Watch fan filmed videos of Quiet Riot first concert after Frankie Banali passing.
The surviving members of Quiet Riot said it was “Frankie Banali‘s wish that the band continue and we keep the music and the legacy alive.”
In a recent interview with the “Music Mania” podcast, guitarist Alex Grossi spoke about how Johnny got involved with the band:
“When Frankie got sick, one of the first phone calls he made to me was regarding getting a substitute drummer. And Johnny and I had worked together, and still work together, in that band HOOKERS & BLOW, that cover band we do for fun.
And he just made perfect sense on so many levels, because he’s not totally intertwined in the L.A. music scene and doesn’t really get involved with the gossip and this and that. Because keep in mind, Frankie wasn’t public about his cancer until several months after his diagnosis.”
”He’s family to me, and Frankie and him were friends. And he can definitely fill the role onstage and off; he’s a total pro and he’s a friend. It worked out great, because the first show that Frankie was gonna miss was in Dallas, Texas, which is when Johnny Kelly lives. So we were able to fly in, do one song for soundcheck, and then trial by fire, do the whole show.
He had never played with us before. And Chuck [Wright, bass] and our singer had never even met him. So it was definitely a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants-type moment, but Johnny rose to the occasion, and we’re thankful he’s onboard to help us out.”