Quiet Riot documentary shows another side of rock

 
 
Left to right: Chuck Wright, Alex Grossi, Regina Russell, Frankie Banali and Jizzy Pearl
Left to right: Chuck Wright, Alex Grossi, Regina Russell, Frankie Banali and Jizzy Pearl

Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back: The Quiet Riot Movie, the first feature documentary by filmmaker Regina Russell, is a look inside the life and history of one of the 1980s most influential bands, Quiet Riot.

The film, which premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival last month and won best Music Documentary, is far from your standard “Behind the Music” type documentary. It takes the viewer on a winding journey into the soul of what the band was, where that journey has taken them and where they are heading.

As Banali’s fiancee, Russell had unprecedented access to the vast Quiet Riot archives; this access allowed her to put forth something that opens a side to this story that is deeply personal.

Quiet Riot shook up the music world in 1983 with they had the first No. 1 heavy metal album ( Metal Health) sell over 10 million copies worldwide. Their album produced some of the most popular videos of the year, opening the doors to a mammoth wave of music and bands from the Sunset Strip.

But what sets the film apart is the honest look at the human side. Russell tells the story of a deep friendship between Kevin Dubrow and Fankie Banali. The two were more than just bandmates; their bond comes across early in the film. So when DuBrow died in 2007 from an apparent drug overdose, Banali had to cope with not only losing his best friend, but also his livelihood.

In 2010 and at a crossroads, Banali had to forge ahead and make a new life for himself and his daughter. At times both tragic, at others hilarious, the film follows him going through the emotional feat of trying to fill the void left by Dubrow and get the band back together one more time.

Russell explained how the film came to be. “I had seen Frankie's home movies from the ’80s, and heard a lot of his stories but I didn't think of making this movie until he said something that sparked the idea. He said he was going to meet with Kevin's mother and get her blessing to go on with the band. I thought it sounded like a documentary and the idea developed.”

Russell doesn’t shy away the non-glam reality of being in a rock band.

“The story was surprising me all along the way. It took me on some unexpected turns and I had to adapt and follow. That just gave the film lots of layers and surprises and gave me more to work with. It's deeper and much richer than I thought it would be in the beginning.”

Banali’s proud of her work.

“I would not wish such a huge undertaking on anyone,” he said, “yet she took the project head on and has made a film that I don't think anyone else could have, and with great detail, sensitivity and honesty.”

To get more information about Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back, go to www.thequietriotmovie.com

Madeleine Marr

Read more People stories from the Miami Herald

  • TELEVISION

    ‘Lady Valor’ Kristin Beck, a transgender retired Navy SEAL, is the anti-Barbie

    Kristin Beck worries about the safety of other transgender women, but not so much for herself.

  • The music scene

    Ty Segall pulls out all the stops for ‘Manipulator'

    By the time that Ty Segall hit age 26, he had already recorded and released six solo albums, appeared or collaborated on a dozen or so other albums of frantic guitar rock, issued 20 singles or extended-plays through various record labels, appeared on dozens of compilations and composed a few hundred songs.

  • Celebrity birthdays on Sept. 2

    R&B singer Sam Gooden (The Impressions) is 75. Singer Jimmy Clanton is 74. R&B singer Rosalind Ashford (Martha & the Vandellas) is 71. Actor Mark Harmon is 63. Actress Linda Purl is 59. Country musician Paul Deakin (The Mavericks) is 55. Actor Keanu Reeves is 50. Actress Salma Hayek is 48. Actress Cynthia Watros is 46. R&B singer K-Ci is 45. Actor-comedian Katt Williams is 41. Actor Jonathan Kite is 35. Electronic music DJ/producer Zedd is 25.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category