As fate would have it, on one December night in 1969, Bell would parlay his departure from The Dreams into co-founding one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most revered acts, Thin Lizzy, with singer Phil Lynott, drummer Brian Downey, and keyboardist Eric Wrixon at the Countdown Club in the Dublin.
Stood alongside chiptoothed, yet effervescent frontman Michael Lee Smith, Ranno provided a maestro-level foil to Smith’s up-front machismo, and non-stop musical necromancy. The synergism was palatable, and in 1976 Starz recorded its self-titled debut record, a watershed album that would influence droves of hard rock and heavy metal bands for decades to come thereafter.
Quatro’s angelic, yet rocking voice, and galloping basslines burst upon an unsuspecting scene with her debut record, Suzi Quatro (1973). As the decade wore on, Quatro remained one of the genres defining figures behind the release of a string of classic albums, Quatro (1974), Your Mamma Won’t Like Me (1975), Aggro-Phobia (1976), and If You Knew Suzi… (1978).
“The YouTube comments and the stuff online never really went away, amazingly. There are still people talking about Shotgun and wanting to hear me play, and all this. So, yeah, it would be fun to give them the opportunity and see what that will do.”
A tremendous amount of attention is given to Tommy Thayer’s career as KISS’ lead guitarist, and rightfully so. This said, if we dig deeper and peel back the proverbial onion, we uncover an over forty-year career in music through which Tommy Thayer has made a truly massive impact on Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music.
Prior to breaking his silence of more than 30 years to announce his return to the spotlight, Punky Meadows assumed he’d been long forgotten.
Mountain is one of the most underappreciated Hard Rock bands of all time. The most overlooked member of this underappreciated group is Corky Laing. Corky turned his time with Mountain into a music career spanning five decades. In that time, he has been in other influential hard rock bands (Bruce, West & Laing), cult Indie bands (Cork), making thematic music, and being a music executive. Corky is a hard-working and dynamic person who has truly done it all.