Hair Band Rock Hair Band Rock - The Official 80's Rock Fan Club Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:15:18 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb 80's Rock: Megadeth megadethMegadeth is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1983. Founded by guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine and bassist Dave Ellefson following Mustaine's expulsion from Metallica, the band has since released 12 studio albums, three live albums, two EPs, 26 singles, 32 music videos, four compilations and one box set. As a pioneer of the American thrash metal movement, Megadeth rose to international fame in the 1980s and was ranked as one of the "Big Four of Thrash" along with Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, who were responsible for creating, developing and popularizing the thrash metal sub-genre.

megadeth_1Megadeth has experienced numerous line-up changes, due partly to the band's notorious substance abuse problems. From 1983 to 2002 — and as of February 8, 2010 — Mustaine and Ellefson are the only original members of the band, with Mustaine being the only constant member. After finding sobriety and securing a stable line-up, Megadeth went on to release a string of platinum and gold albums, including the platinum-selling landmark Rust in Peace in 1990, and the Grammy nominated, multi-platinum Countdown to Extinction in 1992.


Megadeth disbanded in 2002 after Mustaine suffered a severe nerve injury to his left arm. However, following extensive physical therapy, Mustaine reformed the band in 2004 and released The System Has Failed, followed by United Abominations in 2007; the albums debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #18 and #8, respectively. Megadeth, along with their new lead guitarist Chris Broderick, released their twelfth studio album, titled Endgame, on September 15, 2009, which debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200, marking Megadeth's fifth top 10 album.

megadeth_dave_mustaine_1In the band's 26 active years, there have been over 20 individuals that have all officially been a part of the group at different times, with Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson being the only original members still in the line-up, with Ellefson leaving temporarily. Megadeth is known for its distinctive, technical instrumental style, often featuring dense, intricate passages and trade off guitar solos, as well as for Mustaine's recurring lyrical themes including politics, war, addiction, personal relationships and religious themes. Megadeth has sold over 25 million albums worldwide, with five consecutive albums being certified platinum or multi-platinum in the USA. The band has also been nominated nine times for Best Metal Performance.

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80's Rock: Badlands Badlands was a short-lived rock band founded by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee and former Black Sabbath members Ray Gillen and Eric Singer. Badlands also featured bassist Greg Chaisson. After the first Badlands album, Eric Singer was replaced by Jeff Martin. The group lasted from 1988 to 1993 and released two albums, Badlands (1989) and Voodoo Highway (1991) before Gillen left and was replaced by singer John West from New York. Ray's death in 1993 effectively ended any hopes of re-uniting the project. The album Dusk (originally recorded in 1992 - 1993) was posthumously released in 1998.


After touring with Ozzy Osbourne in support of the Ultimate Sin album, Lee was fired in a telegram from Sharon Osborne while working on one of his muscle cars back in Los Angeles. Lee was completely caught off guard at the time of his firing as he was under the impression he had a solid working gig with the Osborne camp. Wishing to distance himself as much as possible from his former boss, he set about looking for a charismatic front man with which to launch a new band. He found just that when he met Ray Gillen, a struggling vocalist who had just been separated from Black Sabbath after a short time. Within weeks, the duo had enlisted bassist Greg Chaisson and Gillen's former Black Sabbath bandmate Eric Singer on drums.

badlands_1Badlands album
The band released Badlands in June 1989 to good reviews. The band released videos for the songs "Dreams In The Dark" and the Zeppelin-like "Winter's Call", and both enjoying decent airplay on MTV. This boosted the album to its peak on Billboard's album charts at no. 57.

Voodoo Highway
Eric Singer soon quit Badlands and later joined Paul Stanley's solo club band which later earned him a new job with KISS following the death of drummer Eric Carr. Badlands picked up Jeff Martin, former vocalist for Surgical Steel and Racer X to take over on drums, and the band released Voodoo Highway in 1991. However, Badlands was slowly breaking apart at the seams. During the recording process, Lee accused Gillen of conspiring with their label to push the band in a more commercial direction. This subsequently led to Gillen being fired. However, since a tour of the UK had already been booked, the vocalist was temporarily re-admitted for its completion. Unfortunately, this wasn't well-publicised in the UK press and the tour attendance was possibly affected.

badlands_2Decline and breakup
While Voodoo Highway was being recorded and produced, band tensions began to rise. The band also refused to co-operate with Atlantic Records, who demanded a songwriter (Desmond Child) be hired to help write songs with the band. Lee refused and stated "They'd rather make money touring than releasing an album they did not believe in". Meanwhile, Gillen had been writing his own material that the band could supposedly use and had called Atlantic to tell them he had three or four songs ready that all had potential to be hits. However, the band had other ideas and refused to record them. Gillen called Atlantic again and told them that the band were not interested and that they needed to pressure the band into recording the songs. The band continued to refuse claiming the songs were of an average standard. The band was subsequently dropped from Atlantic after the album was released. After the dispute of the material Gillen had recorded, he quit the band claiming that Lee was a lazy musician, unlike his former band mate Tony Iommi. Lee hired Debby Holiday to replace Gillen on their UK tour. However, Gillen was drafted back in to complete the tour before finally exiting the band.

