Kevin Dubrow 1955-2007I was stunned to hear this afternoon that Quiet Riot singer Kevin Dubrow had died at age 52.
I guess what disturbs me about Dubrow’s death – or that of anyone in their 40s or 50s – is the way it reminds me of my own mortality. Dubrow wasn’t even 10 years older than I am. Of course, he probably lived his life a lot harder than I’ve lived mine and he may have had health issues I’m not aware of. The cause of death is still pending an autopsy and toxicology results. Either way, he was relatively young and it’s always somewhat of a shock when you hear about the death of someone close to your own age.
Here’s the news report, from the Associated Press:
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kevin Dubrow, lead singer for the 1980s heavy metal band Quiet Riot that scored a hit with “Cum on Feel the Noize,” was found dead in a Las Vegas home. He was 52. The cause was not immediately known.Here are a couple of tracks from Quiet Riot’s 1996 Greatest Hits disk.
A neighbor summoned police and paramedics Sunday to the house where he was pronounced dead, police and coroner’s officials said.
There was no forced entry, and no suspicious circumstances were reported, police Officer Jose Montoya said Monday.
Quiet Riot was perhaps best known for its 1983 cover of “Cum on Feel the Noize.” The song, featuring Dubrow's powerful, gravelly voice, appeared on the band's album Metal Health – which was the first by a metal band to reach No. 1 on the Billboard chart.
Dubrow recorded his first solo album in 2004, In for the Kill, and the band's last studio CD, Rehab, came out in October 2006.
“I can't even find words to say,” Quiet Riot drummer Frank Banali wrote on his Web site. “Please respect my privacy as I mourn the passing and honor the memory of my dearest friend Kevin Dubrow.”
Determination of the cause of death was pending an autopsy and toxicology results, Clark County coroner's spokeswoman Samantha Charles said.
Cum On Feel the Noize .mp3
Bang Your Head (Metal Health) [live].mp3
Let’s Go Crazy [live].mp3