Quiet Riot is about to test the waters with a socially distanced metal show. The band has announced they'll play the Magic Springs Theme And Water Park in Hot Springs, AR on July 4 to a maximum capacity crowd of 3,000 people. According to the venue themselves by way of MetalSucks, "it is highly recommend that concert attendees bring blankets as social distancing guidelines of six feet will be enforced."
Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali tells SiriusXM’s Eddie Trunk's Trunk Nation the show may still get cancelled or postponed depending on the COVID-19 situation at the time.
"It’s July 4th, is actually the date that we’re playing. And I am told officially through e-mails that the city has approved the date and they’ve approved it for as much as a three-thousand capacity. So it should be interesting. I’m still waiting to see what’s gonna happen, because you don’t know if two weeks out, or a week out before the show, all of a sudden, that part of Arkansas gets shut down, locked down, the show is canceled or postponed to another date. And in the meantime, you have expenses — flights and hotels and all this kind of nonsense that you have to deal with."
Banali also discussed his stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis, and how much at risk he if he contracts COVID-19.
"Early on [during the coronavirus crisis], my wife put us both on home watch, and we just really haven’t been out of the house with the exception of going into my doctor’s to get treatments. I have to be very, very careful, because I’m in the age group, and because of serious underlying conditions, I’m at the top of the list that if I did get coronavirus, I probably would not survive it. But since we last spoke, I ended up having two more trips into the hospital with blockages. There’s always something — it’s, like, one step forward, two steps back, kind of situation. But I’m willing to fight it out."
Here's hoping the show goes alright.