Quiet Riot Live @ The Whiskey Tango, Philadelphia (USA) - 13th August 2003

"Still Banging their Head & Feeling the Noize"

T
he band that started in the seventies, skyrocketed to top of the charts in the early eighties, and then disappeared by the late eighties are back. The classic Metal Health line-up (Kevin DuBrow, Rudy Sarzo, Carlos Cavazo, & Frankie Banali) that taught the whole eighties generation how to bang their heads, has been back together for a few years & made a return to Philly on this night. This was the first time I'd seen Quiet Riot, as something always popped up. So finally I was given the chance, and neither the crowd nor I was disappointed.

Over the night, Quiet Riot played a selection of newer songs and of course those classics starting off the set with 'Vicious Circle' and the only song that goes back to the Randy Rhoads era 'Slick Black Cadillac'. Kevin introduced the next song, 'Cold Day In Hell' and afterwards came the classic 'Mama Weer All Crazee Now'. The one thing that surprised me was that there was a nice sized crowd for a Wednesday night, and the crowd, were on their feet going crazy. They played another new song, 'Feel the Pain' and then went back to one of those classics 'Sign of the Times'. 'Born To Rock' was up next, and then the main song I'd come to hear, 'Thunderbird', which is off the Metal Health album, written for Randy Rhoads. 'Thunderbird' is a really beautiful song, and I always wondered why they never released it as a single, but that was 20 years ago before the power ballads really hit big. As Kevin was introducing this song, he pointed me out in the crowd as I was wearing a Randy Rhoads shirt, and he told a story about the photo shoot of when the picture was taken. He mentioned how Randy kept telling him how stupid he felt posing in the middle of the afternoon, pretending to be playing in front of a crowd.

'Alive and Well' came next and I just have to say before I go any further, after seeing Quiet Riot for the first time, but seeing both Sarzo and Banali with different bands, I consider these two guys to be the most talented and best rhythm sections in hard rock. Sarzo and Banali don't get ¼ of the credit they deserve and were a true pleasure to watch.

Toward the end of their performance they did something you don't see much anymore, they broke into a jam session, and then let Carlos take over the spotlight and do a guitar solo. Again, this would have been cool if he did 'Battle Axe' but he still ripped it up regardless. Then the moment of truth, 'Cum On Feel the Noize' and 'My Generation - The Who', Sarzo was just plucking away on that bass, which would have made John Entwistle proud. Lastly, 'Metal Health', breaking into the song one verse of 'Party All Night'.

The band sounded great, played great, looked great and were class acts as they came out and did a meet n' greet afterwards. It was weird watching a band that 20 years prior was on top of the world, and here they were playing to a small crowd, loading up their own equipment. Overall a really good show, it was a pleasure to finally see Kevin and the original line-up in tact.

NB. They are promoting the release of a new live DVD, and the 20 years of Metal Health, so go check them out and keep banging that head.

by Bay Breez

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