Rock World mourns loss of quiet drummer Frankie Banali

Today (August 21) the rock world mourns the loss of Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali who died at the age of 68 after a brave battle with cancer.

On April 17, 2019, Banali was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which had spread to his liver, and he was given six months to live.

The news of his passing came via a statement from Banali’s wife, Regina, which you can see here.

Although he was not the founder of Quiet Riot (Banali did not debut with the band until the release of their third album, the mega-hit of 1983) Metal Health) the drummer remained a permanent presence within the lineup. Despite leaving the band on multiple occasions, he has since performed on every studio album Quiet Riot Metal Health (the first metal album ever to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200), and contributes a total of 12 of the group records.

Many members of the rock community have shared their sympathy via social media, which you can see below.


David Coverdale

Sebastian Bach

Paul Stanley

Eddie Trunk

Mike Portnoy

Dee Snider

Glenn Hughes

Mikkey Dee

Lita Ford

Tom Keifer

Todd Kerns

Jeff Scott Soto

Charlie Benante


Mark Morton

Doc Coyle

Our condolences to the Banali family and the drummer’s friends and bandmates.

Rest In Peace, Frankie Banali

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