badlands_jake-e-leeKerrang! articles
After Gillen left the band and announced his replacement, Lee was contacted by Kerrang! magazine to talk about the new vocalist. The majority of fans and listeners were still shocked at the news that a female soul singer had been chosen to replace Gillen. The interview with Lee was published in issue #399 and readers were shocked at the speed at which Lee and Gillen's friendship had fallen apart. Lee talked only briefly about Gillen's replacement and much of the article was based on Gillen's erratic behaviour. He also raised over Gillen's personal life. In issue 401, Gillen responded by addressing many of the points that Lee had made claiming them to be falsified or exaggerated. He spoke of the reason he had returned to the band and proceeded to call Lee a lazy musician and claimed Lee "couldn't wear Van Halen's socks, because if he could, we'd be writing good songs". He also talked briefly of his future endeavours.

On-stage confrontation
On Thursday, July 2 the band played at the London Astoria. Just a few songs in, Gillen pulled out a copy of the Kerrang! magazine that had been released with Lee's story in it and shouted to the crowd "there's two sides to every story" while Lee stood there and mouthed "Its all true". Questions were being raised whether the band would continue or whether Gillen and Lee would fight it out on stage there and then. However, the band did continue and played the rest of its set.

In Kerrang! issue #400, Neil Jeffries reviewed the gig and claimed that he had never seen a band with so much tension play so superbly. He praised Lee's guitar work and claimed the band were absolutely superb despite their obvious feuds.

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80's Rock: Jane's Addiction janes_addictionJane's Addiction is an American alternative rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. The band is composed of Perry Farrell (vocals), Dave Navarro (guitar), Eric Avery (bass) and Stephen Perkins (drums). After breaking up in 1991, Jane's Addiction briefly toured in 1997, reunited in 2001 and then parted ways in 2004. Jane's Addiction have since reunited again in 2008, with founding member Eric Avery returning on bass. The band's varied musical style has influences rooted in a variety of genres including gothic rock and heavy metal.

Jane's Addiction was one of the first bands to emerge from the early 1990s alternative rock movement to gain mainstream media attention and commercial success in the United States. Their initial farewell tour launched the first Lollapalooza festival, an alternative rock showcase. As a result, Jane's Addiction became icons of what Farrell dubbed the "Alternative Nation".

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Formation and Jane's Addiction (1985–1987)
janes_addiction_4Jane's Addiction formed out of the ashes of frontman Perry Farrell's previous band, Psi-com. In the summer of 1985, Farrell was searching for a new bass player for the faltering Psi-com when he was introduced to Eric Avery. Farrell and Avery bonded over a mutual appreciation for Joy Division and The Velvet Underground and began to practice together, even though Avery never did become a full-fledged member of Farrell's disintegrating group. The new band was dubbed "Jane's Addiction" in honor of Farrell's housemate, Jane Bainter, who was addicted to drugs. In its early incarnation, Jane's Addiction went through three guitarists and featured Matt Chaikin, formerly of Kommunity FK, on drums.

After Chaikin failed to show up for several rehearsals, Farrell began seeking a new drummer. Avery's younger sister Rebecca suggested her boyfriend Stephen Perkins. Avery was uncertain because of their differing tastes in music, but eventually relented. After Perkins was hired, the drummer and Rebecca Avery promised to get their friend Dave Navarro into the group. Based on Perkins' recommendation, the band auditioned Navarro and subsequently hired him.

Jane's Addiction became a sensation on the Los Angeles club scene, primarily headlining at Scream. The band soon gained interest from a variety of record labels. While the group had decided to sign with Warner Bros. Records, Jane's Addiction insisted on releasing its debut on independent record label Triple X Records first. The band's manager negotiated the largest advance up to that point, with Warner Bros. signing the band for between $250,000 to $300,000. In January 1987, the band recorded its debut record Jane's Addiction during a live performance at The Roxy for a cost of $4,000. Before the album was released, Jane's Addiction supported British band Love and Rockets on a two-month tour in late 1987.

janes_addiction_2Nothing's Shocking (1987–1989)
In January 1988, Jane's Addiction went into the studio to record its first studio album, Nothing's Shocking. Warner Bros. gave Jane's Addiction a list of producers to choose from, but the group chose Dave Jerden. During recording, the band almost broke up over financial royalties; Perry Farrell wanted 62.5 percent of the royalties leaving the rest of the band members with 12.5 percent each. Avery said the incident had a profound effect on the band, creating an internal fracture. Not long after the royalties dispute, Farrell and Avery had a falling out. This was the result of Avery's newfound sobriety as well as an incident where Farrell believed that the bassist had drunkenly tried to pick up his girlfriend.

Nothing's Shocking was released in 1988. "Mountain Song" was released as a single; however, MTV refused to air the song's music video due to a scene containing nudity. Farrell then decided to release the music video commercially with added live footage to create the Soul Kiss home video. Due to lack of airplay on MTV and modern rock radio, the album only sold 200,000 to 250,000 copies in its first year of release.

After the album's release, the band went on tour, opening for Iggy Pop and The Ramones. By the end of the tour, Jane's Addiction was headlining clubs and theaters. The band was nominated for the inaugural Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental the following year.

