QR III – Quiet Riot – 1986


Album QR III by the band Quiet Riot
Album QR III by the band Quiet Riot

QR III is the fifth studio album by American heavy metal band Quiet Riot, released in 1986. The album features a more melodic and keyboard-driven sound than their previous records, which were dominated by hard rock and metal riffs. QR III is short for Quiet Riot III, as it is the third major label release by the band, following Metal Health and Condition Critical. The album was produced by Spencer Proffer, who also worked on the band’s two previous albums.

The album received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the band’s musicianship and energy, but criticized the lack of originality and direction. Some fans also felt alienated by the band’s departure from their heavier roots. The album peaked at No. 31 on the US Billboard 200 chart, and spawned two singles: “The Wild and the Young” and “Twilight Hotel”. The former was a stadium anthem that celebrated the spirit of rock and roll, while the latter was a power ballad that dealt with loneliness and isolation. Both songs received moderate airplay on radio and MTV.

QR III was the last album to feature lead singer Kevin DuBrow until 1993’s Terrified. DuBrow was fired from the band in 1987 due to his erratic behavior and drug abuse. He was replaced by Paul Shortino, who recorded one album with Quiet Riot, QR, in 1988. The original lineup of DuBrow, guitarist Carlos Cavazo, bassist Rudy Sarzo and drummer Frankie Banali reunited in 1997 and released several more albums until DuBrow’s death in 2007.

QR III is considered to be one of Quiet Riot’s most successful albums. It is a classic example of American pop metal, and it helped to solidify the band’s legacy as one of the pioneers of the genre.

The personnel of the album QR III by Quiet Riot, released in 1986, are:

  • Kevin DuBrow – lead vocals, backing vocals, guitar
  • Carlos Cavazo – guitar, backing vocals
  • Chuck Wright – bass, backing vocals
  • Frankie Banali – drums, electric & acoustic percussion

Source: Wikipedia

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