Okay, so you’re probably thinking ‘Who?’, and were you not of a cognizant age ’roundabouts 1983 there’s not a whole lot of reason for you to immediately think ‘Oh, yah…the singer from Quiet Riot‘. Kevin DuBrow’s deep seated love of 70’s Brit-rock and a effin’ perfect rock voice translated into a huge hit for Quiet Riot’s version of the iconic Slade tune ‘Cum on Feel the Noize‘, and he’s the #1 reason I’m such a big Slade fan nowadays.
Like every other band that’s ever had a Behind the Music, Quiet Riot had ample downtime to contrast their brief success, and that time was not especially kind to DuBrow, but 2006 saw a reconciliation and reunion of the ground-breaking pop metal band, and they released a self-financed album (Rehab) in the Fall of that year to some success.
On Sunday, DuBrow was found dead from causes unknown in his Las Vegas apartment. So g’night, Kevin DuBrow, and here’s to you for introducing a young music nerd to the wonder of 70’s Brit rock and glam.