Kevin Mark DuBrow (October 29, 1955 − November 25, 2007) was an American rock singer best known as the lead vocalist of theheavy metal band Quiet Riot from 1975 until 1987, and again from 1990 until his death in 2007.
Quiet Riot was formed by Randy Rhoads and bassist Kelly Garni (who would be replaced by Rudy Sarzo) in 1975, who recruited DuBrow and drummer Drew Forsyth. This lineup disbanded in 1980 when Rhoads went on to join Ozzy Osbourne's band, with Rhoads personally enlisting Greg Leon as his replacement. For a time the band's name was changed to DuBrow, which had a rotating lineup of members including Leon, Chuck Wright, Frankie Banali, with brothers Tony and Carlos Cavazo. After the death of Rhoads in a plane crash in 1982, while on tour with Osbourne, DuBrow changed the name of the band back to Quiet Riot. Rudy Sarzo left Osbourne’s band and rejoined Quiet Riot shortly before the release of Metal Health, which went to the top of the charts, making Quiet Riot the first metal band to achieve number one status on their (U.S. release) debut album. Their singles included “Cum on Feel the Noize" (originally written and recorded by English band Slade in 1973), and "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)".
In February 1987, DuBrow was fired from Quiet Riot. This was decided during a Japanese tour in December 1986 and came as a result of DuBrow’s verbal attacks on newer bands of the same genre, which negatively affected the band’s reputation. Shortly afterwards, DuBrow signed with Kim Richards for personal management. With Richards’ help, DuBrow formed and began recording with a new band named “Pretty Women”. Richards, who was working on the soundtrack for the Blake Edwards directed movie “Switch” at the time, arranged for the DuBrow penned “Slam Dunk” to be included on the movie’s soundtrack.
On November 25, 2007, Kevin DuBrow was found dead at his home in Las Vegas. Friends had been unable to contact DuBrow for a week, and he had failed to show up to thanksgiving arrangements he had made as well as a party hosted by his friend Glenn Hughes. According to Hughes, DuBrow had told him a few days before he was unable to be contacted that he wanted to make changes to his lifestyle. Initial reports of his death were confirmed by local authorities and reported by major news outlets the following day. The cause of death was established to be an accidental cocaine overdose. KTNV in Las Vegas reported that he had died about six days before his discovery, November 19, 2007. Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali had also confirmed DuBrow’s death in an email to Spain's The Metal Circus. Banali wrote:
“Please respect my privacy as I mourn the passing and honor the memory of my dearest friend Kevin DuBrow.”