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Spread Eagle


SPREAD EAGLE (1989–94). Ray West (vocals), Paul DiBartolo (guitar), Rob De Luca (bass), Tommi Gallo (drums). Featuring a down and dirty streetwise image that was akin to an east coast version of Guns N’ Roses, New York City’s Spread Eagle should have had a chance to rival that band in some of its popularity, but coming late in the game they never quite had the chance to show what they were capable of. Releasing their stellar self-titled debut in 1990, the band stood out with a gritty Read more [...]


SOUNDGARDEN (1984–97). Chris Cornell (vocals), Kim Thayil (guitar), Hiro Yamamoto (bass, replaced by Ben Shepherd), Scott Sundquist (drums, replaced by Matt Cameron). Soundgarden were a heavy/metal grunge band from Seattle and one of the most successful bands to emerge from the explosion of grunge in the early nineties. The band started out by pairing the two “black” bands together, adding elements of both Black Sabbath and Black Flag to a sound that became increasingly commercialized Read more [...]


WARRANT (1989–PRESENT). Jani Lane (vocals), Erik Turner (guitar), Joey Allen (guitar), Jerry Dixon (bass), Steven Sweet (drums). One of the last pop metal bands of the eighties to hit it big before the emergence of grunge and alternative rock put an end to the scene, Warrant emerged from same Sunset Strip rock scene that Guns N’ Roses and Poison came from. After making a local splash with their derivative yet tuneful metal, the band signed with Columbia Records, releasing their debut, Dirty Read more [...]


QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE (1998–PRESENT). Josh Homme (guitar/ vocals), Troy van Leeuwen (guitar/keyboards), Joey Castillo (drums), various others. Without a doubt one of the most innovative hard rock bands at work in the new millennium, Queens of the Stone Age rose from the ashes of stoner rock pioneers Kyuss. After Kyuss’s breakup, Homme left the California desert for Seattle, where he played with a variety of bands, most notably Screaming Trees as touring guitarist. Beginning work on Read more [...]