Published Oct 21, 2019Longtime Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali has revealed to listeners that he has been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.
Banali — the only remaining member of the band's classic lineup — revealed his diagnosis in a statement shared by internet radio host Mitch Lafon. "I just want to let all of my friends and fans know what's going on with me and why I have unfortunately missed some appearances this year," Banali wrote, adding that the diagnosis was made in April of this year.
"The original prognosis was very scary. I had quite a battle on my hands and it took a lot, but I am thankful to say that after several rounds of chemo and other treatments I am on the mend," Banali continued. "The road ahead is not going to be easy but cancer has met its match and I plan to continue fighting."
Banali noted that it was the first time in 38 years behind the kit that he had ever missed a show, and that he intends to rejoin the band for their October 26 show in California later this week. You can find the band's itinerary here.
"I appreciate all the fans that support Quiet Riot by coming to shows and I hope you will all continue that support as well as keeping me in your thoughts and prayers," Banali concluded. Find his complete statement below.
Quiet Riot last delivered their Road Rage LP in 2017. Banali has also served as the group's manager since 1994.