80's Rock: Britny Fox

britny_foxBritny Fox is an American glam metal band from the Philadelphia area, initially active from 1985 to 1992 then subsequently reforming in 2001. They are best known for their music video for "Girlschool" (U.S. #81) and their hit "Long Way to Love" (U.S. #100).

Britny Fox formed in 1985 in Philadelphia. The band was originally fronted by lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist "Dizzy" Dean Davidson. The band released a demo titled In America in 1986, which drummer Tony Destra reportedly played on.

The band's self-titled debut album, released in 1988, was one of the most successful premieres of the 1988-89 season, selling more than one million copies and bringing more than 625,000 fans to their 130+ shows. They also won Metal Edge Magazine's 1988 Reader's Choice Award for Best New Band. After the release of the band's second album in 1989, Boys in Heat, Davidson departed, and formed the band Blackeyed Susan. He was replaced by Las Vegas native Tommy Paris. Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde and Poison drummer Rikki Rockett guested on the band's third album, Bite Down Hard, which was released in 1991. However, the popularity of glam metal was on a decline around the time of the album's release due to the rising popularity of the grunge movement. Britny Fox disbanded in 1992.

britny_fox_1Michael Kelly Smith was previously in an early version of fellow Philadelphia glam metal band Cinderella, and later Tony Destra also played with them. Drummer Adam West, formerly of Tangier, played for Britny Fox briefly between the time of Tony Destra and Johnny Dee.

Britny Fox reunited in 2001 with the same line up before their disbandment, and released a fourth studio album, Springhead Motorshark, in 2003. The band had a summer US and European tour in 2007. Smith and Johnny Dee weren't able to tour. As a fill-in, guitarist Tommy Krash and former White Lion drummer Greg D'Angelo played instead.

In 2007, Britny Fox headlined a Massachusetts show featuring co-headliner Enuff Z Nuff and special guests Dead Men Dreaming.

As of 2008, Britny Fox has a completely new line up bar original bassist Billy Childs. The other current members are lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Jamie Fletcher, lead guitarist Greg Polcari, and drummer Henry.

Courtesy of wikipedia.org and Hair Band Rock - 80's Rock

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