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Quiet Riot fires singer Mike Huff

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  1. That 70s Guy

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    Former QUIET RIOT Singer MARK HUFF: 'I Deserve Better Treatment' - Jan. 12, 2012
    Singer Mark Huff, who was officially fired from QUIET RIOT earlier today, has accused his former bandmates of "letting him go" without having had the "balls" to "tell it to [his] face."

    QUIET RIOT released a statement this morning announcing that it had split with Huff and that ex-MONTROSE singer Keith St. John has been recruited to front the band for three East Coast shows in early February.

    A short time later, Mark posted a message on his Facebook page, stating, "As I sit in hospital… wait for my brain surgery… I have been let go from QUIET RIOT. And nobody's had balls to tell it to my face. Interesting … the rock 'n' roll business. I have to read the news in a post that's not even directed to me?… WTF?"

    He continued, "Let me tell all my friends… don't count me out… Watch what happens. It's obvious what I ever meant to this situation… I deserve better treatment… Don't worry about me… Worry about your own bad selves. And I am gonna take the high road… I have so much shit I could speak… Stay tuned, my friends."

    This was followed by a Facebook post from QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali, who wrote, "With regards to Mark Huff: My policy has always been not to air out the dirty laundry in public. That policy remains the same even in light of those who chose to make accusations. The fact is that Mr. Huff's medical condition had nothing to do with the decision that was made, though it is unfortunate that it comes at such a time. His wife assured me that Mark would be home this week, and as legal protocol dictated, a certified letter was sent informing Mark of the decision that was made and why it was made. This was days ago. The content of that letter is a private matter unless Mr. Huff decides to make the reason for his dismissal made public, which I believe would be counterproductive for him. I will not go tit for tat with this issue. If certain persons wish to villainize me, that is their prerogative."

    Huff, who succeeded the late Kevin DuBrow, stated in a September 2010 interview, shortly after he joined QUIET RIOT, "I am honored and very excited to be QUIET RIOT's new singer. I am also humbled and feel a bit of pressure. Who wouldn't feel pressure? Kevin DuBrow was a one-of-a-kind songwriter, musician and a consummate performer. He had an incredible vocal range; I have mass respect for Kevin."

    Regarding what fans were supposed to expect from his live appearances with QUIET RIOT, Huff said at the time, "I don't think trying to duplicate Kevin's every sound or movement is what honors Kevin DuBrow or QUIET RIOT. It's important for me to stay true to the songs as they were written, as the fans remember them, and to bring the live show to full strength. I am not here to replace Kevin DuBrow."

    He continued, "Frankie summed it up best when he said, 'Kevin DuBrow was one of a kind and cannot be replaced.' I am here to help QUIET RIOT continue to keep the music alive in the most flattering way possible."

    Pictured below is QUIET RIOT's 2011 lineup (left to right): Chuck Wright (bass), Frankie Banali (drums), Alex Grossi (guitar) and Mark Huff (lead vocals)

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    I like Quiet Riot but really....why doesn't anyone care what they do anymore?
     
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    Quiet Riot is still around? And who the hell is Mark Huff?

    What original members are even in the band, the drummer? That isn't Quiet Riot.
     
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    I think Quiet Riot with Frankie is probably as much Quiet Riot as Deep Purple is with Ian Paice (also the only original member left). Unfortunately for Quiet Riot they weren't big enough or dynamic enough to hold on to any semblance of what the Purp has so it's a bigger deal for them.
     
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    Chuck Wright's been in the band on and off since the early days too though, hasn't he?

    Anyway, Keith St. John from Burning Rain and Montrose has landed the gig, at least temporarily. Not a huge QR fan, but St. John is a quality vocalist, so I'm hoping he sticks around.


    From melodicrock:

    Quiet Riot will turn to Keith St. John to fill in on currently scheduled dates after vocalist Mark Huff was fired from the band this week. There is a bit of online debate going about just what went down and I'm told from a direct source that there is more to the story here and a good reason for his firing, but Frankie Banali is choosing not to go into details.

    From ex-Quiet Riot singer Mark Huff on Facebook: "As I sit in hospital...wait for my brain surgery....i have been let go from Quiet Riot.And nobodys had balls to tell it to my face.Interesting ...the rock n roll business.I have to read the news in a post thats not even directed to me?...WTF?Let me tell all my friends......dont count me out....watch what happens.its obvious what I ever ment to this situation....i deserve better treatment....dont worry about me......worry about your own bad selves.and I am gonna take the high road......i have so much shit I could speak.....stay tuned my friends.....and if you arent.....delete me."

    Frankie Banali: "With regards to Mark Huff: My policy has always been not to air out the dirty laundry in public. That policy remains the same even in light of those who chose to make accusations. The fact is that Mr. Huff's medical condition had nothing to do with the decision that was made though it is unfortunate that it comes at such a time. His wife assured me that Mark would be home this week, and as legal protocol dictated, a certified letter was sent informing Mark of the decision that was made and why it was made. This was days ago. The content of that letter is a private matter unless Mr. Huff decides to make the reason for his dismissal made public which I believe would be counterproductive for him. I will not go tit for tat with this issue. If certain person wish to villainies me, that is their prerogative."
     
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    ^^That's a reasonable explanation by Banali,,,however I think a Phone call first followed by a professional legal letter would have been even better. Gives the remaining band members all the moral high ground and leaves Huff to play the martyred singer.

    Like others have mentioned I am surprised they are even still touring.
     
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    Mike sounds alot like Kevin DuBrow.

     
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    Yep, Frankie is the only 'original' member or at least from their glory days of the early to mid 80's. not sure about the old 70's lineup with Randy Rhoads. I think that Chuck Wright has been with the band for the better part of the past 25 yrs as well, but not 100% positive about that.
     
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    I SO wanted to go to that concert, double bill... Dokken and Quiet Riot. This video was taken from the show they played locally in one of the Mpls suburbs. I agree, Huff did a good job on the DuBrow era tunes.
     
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    The singer sounded really good. The band sounded good, but for me it's still a cover band with only 1/4 of the classic line up. I guess they have to make a buck however they can...I can't deny them that.
     
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