Entisen Quiet Riot -solisti Mark Huffin kanssa esiintynyt Steel Mountain Crossing laittaa pillit pussiin. Kitaristi Dennis DiNunzio kertoo lopettamispäätöksen taustalla olevan koronaviruksen aiheuttama musiikkialan suvanto ja erimielisyydet Huffin kanssa.
DiNunzio toivottaa erimielisyyksistä huolimatta Huffille ”onnea ja menestystä” tämän maalaus- ja puutöiden parissa ja kertoo pitäytyvänsä visusti kitaransoiton parissa:
”I have officially folded SMC and my decision to leave is the first step to continue to move forward. I wish Mark the best with his painting and carpentry and his tribute band.
I was in an Ozzy (Osbourne) tribute band for 20 plus years. Right now, I want to play original music with like-minded artists. I was a big Quiet Riot fan as a child and it was fun to collaborate with Mark at times. I have nothing against any member or former members of QR. It was a thrill to play QR songs with him. I love playing Randy Rhoads guitar and can all night.
I want to thank everyone who supported the project from the potential labels to the people who created the Facebook page and did social media for us. I don’t compete with anyone. I believe in labels and the workers they have that show up to work every day from 9 to 5, I enjoy working with the industry and I personally let them do their job. After playing guitar for over three decades, not once has anyone in the industry told me how or what to play. I certainly would not tell anyone at a label interested in collaborating how to run their label or how to sell a rock ‘n’ roll band in this or any other climate.
I play and create music for the fun of it. Right now, I think I have found the musicians and industry folk I want to play and work with, I am also talking with some bands I am pretty sure you all have heard of. To be honest I am not political, I am just a guitarist. I am not a manager or a psychiatrist or a recording engineer. I try to keep my mouth shut and focus on playing hard and heavy electric guitar. I show up on time I do my homework at home.
I have the same problems everyone else has, but when the chance comes to play, I can appreciate that and can very easily focus. It’s all great when people support you to get your groove on, but most people don’t realize that in the entertainment industry you have to get your groove on and play 120 percent under every and any circumstance; not just when people kiss your ass. I played the ’Rhoads To Riot’ guitar tracks with a broken right thumb, I couldn’t hold a pick if I was paid to.
Looking forward to get back out to see you all again. Hopefully this will happen sooner than later. Best of luck to Mark and Quiet Riot whatever form they may be in. Peace! God Bless!”