Quiet Riot’s Frankie Banali reports he’s been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.
The drummer has issued a statement through music journalist and broadcaster Mitch Lafon to explain why he’s missed some of the band’s live shows this year.
Banali says: “I just want to let all of my friends and fans know what’s going on with me and why I have unfortunately missed some appearances this year.
“Since April 17, I have been battling stage four pancreatic cancer.
“The original prognosis was very scary. I had quite a battle on my hands and it took a lot, but I am thankful to say that after several rounds of chemo and other treatments I am on the mend.
“The road ahead is not going to be easy but cancer has met its match and I plan to continue fighting. I wish I could have been with you all at every Quiet Riot performance as this is the first time in 38 years I have ever missed a gig.
“Please know that if I had been able to fly on a plane and play a show nothing else would have stopped me. I am feeling much better and stronger now.
“I intend to play the Quiet Riot concert at the Whiskey A Go Go on October 26 and to continue touring in 2020 with Quiet Riot, so I hope to see you there.
“I appreciate all the fans that support Quiet Riot by coming to shows and I hope you will all continue that support as well as keeping me in your thoughts and prayers.”
Banali reformed Quiet Riot in 2010 – a move which came after the death in 2007 of frontman Kevin DuBrow.
The current lineup features Banali, Chuck Wright, Alex Grossi and Jizzy Pearl.