Citron-Banali

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Citron-Banali is composed of award winning engineer/guitar player Neil Citron and Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot.

Guitarist/composer Neil Citron was born in Toronto, Canada and relocated with his family to California at the age of 5. He soon discovered one of his two great passions when he began martial arts training with martial arts legend Chuck Norris. In his mid teens, Neil was inspired by his cousin -- longtime Heart guitarist Howard Leese -- to learn the guitar, and music eventually consumed much of his energy; to pay for instruments, he took an after-school job teaching at Norris' Martial Arts School.

Neil's devotion to music paid off handsomely when, at 17, he made his major-label debut on Mercury Records as a songwriter and guitarist with the band HERO. With music now paying his bills, he continued recording, and a second HERO album for RCA followed. Between 1994 and 2000, Neil recorded several CDs with Lana Lane, with sales in excess of 100,000 copies in Japan alone. In 1999, he released his own instrumental CD Guitar Dreams on the Avalon label.

Citron-BanaliHis hard hitting, deep pocket, heavy rock drumming was a mainstay of the 80s LA rock scene, but Frankie Banali the person and the drummer goes much deeper than the grooves he plays with Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P. or any number of bands you may have heard him with. Citing early influences including Ringo and Charlie Watts, Frankie got heavier via the influence of John Bonham, then deeper into technique through the likes of Terry Bozzio and other progressive players. This combination of influences set him up nicely for session work with everyone from Billy Idol (Mony, Mony) and guitar whiz Gary Hoey, to Billy Thorpe, Monarch, and super-duo Glenn Hughes and Pat Thrall on their classic Hughes/Thrall album. "Still today, the track Hold Out Your Life is one of the best written and most exciting tracks that I have had the pleasure to be a part of", says Frankie. Its also a great example of Frankies ability to drive a tune through all its dynamic variations and still make it rock mercilessly. Its what he does with his longtime band Quiet Riot. Through hits like "Cum On Feel The Noize" and albums including "Metal Health", he has added something more personal than just a big drum sound. He's brought an excitement and degree of integrity to the grooves. But then thats Frankie Banali, a great drummer and person who has a deep perspective on music and life and brings a wealth of experience and commitment to every note he plays.




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