Frankie Banali Biography – Frankie Banali Wiki
Frankie Banali was an American rock drummer, musician, and songwriter. He was best known for his work with multi-platinum heavy metal band Quiet Riot. He also played with Billy Idol, W.A.S.P., Faster Pussycat and Steppenwolf.
He spent four years in New Steppenwolf, an offshoot of the hard-rock band led by former bassist Nick St. Nicholas. In 1979, Banali joined bassist Dana Strum and Chuck Wright and guitarist Randy Rhoads, Ozzy Osbourne and Kevin Dubrow, officially forming heavy metal band DuBrow, which later changed its name to Quiet Riot after the original lineup had broken up.
He became Quiet Riot’s manager in 1994, but after three albums and several lineup changes, the band disbanded in 2003. Banali and DuBrow reformed Quiet Riot in Oct. 2004 and released one album, “Rehab,” before DuBrow’s death in 2007. Banali announced the end of Quiet Riot on Jan. 14, 2008.
In Sept. 2010, Banali reformed Quiet Riot with Wright and Grossi, and in June 2014, the band released “10,” their first album in eight years. In 2017, the drummer was inducted into the Hall of Heavy Metal History for his contribution to heavy metal drums.
Frankie Banali Age
Frankie Banali was born on November 14, 1951, in Queens, New York City, New York. He died on August 20, 2020, in Los Angeles, California.
Frankie Banali Wife
Frankie Banali married his first wife, Karen Banali, in 1994. She died from heart failure on April 14, 2009, at the age of 40. Frankie was married his second wife, Regina Russell Banali, from November 11, 2015, until his death in 2020.
Frankie Banali Daughter
Frankie Banali and his first wife, Karen Banali, had a daughter, Ashley Banali, born on February 17, 1997.
Frankie Banali Family
Frankie Banali was born to Jack and Martha Banali, immigrants from Italy. His father, Jack, died from pancreatic cancer in 1974. His mother, Martha, died from breast cancer, on November 14, 1990.
Frankie Banali Death
Frankie Banali died from pancreatic cancer on August 20, 2020, at age 68. Frankie Banali wife’s, Regina Russell Banali, announced his death in a statement: “Frankie Banali, legendary drummer of Quiet Riot and W.A.S.P. has passed away at the age of 68.
“Frankie Banali is most known for his lengthy career as the drummer for the multi-platinum heavy metal band Quiet Riot whose “Metal Health” was the first heavy metal album to reach number one on the Billboard charts and ushered in the 80’s metal band era. He is the only member to play on every album Quiet Riot has released. His signature tone, deep pocket and iconic drum intros are immortalized on many hits including Quiet Riot’s ”Cum On Feel The Noize, “Metal Health” (Bang Your Head) Billy Idol’s “Mony Mony” and “L.A. Woman” and albums such as “Hughes/Thrall, W.A.S.P.’s “Headless Children”and “Crimson Idol” as well as over 100 other recordings as a session player in every genre of music. He did the arrangement on the “Metal Health” album, produced many Quiet Riot recordings and took over managing the band in 1993. He lived for playing live and performed for millions of fans around the world throughout his career.
“He was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer on April 17th, 2019 and given six months to live. He put up an inspiringly brave and courageous 16-month battle to the end and continued playing live as long as he could. Standard chemotherapy stopped working and a series of strokes made the continuation on a clinical trial impossible. He ultimately lost the fight at 7:18 pm on August 20th in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and daughter.
“Frankie is survived by his devoted wife Regina, loving daughter Ashley, many dear friends, dedicated fans, and a menagerie of rescue animals all of whom are family. He was a long time advocate for animal rescue, a spokesperson for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and a sponsor of Children International. Donations in his name are encouraged for Fixnation.org, Aspca.org, Pancan.org, or Chdcfren.org. His wish for everyone is that you be your own health advocate for early detection so you may live long and rescue many animals. Funeral plans will be announced at a later date.”
Frankie Banali Cause of Death
Frankie Banali’s cause of death was pancreatic cancer. He had been battling stage four pancreatic cancer since April 2019.
Frankie Banali Net Worth
Frankie Banali’s net worth was estimated to be $10 Million.