JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

October 27, 2011
House of Blues - Dallas
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Angela Patterson
Photos by Angela Patterson

Quiet Riot

The 1980s called and said it's time to bang your head and wake the dead. Quiet Riot opened for Jackyl on Thursday, October 27 at the House of Blues in Dallas. They're not a permanent part of Jackyl's current tour, but Quiet Riot picked up a few shows along the way and added some fun and retro energy. And it reminded us of lead singer Kevin DuBrow‘s crazy outfits and the good ole days when MTV actually played music videos. Can you even remember the show Headbangers Ball?

The band spun hits like "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)," "Cum On Feel the Noize," and "Slick Black Cadillac," from the album "Metal Health." Their next work, "Condition Critical" produced the cover hit "Mama Weer All Crazee Now." The band was fun and crazy and they rocked. What else did you need in the 80s?

I really think it's difficult to beat the lyrics to "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)." "Frustrated. Outdated. I really want to be overrated. I'm a finder. I'm a keeper. I'm not a loser and I ain't no weeper." Epic. You can understand the lyrics and sing along. And, the song really does have one of the sweetest little bass guitar licks from the 80s.

What I like about Quiet Riot is that they really transport you back to where you were and what you were doing in the early 80s. To me, it was the quintessential rock anthem. It meant good times. I remember when Friday afternoons at Texas Tech University in Lubbock would roll around, my friends would crank up "Metal Health" and we would bang our heads while putting on our makeup to go out on the town. We all knew the lyrics. We sang -- none of us professionally -- but we rocked Chitwood Hall.

The Quiet Riot of today isn't the same since the death of DuBrow, who died of an apparent overdose, but it's still a fun show to see if you appreciate great 80s rock music. (Emphasis on "rock music.) Original drummer Frankie Banali put the band back together after his death and vowed to rock on. I spoke to him after their show and he said it never gets old.

"We play the same way if there are 10 people or 10,000 people," Banali said. The Dallas concert took place during Game 6 of the World Series and the weather was rainy and awful, offering up a small crowd at the venue. "We don't care," Banali said - and you could hear the sincerity in his voice. "I won't play any better or any worse because of the size of the audience. They should get the same show. It's not right." I asked what he thought of his job and he said, "It's the greatest job on the face of the earth" and that he never gets tired of performing for fans. He said he loved playing anywhere and everywhere. "Every day's a good day." During the show, new vocalist Mark Huff looked at the crowd and said, "Small but effin' mighty," which was well received by the Texas crowd.

Some bands age badly and try to hang on. Quiet Riot just gives the people what they want: rock music branded by the 80s. They don't make ‘em like that anymore. That's for sure.

Perhaps a little "metal health" is what we all need. It sure beats pills and hospitals.