Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali revealed that he has been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.
Banali, the only member from the Metal Health-era lineup still in the band, disclosed the news of his ailment in a statement posted on podcaster Mitch Lafon‘s Facebook page.
“I just want to let all of my friends and fans know what’s going on with me and why I have unfortunately missed some appearances this year. Since April 17th, I have been battling stage four pancreatic cancer,” Banali said.
“The original prognosis was very scary. I had quite a battle on my hands and it took a lot, but I am thankful to say that after several rounds of chemo and other treatments, I am on the mend,” he added. “The road ahead is not going to be easy but cancer has met its match and I plan to continue fighting.”
Banali noted that this is the first time in 38 years he has ever missed a gig. He told fans that he is feeling “much better and stronger now”.
Banali said he plans to play the Quiet Riot concert at the Whisky A Go Go on October 26 and to continue touring with the band in 2020.
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