one guy, and the guy was Randy. But we kept in touch. He actually called me… I was in Germany doing a record for Tony Carey, who had just left Ritchie Blackmore‘s RAINBOW. And [Randy] called me up when he was in England doing the first Ozzy record. So we stayed in touch.”
“Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back”, the feature documentary on QUIET RIOT, screened this past Thursday, May 14 at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.
The inspiring and surprisingly relatable documentary is an inside look at Frankie‘s road to recovery after losing his best friend Kevin DuBrow to a drug overdose in 2007 as he forges ahead to conquer his loss, regain his life and put the band back together.
The film begins in 2010, three years following the loss of Kevin DuBrow. Frankie Banali faces a crossroads in his life and finds himself talking to former QUIET RIOT bassist Rudy Sarzo who said, “If you don’t carry on the legacy of your friend, nobody else will.”
At times both utterly tragic and downright hilarious, like an outtake from “Spinal Tap”, the film follows Frankie‘s journey through the emotional feat of trying to fill the void left by his singer and best friend.
The 105-minute character-driven documentary looks beyond the guts and glory of the common getting-the-band-back-together tale. “Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back” reveals an unforgettable man who uses ambition, relentless determination and principle to navigate through the obstacles that attempt to control his fate.
Watch for cameos from Matt Sorum and Steven Adler (GUNS N’ ROSES), Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE), Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER), Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE), Dana Strum (SLAUGHTER), John 5 (MARILYN MANSON, ROB ZOMBIE) and Martha Quinn (original MTV VJ).
“When Frankie told me he was planning to meet with Kevin DuBrow‘s mother to get her blessing to go on with the band and find a new singer, I thought this would be an extraordinary story for a documentary,” explains director and producer Regina Russell.
Regina gained access to the private video and photo archives of the band. She followed Frankie for four years and interviewed many of the integral characters in the band’s history.
Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/how-quiet-riots-frankie-banali-almost-ended-up-in-ozzy-osbournes-band/#1l3iYgBH7IOXDbYw.99
I still cry over his loss…horns up, Ronnie! \m/
Ronnie James Dio with Gi Urdangarin
For Immediate Release
April 14, 2015
Celebrities and Musicians Announced for RONNIE JAMES DIO’s 5th Year Remembrance Celebration
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the voice of Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio, will host a weekend of celebratory activities to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the singer’s untimely death from gastric cancer on May 16, 2010. The events will take place from May 15-17, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA, and sponsors so far include: Monster Energy, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, 100.3 The Sound, Ninkasi Brewing and Western Bagel!
Today, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is pleased to announce the initial celebrities that will be in attendance at the events, plus select BOWL FOR RONNIE celebrity bowlers and musicians performing at the Memorial and the RIDE FOR RONNIE BBQ at Los Encinos State Park. In addition, as mentioned below, VH1 Classic That Metal Show’s Eddie Trunk will be the host for all of the weekend’s events.
Below is a list of celebrities and musicians that will be in attendance of various weekend events. A specific list of attendees confirmed to bowl and BBQ performers will be released prior to the event. Attendees include: this year’s Best Metal Performance GRAMMY Awards winners Jack Black & Kyle Gass of Tenacious D, rock music legend Eddie Money, Christian Martucci & Roy Mayorga of Stone Sour, Chris Broderick of ACT OF DEFIANCE and formerly of MEGADETH, Oni Logan “Official Page” of Lynch Mob (Official), Sean McNabb Actor/Musician of LYNCH MOB and formerly of QUIET RIOT and DOKKEN, members of DIO (Craig Goldy, Simon Wright, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, and Scott Warren), Bjorn Englen of Dio Disciples and formerly of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, John Payne of ASIA, and many more to be confirmed!
In a band statement, Jack Black and Kyle Gass of TENACIOUS D state, “Let’s roll some balls in honor of the greatest heavy metal singer of all time!”
The RONNIE JAMES DIO’s 5th Year Remembrance weekend will include a public Memorial Service, as well as a BOWL FOR RONNIE Celebrity Bowling tournament and the inaugural RIDE FOR RONNIE motorcycle ride and BBQ. See below for an updated listing of activities, ticket prices, and other information.
MAY 15th: BOWL FOR RONNIE Celebrity Bowling Tournament
Pinz Bowling Center
12655 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604
TO PURCHASE TICKETS: http://www.diocancerfund.org/bowlforronnie
Hosted by Eddie Trunk of VH1’s That Metal Show, this will be an evening of fun, food, entertainment and, of course, bowling with rock stars and celebrities competing for trophies in the name of raising funds and awareness for the Ronnie James Dio SUAS Cancer Fund. A silent auction will include collectible bowling pins autographed by artists such as Tenacious D, Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, YES, Anthrax and Metallica and in addition to many more major items. Music will be provided by KNAC.com’s DJ Will.
