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Ex-WASP Chris Holmes "Frankie Banali Had A Heart Of Gold, After Shows He Always Took Time For Fans

The Metal Voice pays tribute to Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali with Ex W.A.S.P. Chris Holmes, Ex Quiet Riot , Alcatrazz keyboardist Jimmy Waldo, Ex Anthrax Neil Turbin and Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon.

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Chris Holmes recorded and played with Frankie Banali on the W.A.S.P.'s The Headless Children album and knew each other in the 1980's in California.

Holmes also said, "Frankie Banali was the Bonham of Los Angeles."

Former Quiet Riot keyboardist Jimmy Waldo on the passing of Frankie Banali " I never heard a drummer hit the drums that hard"

QUIET RIOT's Frankie Banali has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The drummer passed away last night (Thursday, August 20) at the age of 68. Blabbermouth

Frankie was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer on April 17, 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 p.m. on August 20 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 longtime 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,,, or 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.

Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon from The Metal Voice run down their top 20 metal albums of 1984. Part 1 or a two part series.

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