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BW&BK: Any blatant "borrowing" of a Bonham drum lick on a Quiet Riot song?
Banali: "Obviously all the single bass drum triplet combinations punctuated by the snare drum as well as the triplets between the hands on the snare, toms, punctuated by the kick drum. This is really more for me on live dates than on most of the recordings with Quiet Riot because that material didn't often lend itself to that style of drumming. The track 'Condition Critical' as well as a little of the material on Terrified, Down To The Bone and Guilty Pleasures has some of that, but I have yet to get it just right on any Quiet Riot record."
BW&BK: What main stylistic influences did you "acquire" from listening to Bonham?
Banali: "It has always been more about the feel and space than anything else. Again though, without the right combination of musicians and especially the rhythm section, no matter how hard you might try to get that feel, it won't work if the other musicians don't understand that style of playing. I've come close on record with bassist Tony Franklin (ex-BLUE MURDER, THE FIRM)."
BW&BK: First Bonham moment. Where? When?
Banali: "February 14 and 15, 1969 at Thee Image Club, North Miami Beach, Florida. I was still in school, no car, no drivers license. I talked my father into buying me a ticket and driving me from Ft Lauderdale where we were living at the time. My father was great, he sat outside in his car drinking espresso, smoking Denobili cigars and reading the New York Times while I was inside having the whole way I looked at a band and music change forever. John was the most exciting drummer I had ever seen. My father asked me how it was, I was speechless, so he said 'I guess you want to come back and see them again tomorrow...' I nodded yes and he bought me a ticket for the next night and we did it all over again! LOL!"
BW&BK: Fave Bonham moment(s):
Banali: "Anything he ever played, period. Can't tell you any one particular moment that would be more than another. It would be like saying that any one shade of any color is favored more than another when they are all so wonderful."
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