Quiet Riot Singer Kevin Dubrow: Dead
So, I just got back from a Thanksgiving trip and settled in. I looked forward to seeing your comments and putting together some smart-ass post.
That was before I saw the news today.
According to this story up on cnn.com, Kevin Dubrow (lead singer of pop metal pioneers Quiet Riot) was found dead at his home in Las Vegas today at the age of 52.
Like many of us that came of musical age in the 1980s, Quiet Riot was my first quasi-metal band. I had no idea that Ozzy Osbourne guitar legend Randy Rhoads had been in the band. I knew nothing about the group, really.
But with “Cum on Feel the Noise” and the follow-up “Bang Your Head (Metal Health),” they got me hooked on that guilty pleasure of the ‘80s (well, at least one of them): hair metal. Say what you will about Dubrow’s scary hair. And argue all you want that his voice wasn’t the best in rock.
But a piece of my past has died.
And the sad part is that he was only 52. Not young, I know—but he wasn’t even on my list of “Most Likely Celebrities To Die.” Yes, I have such a list … and if Dubrow would have appeared on it, he would’ve been far below #95: Dustin Diamond, “Screech” from Saved by the Bell.
I will listen to my Quiet Riot albums with a different mood this week.
And you should all hope that Ratt’s Stephen Pearcy, Crüe’s Vince Neil, Metallica’s James Hetfield, and Tesla’s Jeff Keith stay healthy. I couldn't handle losing more of my past right now.