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Quiet Riot Loses Steam @ The Monkey Photo by David Gonzalez

Knowing this, I could only expect so much from this band, so I walked in keeping my expectations low. I attended the show to have a good time, so I knew drinking would help, but even a shot of tequila and a few beers didn't improve their set, as I found myself bored for most of the show.

Not going to knock that bands new numbers because some are pretty good, straight up rock and roll songs, but with no air play and unfamiliarity, most fans didn't know them. "Love's A Bitch" "Party All Night" and Condition Critical" were done in true rock form and I personally enjoyed them. I believe I spotted some interest from the crowd. Some.

Guitarist Alex Grossi is a good rock player but seem a bit worn out and just going through the motions. Bassist Chuck Wright seem happy to be playing anywhere, somewhere and truly glad to be on a stage, just lack of energy, even for a bass player. And the newest member, vocalist, American Idol fame, James Durban was there but not really. His performance was weak at best. I will give him an "A" for effort but in rock and roll, a good effort doesn't cut it. Kinda felt like I was at a karaoke show or watching a Quite Riot tribute band, and actuality I was. Yikes!

They finished their set with the bands two biggest hits "Come On Feel The Noize" and what is now a rock anthem "Metal Health" that no matter who you are, if you love metal, you love Metal Health! No encore just a straight set of 15 songs and off the stage they went to meet the fans, for free, which is way cool! I commend them for that!

I don't want to slam Quiet Riot, especially Frankie because I was a fan from their hay day when I first saw them back in 1983. Since then, they have had a revolving door of musicians come and go but even with this new line up, with a new young singer, their performance at Gas Monkey was like watching a worn out Harley burning smoke, making noise but going nowhere.

Johnny Marr
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Author: David N. Lindsay
Photographer: Michael Insuaste
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