QUIET RIOT played its new song “Freak Flag” live for the first time Friday night (June 23) at Phase 2 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.
“Freak Flag” is taken from QUIET RIOT‘s new album, “Road Rage”, which will be released on August 4 via Frontiers Music Srl.
QUIET RIOT is led by drummer Frankie Banali, who is joined by bassist Chuck Wright (who has been in and out of the band since 1982), guitarist Alex Grossi (who has been in the band since 2004), and new vocalist James Durbin.
Durbin, who became known as the “metal guy” on 2011’s season of “American Idol” after performing “Living After Midnight” and “Breaking The Law” with JUDAS PRIEST, hooked up with QUIET RIOT last month after the dismissal of Seann Nicols (a.k.a. Sheldon Tarsha; formerly of ADLER’S APPETITE). Nicols was with QUIET RIOT for just a few months, but long enough to record the vocals for an early version of “Road Rage”.
“Road Rage” was originally scheduled for release in the spring of 2017, but with the injection of newfound energy for the band with the addition of Durbin in the vocalist slot, the band decided to scrap the original sessions and record a new version of the album with the new and improved lineup.
Banali said: “QUIET RIOT has always recorded songs that have a link with the QUIET RIOT ‘sound’ and at the same time always musically moving forward. ‘Freak Flag’ is such a song with a strong connection to our iconic sound from the past, which I think our longtime fans will appreciate and newer fans will embrace.”
Durbin added: “‘Freak Flag’ is a concept I’ve been holding on to for a few years. It’s all about being you no matter what life has labeled you with. We’re all broken and searching for acceptance, but there’s a beauty in that search and it’s something that should be celebrated.”
“Road Rage” track listing:
01. Can’t Get Enough
03. Roll This Joint
04. Freak Flag
06. Still Wild
07. Make A Way
09. The Road
11. Knock Em Down
“The recordings for the new ‘Road Rage’ record have been an incredible musical journey in the storied history of QUIET RIOT,” said Banali.
“I asked vocalist James Durbin to fill the very large shoes of the late great Kevin DuBrow because I knew he could. While no one can ever replace Kevin DuBrow, he has the same spirit and drive that Kevin had.
“James is an amazing live performer with insane vocal range, but he is also a very gifted songwriter and brought to the ‘Road Rage’ record totally unique original lyrics and melodies. Not only do they fit perfectly to the music we wrote, but took the songs to a completely new level.
“All the work that we have put into this record has been well worth the wait!
“I am extremely proud of guitarist Alex Grossi, bassist Chuck Wright and especially James Durbin for the work we have created on this record.
“QUIET RIOT continues to tour relentlessly and will be on the road throughout the year. Expect to hear your QUIET RIOT favorites as well as new songs from ‘Road Rage’ at our shows!”
Durbin comments on joining the band and his work on “Road Rage”: “The crown jewel, on top of joining one of your favorite bands, has to be writing, recording and releasing a new album. No matter what, you are now a part of that band’s history and I’m honored to have had the opportunity to do that with QUIET RIOT.
“I spent just over three weeks marathon songwriting brand new lyrics and melodies for every song and recording vocals.
“I’m extremely proud of the ‘Road Rage’ record, not only that I had the band’s support and trust to deliver, or how great of a personal accomplishment and blessing it’s been, but that we can keep the QUIET RIOT freak flag flying and have the chance to inspire a new generation of fans!”
Durbin made his live debut with QUIET RIOT on March 18 at The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas.
Banali revived QUIET RIOT in 2010, three years after DuBrow‘s death, along with Grossi and Wright. The group went through two vocalists — Mark Huff and Scott Vokoun — before settling on Jizzy Pearl in 2013. Pearl announced his exit from QUIET RIOT last October.