The drummer for a popular rock band revealed that he has been battling stage four pancreatic cancer. Frankie Banali, the drummer for Quiet Riot, sent out a message via Instagram and other social media through podcaster Mitch Lafon.
The 67-year-old Banali, the only remaining member of the metal band’s “classic lineup,” sent out a photo, taken Oct. 19, which you can see below, along with the following message:
“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.
“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. The road ahead is not going to be easy but cancer has met its match and I plan to continue fighting. 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.
“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. I appreciate all the fans that support Quiet Riot by coming to shows and I hope you will all continue that support as well as keeping me in your thoughts and prayers.
“Peace and Love, Frankie Banali”