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Postby Mulligan » Wed Nov 28, 2007 12:08 pm

R.I.P. Kevin DuBrow. Nothing will ever say 11th grade to me like "Cum On Feel the Noize."

Friends puzzle over death of Quiet Riot's Kevin DuBrow

By Greg Burk, Special to The Times
November 28, 2007
The life of Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow, who died at age 52 over the weekend in Las Vegas, had not been on a completely even keel after he'd broken up this month with his girlfriend of more than seven years, Las Vegas television personality and KXPT-FM radio DJ Lark Williams, according to friends saddened Monday by the news of his death.Here's LarkImage

Nevertheless, "his mood the last couple of months was stable," said former Deep Purple bassist and singer Glenn Hughes, who said he had communicated with DuBrow several times a week since they had become reacquainted after a 2001 performance by Hughes in Las Vegas. "He did not sound agitated or paranoid or anything at all -- he was just normal Kevin," Hughes said. He added that Quiet Riot's recent tour had gone well. Quiet Riot had a recent tour? Recent as in this millennium? Did they play Harpo's?

Williams said she didn't think DuBrow had any health problems. "He was as strong as an ox, that boy. He ate well, took a lot of vitamins. He worked out, and of course when he performed it was quite a workout," she said Tuesday from Las Vegas. "He never looked better." She said she had last communicated with him about a week ago by text message, with no indications that anything was awry.

As of Tuesday, the Las Vegas police were not investigating the death as a suspicious one. Samantha Charles, the communications officer with the Clark County coroner's office, said that an autopsy was performed Monday on DuBrow and that official determination of the cause of death would depend on results of toxicology tests, which could take six to 12 weeks. My guess is he ODed on Centrum Silver.

"With everything that's happening," Williams said, "I'm just trying to take care of Kevin's cats."

He had two of them. Said Hughes: "He was crazy about those cats," and Williams agreed -- she said she and DuBrow had picked them out together. Living alone with two cats = ROCK AND ROLL!!!!!

DuBrow was a regular guest at Hughes' ocean-adjacent Los Angeles home. "He was truly like a little brother to me," Hughes said by phone Tuesday. "He was a very, very sweet, generous, kind, sensitive man. Loud and proud, yes, we all know about that, but there was a very personal side to Kevin that I will miss very, very dearly." Hughes helped write the songs on Quiet Riot's 2006 album, "Rehab," and was working on material for DuBrow's next project.

"There's a myth, I guess, if you're a rock 'n' roller, and you're of an age, you're a partyer," said Hughes, his proper English upbringing sounding in his voice. "But I can report that I never saw Kevin out of control, ever." I think that myth ceases applying when rockers acquire that old man smell.

Hughes said that the residence in which DuBrow's body was discovered Sunday belongs to DuBrow's mother. The Quiet Riot singer lived alone, Hughes noted, and enjoyed the bachelor life, a predilection that contributed to his split with Williams, a tall blond with a photo-op figure who had helped DuBrow try to adopt a healthier lifestyle in recent years.

DuBrow was expected to fly in Friday night for a party at Hughes' house but uncharacteristically had not been in contact for a week. When he didn't show up or respond to messages, Hughes called Williams on Sunday to ask that authorities investigate.

DuBrow led Quiet Riot to the top of the charts in 1983 with the group's hit "Cum on Feel the Noize," which propelled the group's third album, "Metal Health," to sales of more than 6 million copies.

"He was one of the best singers rock has ever seen," said Blackie Lawless, singer-bassist of the L.A. extreme-metal band WASP, contacted Tuesday while on tour in Germany. "He had a voice like a razor blade that just cut right through you. And that voice is now silent."

"He was one of the first people I ever met when I came to L.A.," said Lawless, adding that he'd kept up the acquaintance for 32 years. "Kevin and I had a unique kinship, because our styles were similar, and we were both the same age. The third gig I ever played in L.A. was with him and Quiet Riot, when [guitarist Randy Rhoads] was still in the band."

"Quiet Riot [was] the first real MTV rock band," Lawless observed. "I always used to tell everybody that when people write rock 'n' roll encyclopedias, you'll see your '64 British invasion, the '56 Elvis chapter and the '69 Haight-Ashbury chapter -- well, L.A. will have its own '82-'83 chapter, and Quiet Riot would really be the beginning of that chapter." From what I remember, Quiet Riot was bigger than Jesus.

Times staff writer Geoff Boucher contributed to this report.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/music/la-et-quiet28nov28,1,5384628.story?coll=la-entnews-music&ctrack=2&cset=true


At least he lived long enough to see major advances in hair-growth technology.
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Postby The Suburban Avenger » Wed Nov 28, 2007 4:40 pm

So young, so vibrant ... so much more noise to come on and feel. I think they rocked the Carmel (Ind.) Ice Skadium when I was in sixth or seventh grade.
Or maybe it was Twisted Sister.
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Postby frank - up in grand blanc » Thu Nov 29, 2007 2:34 am

Quiet Riot = fair American coverband for old Slade tunes

But Twisted Sister? They rocked.
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Postby Mulligan » Thu Nov 29, 2007 9:07 am

frank - up in grand blanc wrote:Quiet Riot = fair American coverband for old Slade tunes

But Twisted Sister? They rocked.