Ritual de lo Habitual and first breakup (1989–1991)
janes_addiction_1Jane's Addiction was scheduled to begin recording its next album in mid-1989. However due to his rift with Avery, Farrell did not show up at the studio for weeks, so the band and returning producer Dave Jerden decided to begin recording without him. Farrell and Avery ultimately decided to come in and record at separate times. During the sessions, the group took a break for several months before it resumed recording. Farrell briefly attended drug rehabilitation, while Navarro later stated he had almost no recollection of working on the album due to his addiction to heroin. Ritual de lo Habitual was released in 1990. To support the album, the band embarked on a 13-month tour. Farrell recalled, "That thirteen-month tour behind Ritual was half the reason we wound up unable to stand one another."

Part of the tour included headlining the first Lollapalooza festival, which travelled across North America in the summer of 1991. The festival, created by Perry Farrell and Marc Geiger, was to become a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction, but at the same time it was a music festival with bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Butthole Surfers, Fishbone, The Rollins Band, The Violent Femmes, Body Count, and Ice T. During this time Jane's Addiction began to get more exposure than they had ever before. "Been Caught Stealing" and "Stop!" became smash hit singles and received solid amounts of air time on MTV. During the very first Lollapalooza show, Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro got into a fight onstage after the two had begun violently bumping each other mid-song. The band walked off stage, but came back to play an encore, but the fight continued and Navarro eventually threw his guitar up into the crowd. The band however, continued the tour and played about 25 more Lollapalooza shows.

In late 1991, Avery told Navarro that he planned on leaving the band. Navarro quickly agreed to doing the same thing. The two told management, who in turn tried to convince them to play in Japan, but Avery and Navarro only wanted to play as much was contractually obligated. Jane's Addiction played its last shows in Australia and Hawaii before disbanding.


Solo projects and 1997 reunion (1992–2001)
The band members pursued other projects in the 1990s. Farrell and Perkins formed another band, Porno for Pyros, and had some success with their two albums, Porno For Pyros (1993) and Good God's Urge (1996); meanwhile, Avery and Navarro formed Deconstruction and put out a self-titled one-off album in 1994. Dave Navarro joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1993 and in the same year Stephen Perkins started a band named Banyan, with core members Nels Cline, Mike Watt, and Willie Waldman (with revolving studio guests). Banyan have released three albums as of 2008, their self titled-debut, Any Time at All and Live At Perkins Place.

Dave Navarro and the Red Hot Chili Peppers's Flea joined Porno for Pyros to record "Hard Charger" in 1997 for Howard Stern's movie, Private Parts soundtrack which led to a brief Jane's Addiction Relapse tour with Flea replacing Avery as bassist, after he declined an invitation to rejoin the band. They produced a compilation album titled Kettle Whistle with two new songs that Flea plays on put into this album.

Strays (2001–2004)
The 2001 Jubilee Tour featured all the old Jane's Addiction songs, while showcasing the recent solo release from Navarro, Trust No One. Fans were told to expect a "Sexual Psycho Circus, I am not sure if you will want to quote me on that, but fans will see half-naked, penny rafters, guitar solos, and tribal drums..." This was exactly what the fans got. During renditions of Classic Girl, illuminated, scantily clad stage dancers filled the arenas. For the tour, again Avery declined any involvement. With Flea busy with the Chili Peppers, Porno for Pyros bassist Martyn LeNoble was brought in to fill the gap. Following the success of this tour, the band decided to record a follow-up album to 1990's Ritual De Lo Habitual and tapped Chris Chaney to replace LeNoble on bass. They entered the studio with legendary producer Bob Ezrin in 2001, recording as a band for the first time in over 10 years. The result was the group's final album, Strays. Some of the songs (or parts of songs) dated far back in the band's history, while others were brand new. Critics were generally favorable, with Rolling Stone reporting that "The band sounds familiar" and "beefier" though without the "glint of madness" of the original line-up. There was tension in the band throughout 2003 and disagreements over which festivals and venues to play, as well as artwork for the new album. The first single, "Just Because", was a minor hit, though the sixth song on the record, "Superhero", garnered much more exposure as the featured theme song of HBO's hit series Entourage.

The band spent 2003 on an extensive worldwide touring in support of Strays, including, in a homecoming of sorts, a summer headliner slot in a reincarnated Lollapalooza U.S. tour. Jane's Addiction once again broke up towards the end of their 2003 touring and canceled several dates. Perry Farrell refused to record or tour in order to focus his attention on the 2004 incarnation of the Lollapalooza Festival (which was later cancelled due to dismal ticket sales). Although exact details surrounding the band's demise are sparse, Navarro claimed on his website, in June 2004, that the reasons for the breakup were essentially the same as they were in 1991.

Second breakup (2004–2008)
During their second major split, the band were involved in a number of other projects. Navarro, Perkins, and Chaney formed a new band, The Panic Channel, with singer Steve Isaacs, who together released one album, titled (ONe), in 2006. Perry Farrell, together with former Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, formed The Satellite Party. The band signed with Columbia Records and released their debut album, Ultra Payloaded in 2007. Eric Avery signed with Dangerbird Records for the release of his solo album Help Wanted in 2008.

