It's not every day that a 13-year-old gets to take the stage at Whisky a Go Go, the legendary night club in Los Angeles. But Max Dubrow, daughter of The Real Housewives of Orange County's alum Heather Dubrow, recently did just that, belting out hits alongside the 1970s metal band Quiet Riot.
The teen performed with the band for a heartwarming reason. Chatting with Entertainment Tonight during the sound check, the young singer explained, "My uncle on my dad's side was the lead singer of Quiet Riot, and then he passed away. So, I'm going to be singing kind of like what he was doing." The performance marked the 10th anniversary of her uncle's death: Kevin Dubrow, Terry Dubrow's brother, passed away in November of 2007.
Mom Heather Dubrow was on hand for the sound check, and was thrilled for her budding singer. "As we were driving up, [Max] was like 'Oh, wait: It's at the Whisky?'" Heather shared with a laugh. "I don't think she realized the gravitas of the whole thing." The former RHOC pal added that the anniversary concert was "a little bittersweet," but that she knew her late brother-in-law would be "super proud."
As for how Max's onstage appearance came about, Heather explained that she and her husband keep in close contact with Kevin's former bandmates. When Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali and the band's new lead singer James Durbin came on Heather's podcast, the idea was hatched.
"We were talking and hanging out … and then we started talking about it, and Frankie said, 'Is Max still singing?' And I said, yes. And he said, 'Would she ever want to perform with us?' And I went, 'Yeah! That sounds pretty awesome,’" Heather explained.
Mom's work was done after that. After arranging Max's cameo, Heather said that she took a step back and just told her daughter to just enjoy the fun opportunity. "As controlling as I am — and you know I'm a little controlling — I believe in her," Heather said. "She's fun and talented and amazing, and all I said to her is, 'Have fun.' Because that's all it's about. It's a cool life experience. Just have fun and kill it."
As for Max's career ambitions, the teen admitted that she's "kind of" interested in pursuing her vocal talents, but she's also interested in medicine. "Isn't that funny?" Heather asked. "I'm of the musical background, and, of course, Terry's brother, and Terry's a doctor, so she likes both. So, she really is an amalgam of the two of us. So, I said, OK. She'll be a singing doctor." Sounds like a promising career to us!
And in the meantime, Terry is thrilled that Durbin is the one to carry on his brother's legacy. When the American Idol alum assumed the position of Quiet Riot's lead singer back in March, Terry told Billboard, "Finally Quiet Riot gets a vocalist that will do my brother's voice justice."