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Quiet Riot will be playing a show next month in Arkansas that will put in place various social distancing guidelines.

Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali told Eddie Trunk (as transcribed by Blabbermouth) that the show will be taking place on July 4 at the Magic Springs Theme and Water Park in Hot Springs, Ark. Banali said, “…I am told officially through e-mails that the city has approved the date and they’ve approved it for as much as a three-thousand capacity. So it should be interesting.”

Banali continued, “I’m still waiting to see what’s gonna happen, because you don’t know if two weeks out, or a week out before the show, all of a sudden, that part of Arkansas gets shut down, locked down, the show is canceled or postponed to another date. And in the meantime, you have expenses — flights and hotels and all this kind of nonsense that you have to deal with.”

Magic Spring Theme and Water Park shared via their website, “To ensure everyone’s enjoyment it is highly recommended that concert attendees bring blankets as social distancing guidelines of six feet will be enforced. We ask your assistance in self-distancing your group from others. Due to these restrictions, reserved seating sales will continue to be suspended. Those who have purchased reserved seats will be provided updates individually via email. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.”

Banali went public in October 2019 with a diagnosis with stage four pancreatic cancer, but despite him being vulnerable to COVID-19, he said, “Early on [during the coronavirus pandemic], my wife put us both on home watch, and we just really haven’t been out of the house with the exception of going into my doctor’s to get treatments. I have to be very, very careful, because I’m in the age group, and because of serious underlying conditions, I’m at the top of the list that if I did get coronavirus, I probably would not survive it…I ended up having two more trips into the hospital with blockages. There’s always something — it’s a one step forward, two steps back, kind of situation. But I’m willing to fight it out.”


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