A Greatest Hits album titled Up From the Catacombs - The Best of Jane's Addiction was released on Sept. 19, 2006.

Reunion and NIN/JA Tour (2008–Present)
Jane's Addiction performed at the first-ever NME Awards USA on April 23, 2008, with the reunited core line-up of Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Eric Avery, and Stephen Perkins. This was the first performance with bassist Eric Avery since 1991, taking place after their acceptance speech for the "Godlike Genius Award". To follow this up, the original line up performed their first full set in 17 years in Los Angeles on October 23, 2008 at La Cita Bar, and played two further club gigs at the El Cid in Los Angeles on November 20. and the Echoplex on February 16, 2009.

Around this time, photos of Eric Avery, Stephen Perkins, and Dave Navarro, taken by Trent Reznor, appeared on Nine Inch Nails' official web site, leading to speculation that Reznor could be helping Jane's Addiction record new material. Reznor subsequently posted a blog entry announcing that Jane's Addiction would accompany Nine Inch Nails on their summer 2009 tour, which kicked off on May 8 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

To accompany the tour, newly recorded versions of "Chip Away" and "Whores" have been released for free via the official tour website. Regarding the tracks, Perry Farrell states that: "just to get some creative juice flowing, we went into the studio for about two weeks. We had the idea to re-record two tunes, just because they'd never been done officially in the studio. And we had some fun writing some new things. A handful that are close to finished, but not quite done. But there's no rush to put anything out at this point." Discussing the tracks on his blog, guitarist Dave Navarro stated, "The thinking being that we wanted to give our longtime listeners something to celebrate the tour and "Whores" has always been one of the tracks that defined Jane's early on."

A box-set, entitled A Cabinet of Curiosities, was also released to accompany the NIN/JA tour in April 2009.

With the NIN/JA tour now finished, the band will embark on a number of dates throughout Australia and Europe including the 2009 T in the Park and Rock'n Coke festivals.

While Jane's Addiction were booked to play the Splendour in the Grass festival in Australia, medical problems have prevented the band making the trip down under. Music Feeds reports that an arm infection, probably that of drummer Stephen Perkins, is the cause of the cancellation. The entire Australian tour has been cancelled, though Jane's Addiction state that they will return to Australia as soon as possible.

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80's Rock: Loverboy loverboyLoverboy is a Canadian rock group formed in 1980 in Calgary, Alberta. Throughout the 1980s, the band accumulated numerous hit songs in Canada and the United States, earning four multi-platinum albums and selling millions of records. After being rejected by many American record labels they signed with Columbia/CBS Records Canada and began recording their first album March 20, 1980 with Mike Reno on lead vocals, Paul Dean as the guitarist, Scott Smith as the bassist, Doug Johnson on keyboards and Matt Frenette on drums. The band's hit singles, particularly "Turn Me Loose" and "Working for the Weekend", have become arena rock staples and are still heard on many classic rock radio stations across the United States and Canada. They are currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Band History
The band got its start in Calgary, Alberta, Canada when Mike Reno (formerly Michael Rynoski of the band Moxy) was introduced to Paul Dean (formerly of the band Streetheart) at the Refinery Night Club. Dean was rehearsing a new band in a warehouse with a friend of Reno's and Mike had stopped by to jam. Over the next few weeks Reno and Dean wrote songs together on guitar and drums. Meanwhile, Doug Johnson, who was working with another band at the time, joined the band and Loverboy was born.

1980 to 1983
loverboy_1Originally rejected by all the major record labels in the United States the band signed with Columbia Records of Canada to help meet Canadian content laws. On March 20, 1980 Loverboy went into the studio with producer Bruce Fairbairn and engineer Bob Rock to record what would be their self-titled debut album.

Over that summer the record became a huge hit with over 700,000 records sold in Canada alone. At that point Columbia Records of the United States saw the success of the album and decided to sign the band for a release in the U.S. The album made its American debut in November 1980 and would go on to sell two million copies. The band went on a touring spree that year putting on over 200 shows with bands such as Cheap Trick, ZZ Top, Kansas and Def Leppard.

The band's follow-up album, Get Lucky, released in 1981 when they were opening for Journey, included the hit tracks "Working for the Weekend" and "When It's Over". It became their best selling album in the U.S., reaching #7 on the Billboard album charts and selling over four million copies. In the same year Loverboy received six Juno Awards (Canada's highest award for music) in one year, a record that still stands today. The band would later receive an additional three Juno Awards, bringing their total to nine, which is the most received by a single group or individual.

Loverboy released their third album, Keep It Up, in 1983. Its first single "Hot Girls in Love" became their most successful to that date, reaching #11 on the U.S. charts. The video for the song as well as for the follow-up single "Queen of the Broken Hearts" were hugely popular on MTV, and the band embarked on its first tour as headliners.

loverboy_31984 to 1989
In 1984 Loverboy recorded the United States Team theme for the 1984 Summer Olympics, "Nothing's Gonna Stop You Now". The song appeared only on The Official Music of the 1984 Games not on any of their albums or compilations. It can be heard here. They would often play it on tour mixing it in during the performance of "Queen of the Broken Hearts".

