Metal Sludge — According to a German music site, Quiet Riot has made a change at the singer position.
Seann Nicols has been replaced by James Durbin.
Nicols was announced as Quiet Riot’s new frontman as reported by Metal Sludge back on October 5th 2016.
The former Adler’s Appetite voice who was known as Sheldon Tarsha, first performed with Quiet Riot on January 27th 2017.
Since joining the band Nicols has played a total of 5 live shows with the group.
The band is led by classic era drummer Frankie Banali and are about to issue a new recording “Road Rage” via Frontiers Music Srl in April.
The new, but yet to be released offering features Nicols as the lead voice. In addition the band features guitarist Alex Grossi and bassist Chuck Wright.
Durbin, 28, is a former American Idol contestant who performed on the show in 2011 (pictured at right).
Durbin posted on his official Facebook the following as of late yesterday (March 1st): “BIG GAME CHANGING NEWS COMING!!! CAN’T WAIT TO ROCK YOU” (see screen capture below).
Durbin is also in the side-project (Hollywood Scars) with Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi.
Below is a link to www.Rocks-Magazine.De a German site which has released statements from Banali acknowledging the split.
We have ran the Rocks Magazine article through a translator and posted it below as well.
On April 21, the new Quiet Riot album Road Rage appears – but the singer Seann Nichols (Adler’s Appetite), who was to be heard, was already sent back to the desert. After only five concerts, the drums have been separated, as drummer Frankie Banali tells ROCKS: “Seann has done a great job on the record, but a band is not just talented – you have to get together.”
According to Banali, the customary artistic and personal differences have led to the unanimous decision that an amicable separation is in the interest of the band. “We had to make the best decision for Quiet Riot. If there are problems so early in the co-operation, it’s better to pull the emergency brake. “Over the last six years, the group has worn four singers – including Love / Hate frontman Jizzy Pearl.
As a successor to Seann Nichols, Quiet Riot have already committed James Durbin. The 28-year-old has been known in the US since his final participation in the American Idol talent show, where he joined Judas Priest in 2011. According to Banali, Durbin had long been his first choice for the singer post: “When I wrote the material for Road Rage with my songwriting partner Neil Citron, James was my favorite. Because he had other commitments, I had to look for a replacement, and Seann Nichols was the third on my candidate list. Of course, I would prefer James to be heard on Road Rage – but you can only work with the people who are currently available.”
The plans for a video clip have been rejected by Quiet Riot as a result of these recent developments: “The dilemma is that I should ask James to move his lips to the vocals of another. I do not want to put him in an unpleasant situation, which could give the fans a wrong impression. But I’ve already started writing new songs for an album with James, which will be released next year.”