Rudy Sarzo Led A Revamped Quiet Riot For Series Finale

Concert Review
Quiet Riot
Hair Nation
Thursdays On Third
Niagara Falls, NY
Thursday August 25, 2022
Review: Joseph Suto
Photos: Joseph Suto

Last year Quiet Riot played a show at one of the local clubs where they came from 2 timezones and were very tired and exhausted. It was plain to see. What a year makes and add in the return of Rudy Sarzo on bass and hard-hitting drummer Johnny Kelly and you saw a completely rejuvenated band. Kelly had other commitments the last visit to town by Quiet Riot while Sarzo replaced bassist Chuck Wright.

Right from the start, the band hit the crowd fast with “Run For Cover” which bled into “Slick Black Cadillac” and they were off and running. The set list remained similar as last time with “Breathless” replacing “Party All Night”. Lead vocalist Jizzy Pearl seemed more at ease up on stage as he did more talking than he did on the previous visit. The band seemed to be in a real good place.

Other highlights of the band’s 90-minute set were “Don’t Wanna Let You Go”, ” The Wild And The Young”, “Condition Critical’ which featured some powerful drumming by Kelly eerily similar to Frankie Banali.

It had been almost 18 years since Sarzo last played with Quiet Riot. At 71, years old Sarzo was all over the stage performing as only he does. Guitarist Alex Grossi was solid all night. Pearl had the best quote of the night when he introduced “Blackout In The Red Room” taking a shot at himself. Overall the show was solid and was aided by opener Hair Nation who saw fit to add some different songs to the set which helped to set the tone. I for one cannot wait to see who will play at the concert series next year.

Set List
Run for Cover
Slick Black Cadillac
Mama Weer All Crazee Now
Don’t Wanna Let You Go
Sign of the Times
Love’s a Bitch
Condition Critical
Blackout in the Red Room (Love/Hate Cover)
The Wild and the Young
Let’s Get Crazy
Cum On Feel the Noize (Slade Cover)
Metal Health (Bang Your Head)

About Joseph Suto

Location: Buffalo, NY Photographer/Reviewer
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