Also in 1984 Loverboy recorded a song called "Destruction" which appeared on the 1984 soundtrack of a re-edited version of the 1927 film Metropolis.

Lovin' Every Minute of It, the band's fourth album and the first not produced by Fairbairn (it was produced by Tom Allom, best known for producing Judas Priest) was released in 1985, with the title single written by Mutt Lange and "This Could Be The Night" co-written by Journey's Jonathan Cain becoming their first U.S. Billboard top 10 hits respectively. In 1986 the band recorded "Heaven In Your Eyes", a song featured in the movie Top Gun, which peaked at #12 on the Billboard charts. However, Doug Johnson refused to appear in the video as he felt that the film glorified war.

The 1987 release of Wildside followed. While the band scored a minor hit with "Notorious", co-written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, the album sold relatively poorly and the band broke up in 1988 due to the departure of Johnson and creative and personal differences between Dean and Reno. A greatest-hits album, Big Ones, was released in 1989 to fulfill Loverboy's obligation to Columbia Records. The group briefly reunited in late 1989 to tour to promote it (with Geraldo Valentino Dominelli on keyboards in Johnson's place) but broke up again at the tour's conclusion.

1991 to 2004
In 1991, the band re-united to join fellow rockers Bryan Adams and Bon Jovi to help raise money for a friend and fellow recording artist Brian MacLeod of Chilliwack who was fighting cancer. The band reportedly recalled that the concert was the most fun that they had had in years and decided that they wanted to do it again. The band went on another live touring spree in Canada the following year before launching a 64-concert tour in the United States in 1993. The band's record label released their second and third compilation albums, Loverboy Classics and Temperature's Rising, in 1994. Loverboy Classics went Gold in 1998, coinciding with another American tour. During this time Doug Johnson was not with the band; former Trooper keyboardist Richard Sera replaced him. Following the releases of Six and Super Hits in 1997, the band continued touring (Johnson rejoined the band in 2000) until November 30, 2000, when bassist Scott Smith was declared dead after being lost at sea. The band went on to release their first live album, Live, Loud and Loose in 2001, which consisted of refurbished early live concert recordings from the band's intense touring years from 1982 to 1986. 2001 also brought another round of touring, this time dedicated to their late band member Scott Smith.

2005 to Present
loverboy_2Loverboy celebrated 25 years together in 2005, and began to perform in selected cities to commemorate this milestone. That tour continued with live concerts scheduled well into August 2006. Also in 2005, Loverboy was one of the featured bands on the American version of Hit Me Baby One More Time. They performed "Working for the Weekend" and a cover version of "Hero" by Chad Kroeger/Josey Scott on the show. Currently the band features all the original members except for Scott Smith, who is replaced on bass by Ken Sinnaeve (a former member of Dean and Frenette's pre-Loverboy band Streetheart).

In 2006, twenty-five years after its initial release, Get Lucky was remastered and re-released with several previously unreleased songs, including the original demo of Working for the Weekend.

In a video interview from March 2007, lead singer Mike Reno confirmed that the band finished recording a new studio album released in 2007. The new album is titled Just Getting Started and was released in October, with a clip of the first single "The One That Got Away" available on the band's MySpace page. The band continues to tour throughout Canada and the United States.

The band was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the 2009 Juno Awards.

On February 21, 2010, the band performed at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics awards ceremony.

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80's Rock: Roxx Gang roxx_gangRoxx Gang were a glam metal band formed in Largo, Florida in 1985.

They were fronted by Kevin Steele, who formed the band along with guitarist Eric Carrol. After going through several lineup changes, the band garnered record company attention in 1987 with their Love 'Em and Leave 'Em demo. The band recorded their debut album Things You've Never Done Before with their lineup now consisting of Steele, Jeff Taylor (guitar), Wade Hays (guitar), Roby "Strychnine" Strine (bass), and David James Blackshire (drums). It was produced by Beau Hill and went on to sell a quarter million copies worldwide. The band broke up in 1991 due to infighting and record company issues. Steele then formed a new version of the band, releasing several albums in the late '90s. This new line up featured Allen Brooks on bass guitar, Stacey Blades and Jeff Vitolo on guitars and Tommy Wedder on drums.

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80's Rock: The Dogs D'Amour the_dogs_damourThe Dogs D'Amour are a rock band formed during 1983 in London, England. Over the years the band has had various line-ups, the longest serving band member being vocalist Tyla, followed by original drummer Bam.

The band found a measure of success in the United Kingdom during the latter part of the 1980s and the early 1990s. In terms of chart positions, their highest charting album was their 1989 release, A Graveyard of Empty Bottles, which reached #16 on the UK chart. Their most successful single was "Satellite Kid" which reached #26.

In 1991, the band broke up onstage, before reforming briefly in the early 1990s for the release of their sixth studio album More Unchartered Heights of Disgrace. After this, however, the most famous incarnation of the band ceased to exist. There was another brief reunion in 2000 and an album, but, since 2002, Tyla has been touring and releasing albums under the band name, which is vastly different from their older material.

the_dogs_damour_4The music of The Dogs D'Amour can be described as a mixture of The Rolling Stones and Faces style roots rock and Hanoi Rocks style glam punk. Unlike popular bands of the time, who often had misogynistic themes, The Dogs D'Amour relied more on romantic themes and poetic style lyrics. Tyla was also a huge fan of Charles Bukowski, and many of his lyrics, delivered with an impelling throaty rasp, were tinged with humorous irony and pathos, reflecting Bukowski's prosaic style.

