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It's being reported Quiet Riot recruited American Idol finalist James Durbin as their new singer and now Frankie Banali has confirmed the news in an interview with Billboard.
In October of last year, Quiet Riot named Seann Nicols as their new singer, since the death of Kevin DuBrow in 2007. The vocalist sang on their forthcoming record, Road Rage, but his time was short-lived as he was replaced after just a handful of shows with Quiet Riot.
“After doing all of five live shows [with Nicols], it became apparent to everybody that it really wasn’t going to work,” began Banali. “There were some serious creative and personal differences. I’m not the type of person who will stay in a bad marriage for the kids — the kids in this case being Quiet Riot. It was unanimous it could not go any further.”
Banali also said the band plans to start writing new material quickly, eager to get Durbin in the studio to start defining a new era of Quiet Riot. “I expect to start writing soon. I don’t know if we’ll do another record next year or not. You can’t predict, but we’re certainly going to start writing probably in the next month or so in preparing for another record,” said the drummer.
Quiet Riot’s new record, Road Rage, will be released on April 21 through Frontiers Records. Pre-orders can be placed at Amazon or digitally through iTunes and digital pre-orders will include an instant gratification download of the new single, “The Seeker.”