The lead vocalist position in Quiet Riot took another turn through the musical chair turnstiles: the band have parted ways with singer James Durbin and replaced him with Jizzy Pearl.
Pearl previously fronted Quiet Riot from 2013 until October 2016, when he was briefly replaced by Seann Nichols, who played only five shows with the group before the March 2017 arrival of Durbin who was a finalist on “American Idol.”
Durbin apparently chose to leave the band in order to “concentrate his time and efforts on his solo career.” Quiet Riot issued the following statement: “We wish James every great success for his future and are grateful for his time with QUIET RIOT. Welcome back Mr. Jizzy Pearl!”
During his three-years in the band, Durbin recorded two studio albums — 2017’s ‘Road Rage’ and the upcoming release, ‘Hollywood Cowboys.’ The band had been on a hiatus after the death of founding member Kevin Dubrow in 2007.
Drummer Frankie Banali has been credited for bringing the band back in 2010. In an interview last year, Banali said, “My thought was to try to preserve the music and sound of Quiet Riot as best I could. We went through four different singers over roughly a six-year period. In 2017, we brought on James, who — without a doubt — has proved to be the best singer we re-started the band,”
Bassist Chuck Wright has been a part of Quiet Riot, on and off, since 1982, having initially been involved in the band’s seminal album, ‘Metal Health.’ Guitarist Alex Grossi was in the last version of the band, from 2004 through 2007, and was asked by Banali to return in 2010.
Quiet Riot went through two vocalists — Mark Huff and Scott Vokoun — before Pearl‘s first three-year run with the band.
‘Hollywood Cowboys’ will be released on November 8.