Frankie Banali Thanks Fans for ‘Overwhelming’ Support After Cancer Diagnosis
On Monday (Oct. 21), the musician revealed he was currently "on the mend" after a successful medical intervention that included "several rounds of chemo and other treatments." The following day, Banali talked about the outpouring of comfort and encouragement given to him by listeners and confidants, as reported by Ultimate Classic Rock. Listen to the drummer's latest interview down toward the bottom of this post.
"It's been overwhelming, the amount of love and prayers and support that everyone has shared on my Facebook page and via text messages, emails, private messages and everything," Banali told the Metal Voice Tuesday (Oct. 22). "I'm incredibly fortunate and incredibly grateful to have this much support from fans and friends."
The drummer first let fans know about his diagnosis in a Facebook message through an associate. Quiet Riot's upcoming album Hollywood Cowboys is out Nov. 8. In the recent chat with the Metal Voice's Jimmy Kay, the musician outlined how the album's timing collided with his heath concerns.
"The album was already recorded," Banali explained. "And two days after I had my diagnosis, I was scheduled to start mixing that record with our engineer, Neil Citron. … I jumped right in and started mixing the record. I didn't let that situation — as dire as the prognosis was at the time — stop me. And to give you an idea of my mindset and my strength, two days after I did one of the rounds of chemo, I was on a Western set in the desert, really hot, in wardrobe for 12 hours. And a month later, three days after another round of chemo, I was on the set for the final day of shooting at a different location. So I just kept moving forward as business was usual."
However, the rocker added his "doctors were very adamant to make sure that I wasn't flying to dates, and that's one of the reasons that I wasn't able to, or the major reason why I was not able to, do the shows with Quiet Riot."
Drummer Johnny Kelly (Danzig, Type O Negative) filled in for Banali during several gigs over the last year, making those shows the first Quiet Riot had played without any members of their renowned Metal Health-era lineup. Banali, who joined in 1982, has been the only constant member since that time.
Quiet Riot's Frankie Banali Talks to the Metal Voice - Oct. 22, 2019
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