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Review: Quiet Riot rocks Mulcahy’s, with James Durbin as front-man (Includes first-hand account)

FDNY rockers AfterBurn and The Sweet, all served as their opening acts. This concert marked The Sweet’s sole appearance in New York.

As the headliners took the stage, Quiet Riot (fronted by American Idol alum James Durbin) kicked off their set with “Run for Cover,” and it was followed by “Slick Black Cadillac,” and “Mama Weer All Crazee Now,” thus taking their audience back to 1984. Aside from Durbin on lead vocals, the heavy metal band is made up of Frankie Banali on drums, Chuck Wright on bass, and Alex Grossi on guitars.

It was great to hear James Durbin’s spitfire live version of “Can’t Get Enough,” which is also featured as a track on their Road Rage album. It is evident that Durbin was born to sing this type of music, and he blended right in. Durbin has an old soul. Equally noteworthy were “Thunderbird” and the party anthem “Party All Night,” which displayed Durbin’s intelligible screams.

Quiet Riot closed with their signature tunes “Cum On Feel the Noize,” and their smash hit “Metal Health (Bang Your Head).”

The Verdict

Quiet Riot put on a killer live rock set at Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall. James Durbin, from American Idol fame, owned the lead vocals, and was able to introduce them to a younger generation of fans and listeners. The musical legacy of Quiet Riot is kept alive, and they are worth seeing live when they play in town. Quiet Riot’s show at Mulcahy’s garnered an A rating.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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