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Monday, November 26, 2007

Music: Quiet Riot Singer Silenced -- Kevin DuBrow Dead at 52

DuBrow: No Stranger to Soul-Glo(TM)

Quiet Riot frontman Kevin DuBrow was found dead in his Las Vegas home on Sunday, with the cause of death still to be determined. His band was one of the most colorful in heavy metal, briefly successful in the early 80s with their biggest hit, a cover of Slade's "Cum on Feel the Noize." The original 70s  incarnation of the band featured the late guitarist Randy Rhoads who would be plucked away by Ozzy Osbourne. DuBrow's reformed Quiet Riot scored big with the Metal Health album, becoming one of the stars of the 80s metal scene, but they were never able to replicate that success despite desperate tries. The comedown from their peak seemed to leave some bitterness for DuBrow who gained a rep for verbally flogging other bands, his record company, and anyone who crossed his path. Here they are at the US Festival in 1983 doing "Metal Health":

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