Quiet Riot Drummer Frankie Banali Has Pancreatic Cancer

By jsmith on October 22, 2019
LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 11: Musician Frankie Banali arrives at the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Award Show at Club Nokia on April 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

Frankie Banali announced yesterday that he has Stage Four Pancreatic Cancer.

By Jon Smith:


Frankie Banali, the only “Metal Health” era band member still with Quiet Riot made the announcement yesterday via Facebook after missing a handful of live shows this year.


“Since April 17th I have been battling stage four pancreatic cancer,” he said. “The original prognosis was very scary. I had quite a battle on my hands and it took a lot, but I am thankful to say that after several rounds of chemo and other treatments I am on the mend.”  

“The road ahead is not going to be easy but cancer has met its match and I plan to continue fighting,” read his statement. “I wish I could have been with you all at every Quiet Riot performance as this is the first time in 38 years I have ever missed a gig. Please know that if I had been able to fly on a plane and play a show nothing else would have stopped me. I am feeling much better and stronger now.”


Banali isn’t letting his diagnosis keep him down, however.  He’ll be performing with Quiet Riot in Los Angeles this Saturday, and says he intends to keep performing through the bands 2020 tour dates.

In the meantime, we wish him all the best!




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