BOWLING PRICES & INCENTIVES BREAKDOWN:
INDIVIDUAL GUEST (Non-Bowler)
($50 per person)
Event entrance for one, Two drink tickets, All you can eat pizza
($75 per person)
Event entrance for one, Two drink tickets, All you can eat pizza, Shoe rental & bowling
TEAM/ CORPORATE LANE
($1,500 one lane with 6 bowlers)
Show off your team skills and charitable spirit. Gather your friends or represent your company with this fun package deal. Trophies and bragging rights for the ages. Lane for 6 bowlers including shoe rental, your company or team name added to three day event program, your company or team logo displayed on your lane and throughout event on flat screens, pizza and 2 drink tickets per person. Lane purchase includes 2 VIP party passes, (Additional VIP party passes sold separately up to 6 per lane)
MAY 16: Ronnie James Dio 5th Year Memorial Service
and Celebration of Ronnie’s Music
Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills
6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068
MORE INFO: http://www.diocancerfund.org/events/
A FREE public Memorial Service will take place at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on Saturday, May 16 to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Ronnie’s passing. Several former band members and friends who worked with Ronnie over his illustrious career will be speaking and performing his music. As seating for this event is limited, if you are interested in attending, please send an email, along with your name, phone number and the number of seats to: firstname.lastname@example.org
MAY 17: RIDE FOR RONNIE Motorcycle Ride and BBQ
Harley-Davidson Buell of Glendale
3717 San Fernando Rd
Glendale, CA 91204
Pre-Registered Rider Check-In
9:00am – 10:45am
9:00am – 10:30am
Kickstands Up at 11:00am
Los Encinos State Historic Park
16756 Moorpark Street
Encino, CA 91436
BBQ & Live Music
12:00pm to 5:00pm
RIDER REGISTRATION & BBQ ADMISSION:
Rider & Passenger $120
BBQ General Admission $55
Riders will check-in at Harley-Davidson of Glendale, where they can enjoy a continental breakfast with entertainment and prizes provided by The Sound 100.3. The first 200 registered riders will receive a limited edition RIDE FOR RONNIE Challenge Coin! Participants will depart Glendale, traveling the freeways of the north San Fernando Valley, then down the 405 to a BBQ at Los Encinos Historical Park in Encino. The BBQ will feature great food and drink, live music by Ronnie’s former bandmates and friends, raffle prizes, live auction and much more! BBQ-only tickets available to non-riders.
BBQ included for registered riders & passengers. BBQ-only tickets for non-riders are available for advance purchase. Please note: event is subject to sell-out and tickets may not be available at the door. Avoid disappointment and purchase your tickets in advance!
Check back at the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund website www.diocancerfund.org for updates.
A privately funded 501(c)(3) charity organization dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has already raised close to $1 million in its short history. Monies raised have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research, the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life, and other cancer research projects.
Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro (MEGADETH, ANGRA) was interviewed by IndiePower at the “Randy Rhoads Remembered: A Celebration Of A Guitar Legend” concert on Janaury 23 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. You can now watch the chat below.
Speaking about the influence Randy Rhoads (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT) had on his technique when he was first starting to learn how to play guitar, Kiko said: “I was a very young teenager when I started listening to… discovered Ozzy and then I discovered Randy Rhoads, and I was really, like, every day trying to learn his solos and his riffs — something that [was] really strong and that makes me the guitarist that I am today. So he’s really a part of that. The way that he mixed classical music… I don’t know… All the new techniques that were going on at that time in guitars. I was just a kid trying to learn guitar and he was like a big hero for me.”
He added: “I love acoustic guitar — you know, classical guitar — and I know Randy was really into classical music and acoustic guitar. That brings you this peace inside you. And then you bring this to this rock moment. I don’t know how to explain that, really. I think all the musicians could understand that. But, yeah, this mix of classical music, the scales, the peace that you have inside and you can express yourself through the guitar. So, mixing this rock and roll and the classical music; that was his approach that was really important for me.”
MEGADETH announced on April 2 that Loureiro had joined the Dave Mustaine-led group as the replacement for Chris Broderick. Mustaine said in a statement: “I first met Kiko around eight years ago for a cover shoot for Burrn! magazine. I had no idea who he was, other than the fact he was tremendously talented and that the staff from Burrn! held him in high regard. Since then, I’ve come to see what a guitar virtuoso he is, and I’m deeply encouraged by his depth and talent.”
He continued: “Very few MEGADETH alumni have had the same feel and ability as Kiko.”
In addition to Mustaine, Loureiro and bassist David Ellefson, the recording lineup for MEGADETH‘s forthcoming album will include LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler.
Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/new-megadeth-guitarist-kiko-loureiro-on-randy-rhoads-he-was-like-a-big-hero-for-me/#c9YHPOi8rQcG3QVE.99
Guitarist Tracii Guns (L.A. GUNS) has joined forces with legendary bassist Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE) in a new band called GUNZO. The new group’s lineup is completed by singer Keith St. John (X-DRIVE, BURNING RAIN, MONTROSE, QUIET RIOT) and drummer Shane Fitzgibbon. GUNZO made its live debut on February 27 at The Canyon club in Agoura Hills, California. Video footage of the performance can be seen below (courtesy of California Rock News).
Guns recently denied that he was leaving DEVIL CITY ANGELS, the band he formed with drummer Rikki Rockett (POISON), bassist Eric Brittingham (CINDERELLA, and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Brandon Gibbs (CHEAP THRILL).In an interview with The Music Room, Gibbs addressed the rumors of Guns‘ departure from DEVIL CITY ANGELS. He said: “Tracii is a musical guy and he doesn’t want to sit home at all and not play. Well, this recording process [for DEVIL CITY ANGELS‘ debut album] takes time. We’ve been touring a little bit in between, but we’re just really trying to buckle down. If I fly home and Tracii does a gig or something, we support him. It’s not that he’s leaving the band. It’s Tracii going out as Tracii. He never left the band. He’s always been in the band. He’s been a very instrumental piece in the band. And he’ll most likely always be in the band, I’m hoping, until he says he doesn’t want it anymore. We love the guy and that’s what’s so funny. Rikki and I are sitting there scratching our heads saying, just because he’s taking a gig here or taking a quick tour doesn’t mean he quit the ANGELS. It’s junk. Don’t worry about it.”
Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/tracii-guns-rudy-sarzo-keith-st-john-join-forces-in-gunzo/#BkB7CSQjhR5WpdDp.99
GUNZO is Rudy Sarzo, Tracii Guns, Keith ST. John, and Shane Fitzgibbon.
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