The Dogs' sound was firmly rooted in American blues music, and Jo Almeida's unique and distinctive slide guitar was reminiscent of blues masters like Lightnin' Hopkins and Charlie Patton. The Dogs began to show a strong country & western side on 1989's Errol Flynn (released as King Of The Thieves in the United States), a few years before alt-country came into vogue.

Tyla is also an accomplished artist and his distinctive artwork graced the covers of all The Dogs D'Amour albums and singles. Tyla's artistic style has evolved with every release, progressing from pure comic strip caricatures to elegant semi-abstract depictions in pastel and watercolour.

The origins of the band can be traced to The Bordello Boys, formed in late 1982 by Tyla (born Timothy Taylor). An American vocalist who was staying in England at the time, Ned Christie (real name Robert Stoddard), was brought into the project and he gave the band the name, The Dogs D'Amour, and co-wrote many early songs with Tyla. Guitarist Nick Halls, bass gutarist Karl Watson and drummer Bam completed the line-up.

The Dogs D'Amour played around fifty live shows during this era and recorded on two separate sessions. On the strength on the second, the band was signed to a record deal with Kumibeat Records from Finland. However, shortly before the band was scheduled to record its first album, problems began to spring up and Christie left the band in late 1983 because of musical differences with guitarist Tyla.

Another reason for the split was that Christie had recently started another band with Bam called On The Wire and had his own recording commitments scheduled with that band, around the same time that The Dogs D'Amour were due to record their own first album. The entire line-up with the exception of Tyla and Watson left the band during this time.

The State We're In: Tyla rebuilds the band
the_dogs_damour_tyla_1Tyla took over on lead vocals (while still playing guitar) to replace Ned Christie and recorded the band's first album, The State We're In, in early 1984. Dave Kusworth and Paul Hornby were brought in on guitar and drums respectively. Hornby had been a founding member of another London band, The Quireboys, earlier in the year.

The following year, the band returned from Finland to England and supported Johnny Thunders who was touring for the Que Sera, Sera album at the time. Original Dogs' drummer Bam came back to replace Hornby, and Jo "Dog" Almeida took over from Kusworth on guitar when he left to form The Jacobites with Nikki Sudden.

The Dogs D'Amour then signed a contract with a Japanese label Watanabe, but did not release any material with them. More changes came during this period when, bass guitarist Karl Watson left and was replaced by Mark Duncan. However, Duncan's stay in the band was only very brief and he gave way for Swiss bass guitarist Mark Drax for a tour in Paris, France.

the_dogs_damour_2The classic era: late 1980s, early 1990s
A more permanent bass guitarist was recruited by 1987. Steve James was part of what would be known as the "classic" Dogs line-up which also included Tyla, Jo "Dog" Almeida and Bam. This line-up signed a record deal with China Records in 1988.

The band released its second album In The Dynamite Jet Saloon in 1988. Essentially, this is the album which first introduced the British general public to the band. It contained singles such as "The Kid From Kensington", "I Don't Want You To Go" and "How Come It Never Rains?", all of which reached the UK Singles Chart top 100.

Unlike the four year gap between their first and second albums, the Dogs became more prolific, releasing their third studio album A Graveyard of Empty Bottles in 1989. This album proved to be the highest charting recording of their career, reaching #16 on the UK Albums Chart. During this year, the band toured with Mick Ronson and Ian Hunter.

the_dogs_damour_1Also in 1989, the Dogs released their fourth album, known as Errol Flynn in the United Kingdom, but King of the Thieves" in the United States. Again, this album charted well in the Dogs' home country, reaching #22. It included what is their most successful single, and perhaps best-known song, "Satellite Kid".

Another album appeared in 1990 named Straight??!!, but around this time the Dogs had started to fall apart. Tyla had recently split with his wife and the band imploded, live onstage, in Los Angeles. Tyla slashed his own body with a broken glass bottle and brought an end to the band. He needed 30 stiches for the wound.

With the group disbanded, Bam Bam joined The Wildhearts and Tyla wrote a poetry book. A year later, The Dogs D'Amour reunited with a new line-up. Jo Almeida, however, decided not to return to the band as guitarist and so Darrell Bath was brought in to replace him. In 1993, the band recorded a new album, ...More Unchartered Heights of Disgrace. It charted well and received favourable reviews. One of the singles from the album was a cover of the Small Faces song "All or Nothing".

By 1994, The Dogs D'Amour had broken up again. The final act of this line-up was the recording of Tyla's solo album The Life And Times Of A Ballad Monger. Although this album was released in the name of Tyla, it includes all of The Dogs D'Amour members from the 1992 line-up.

the_dogs_damour_5Activity in the 2000s
In 2000, The Dogs D'Amour reunited for a short time with a line-up of Tyla, Jo "Dog" Almeida, Bam and Share Pedersen (Bam's wife). They released an album Happy Ever After that year, along with a special fan club only release Seconds.

