‘Metal Health’ drove him mad: R.I.P. Kevin DuBrow … he “had a mouth like an alligator!”

[image-1]This just in: veteran metal vocalist Kevin DuBrow, lead singer of Quiet Riot, was found dead “from unknown causes” at his home in Las Vegas, on Sun. Nov. 25. DuBrow, 52, formed the band with late guitarist Randy Rhoads in the late-’70s in Los Angeles. [image-2]

By 1983, he, drummer Frankie Banali, bassist Rudy Sarzo, and guitarist Carlos Cavazo (pictured at the right) were solidly established in the SoCal hair metal scene and enjoyed major MTV and rock chart success with the smash album Metal Health — which featured glammy remakes of Slade’s glammy ’70s hits “Cum on Feel the Noize” and “Mama Weer All Crazee Now.” [image-3]The three chords and “man over the cliff” scream in the intro of the title track, “Metal Health” was the closest thing any L.A. metal band did to resemble The Who’s bombastic “Baba O’Riley.”

Quiet Riot suffered an endless rotation of unremarkable lineup changes and slogged around the club circuits through the late ’90s and 2000s. The latest lineup recently released an album titled Rehab. While he appeared to be balding in the mid-’80s, DuBrow must have invested in collection of curly-haired wigs or implants in recent years.