Well now you’re here, there’s no way back, Indie, 2014.
I’ve been hearing for years about Frankie Banali and how he was working on a documentary on the band. Now we finally have this documentary in the form of Well now you’re here, there’s no way back.
I think some were skeptical about the film, possibly thinking that this would be Banali’s attempt to erase the Randy Rhoads era of QR and erase the original Quiet Riot. This could not be further from the truth. The documentary pays tribute to every aspect of the band and covers it’s history, good or bad. It’s not perfect, but it’s very much what Frankie promised.
The movie comes across as well composed and thought-out and documentary. Nothing exceptional, yet it serves as a fitting coverage of Quiet Riot’s entire career. It’s also a tribute to Kevin DuBrow in it’s own way. There should have been more on the early days, pre-Banali era, (as l’m sure fans will agree with me). It’s also a very heavy on the recent comeback years, but overall it works. The documentary features a lot of old clips of the guys goofing arounds being young, dumb and stupid. I loved seeing Frankie talk with Rudy Sarzo about DuBrow and Randy Rhoads.
“Regardless of your stance on QR without DuBrow, by the end you’re cheering for Frankie.”
I was a little perplexed that classic lineup guitarist Carlos Cavaza was only featured briefly although it seems his lack of involvement in this project was his own choice. Speaking of guests, people like Glen Hughes, Dee Snider, Steven Adler, Matt Sorum, Martha Quinn, Eddie Trunk, MTV VJ Martha Quinn and more were interviewed. Everything considered, it’s a decent list of guests. It was also great to see members of the Rhoads family share their thoughts about Kevin and Randy.
It was fascinating to see Frankie explain to Dubrow’s successor, Mark Hoffman, what he thought could have done better during Quiet Riot’s first comeback show in 2010. It’s amazing to see the band on the road struggling and at one point, Hoffman forgets the words to “Cum On Feel The Noize”, yikes!
There are many other horrible and Spinal Tap-esque moments for this lineup. After deciding to part ways and the band set for singer Scott Vokoun, later to be succeeded by Jizzy Pearl. Who knows who will be singing for the band by the time you read this, but it’s safe to say QR will go on for some time.
I give Banali a lot of credit because he’s always more than kind and gracious to fans. His drive and desire to continue when he faces adversity is immense. After watching the documentary l’ve gained new respect for Banali and renewed appreciation for Quiet Riot.
One can’t help but feel empathy when watching Frankie deal with death of Kevin DuBrow and it’s impact on his life. In these visible struggles you connect with Banali. Kevin died but Frankie still has to live with the repercussions on a daily basis. Banali has been facing tremendous backlash from fans and metal websites for his decision to retire, then un-retire Quiet Riot.
Frankie lost his dad when he was young, took care of his mother who later passed away, his wife died, Kevin DuBrow died… Loss certainly seems to be a reoccurring theme in his life. It makes the drummer’s story that much more relatable. Regardless of your stance on QR without DuBrow, by the end you’re cheering for Frankie.
Well now you’re here, there’s no way back really is the story of Quiet Riot past, present and future. It’s also the story of Frankie Banali, a man who learns to forgive, accept and move on. This film has been compared to the Anvil documentary and I can see that in some aspects (mainly in the obstacles QR faces on the road), however Quiet Riot was much bigger and more successful than Anvil ever was and they have a longer and more compelling history.
It’s worth viewing for the Quiet Riot fan, if you enjoy a good music bio or learning about the ups and downs of the music business. The documentary is a little over 100 minutes, yet l’m not convinced everything that was in the documentary required inclusion. It makes for good viewing but ultimately it’s not as effective as it could have been and that’s largely because there are already many of these types of documentaries out there.. 3.5 stars/5 stars.