During his August 22 episode of “Saturday Night Special,” FOZZY frontman Chris Jericho paid a tribute to drummer Frankie Banali, who passed away last week. Jericho sang a cappella version of QUIET RIOT‘s “Metal Health,” which can be seen below. The tribute starts at around 1:01:00 mark.
Jericho earlier paid tribute to Banali in an Instagram post, writing: “Sorry to hear about the passing of #FrankieBanali, one of the greatest rock drummers of the 80s w @quietriotband & #WASP. I had the pleasure of having him and his old band mate and my brother @sarzo.rudy on #TalkIsJericho about 5 years ago…he was a great guest and an amazing storyteller. Rest well Frankie and say hi to Kevin & Randy for us….”
Frankie was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer on April 17, 2019 and given six months to live. He put up an inspiringly brave and courageous 16-month battle to the end and continued playing live as long as he could. Standard chemotherapy stopped working and a series of strokes made the continuation on a clinical trial impossible.