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Rockstars react to death of Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali

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Rockstars react to death of Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali

Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali died in August 20 at the age of 68, the information was shared by his family, saying “He lost the fight in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter by his side”. He spent 16 months battling pancreatic cancer and unfortunately, chemotherapy stopped working. Banali also suffered a series of strokes that made it impossible to continue the treatment.


Famous for Quiet Riot, the musician also played with W.A.S.P, Steppenwolf and more. Paying tribute to the drummer many Rockstars reacted to his death on social networks.

Rockstars react to death of Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali:

Rudy Sarzo (Nowdays on The Guess Who and former Quiet Riot bassist)

“My hero, mentor, @QUIETRIOT brother @FrankieBanali is now resting in peace and pain free. I will post a follow up in days to come as try to process this unmeasurable loss.”

Glenn Hughes

“So very sad that my brother Frankie Banali, passed away last night. Frankie played drums on the the Hughes: Thrall album . There was no one more loyal honorable courageous and committed than Frankie. Words cannot express how I feel. Let’s all share the love for Frankie”.

Mark Slaughter (Slaughter)

“Frankie Banali The heavy hitter that brought the heartbeat and the beginning of heavy metal in popular music has passed. You will be missed my friend….  Fly high 🙏”

Charlie Benante (Anthrax)

“Very very sad to hear this RIP @FrankieBanali”.

Mikkey Dee (Scorpions)

“Devastating news today! Such a nice guy and respected drummer in the world of rock n roll. Rest in Peace Master Frankie Banali.”

David Coverdale (Whitesnake)

“So Sad To Hear Frankie Banali Has Passed…R.I.P. Sweet Frankie…My Love To Your Family, Friends & Fans…XXX”

Tom Keifer (Cinderella)

“Saddened to hear that @FrankieBanali has passed away. Not only was he a talented drummer/musician but also a great human being. He will be missed. Condolences, love & prayers to his family and friends.”

Lita Ford

“Deepest Sympathy to the Frankie Banali family and fans all over the world. When we hear the heavens thunder we will know it came from you. Great musicians never die….

Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)

“Wow. What a day. So sad to hear about the loss of @FrankieBanali. He fought hard until the end. His playing and rock ‘n’ roll spirit will live forever. A fellow New Yorker, Frankie was the real deal. RIP my friend. ‘Take me away from all this death.'”

Sebastian Bach (Ex-Skid Row)

“My sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Frankie Banali and Friends and fans alike. A true rocker who dedicated his life to rock n’ roll RIP Rock In Power Frankie Banali”

Paul Stanley (Kiss)

“Very sad to hear of the passing of Frankie Banali. He was so open in his reports of his illness and seemed to live through his treatments and setbacks bravely and with grace. RIP.”


“R.I.P. Mr Frankie Banali🙌🏻🙏🏼 Rest In Peace. 🙏🏼”

Wendy Dio (Ronnie James Dio’s widow)

“I just heard the devastating news that our very close friend, Frankie passed away. He fought so hard for so many months, and we were all hoping and praying that he would beat this horrible cancer. Frankie was such an amazing person, not only was he a talented performer.”

“But he had the biggest heart. Even when he was going through his chemo treatments, he attended our charity event and spoke about how important it was to get tested. My heart goes out to his wife, Regina, who was a saint throughout his battle with this terrible disease. I cannot find the words to say how very upset I am about Frankie’s passing.”

I just heard the devastating news that our very close friend, Frankie passed away. He fought so hard for so many months,…

Posted by Ronnie James Dio on Friday, August 21, 2020

Mike Portnoy

“So saddened to hear of the passing of my drumming brother @FrankieBanali. He fought an incredibly brave battle against Cancer and his strength and dignity was truly inspiring…Rest In Peace my friend 😢 #RIPFrankieBanali”

Bret Michaels (Poison)

“My deepest condolences to the family & friends on the loss of @FrankieBanali.”

Chris Slade (AC/DC)

“Sorry to hear of the passing of Frankie Banali. We worked together a few times and he was always in great humour. RIP Frankie”

Jeff Scott Soto

“With a VERY heavy heart I share one of the best humans has left us today, my dear friend and @QUIETRIOT drummer, @FrankieBanali! I’d known him since 1986, he was always the greatest person 1 could wish to befriend! Suffer no more FB, see you on the other side! #cancersucks”

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