This past spring, Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali received dreadful news, he was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, the most vicious form of cancer that affects nearly 57,000 Americans each year including the late Ronnie James Dio.
Despite the awful news, it hasn't seemed to slow him down as he's not only returned to his drum throne after months of chemo and various treatments, but he just released Quiet Riot's fourteenth studio album, Hollywood Cowboys, this past weekend.
As seen by a new PanCAN PSA that details Banali's triumph and urges the awareness to the disease, he is slowly making a come back and plans to tour with the band in 2020. This news and album release comes in the midst of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, showing what will power and the right treatment is able to do.
In a recent interview with The Metal Voice, Banali explains how his will power played a big role in finishing the album.
"Two days after the diagnosis I went right in and sort of mixed the record. As dire as the prognosis was, to give you an idea of my mindset and my strengths is that two days after I did one of the rounds of chemo I was on the Western video set in the desert, really hot in wardrobe for 12 hours. And a month later three days after another round of chemo I was on on the set for the final day of shooting at a different location, so I just I just kept moving forward as business as usual. Unfortunately you know my doctors were very adamant to make sure that I wasn't flying to show dates and that's one of the reasons that I was unable not able to do the shows with Quiet Riot. "
On behalf of Metal Injection, we wish Frankie Banali the absolute best and a full recovery. You can grab the new Quiet Riot album, Hollywood Cowboys available everywhere now and check the latest music video below!