Banali was a public presence on his disease’s progress since his initial diagnosis in April 2019. Although he missed several shows during treatment, he was active on social media. A GoFundMe page was created to assist Banali with his battle, raising more than $47,000.
Banali was born in Queens, N.Y., on Nov. 14, 1951, moving to Los Angeles in the mid 1970s. He was first a drummer in the revived New Steppenwolf, led by former bassist Nick St. Nicholas. He left that gig in 1979 and began working with singer Kevin DuBrow, whose Quiet Riot disbanded when guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Rudy Sarzo left to join Ozzy Osbourne.