APRIL WINE (1971–PRESENT). Myles Goodwyn (lead vocals and guitar), Gary Moffet (guitar), Brian Greenway (guitar), Steve Lang (bass), Jerry Mercer (drums).
Along with Rush and Heart, April Wine was one of the few hard rock bands to emerge from Canada in the 1970s to make a commercial impact in the United States. Combining powerful songwriting with strong guitar-heavy arrangements, the band had a commanding presence on concert stages and FM radio throughout the 1980s.
The band had their first hit with “Fast Train” in 1971. “You Could Have Been a Lady” in 1972 was the band’s first Canadian number 1. By 1978’s First Glance, the band had developed a harder-edged rock sound. Building on this foundation, the band released Harder … Faster in 1979. The album featured new addition Brian Greenway (making for a three-guitar lineup). Nature of the Beast followed in 1981 and featured the band’s biggest U.S. hit, “Just Between You and Me.” After 1982’s Power Play and its subsequent tour, Goodwin relocated to the Bahamas, and the band went on an extended hiatus. After a series of reformations, recordings, and tours, the band continues to tour occasionally and release recordings, though their salad days are behind them.
Discography: April Wine (Big Tree, 1972); Electric Jewels (Aquarius, 1973); Live (Aquarius, 1974); On Record (Aquarius, 1974); Stand Back (Big Tree, 1975); Forever for Now (Aquarius, 1976); The Whole World’s Goin’ Crazy (London, 1976); Live at the El Mocambo (London, 1977); First Glance (Capitol, 1979); Unreleased Live (Capitol, 1979); Harder … Faster (Capitol, 1980); Nature of the Beast (Capitol, 1981); Summer Tour 1981 [live] (Capitol, 1981); Power Play (Capitol, 1982); Animal Grace (Capitol, 1984); Walking through Fire (Capitol, 1988); Attitude (Fre, 1993); Frigate (Fre, 1994); Oowatanite (Aquarius, 1998); King Biscuit Flower Hour [live] (King Biscuit, 1999); Back to the Mansion (Civilian, 2001); Greatest Hits Live (King Biscuit Flower Hour, 2003); From the Front RowLive (Silverline, 2003); Roughly Speaking (April Wine, 2006); Rock ‘n’ Roll Is a Vicious Game (Capitol, 2003).