Quiet Riot's third release showed the band sticking fairly close to its strengths (melodic hard rock custom made to be blasted at parties). Bassist Rudy Sarzo was replaced by Chuck Wright (both Sarzo and Wright had been members at different times prior), as the group set out to regain the fans they lost due to singer Kevin DuBrow's press-happy motor mouth.
A heavier emphasis on keyboards suggests the band was trying to keep in step with such other chart topping bands as Night Ranger and Bon Jovi, as evidenced by the popular rocker/MTV video, "The Wild and the Young" and the more restrained "Twilight Hotel." Although QR III was greeted favorably by their remaining fans, the album failed to match the mega-sales of their debut, METAL HEALTH. With constant bickering behind the scenes, DuBrow was handed his walking papers shortly after the ensuing tour ended.