Since the short lived reunion, frontman Tyla has moved to Barcelona, Spain, and has focused on his solo career, releasing a number of albums in the 2000s under his own name. He also released two albums under the name The Dogs D'Amour, When Bastards Go To Hell and Let Sleeping Dogs..., in 2004 and 2005 respectively. These, however, are essentially solo albums under a different title, as for the most part they just feature Tyla playing all instruments and his wife Yella on backing vocals with none of the past Dogs D'Amour members.

Tyla has toured the United States and the United Kingdom under the name Tyla and The Dogs D'Amour in recent times. The United Kingdom tour saw the The Yo-Yos (the band of a former member of The Wildhearts) as his backing band.

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80's Rock: King Kobra king_kobraKing Kobra was a glam metal group founded by drummer Carmine Appice after his tenure with Ozzy Osbourne in 1984. The band during the time of their first two albums included four relatively unknown musicians: vocalist Mark Free, guitarist David Michael-Philips, guitarist Mick Sweda, and bassist Johnny Rod. After 2 albums on Capitol records (Ready to Strike - November 9, 1985 and Thrill of a Lifetime - 1986), Appice decided to dissolve the band and join guitarist John Sykes on his Blue Murder project in 1989.

Ready to Strike is the first album by the band King Kobra. It was released, along with at least a dozen other metal albums on November 9, 1985. king_kobra_1

It's single "Hunger" was written by members of the Canadian metal band Kick Axe and was released by them in 1986. On the Transformers: The Movie soundtrack album, they were under the made-up name of Spectre General.

King Kobra III, released in 1988 on New Renaissance Records, was the first and last album by the Edwards, Michael-Phillips, Northrup, Hart and Appice line-up of King Kobra. The album featured a strong selection of 1980s style mainstream metal. However, a lack of album sales resulted in the dissolution of the band.

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80's Rock: Saigon Kick saigon_kickSaigon Kick was an American rock band from Miami, Florida that formed in 1988.

Saigon Kick was formed by lead vocalist Matt Kramer and guitarist Jason Bieler along with bassist Tom Defile, and drummer Phil Varone. They gained a huge following on the local club scene and generated enough of a buzz to be signed to Third Stone records in 1990 and release their first album in 1991. They toured non stop but the album only made a marginal national showing.

They went immediately back into the studio to record their second album, The Lizard which was released in 1992. The album spawned the bands biggest hit single, "Love Is on the Way", which reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and received a gold record, and whose video was in the top 10 MTV countdown for many weeks. Just before touring for the album commenced, bassist Tom DeFile was fired. He was replaced by ex-Cold Sweat bassist Chris McLernon. They toured from summer 1992 to spring 1993, enjoying gold status sales for The Lizard.

The band then headed to Sweden to record their third album Water. During recording, Matt Kramer became disillusioned with the direction that the band was heading both musically and style wise. Bieler decided to take over all of the vocal duties as well as playing guitar on the album. The basic tracks were recorded with finishing touches added at sessions in Tampa, Florida.

saigon_kick_1Former Cryer guitarist Pete Dembrowski joined the band for their fall 1993 tour and performed on the band's fourth album, Devil in the Details, released in 1995. The band toured to large success globally in 1994, 1995 and 1996, but Saigon Kick never managed to build on the success of The Lizard in the USA.

In July 1997, the band, with Kramer back in the fold but Varone replaced by former Cryer and future Super TransAtlantic drummer Ricky Sanders, tried an ill-advised reunion and imploded after two shows.

Bieler, Dembrowski, and Sanders would record the final Saigon Kick album, Bastards for release in the Far East before changing their name and starting anew as Super TransAtlantic.

In 2000, Kramer, Varone, and DeFile resurrected the Saigon Kick name for a short tour. Bieler, being involved with Super TransAtlantic and wanting no part of a reunion, was replaced by former Left For Dead and current Slaughter guitarist Jeff Blando. After the tour, the members scattered, and it was thought that Saigon Kick was done for good.

Recently however, news has surfaced of an upcoming reunion show to take place during the "Rock Gone Wild" show on August 20-23, 2009 on the Freedom Park festival grounds, located at 2507- 160th Avenue in Algona, Iowa. It has been confirmed, however, that Jason Bieler and Tom Defile will not be in attendance. From the original lineup, Phil Varone has not been confirmed.

Matt Kramer and Jason Bieler both later released solo albums.

Matt Kramer released his debut book of poetry, An American Profit, on October 31, 2007 through Lascivious Books.

Bieler, Dembrowski, and Sanders along with bassist Pat Badger of Extreme formed Super TransAtlantic' and released the album Shuttlecock in 2000. They also appeared on the American Pie soundtrack with the song "Super Down".

Phil Varone joined Skid Row, and also played in the band Prunella Scales with Skid Row bassist Rachel Bolan. Phil left Skid Row, citing his ongoing battle with cocaine addiction and his need to turn his life around. Afterwards, he began promoting his movie Waking up Dead in which a film crew followed him around for several years to document the life of a rock star and the ups and downs that come with it. Varone is now clean and sober. His focus is no longer music, rather he is booking and hosting standup comedy shows in Los Angeles.

Tom Defile is now a massage therapist and living in South Florida.

