Frankie Banali, the drummer of the band Quiet Riot, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
After missing a handful of live performances, Danali made an announcement on Facebook, explaining his situation. The post was made on podcaster Mitch Lafon’s page.
“Since April 17th I have been battling stage four pancreatic cancer,” he 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.”
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“The road ahead is not going to be easy but cancer has met its match and I plan to continue fighting,” read his statement. “I wish I could have been with you all at every Quiet Riot performance as this is the first time in 38 years I have ever missed a gig. Please know that if I had been able to fly on a plane and play a show nothing else would have stopped me. I am feeling much better and stronger now.”
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And because he’s feeling stronger, Banali announced that he’ll be playing with Quiet Riot live this weekend.
“I intend to play the Quiet Riot concert at the Whiskey A Go Go on Saturday October 26th and to continue touring in 2020 with Quiet Riot, so I hope to see you there.”
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The post ended with the rocker thanking fans for their support.