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New Documentary on Quiet Riot

If you were around in the early 80s, you’ll remember how big a deal Quiet Riot was.  But how many people remember that Ozzy’s legendary guitarist Randy Rhodes was a founding member?  Or that they were the very first metal band to reach #1 on the Billboard charts?  Or that lead singer Kevin DuBrow’s body lay in a Las Vegas hotel room for almost a week before it was discovered?  Or that the band still exists?

In other words, there’s plenty to this band beyond “Cum on Feel the Noize” and banging your head for metal [sic] health.  No wonder someone has decided to do a documentary.

Well Now You’re Here There’s No Back: The Quiet Riot Movie (yes, that’s the full title) had its premiere earlier this year at the Newport Film Festival in California and is booked for the film festival portion of NXNE in Toronto this month.

Quiet Riot Movie


Directed by Regina Russell, the whole thing was made possible with a Kickstarter campaign that raised $25,000 from a still-loyal fanbase.  And because QR helped pave the way for bands like Motley Crue and Bon Jovi, a lot of famous fans appear in the film, including members of Guns ‘N Roses, Twisted Sister, Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion) and more.

From the looks of it, if you enjoyed the Anvil movie, you’ll love this.


Alan Cross

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