Chris McLernon and Ricky Sanders teamed up to form Two Heads Music working in television, film and advertising music production.

Jason Bieler and his brother Aaron now own a music studio and record label in South Florida called Bieliar Bros. Records.

Ricky Sanders is currently the touring drummer for former Bad Company lead singer Brian Howe.

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80's Rock: Nitro nitroNitro was an American glam metal band that formed in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California in 1987. Formed by vocalist Jim Gillette and guitarist Michael Angelo Batio, the band released two studio albums – O.F.R. (1989) and Nitro II: H.W.D.W.S. (1991).

Nitro was officially formed in 1987 after the release of Jim Gillette's solo album Proud to Be Loud, on which Michael Angelo Batio and bassist T. J. Racer performed. Drummer Bobby Rock, previously of Vinnie Vincent Invasion, was recruited and the band began recording material for their debut album. Signed with Rhino Entertainment, Nitro released O.F.R. in 1989. Rock left the band after the recording of the album, and was replaced with K. C. Comet for the subsequent promotional tour.

After the O.F.R. Tour, Comet and founding bassist Racer departed from the band, leaving Gillette and Batio to find new members. Ralph Carter and Johnny Thunder were brought in on bass and drums respectively, and the band proceeded to record the follow-up to their debut album. Nitro II: H.W.D.W.S. was released in March 1992, after which the band broke up in 1993.

Post-Nitro, Gillette married hard rock musician Lita Ford and became a bodybuilder and Batio began and pursued a long solo career. In 1998, a collection of Nitro demos were featured on a compilation album entitled Gunnin' for Glory, which also included three songs by The Michael Angelo Band.

When asked at a Lita Ford gig if Nitro would ever get back together, Jim Gillette responded with "It would be great to do; maybe next year. It would take about six months to get back to where I would like it to be vocally."

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80's Rock: Enuff Z'Nuff enuff_znuffEnuff Z'Nuff is an American power pop band from Blue Island, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), founded by Donnie Vie (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Chip Z'nuff (bass, vocals).

Formed in 1984, Enuff Z'Nuff soon grew a live following and recorded their first demo songs, some of which would be officially released only much later in their career. The band's first single, "Fingers On It," received some recognition when it was featured in the 1986 cult movie Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.

By 1989, Enuff Z'Nuff had released their first major label offering, a self-titled debut album on Atco Records, with founding members Donnie Vie and Chip Z'Nuff being joined by guitarist Derek Frigo and drummer Vik "Vikki" Foxx. They had two minor hits on this debut recording with the psychedelic-flavored pop rock songs "New Thing" and "Fly High Michelle", which both received steady airplay on MTV. The band's heavy glam rock appearance in their videos was later parodied on MTV's Beavis & Butthead.

enuff_znuff_1For their follow-up album, 1991's Strength, the band tried to tone-down their glam image. It was released in 1991 to strong reviews, including Rolling Stone magazine calling the group "The hot band of the year." There were promotional videos for the singles "Mother's Eyes" and "Baby Loves You," as well as an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. However, this follow-up album did not sell nearly as well as their first.

The band filed bankruptcy and left Atco Records, but soon after this event, the band was picked up by Clive Davis' Arista Records label for their 1993 album Animals With Human Intelligence. This release, much like Strength, received some critical acclaim, but ultimately failed commercially. Before the album's release, drummer Vikki Foxx quit the band to join Vince Neil's solo band. He was replaced by New Jersey resident and former "War & Peace" member Ricky Parent. After Enuff Z'Nuff was dropped from Arista, guitarist Derek Frigo parted ways with the band. Despite these setbacks, the band has continued touring and recording up until the present, releasing albums on several independent labels, and also finding a solid fanbase overseas. The band had also made regular appearances in the mid-1990s and also 2005 on the Howard Stern Radio Show.

Lead singer and songwriter Donnie Vie stopped touring with the group in 2002 to embark upon a solo career. Enuff Z'Nuff continued to tour in his absence as a 3-Piece with their lead guitarist Johnny Monaco also serving as the band's singer. In 2004, former lead guitarist Derek Frigo died from an apparent drug overdose at the age of 37. Another tragedy struck when the band's drummer Ricky Parent lost his long time battle with cancer in October 2007. Parent had been with the band for approximately 13 years.

enuff_znuff_2In 2006, the existing original members, Chip Z'Nuff and Donnie Vie, reconvened to shoot a pilot for the VH1 reality television show, Bands On The Run. The show's pilot episode never aired. However, during that time, the re-united band held their initial recording sessions for their 12th studio album tentatively titled Dissonance. The CD will feature appearances from former Ozzy Osbourne/Badlands guitarist Jake E. Lee and original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler. The band is hoping to release it in late 2008.

Recently, bassist Chip Z'Nuff has performed worldwide with the band Adler's Appetite, which features former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler, as well as Missing Persons. Former member Vik Foxx is now the drummer for Australian teen pop group The Veronicas. The newly reformed Enuff Z'Nuff has performed at the Rocklahoma Music Festival in Pryor, Oklahoma in July 2008, on the same bill as Poison's Bret Michaels and Skid Row's Sebastian Bach. Since then, other tour dates have been announced.

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