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SAMSON (1977–2002). Paul Samson (guitar), Bruce Dickinson (vocals), Barry Graham, aka “Thunderstick” (drums), Chris Aylmer (bass). Best known as the band that Bruce Dickinson was in immediately before joinin Iron Maiden, Samson was one of the initial bands of the New Wave of heavy metal, putting out a string of solid albums from 1979 through the 1980s Formed in 1977 by guitarist Paul Samson, the best-known lineup contained vocalist Dickinson (then going by the handle “Bruce Bruce”), Read more [...]


RATT (1983–PRESENT). Steven Pearcy (lead vocals), Warren DeMartini (lead guitar), Robin Crosby (guitar), Juan Croucier (bass), Bobby Blotzer (drums). One of the most successful bands of the eighties pop metal era, and in fact the poster children for the genre, Ratt had a knack for melding pop hooks, sexy grinding rhythms, and face-melting guitarwork. Their good looks and MTV videos helped them to ride a series of albums to the top of the charts from the late eighties to the early nineties when Read more [...]