You know the type of '80s rocker--tight pants, bleached hair, long tongue. Though pop metal (or, to some, "hair metal") is often remembered for big-name bands like Twisted Sister and Mötley Crüe, Kevin Dubrow, the front man for Quiet Riot, was a key force in popularizing the genre. His frequent diatribes against other musicians--and his own record company--could grate. But his gravelly vocals on songs like Cum on Feel the Noize helped propel Riot's 1983 album, Metal Health, to No. 1 on Billboard's pop charts, a first for a metal band. Dubrow had just finished a U.S. tour to promote Riot's 2006 album,...

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