Ex-QUIET RIOT bassist Rudy Sarzo spoke to Headbanger's Blog about the passing of his former bandmate, QUIET RIOT singer Kevin DuBrow.
"All of us are in shock trying to deal with this," Sarzo told Headbanger's Blog. "The last thing you expect when you get up in the morning is something like this. He was somebody who really loved life. He loved to have fun and have a great time. Every day to him was like a party — that's what it was like when I played with him."
Sarzo added, "I think he’ll be remembered for being a hell of a rock singer. He was definitely one of the best singers of the '80s."
Katherine Turman, a music journalist who produces Alice Cooper's radio show, "Nights With Alice Cooper", praised DuBrow's dynamic state presence. "I was in high school the first time I saw Kevin at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, and I remember loving their song 'Slick Black Cadillac'," she told Headbanger's Blog. "Kevin was a super-energetic performer and listeners need to know there was more to QUIET RIOT than SLADE covers."
Former RIP magazine editor and "Life on Planet Rock" author Lonn Friend, who was good friends with DuBrow, told Headbanger's Blog that the singer refused to dwell on the past and lived to the fullest. "He was never without a smile on his face or a bounce in his step. It didn't matter what rug he plopped on his head or what folks might be saying about the guy he was in the spandex-clad past, Kevin didn't give a f— anymore. He was content playing his own rock, venturing out to see his musical peers shred it loud and hard and totally enjoying the second half of his life."