ALCATRAZZ feat. Graham Bonnet

ROCKVILLE MUSIC
MUSICMANAGEMENT

Label - Publishing - Booking
info@rockville-music.com
Impressum

- Label
- Booking
- Publishing
- Management
(WORLDWIDE)

- Booking
(EUROPE)

 

- Label
(WORLDWIDE)

- Label
- Booking
- Publishing
- Management
(WORLDWIDE)

- Label
- Booking
- Publishing
- Management
(WORLDWIDE)

- Booking
 

ALCATRAZZ - The Story so far ...

ALCATRAZZ was formed in 1983 by Graham Bonnet. Bonnet  enjoyed worldwide fame as leadsinger of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow (worldhits "Since You've Been Gone" & “All Night Long”) and Michael Schenker Group. For Alcatrazz, Bonnet enlisted Swedish guitar sensation Yngwie Malmsteen, whose only work of note up until then had been as a member of Steeler. Filling out the band's ranks were keyboardist Jimmy Waldo and bassist Gary Shea - both of 70's AOR underdog New England, and ex-Alice Cooper drummer Jan Uvena.

The group's debut album, 'No Parole from Rock 'n Roll', yielded a hit single "Island in the Sun". The video for the song became somewhat of a staple on MTV, and a follow-up video was made for "Hiroshima Mon Amour". Alcatrazz then released 'Live Sentence', recorded during the band's inaugural Japanese tour.

By the time Alcatrazz returned to studio work, guitarist Malmsteen felt he had outgrown the group. He left to embark on a solo career, and the band drafted in ex-Frank Zappa guitarist Steve Vai. 1985's 'Disturbing the Peace' (Capitol) redefined the band's vision. Lead single "God Blessed Video" was fresh, innovative and featured in high rotation on both MTV and USA's Night Flight. However, Vai would leave for greener pastures, opting to join up with David Lee Roth, who had just left Van Halen.

Infos
DISCOGRAPHY Graham Bonnet

Weblinks
Alcatrazz at myspace (official)
Graham Bonnet at myspace (official)

Graham Bonnet at myspace (fansite)
Graham Bonnet`s website ((official)
 

Alcatrazz returned with ex-Alice Cooper guitarist Danny Johnson. The band recorded 'Dangerous Games' (Capitol) in 1986, but the instability of the group's lineup had taken its toll. Its members went on to other projects. Bonnet went on to record with guitarist Chris Impellitteri, before resuming his solo career. 1998 saw the release of 'The Best of Alcatrazz', which compiled tracks from all eras of the band.

In 2003, bassist Tim Luce introduced Graham Bonnet to guitarist Howie Simon. Simon was working with Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey) and the Swedish group Talisman. Bonnet, Simon and Luce invited powerhouse drummer Glen Sobel to sit in with them at a few LA concerts. The group discovered they had a unique and exciting chemistry, but prior commitments kept them from venturing any further until 2007, when the band was invited to co-headline a sold-out Japanese tour with Joe Lynn Turner. The band rang in the 2008 New Year with Bay Area legends Y&T, and in January 2008, Alcatrazz was a featured performer at the Fender Guitars Custom Shop’s annual ‘Fret Fest’ at NAMM. In July 2008 the band was invited to headline BerkRock Festival in Berkovitsa, Bulgaria.

ALCATRAZZ is back! The band is currently writing material for a new album, and will be hitting stages worldwide in 2009. The band's live show incorporates all the Alcatrazz classics, as well as highlights from Graham Bonnet's years with Rainbow, MSG and Impellitteri.

GRAHAM BONNET - The Voice Of Rainbow, MSG, Alcatrazz

Graham Bonnet is one of classic rocks most recognizable voices. He reached the pinnacle of rock superstardom in the late 1970’s headlining the first “Monsters of Rock” festival at Castle Donington in the U.K. as lead vocalist for the band “Rainbow”. The collaboration between Graham, & Ritchie Blackmore, (formerly of Deep Purple.) produced a body of work that spawned several radio classics including a Billboard Top 10 hit with the song “Since You’ve Been Gone” which is still in rotation on the playlists of classic rock and AOR radio throughout the world.

In 1982, Graham’s work with Michael Schenker (formerly of UFO, Scorpions.) resulted in the album “Assault Attack”, considered by many fans of the genre as one of the best hard rock offerings of that era. Soon after exiting MSG, Graham founded Alcatrazz and recruited a sensational young guitarist by the name of Yngwie Malmsteen as it’s axeman. Their first album “No Parole for Rock and Roll” is a landmark effort that quickly propelled the band into arena rock headliner status. When Yngwie left the band after 2 albums to pursue his solo career, Graham followed in his tradition of working with the best guitarists in the world and brought in Steve Vai. Several more successful albums followed including “Disturbing the Peace” and “Dangerous Games”. .
Since then Graham has released several solo albums and lent his voice to select projects as well as a studio reunion in 2006 appearing on Michael Schenker’s newest CD. Over the past 3 decades Graham has worked with the best and biggest names in hard rock. His own name is carved into rock and roll history and his voice provides the soundtrack for generations of fans..