© Carloscastilla | Dreamstime.com

Quiet Riot Enlists American Idol Finalist as New Lead Singer

March 3, 2017

All has been quiet on the Quiet Riot front ever since the death of lead singer Kevin DuBrow after an accidental overdose of cocaine. The band has gone back and forth with DuBrow and other lead singers in the past. Now with a new album, Road Rage, expected to release in April 2017, they've chosen another vocalist to replace their most recent singer, Seann Nicols (Sheldon Tarsha): American Idol finalist James Durbin.

According to German media outlet Rocks Magazine, drummer Frankie Banali said of the switch, "Seann has done a great job on the record, but a band is not just talented - you have to get together." He continued, "We had to make the best decision for Quiet Riot. If there are problems so early in the co-operation, it's better to pull the emergency brake."

Nicols had first joined Quiet Riot in October 2016 and has since performed live with the band five times.

When asked about the addition of Durbin to the lineup, "When I wrote the material for Road Rage with my songwriting partner Neil Citron, James was my favorite. Because he had other commitments, I had to look for a replacement and Seann Nicols was the third on my candidate list. Of course, I would prefer James to be heard on Road Rage, but you can only work with the people who are currently available."

To make things a little more complex, the band had to refuse filming a video clip with Durbin singing to Nicols' voice. "The dilemma is that I should ask James to move his lips to the vocals of another. I do not want to put him in an unpleasant situation, which could give fans a wrong impression."

But new Quiet Riot music featuring Durbin is on its way, says Banali. "But I've already started writing new songs for an album with James, which will be released next year."

A lot sure has happened for the young singer. Take a look back at his American Idol audition from 2011.