RACER X (1985–88, 1999–PRESENT). Jeff Martin (vocals, replaced by John Corabi), Paul Gilbert (guitar, replaced by Chris Arvin), Bruce Bouillet (guitar), John Alderete (bass), Harry G Schoesser (drums, replaced by Scott Travis, replaced by Walt Woodward III).
Racer X were a progressive metal band composed of virtuoso musicians, especially Paul Gilbert, the original guitar player who was known as one of the key shredders in metal during the eighties. Gilbert left after the 1988 album to join the supergroup Mr. Big with bassist Billy Sheehan and was replaced by Chris Arvin, who, although good, could not match Gilbert’s guitar wizardry. The first three records are essential listening for aspiring shredders. Gilbert revived Racer X in 1999, and the band has played sporadically since then, alternating with Gilbert’s solo career, which is decidedly not metal, but Beatle-esque pop.
Discography: Street Lethal (Shrapnel, 1986); Second Heat (Shrapnel, 1987); Live Extreme, Vol. 1 (Shrapnel, 1988); Live Extreme, Vol. 2 (Shrapnel, 1992); Technical Difficulties (Shrapnel, 2000); Adventure of Racer X-Men (Universal, 2001); Live at the Whiskey: Snowball of Doom (Universal, 2001); Superheroes (Shrapnel, 2001); Snowball of Doom [live] (Shrapnel, 2002); Getting Heavier (Shrapnel, 2003); Official Bootleg: Snowball of Doom, Vol. 2 (Rock Empire, 2003).