Good news for those worried about Quiet Riot’s Frankie Banali. The drummer is not on his deathbed, as was previously feared.
According to Banali’s wife Regina, Frankie has been admitted to the hospital with an infection, a result of his pancreatic cancer, and should be cleared and ready to go home soon. In a post to her Facebook page Tuesday morning (16) she wrote,
“Frankie is not on his deathbed. He has been in the ER several times during this journey. He currently has an infection, again. That will get cleared up and he will come home. Thank you all. You can keep up the prayers and good thoughts for him as he is fighting a tough battle.”
Frankie shared his wife’s post later in the day, adding,
“This is from the lady in the know. I have an infection that needs to be dealt with along with several procedures that need to be addressed. Hopefully this ‘Disneyland’ visit will not be too long and i can return home to make my green tea… do my flower arrangements, work on my art and get into my usual home quarentine trouble…. My sincere thanks to everyone for their love, well wishes, prayers and concern! I know you all rock…. but you already knew that!
On Monday, Banali shared a photo of himself in a hospital bed to his Facebook page with the caption “Just admitted to the Emergency Room at Kaiser [Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center in Woodland Hills, CA]… It occured to me that this is just like Disneyland except the lines are shorter & the rides are painfully slow… and the price of admission… OMG!” That was followed by a post expressing affection for his bandmates saying “LOVE YOU Chuck Wright LOVE YOU Alex Grossi.”
He continued spreading the love on Tuesday, sharing a photo to his Facebook page of him and Jizzy Pearl with the caption “I LOVE MY BROTHER THE KING Jizzy Pearl!”. He also shouted out his fans for their continued support and prayers, saying,
“THE FIGHT IS REAL… THE HYDRO SCANS ARE REAL… THE PLETHORA OF MEDICATIONS ARE REAL… THE PAIN IS REAL… JUST GRADUATED TO MORPHINE… THE FIGHT CONTINUES…. THANK YOU FOR THE PRAYERS, WELL WISHES AND SUPPORT! LOVE ALWAYS!”
Banali revealed in October 2019 that he had been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. His recovery forced him to sit out on a handful of shows last year, leading to the band touring without any members of their classic line-up for the first time ever. Banali is currently undergoing his 21st round of chemotherapy.
“I’m still fighting the good fight,” Banali told SiriusXM’s ‘Trunk Nation’ show on June 10. “I’m still doing the chemotherapy. I switched to a different chemotherapy a few months ago. And the side effects on this one are pretty brutal, and they pretty much last into the next round of chemo. So you kind of don’t get a break for about three weeks, and then you get about maybe 10 days off, and then the cycle starts again. But it’s part of what I’m doing.”
He continued in the same interview,
“The situation that I’m in is not a sprint, really — it is the longest race I can possibly make out of my situation. So you have to be really, really careful how you read into some of these things, because something can look elevated, but then if you look at a scan — one of my internal scans — it’s not as bad as the numbers say. But it’s a deadly disease — there’s no question about it — and I know that that’s what eventually is gonna kill me. In the meantime, I’m just trying to put that day off as far back as I possibly can.”
Quiet Riot released their latest album, Hollywood Cowboys, in 2019.