Billboard has confirmed that American Idol alumnus James Durbin has replaced Seann Nicols as the singer of Quiet Riot. Nicols, formerly of Adler’s Appetite, was with Quiet Riot for just a few months, but long enough to record the vocals for the band’s upcoming album Road Rage (due April 21 on Frontiers Music).
“After doing all of five live shows [with Nicols], it became apparent to everybody that it really wasn’t going to work,” Quiet Riot drummer/bandleader Frankie Banali tells Billboard. “There were some serious creative and personal differences. I’m not the type of person who will stay in a bad marriage for the kids — the kids in this case being Quiet Riot. It was unanimous it could not go any further.”
The frontman change does, of course, create an odd situation for Road Rage. “There’s no comfortable thing about this situation,” acknowledges Banali. “I think the record turned out great. But it’s not that band anymore, so we have to deal with it. Is it troublesome? Absolutely. Is it risky? Absolutely. Is it the right thing to do? Absolutely!”
But Banali is excited about the band’s new addition. He recalls seeing Durbin sing Judas Priest’s “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” during season 10 of American Idol. “I said, ‘This guy is really talented,'” recalls Banali. “He was so passionate about the whole metal [scene], the whole rock scene. At the time, I didn’t have a crystal ball that told me, ‘You’re going to be working with him in the future.'”