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Birch Hill Nite Club; Old Bridge, NJ; 09/29/00

Reviewed by Joe Hughes

"Alive and Well" seems to be more than just a clever album title, but rather the motto of the legendary Quiet Riot. With the original line-up since the departure of Randy Rhoads, vocalist Kevin Dubrow, guitarist Carlos Cavazo, bassist Rudy Sarzo, and drummer Frankie Banali have been on an endless tour for the last few years. Quiet Riot stopped by the Jersey shore four times in the past year and packed each venue, every time.

Quiet Riot stopped by the Birch Hill Nite Club on September 29, 2000 for another blistering set of fist pumping rock featuring all their hits from yesterday and today. Dubrow and the boys took the stage opening with "Alive and Well," the title track from their 1999 release on Deadline Records.

The pace was rocking as Quiet Riot ripped through a stretch of crowd favorites such as "Slick Black Cadillac," "Condition Critical," "Wild and the Young," and Sladeís "Mama Were All Crazy Now." They also took time to promote their new album, which was definitely a highlight of the evening, showcasing the songs "Donít Know What I Want" and "The Ritual," one of the heaviest songs Quiet Riot has written. The new songs are very guitar driven and stay true to the Quiet Riot sound.

A memorable moment of the night was a performance of "Thunderbird" from the Mental Health album, where Quiet Riot took a moment to honor late guitarist Randy Rhoads. Kevin Dubrow also mentioned that the band has over six hours of Randy Rhoads footage and some of that material will released on a special DVD celebrating the twenty-five year anniversary of Quiet Riot. Keep your eyes on for more information and a release date.

Each member took their turn in the spotlight, offering intense solos proving their musicianship, something very much overlooked in the eighties. The crowd was obviously blown away by Frankie Banaliís drum solo, whose career also included time in WASP. Quiet Riot left the set with Sladeís "Cum on Feel the Noize" which had the crowd begging for more.

Quiet Riot ended the evening with an encore performance of 1983ís breakthrough hit "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)" which included a small medley including The Whoís classic "My Generation."

Itís been over twenty-five years for Quiet Riot and they are still holding their own. Their album sales may not be as strong as they were in the early eighties, but the concert attendance is always solid. One surprising aspect of the night was the amount of young fans, most of whom couldnít have even been in their teens when Quiet Riot broke back in 1983. 

Quiet Riot will continue to tour throughout the rest of the year in the United States.

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