Monday, November 26, 2007

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LAS VEGAS (AP) ― Kevin Dubrow, lead singer for the 1980s heavy metal band Quiet Riot that scored a hit with "Cum on Feel the Noize," was found dead in a Las Vegas home. He was 52. The cause was not immediately known.

A neighbor summoned police and paramedics Sunday to the house where he was pronounced dead, police and coroner's officials said.

There was no forced entry, and no suspicious circumstances were reported, police Officer Jose Montoya said Monday.

Quiet Riot was perhaps best known for its 1983 cover of "Cum on Feel the Noize." The song, featuring Dubrow's powerful, gravelly voice, appeared on the band's album "Metal Health" ― which was the first by a metal band to reach No. 1 on the Billboard chart.

DuBrow recorded his first solo album in 2004, "In for the Kill," and the band's last studio CD, "Rehab," came out in October 2006.

"I can't even find words to say," Quiet Riot drummer Frank Banali wrote on his Web site. "Please respect my privacy as I mourn the passing and honor the memory of my dearest friend Kevin DuBrow."

Determination of the cause of death was pending an autopsy and toxicology results, Clark County coroner's spokeswoman Samantha Charles said.
Kevin DuBrow, lead singer of the heavy metal band Quiet Riot, was found dead in his Las Vegas home on Sunday. DuBrow was 52 years old.

Concerned neighbors alerted police to DuBrow's house, where he was pronounced dead at 5:20 P.M. There was no sign of foul play or suspicious activity in or around the house.

The cause of death is not yet known, as an autopsy and toxicology tests will be done this week by the Clark County coroner. The official results won't be known for several weeks.

DuBrow was said to be in good health and appeared in New Orleans just before Halloween to celebrate his birthday, according to

The news of DuBrow's death has struck the rock world. "I can't even find words to say," Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali wrote on his website. "Please respect my privacy as I mourn the passing and honor the memory of my dearest friend, Kevin DuBrow."

"The rock scene has lost an icon, an individual who brought it every night!," former Warrant and Quiet Riot guitarist Billy Morris told the Cleveland Scene. "Kevin, you will be missed."

Kevin DuBrow
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Kevin DuBrow (October 29, 1955 � November 25, 2007) was an American rock vocalist, best known as the lead singer of the heavy metal band Quiet Riot. During Quiet Riot's commercial heyday in the 1980s, Dubrow was known for his on-stage charisma, gravelly bluesy voice, and suspenders.

1 Biography
1.1 Early life
1.2 With Quiet Riot
1.3 Death
2 Discography
2.1 With Quiet Riot
2.2 Solo
3 References
4 External links


Early life
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DuBrow grew up in Hollywood, California, before settling in the Los Angeles suburb of Van Nuys at age 13. By the time he was in his mid-teens he had developed an appreciation for a number of British rock acts including the Small Faces, Spooky Tooth, Rod Stewart and Humble Pie. It was the latter of those influences that would leave the biggest impact on DuBrow and act as a compass in his musical career.

With Quiet Riot
The original band was started by Randy Rhoads in 1975, but broke up in 1979 when Rhoads went on to join Ozzy Osbourne's band. In 1980, DuBrow formed a band he named DuBrow, which also included brothers Tony and Carlos Cavazo. After Rhoads' death in 1982, Dubrow changed the name of the band to Quiet Riot, which his record company felt would allow the band to capitalize on wide name recognition. Rudy Sarzo ended up joining the band once again before the release of Metal Health, which stormed to the top of the charts, making Quiet Riot the first metal band to achieve number one status on their (U.S. release) debut album. Songs like "Cum on Feel the Noize", and "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)" then launched them into national fame. Nevertheless, when asked to compose more successful albums, they were unable to do so. This, coupled with DuBrow's diatribes against contemporary metal bands, the press, and eventually his own record company led to the decline of Quiet Riot. DuBrow at one point was even fired from Quiet Riot during a tour's end at Hawaii in 1987; he was abandoned in a hotel while the other members of the band left on an earlier flight.

Quiet Riot continued through the 90's in several different incarnations. They released several albums including Terrified, Down to the Bone, Alive and Well and Guilty Pleasures.

In 2004, DuBrow recorded a collection of cover versions for his first solo album, In for the Kill.

During 2006, Quiet Riot worked on a new studio album that was expected to be released in either 2006 or 2007. The band stated that they had set no timetable for the release of the album, that they are financing the project themselves, and that it would be released when they see fit and on their terms.[1]

The album, Rehab, was released on October 3, 2006. The lineup on the album was DuBrow, Frankie Banali, Tony Franklin, and Neil Citron. Singer Glenn Hughes also made a guest vocal appearance on the album.

On November 25, 2007, it was reported on The Vegas Eye website that DuBrow was found dead in his apartment that day in Las Vegas.[2]. Drummer Frankie Banali confirmed DuBrow's death in an email to Spain's The Metal Circus.[3]Banali wrote:

"Please respect my privacy as I mourn the passing and honor the memory of my dearest friend Kevin DuBrow."

These initial reports were confirmed by local authorities and reported by major news outlets on November 26, 2007. The cause of death has yet to be reported.[4][5]



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