AP is reporting that Kevin DuBrow, lead singer for 80's pop-metal band Quiet Riot has died in his home.
An autopsy was pending to determine the cause of death.
Per the story:
"I'm at a loss for words. I've just lost my best friend," Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali told CNN. "Out of respect for both Kevin and his family, I won't comment further. There's going to be a lot of speculation out there, and I won't add to that. I love him too much."
The statement on Banali's official Web Site is as follows:
I can't even find words to say. Please respect my privacy as I mourn the passing and honor the memory of my dearest friend Kevin DuBrow. "
Quiet Riot is best known for counting future Ozzy Osbourne guitar-whiz Randy Rhoads as an original member and for being a two and half hit wonder with Metal Health (Bang Your Head) and introducing the music of Slade to many young metalheads with their hit version of the English 1970's glam rock band's Cum on Feel the Noize," and their less sucessful version of Mama Weer All Crazee Now.
The album Metal Health released in 1983 shot to number one helping hair/pop-metal rule the 80s. The album's follow-up 1984 Condition Critical went platinum selling a million copies, but was considered a failure a year later compared to their debut's 6 million.
Quiet Riot also provided fans and detractors with many wonderfully entertaining examples of ugly rock n roll excess. If the folks at MTV cared about music or music history (or even MTV's history), they could dig in the vaults and find plenty of video clips showing the band (and DuBrow in particular) behaving like obnoxious, ego-inflated, inebriated rock star jerks.
Those clips and many other incidents outside and inside the band (DuBrow's behavior eventually got him) helped bring Quiet Riot down quickly.
Eventually, enough water passed under the proverbial bridge and the rise of 80's nostalgia
made it possible for a 21st century version of Quiet Riot to reform and begin touring and recording again including a 2006 album Rehab.