My first concert: Twisted Sister opening for Iron Maiden at Cobo Arena. (Or was it Joe Louis Arena? Hmmm.)

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Postby chad sexington » Thu Nov 29, 2007 9:24 am

My first concert was Kool and the Gang....just sayin'....
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Postby frank - up in grand blanc » Thu Nov 29, 2007 2:06 pm

First: Judas Priest (w/ Armored Saint) at JLA, Screaming for Vengance tour. Me and my buddies were passing around a fifth of Mad Dog in the car before the show.
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Postby Ya Mar » Thu Nov 29, 2007 3:09 pm

First concert: U2 Grand Circus Theater - 1983 (I think) - War Tour

Second Concert: Violent Femmes and Camper van Beethoven somewhere in Ann Arbor - 1985.
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Postby frank - up in grand blanc » Thu Nov 29, 2007 3:28 pm

Ya Mar wrote:First concert: U2 Grand Circus Theater - 1983 (I think) - War Tour

Second Concert: Violent Femmes and Camper van Beethoven somewhere in Ann Arbor - 1985.


What? No Mad Dog?
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Postby Ya Mar » Thu Nov 29, 2007 3:33 pm

frank - up in grand blanc wrote:
Ya Mar wrote:First concert: U2 Grand Circus Theater - 1983 (I think) - War Tour

Second Concert: Violent Femmes and Camper van Beethoven somewhere in Ann Arbor - 1985.


What? No Mad Dog?


No.. For the U2 shoe it was a nice 1982 Conterno Barolo -- really young, but so was I.

And at the Femmes show, I think it was a beautiful 1981 Krug Collection Champagne. Also young - but divine...
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Postby Dan Gilbert » Thu Nov 29, 2007 3:37 pm

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Postby frank - up in grand blanc » Thu Nov 29, 2007 4:22 pm

Ya Mar wrote:
frank - up in grand blanc wrote:
Ya Mar wrote:First concert: U2 Grand Circus Theater - 1983 (I think) - War Tour

Second Concert: Violent Femmes and Camper van Beethoven somewhere in Ann Arbor - 1985.


What? No Mad Dog?


No.. For the U2 shoe it was a nice 1982 Conterno Barolo -- really young, but so was I.

And at the Femmes show, I think it was a beautiful 1981 Krug Collection Champagne. Also young - but divine...


I think that I know realize where paths diverged and why today I have no idea what in the hell you're talking about (you're getting buzzed if you drink enough of this stuff, right?). About the time that Ya Mar was expounding upon the virtues of his Conterno (?) to the guys in the front seat I was choking on pieces of cork: the party store that "sold" to kids was out of MD 20/20, so we ended up with some fancy shit but had to pick out the cork with a lock-blade knife. To this day I cannot even take communion without first checking to see if there are any deadly floaters.
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Postby chad sexington » Thu Nov 29, 2007 4:26 pm

First concert without parental supervision:

Metallica, Guns n' Roses, and Faith No More.

Bathtub full of Michelob Light back at the Days Inn on Van Dyke and 12 Mile...
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Postby Ya Mar » Thu Nov 29, 2007 4:40 pm

frank - up in grand blanc wrote:
Ya Mar wrote:
frank - up in grand blanc wrote:
Ya Mar wrote:First concert: U2 Grand Circus Theater - 1983 (I think) - War Tour

Second Concert: Violent Femmes and Camper van Beethoven somewhere in Ann Arbor - 1985.


What? No Mad Dog?


No.. For the U2 shoe it was a nice 1982 Conterno Barolo -- really young, but so was I.

And at the Femmes show, I think it was a beautiful 1981 Krug Collection Champagne. Also young - but divine...


I think that I know realize where paths diverged and why today I have no idea what in the hell you're talking about (you're getting buzzed if you drink enough of this stuff, right?). About the time that Ya Mar was expounding upon the virtues of his Conterno (?) to the guys in the front seat I was choking on pieces of cork: the party store that "sold" to kids was out of MD 20/20, so we ended up with some fancy shit but had to pick out the cork with a lock-blade knife. To this day I cannot even take communion without first checking to see if there are any deadly floaters.


When you are 13, you drink what you can steal from your parents.

Just like I smoked Dunhill's until I got to college.

And, for the record, it was a joke. Not the concert, but the drink selection.
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Postby Ansel Rakestraw » Thu Nov 29, 2007 5:11 pm

First unsupervised concert was Santana at Pine Knob in 1984.

Don't really remeber what was my first rock concert, I weaseled into a bunch with my older sisters...my parents logic being that if they had to take care of me at the concert, they wouldn't get high and try to blow the entire band at once or fuck their boyfriend in the backseat of the borrowed parents car.

My oldest sister was lame and like Leo Kottke. Carol King as a concert was not that interesting at age 9.

The other sister rocked so Blue Oyster Cult, Bob Seger...etc.
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Postby Mel Farr Superstar » Fri Nov 30, 2007 5:26 pm

chad sexington wrote:First concert without parental supervision:

Metallica, Guns n' Roses, and Faith No More.

Bathtub full of Michelob Light back at the Days Inn on Van Dyke and 12 Mile...



Me too, Sexington...same show, first unsupervised. The only company I had was my friend Dennis and 3 hits of white blotter.
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