Quiet Riot, w/ Tigertailz – Live in London

Quiet Riot, Tigertailz
Islington Academy, London (England)
Live Review and Photography by Chris Galea

Just like the bell for Pavlov’s dog, Quiet Riot’s music brings back the happy memories of my carefree youth (i.e. the early 1980s). Since the recent passing of drummer Frankie Banali, bassist Rudi Sarzo (Ozzy, Whitesnake, Dio) has been flying the Quiet Riot flag together with guitarist Alex Grossi and singer Jizzy Pearl (Love/Hate) the latter two having been with the band for the last 20 years. Ex-Type-O Negative drummer Johnny Kelley was recently invited to complete the line-up.

Welsh Glam Rock veterans Tigertailz are an odd choice of support band but then it’s not the first time that Quiet Riot has rubbed shoulders with the Glam scene (for example Nikki Sixx had auditioned for Quiet Riot before forming Motley Crue).


Somewhere in my record collection is Tigertailz’ debut album “Young & Crazy” of 1987. I found myself thinking that the title is almost redundant when the band strolled onto the stage to play…yep, ‘Young & Crazy’!

Honestly I struggled to let myself get carried away by their set and the band members’ performance wasn’t always spot on. Nevertheless vocalist Ashley Edison (Dendera, Power Quest) proved to have both a good voice and commanding stage presence. Some songs…such as ‘Wazbones’ and ‘Living Without You’…got a particularly warm reaction from the audience.

Tigertailz’ wrapped up their set with ‘Love Bomb Baby’, probably their biggest hit, and I must admit there was a pleasant and celebratory atmosphere at that point.


Quiet Riot

Quiet Riot’s set included all the hit songs one would have expected from the band….’Mama Weer All Crazee Now’, ‘Love’s A Bitch’, ‘Slick Black Cadillac’……etc. It was amazing to see Rudi Sarzo continuously hop around the stage and swing his bass above, behind and all over himself…I mean this guy is over 70 years old and yet he seems to have more energy than I have in my most sprightly moments. Both Rudi and Alex Grossi delivered solos while the rest of the band took a breather….not something you see very often these days. At one point the band teased the audience by playing the intro riff of Ozzy’s ‘Crazy Train’ but then played Quiet Riot’s ‘Let’s Get Crazy’….a different kind of ‘crazy’.

One of the most emotional moments was when Jizzy passed the mic to Rudy who said the band was dedicating the next song to the memories of deceased Quiet Riot members Randi Rhodes, Kevin DuBrow and Frankie Banali. Then the band proceeded to perform the ballad ‘Thunderbird’ – I’m sure tears were shed at that moment. ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’ and ‘Metal Health’, which concluded the band’s set, were 2 other highlights for me. Quiet Riot’s line-up has changed many times over the years but this line-up feels like a solid one.

At one point in the show Jizzy Pearl remarked that Rock N’ Roll keeps you young and there’s a lot of truth in that. Tonight it was as if time had made a u-turn and everyone had forgotten about mortgages, conflicts and all worries.





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