Rich Quarantello knew he had made it when he heard his band’s song playing on the radio, followed immediately in rotation by the Stone Temple Pilots. A vision he and his twin brother had since childhood, it wasn’t until after college when the pair moved to Vegas and started Cynics, an indie dance rock band.
A few small gigs and bartending jobs later, Rich’s brother made a fateful connection with the manager of The Killers that would lead them to playing sold out crowds. Success came quick, and for the next two years the band toured and made a music video, even getting airplay in Germany and France. But with the future of the music industry unstable and the desire for a steady paycheck, at 28 years old, Richard played his final gig opening for Imagine Dragons at the Hard Rock. He then packed up his car, drove to Florida, and pursued a career in sales at City Furniture.
And in the last four years, he hasn’t had a single regret. “Did I tour the world? No. But did I achieve a level of rock stardom that most people never will? Heck yeah, and that was enough for me.”