80's Rock: Trixter

trixterTRIXTER was formed in 1983 in Paramus, New Jersey by Steve Brown and Peter Loran. After a year in the basement and the addition of new drummer Mark Gus Scott, they played their first live gigs. They began playing the New Jersey – New York club scene and built a huge following of fans. In 1988 bassist PJ Farley joined TRIXTER, finalizing the lineup. With every gig the band was drawing more and more people to their shows and by May 1989 the band landed a deal with Mechanic/MCA Records.

Early years
In September 1989 the band went to Hollywood to record their debut album with producer Bill Wray. TRIXTER was released in May 1990 with the song "Line of Fire" as the single for rock radio. The song slowly climbed the charts, reaching #1 on Z-Rocks Top 100 by July 1990. Along with the release of the album, TRIXTER also filmed their first video for the song "Give It to Me Good". In September the band headed out on a nationwide tour and after two weeks they landed the opening slot for Stryper. From New York to Seattle, the band rocked clubs and theaters earning many fans who were captivated by their high energy live shows. In mid-October TRIXTER joined Don Dokken for another tour around the USA. It was on this tour that MTV added the video for "Give It to Me Good". Within one week the video was #1 on the Dial MTV top ten video countdown. The video stayed #1 for five weeks straight. The crowds were getting bigger and record sales started kicking into high gear.

trixter_4In December 1990 TRIXTER filmed the video for the second single, "One in a Million", at a sold-out show in Rockland County, New York. The band also recorded a song, "One Mo Time", for the film If Looks Could Kill. The song featured rock legend Edgar Winter on saxophone. By January 1991 the record was selling 20,000 units per week. The video for "One in a Million" went #1 on MTV for three weeks. The album peaked at #28 on Billboard's Top 200 Album chart and the single for "Give It To Me Good" was a Top 50 hit on Billboard's Top 100 Singles chart. TRIXTER did their first-ever arena shows opening for Poison and then headed out on a five-month North American tour with the German rockers Scorpions. As "One in a Million" rocked MTV, the single also went Top 40 on Billboard. In February, the band flew to Daytona, Florida to do MTV'S Spring Break and soon after MCA records gave the band some incredible news. Backstage at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in California, the boys were told that their debut album had gone Gold selling over 500,000 copies. In April 1991 TRIXTER played their hometown Meadowlands Arena, where they were presented with Gold albums at a special after-show party. In May they filmed the video for the third single, "Surrender". By June TRIXTER started the Blood,Sweat & Beers tour with Warrant and Firehouse. Around this time the popular rock magazine Metal Edge dedicated an entire issue to the band, The TRIXTER Color Spectacular. The video and single for "Surrender" were released and once again the video went to #1 on MTV for two weeks and the single went Top 100 in Billboard.

trixter_1In September 1991 the Blood, Sweat & Beers tour was filmed for a pay-per-view special. October marked the end of the TRIXTER touring cycle for the very successful debut album. By year's end the band racked up worldwide sales of 750,000, three #1 MTV videos, three Top 100 singles, Hit Parader magazine's Best New Band award for 1991, Metal Edge readers' poll Best Concert for the Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, and "Give It to Me Good" was in MTV's Top 100 Videos of 1991. TRIXTER also wound up in the movies. Their song "Line of Fire" was on the soundtrack for the film Mario Bros....White Knuckle Scorin and "One Mo Time" was on the soundtrack for the film 'If Looks Could Kill'. In January 1992, TRIXTER began pre-production on the second album. Also, during that time the band renegotiated their record deal and were signed directly to MCA Records. TRIXTER chose James Jimbo Barton of Rush and Queensryche fame to produce. Recording began in April and lasted until August 1992. The result was the rock CD 'Hear'.

Released in October along with another arena tour opening for long-time idols KISS, TRIXTER raged across North America supporting the new disc. "Road Of A Thousand Dreams" did well on radio. In January 1993, they shot a video for the next single, "Rockin Horse", and began a headlining club tour called 'The Hear' Club for Men tour. May of that year had TRIXTER embarking on a tour of Japan. 'Hear' was doing very well in the Land of the Rising Sun, so the band was invited over to do two shows and much promotion. The shows in Osaka at Moda Hall and Kawasaki at Club Citta were very successful.

trixter_3The boys had a great time. TRIXTER finished the 'Hear' tour in late June 1993 in front of 5,000 screaming fans at Milwaukees Summerfest. In 1994 the band recorded the Undercovers EP in Steve Brown's home studio. This was a CD of all cover songs that was released in October 1994 on the indie label Backstreet Records. Once again the band headed out on the road across America. No matter how tough things got the band kicked ass and the shows were more often like a big keg party as opposed to the typical rock show. Still to this day, TRIXTER has fans all around the world and the music still gets airplay. In 1999 the band was featured on VH-1's Where Are They Now and in 2000 they were voted #29 on VH-1's Top 40 Hair Band Countdown. The songs are on various rock compilation CDs: "Give It To Me Good" is on Glam Rock Vol. 2, "One In A Million" is on Rock of the 80s and "Surrender" is on Hard Love 1994.

trixter_2Reuniting for the 'Give It to You Good' Tour
Steve Brown announced on December 1, 2007 that TRIXTER would be reuniting in 2008 for the Give It to You Good Tour. In 2008, Peter "Pete" Loran called the 2 Music Geeks and discussed TRIXTER's 2008 touring plans and the production of a new live album. The reunited TRIXTER played a total of five dates in 2008, beginning with an appearance at the Rocklahoma festival in July and ending with a sold-out headlining performance in November, their first hometown NJ show in over 13 years. On March 27, 2009, TRIXTER performed at the Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale, New York. TRIXTER is also in the studio recording new material for a new album to be released in late 2009 or early 2010, their first fully recorded album since 1995.

After 13 years, 2008 had all the original members on the worldwide concert circut once again. Since reforming the band has released 'Alive In Japan', a live concert CD featuring two new songs and a 'Best Of CD' with all the hits remastered. They played in front of over 50,000 people at various high profile events like Rocklahoma Festival, Rock-Fest with Poison and Boston, been featured on 104.3 FM and Xm Radio, along with articles in Rolling Stone and The New York Times. On November 28, 2008, TRIXTER returned home to New Jersey for a homecoming show at Dexter's Entertainment Complex in Riverdale, NJ. It was a sold-out show for which the band set the National Act Attendance record and set the merchandising sales record for the venue. TRIXTER also appeared on the cover of the EC Rocker magazine along with a feature story in North Jersey's biggest newspaper, The Record. On February 20, 2009, TRIXTER and Dokken sold out The Grizzly Rose in Denver, Colorado. Over 1800 fans jam-packed the place.

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

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