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PRESS PHOTO BY TINAMARIE MARTINHeavy metal band Quiet Riot performs at the Gin Mill and Grille, Northampton, Sept. 8. PRESS PHOTO BY TINAMARIE MARTINHeavy metal band Quiet Riot performs at the Gin Mill and Grille, Northampton, Sept. 8.

Gin Mill concert-goers bang their heads with Quiet Riot

Thursday, September 15, 2016 by TINAMARIE MARTIN Special to The Press in Local News

Heavy metal band Quiet Riot entertained a large crowd Sept. 8 at the Gin Mill and Grille, Northampton.

More than 100 tickets were sold for the concert, held at the 1750 Main St. bar/restaurant.

According to Frankie Banali, Quiet Riot founder and drummer, “We played in Allentown over 30 years ago. We enjoy playing for all size venues, small and personal, like the Gin Mill, to big arenas.

“My favorite songs to play are “Mental Health” and “Bang Your Head.” My favorite venues are Madison Square Garden, N.Y., and Los Angelos Forum.”

The Gin Mill and Grille was just one stop on the band’s East Coast tour.

“Eight years ago, when I purchased the Gin Mill, I had a lump in my throat knowing I had a big challenge ahead of me,” owner George Yaniger said. “It is truly an honor to bring Quiet Riot to Northampton. I still have not reached the goals that I have set upon myself as a businessman, but every day I am a bit closer. The opportunity that was presented is still much appreciated, and I feel as though I have only scratched the surface here at the Gin Mill.

“I will continue to bring great concerts to Northampton and hope that the surrounding boroughs such as Whitehall and Catasauqua will support us here at the Gin Mill. There is no need to travel to Allentown or Bethlehem when you can stay close to home and revitalize the local economy.”

Upcoming concerts at the Gin Mill and Grille include an AC/DC tribute band on Sept. 23; Badfish, Nov. 10; Stryper, Nov. 17; and Lita Ford, Dec. 1.