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Quiet Riot is an American heavy metal band, whose 1983 and 1984 success started the 1980's glam metal scene. They were founded in 1975 by guitarist Randy Rhoads. The original lineup featured vocalist Kevin DuBrow, Kelly Garni (bass) and Drew Forsyth (drums). The name "Quiet Riot" appears to come from a phrase in John Barth's 1960s novel Giles Goat-Boy. They are ranked at number 100 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock".

With the original four members, they recorded their debut album, Quiet Riot, or QR I, which was released in Japan in 1978. Months later, bassist Kelly Garni left the band. After replacing him with Rudy Sarzo, the second album, Quiet Riot II, or QR II, was recorded and released in Japan in 1979.

In November 1979, after failing to release an album in the U.S., Rhoads followed his friend Dana Strum's advice and joined Ozzy Osbourne's band. DuBrow and Forsyth tried to keep the band together following Rhoads' departure. From 1980-1982 the band's name was changed to DuBrow.

Following the death of Rhoads in a plane crash on March 19, 1982, DuBrow attempted to reform Quiet Riot. None of the other original members were interested, so Tony Cavazo's brother Carlos joined as lead guitarist, Sarzo re-joined the band on bass, and Rudy's friend, drummer Frankie Banali, completed the lineup.

In September 1982, with a little help from producer Spencer Proffer. They were signed to CBS records in America, and on March 11, 1983, their American debut album, Metal Health, was released. (Their two previous albums, QR I and QR II, have still not been released in the United States).

On August 27, 1983, Quiet Riot's second single "Cum on Feel the Noize"/Run For Cover was released. "Cum On Feel The Noize", a cover of the 1973 Slade hit, spent two weeks at Number five on the Billboard chart in November 1983. It was the first Heavy Metal song to make the Top Five on Billboard's "Hot 100 singles chart" and it was the first of a string of Slade sound-alikes recorded by the group. The success of the single helped carry Metal Health to the top of Billboard Music Charts pop album charts, making it the first heavy metal album to ever reach Number One.

A Number One album and a Top Five single was unheard of for a heavy metal band in 1983. The Metal Health album also displaced The Police's Synchronicity album from Number One. Metal Health paved the way for a new, stronger commercial viability for heavy metal. Metal Health stayed at Number One for just a week until Lionel Richie's Can't Slow Down took over the Number One spot for three weeks before being knocked off the top by Michael Jackson's Thriller, which returned to the top after a long hiatus from the U.S. Metal Health's title song, which was released as a single on March 11, 1983, finally charted in early 1984 and peaked at Number 31. Perhaps this can be attributed to the song's appearance in the 1984 movie Footloose.

The group's follow-up, Condition Critical, was released on July 7, 1984 and was a relative disappointment critically and commercially, selling only three million units. This release included yet another Slade cover (the single, "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" - a UK chart topper for Slade) and numerous musical and lyrical nods to the aforementioned act; whether this was a decision made the band or their producer is still subject to debate as evidenced in their VH1 "Behind The Music" documentary. Reportedly frustrated, DuBrow began letting newer bands on the L.A. metal scene know that their success was in part owed to the past successes of Quiet Riot.

This led to Sarzo quitting the group in 1985. (In 1987 the bassist went on to Whitesnake) The bass slot in Quiet Riot was filled by erstwhile collaborator Chuck Wright (of Giuffria). Next, the band released QR III in 1986, another commercial failure. Fed up with DuBrow's antics, the rest of Quiet Riot fired him from his own band and replaced him with former Rough Cutt vocalist Paul Shortino. Wright was also fired and was replaced by Sean McNabb. The band released Quiet Riot in 1988, which was another failure. This 1988 album technically has the same name as their original first album with Randy Rhoads. The band fell apart after a tour that ended in Hawaii in 1989 and DuBrow fought to keep control of the name. By 1991, tempers had cooled enough for the former bandmates to communicate. DuBrow and Cavazo formed Heat, but eventually switched to Quiet Riot again and released Terrified (1993) with Banali and Kenny Hillary (d. 5 June 1996) (bass). Quiet Riot, with Chuck Wright again on bass, hit the road in support of 'Terrified' with Wisconsin's Slam I Am.

That same year, DuBrow released The Randy Rhoads Years, featuring tracks from Quiet Riot's Columbia albums and some previously unreleased material (many of which featured newly recorded vocals). Hillary left in 1995 and committed suicide on June 5, 1996; Wright rejoined Quiet Riot to play bass. The band released Down to the Bone that same year. The following year (1996), the band released a "Greatest Hits" album, which included nothing from the original two Rhoads albums and nothing from the two '90's albums, but did have a few tracks from the 1988 Shortino album. After that, Rudy Sarzo joined up again in 1997, and the band began touring.

The tour was not successful, and the band was arrested several times; one angry fan sued DuBrow for injuries sustained during a show. The group still managed to release Alive and Well in (1999) which featured new songs and several rerecorded hits. They followed this up with Guilty Pleasures (2001).

Quiet Riot officially broke up in February 2003, and Sarzo joined Dio in the following year. However, it reunited in 2005. The line-up includes DuBrow, Banali, Wright, and guitarist Alex Grossi. The band was featured on the Rock Never Stops 2005 tour along with Cinderella, Ratt, and FireHouse.

Kevin DuBrow has released a solo album titled In For The Kill.

In 2006 Chuck Wright and Alex Grossi have left the band. Former L.A. Guns/Brides of Destruction guitarist Tracii Guns joined the band in early 2006 and left two weeks later under musical differences.

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