This Day In Rock. QUIET RIOT
Kevin Mark DuBrow was born in Los Angeles on Oct. 29, 1955. He grew up first in Hollywood, California, and then in suburban Van Nuys, in the San Fernando Valley.
Randy Rhoads, who assembled Quiet Riot, auditioned Kevin DuBrow in his garage. Rhoads, who went on to establish a big reputation as the guitar player for Ozzy Osbourne, died in an airplane accident in 1982. The band’s original lineup included Rhoads, DuBrow, the bass player Kelly Garni and the drummer Drew Forsyth.
The group first released two albums in Japan. After Randy Rhoads left to join Ozzy Osbourne in 1979, the band’s name was changed to DuBrow. After Rhoads’s death, the group was reconstituted as Quiet Riot.
After its success with “Metal Health,” Quiet Riot’s next album, “Condition Critical” (1984), was a disappointment in sales. The band continued to go through changes, and in 2004 Mr. DuBrow left to make a solo album, “In for the Kill.” He later returned.
At the peak of the group’s popularity, in the 1980s, Mr. DuBrow said he was making as much as $500,000 a year and delighting in “completely gorgeous women who are absolutely crazy,” according to an interview with Rock Eyez, an online magazine specializing in heavy-metal music.
Watch Quiet Riot with the late, great Kevin Dubrow performing live in Corpus Christi in 2006.
In February 1987, Dubrow was fired from Quiet Riot. In 1991 he regrouped with his former Quiet Riot bandmate Carlos Cavazo in a new band called Heat, By 1993, Heat had renamed themselves Quiet Riot with Banali re-joining on drums. The album ‘Rehab’, was released on October 2006.
On November 25, 2007, Kevin Dubrow was found dead at his home in Las Vegas. Friends had been unable to contact Dubrow for a week. The cause of death was established to be an accidental cocaine overdose.