Frankie Banali / Former WASP and Quiet Riot Drummer passes away at 68
21 August 2020
Following a battle with pancreatic cancer, drummer Frankie Banali passed away last night (Thursday, August 20) at the age of 68. Survived by his wife Regina and daughter Ashley, Banali had gone public with his diagnosis last October.
He had said: “I knew that when we were switching from the first chemo formula that we were doing for almost a year to the new chemo formula, I knew in advance that the different formula was really gonna wipe out the hair.
“So right now you probably wouldn’t recognize me because not only did it take all the hair on the top of my head, but it took my beard, my eyebrows, my eyelashes.
“Let me put it to you this way: I have just really improved my Olympic swimming chances with the loss of body hair.”
Banali reformed Quiet Riot in 2010, three years after the death of founding member DuBrow, with their latest album ‘Hollywood Cowboys’ released in November via Frontiers Music Srl.
RIP Frankie. (November 14, 1951 – August 20, 2020)
It’s w/great sadness that I announce the passing of @FrankieBanali @QUIETRIOT .As many know Frankie had been battling cancer & passed away last night. He was a great person, friend & musician. Join me now on #TrunkNation @siriusxmvolume 106 as we remember him pic.twitter.com/cqqSQS80vd
— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) August 21, 2020
So saddened to hear of the passing of my drumming brother @FrankieBanali. He fought an incredibly brave battle against Cancer and his strength and dignity was truly inspiring…Rest In Peace my friend 😢 #RIPFrankieBanali pic.twitter.com/pTXPuqgScG
— Mike Portnoy 🤘 (@MikePortnoy) August 21, 2020