Former QUIET RIOT Singer Mark Huff Says He Found About His Firing Online

April 24, 2012, 8 years ago

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Mark Huff was hired on as lead singer for QUIET RIOT in September of 2010, filling the big shoes of late singer Kevin DuBrow. Then early this year Huff suffered a serious health condition requiring brain surgery and then he soon found out he was ousted from the band. He has since been replaced by two singers - ex-MONTROSE vocalist Keith St. John and his replacement in March, Scott Vokoun.

"I've never had any problems like this in my life," Mark Huff tells's Ruben Mosqueda. "I woke up on January 1st (2012) and I had a seizure. I woke up in the hospital actually. I was told that I had an AVM, which is arteriovenous malformation, in my brain. I was told that it was something that needed to be taken care of right away, but I would make a full recovery. I contacted the guys in Quiet Riot and let them know. In the coming days no one from Quiet Riot came down to see me. I had to find out through the internet that I had been fired from the band."

Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali wrote at the time: "With regards to Mark Huff; my policy has always been not to air out the dirty laundry in public. That policy remains the same even in light of those who chose to make accusations. The fact is that Mr. Huff's medical condition had nothing to do with the decision that was made, though it is unfortunate that it comes at such a time. His wife assured me that Mark would be home this week, and as legal protocol dictated, a certified letter was sent informing Mark of the decision that was made and why it was made. The content of that letter is a private matter unless Mr. Huff decides to make the reason for his dismissal made public, which I believe would be counterproductive for him. I will not go tit for tat with this issue. If certain persons wish to villainize me, that is their prerogative."

But the firing still doesn't sit well with Huff. "As far as reasons for being fired; I had been signed on for the year (2012). I had dates, I had flight itineraries, and I was ready to go," continues the singer. "This was something that came out of nowhere. I understand people need to get back to work but I'm not happy at how they went about it. I'm past that now, but I don't like when people go out of their way to stifle my mouth about the truth. I'm an honest, hard-working person and a skilled musician. I deserve respect - that's the bottom line."


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