Quiet Riot Release ‘Metal Health’ – The 1st Heavy Metal Album to Hit #1 – Kevin Dubrow, Rudy Sarzo, Frankie Banali, Carlos Cavazo + Interview

On March 11, 1983, Quiet Riot released their third album, Metal Health. The album has the distinction of being the first heavy metal album ever to reach #1 on the Billboard 200. It has sold over 6 million copies in the United States alone and over 10 million worldwide.

Kevin DuBrow – lead vocals
Carlos Cavazo – guitars, backing vocals
Rudy Sarzo – bass guitar, backing vocals
Frankie Banali – drums, backing vocal

*Chuck Wright plays bass guitar on “Metal Health” & “Don’t Wanna Let You Go.”

Recorded @ Pasha Music House, North Hollywood, California

Engineered & Mixed by Duane Baron

Produced by Spencer Proffer

The band’s cover of the Slade song, “Cum on Feel the Noize” sold over a million copies in the United States and peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The single, “Metal Health,” reached #31 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The music video for “Metal Health” was filmed in the Walt Disney Modular Theater and the California Institute of the Arts. The total cost was $19,000.

The main riff of “Metal Health” comes from an older track entitled “No More Booze,” which was originally performed by Snow, Carlos and Tony Cavazo’s pre-Quiet Riot band.

Quiet Riot supported Black Sabbath (fronted by Ian Gillan) on their Born Again tour in the US.

Here’s an old-school full in bloom interview with Quiet Riot vocalist Kevin Dubrow, where the singer talks about the making of Metal Health. The interview was conducted a few months before his death and was transferred from cassette.