Quiet Riot & The Sweet
The Blockbuster Hit Parade Tour
Magnus Productions and the F.M. Kirby Center will present The Blockbuster Hit Parade Tour featuring Quiet Riot & The Sweet on Friday, June 29 at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are available at the Kirby Center box office, online at www.kirbycenter.org and charge by phone at (570) 826-1100.
Quiet Riot is a rock & roll phenomenon. Famously described as the first heavy metal band to top the pop chart at #1 on Billboard magazine, the Los Angeles quartet became an overnight sensation thanks to their monster 1983 smash album Metal Health.
Driven by the irresistible double whammy of the title track's muscular bass line and a raucous rendition of the old Slade chestnut "Cum on Feel the Noize," the album stormed up the U.S. charts, duly reaching the number one spot and going platinum five times over in the process at that time. The sales of Metal Health has now exceeded the 10 million mark worldwide to date.
Quiet Riot returned to the studio to record 1984's Condition Critical, which went on to sell over 2 million copies in the US and included another chart-ready Slade cover in "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" and the self-penned "Party All Night."
Quiet Riot is led by drummer and founding member Frankie Banali, who has the distinction of being the only member of the classic lineup to have recorded on every Quiet Riot release. Nearly three years since the loss of his friend and bandmate Kevin DuBrow - and with careful consideration, soul searching and with the blessings and support of DuBrow's family - Banali decided to continue the musical legacy of Quiet Riot with bassist Chuck Wright, guitarist Alex Grossi and vocalist James Durbin.
Legendary rock band The Sweet shot to the top of the charts in the 1970s with such hits as “Ballroom Blitz,” “Fox on the Run,” “Love is Like Oxygen,” “Little Willy,” “Hellraiser,” “Teenage Rampage,” “Blockbuster and Action.”
In 1975, “Fox on the Run” (the band first self-penned single) reached the number two spot in the U.K. and top five in the U.S. charts. The Give Us A Wink album, released in 1976 and featuring the top twenty single “Action,” attained gold status in America and continued the group’s move toward album-oriented rock.
The Sweet bounced back onto the charts in 1978, scoring another top ten hit in both the U.S. and the U.K with “Love Is Like Oxygen.” After Brian Connolly’s departure in 1979, The Sweet carried on as a three-piece outfit for three more albums before disbanding in 1981.
In January 2008, Steve Priest assembled his own version of The Sweet in Los Angeles, California. He enlisted fellow Brit Stuart Smith, an old friend and a classically-trained former axeman for the bands Sidewinder and Heaven & Earth, on guitar. L.A. native Richie Onori, Smith’s bandmate in Heaven & Earth, was brought in on drums. The keyboard spot was manned by ex-Crow and World Classic Rockers alumni Stevie Stewart.