Quiet Riot is back, and what seems to be better than ever after announcing former American Idol contestant James Durbin as their new lead singer. Durbin, who replaced Seann Nicols after just a few months in the band, made his concert debut with Quiet Riot this past Saturday (March 18) in Wichita, KS.
“I think there’s some really awesome gems in the Quiet Riot catalog that are really overlooked. love ‘Put Up or Shut Up.’ I love ‘Condition Critical’ and ‘Thunderbird,’ even the song ‘It Sucks to Be You’ from the Quiet Riot documentary [Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back]. 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.”
With footage taken of Durbin’s performance, there are a great deal of outstanding references to original Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow. After belching a high pitch feel as DuBrow once did, Durbin certainly performed at the highest level, and delivered with flying colors, so it seems.
Durbin had come into the band, having a prior relationship with guitarist Alex Grossi, after working on collaborations on the ‘Hollywood Scars’ EP. Before welcoming Durbin into the band, drummer Frankie Banali had plans to release a new Quiet Riot record. Now with Durbin behind the microphone, a decision to push back the release of their new album has been made, in order to incorporate Durbin into the mix of songs, and truly make it his own, in true Quiet Riot fashion.
JT “Doc” Berry \m/