Basic Background Info

Birth: November 14, 1951
Location: Los Angeles, California
Band: Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P.
Genres: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Instrumental Rock, Blues Rock
Instruments: Drums, Percussion
Occupation: Musician, Songwriter


Though he has also drummed for other rock and metal outfits such as W.A.S.P., Faster Pussycat, and Steppenwolf, Frankie Banali is best known for his time drumming for the legendary heavy metal band, Quiet Riot. In addition to excellently thunderous musicianship, Frankie has also served as the band’s manager for the past decade.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1982 Dangerous Infatuation Randy Bishop & Underdogs
1982 Peer Pressure Noel & The Red Wedge
1983 Metal Health Quiet Riot
1984 Condition Critical Quiet Riot
1985 Underdog Randy Bishop & Underdogs
1986 QR III Quiet Riot
1987 Nothin' But Trouble David Della Rossa
1988 Headless Children W.A.S.P
1988 Quiet Riot Quiet Riot
1989 Attack of the Neon Shark Alex Masi
1991 Heavy Bones Heavy Bones
1991 Hughes/Thrall Hughes/Thrall
1993 Animal Instinct Gary Hoey
1993 Crimson Idol W.A.S.P.
1993 Terrifed Quiet Riot
1994 Afterlife Blackthorne
1994 First Blood...Last Cuts W.A.S.P.
1995 Gary Hoey Gary Hoey
1996 Still Not Black Enough W.A.S.P.
1998 Footloose [Expanded Edition] Original Soundtrack
1998 Hocus Pocus Live [Hollywood] Gary Hoey
1998 Hocus Pocus Live [Surfdog] Gary Hoey
1998 Thunderbolt: A Tribute to AC/DC Various Artists
1999 Alive and Well Quiet Riot
1999 Humanary Stew?: A Tribute to Alice Cooper Various Artists
1999 Not The Same Old Song & Dance: Aerosmith Tribute Various Artists
2000 Best of The Best: 1984-2000, Vol. 1 W.A.S.P.
2000 Little Guitars: A Tribute to Van Halen Various Artists
2000 Milkweed Milkweed
2001 Essential Metal Masters Various Artists
2001 Guilty Pleasures Quiet Riot
2001 Mental Health [Bonus Tracks] Quiet Riot
2001 Metallica Assault: A Tribute to Metallica Various Artists
2001 Still Not Black Enough [2001 Reissue] W.A.S.P.
2001 Stone Cold Queen: A Tribute Various Artists
2001 Unholy Terror W.A.S.P.
2002 Dying for the World W.A.S.P.
2002 Footloose [Australian Bonus Tracks] Original Cast Recording
2002 Movie Soundtracks Various Artists
2002 One Way Street: A Tribute to Aerosmith Various Artists
2003 Wake Up Call [Bonus Tracks] Gary Hoey
2004 '89 Live In Japan Quiet Riot
2004 Best of Gary Hoey Gary Hoey
2004 Neon God, Pt. 1 W.A.S.P.
2005 Hollywood Rocks: Audio Companion Various Artists
2005 Live and Rare, Vol. 1 Quiet Riot
2006 '80s Metal Tribute to Van Halen Various Artists
2006 Butchering the Beatles: A Headbashing Tribute Various Artists
2006 Greatest '80s Metal Moments of All Time Various Artists
2006 Passion Juliet
2006 Rehab Quiet Riot
2007 Heavy Metal [Box Set] Various Artists
2007 Hughes/Thrall [Bonus Tracks] Glenn Hughes
2007 Led Zeppelin Tribute Various Artists
2007 Too Fast for Love: A Millenium Tribute to Motley Crue Various Artists
2007 World's Best Dad Various Artists
2007 East of Eden's Gate Billy Thorpe


  • "I have no words of wisdom, I am after all a drummer. What I will say is that I am and will always be grateful to the fans who continue to make it possible for me to do what I love to do. I never take it for granted." -Banali, in an interview with Shipwreck Island Studios

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Ludwig
Cymbals: Sabian
Hardware: Ludwig, Drum Workshop Pedals
Sticks: Vic Firth

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