Quiet Riot Documentary to Air on Showtime
The rise and fall -- and rise again -- of early '80s hard-rock giants Quiet Riot is commemorated in 'Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back,' a new documentary set to air on Showtime Jan. 29.
Helmed by first-time director Regina Russell and filmed with the full participation of Quiet Riot drummer/manager Frankie Banali, 'No Way Back' looks at the band's rise to chart-topping superstar status after the release of 1983's 'Metal Health,' subsequent fall from commercial grace and breakup and eventual reformation -- all leading up to the loss of frontman Kevin DuBrow, who died in 2007.
Banali's difficult decision to soldier on without DuBrow, and the arduous process of reestablishing the band decades after its sales peak, is covered in the film -- something Banali later told Indiewire helped him come to terms with the death of his friend and longtime bandmate.
"I am never going to have another best friend like that," said Banali. "I am not going to live long enough to have a friend like that again. That I will always regret, but do I regret Quiet Riot now? Absolutely not. I will not apologize for Quiet Riot going on. Absolutely not. Never have. Never will. [Russell] made it possible for me to finally let go, not to stop missing Kevin, but to let go and accept the fact that he’s gone. He’s not coming back, and although he died because of his choices in life, I don’t fault him for that."
For those who don't have access to Showtime, the film will make its way to DVD and on-demand services on May 19, with pre-ordering scheduled to begin in April. You can get more information at the film's official site, and check out the trailer for 'Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back' above.