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)

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