Roxx Gang

History

Roxx Gang was formed in Florida by Kevin Steele and guitarist Eric Carrol. The band went through several line-up changes in their formative years. Many demos were recorded and shopped around, however it would be 1987's Love 'Em And Leave 'Em (officially released some ten years after) that got record company attention. With the band now consisting of Steele, Jeff Taylor (guitar), Wade Hays (guitar), Roby "Strychnine" Strine (bass) and David James Blackshire (drums) they set out on recording the debut album, Things You've Never Done Before. Produced byBeau Hill, the album went on to sell a quarter of a million copies worldwide thanks to singles such as "Scratch My Back" and "No Easy Way Out".

The good times were short-lived however, as the band disintegrated in 1991 due to infighting and record company shuffles. Steele was left alone, so he formed a new version of the band with Stacey Blades (guitar), Dorian Sage (bass) and Tommy Weder (drums), who promptly departed within a year after the band's following died. A a year after that James left the band. Then in 1994 drummer Tommy Weder and Toronto guitarist Stacey Blades joined the group and in 1995 Roxx Gang released "The Voodoo You Love". Of course, by the time this follow-up was released, few people seemed to care about the exceptional glam rock of the 80's. The band also added guitarist Jeff Vitolo and Vinnie Granese to the band. After playing and touring together for years, in 1998–1999 this new lineup went on to tour and record under the name "Mojo Gurus" and in 1998 they released "Old, New, Borrowed and Blue". 2000's Drinkin' T.N.T And Smokin' Dynamite was a return to the classic Roxx Gang sound, but it seems as if Steeleis slowly moving away from his roots and spending more time with the experimental Mojo Gurus. The same year Blades quit Roxx Gang citing musical and personal differences and moved to L.A. where he hooked up with L.A. Guns in 2003, replacing Tracii Guns. In 2001 compilation of the best songs "Bodacious Tas Tas" was released.

Lineup

Kevin Steel - vocal (1985)
Jeff Vitolo - guitar (since 1996/1997)
Vinnie Granese - bass (since 1996/1997)
Tommy Weder - drums (since 1994)

Former members:

Eric Carrol - guitar (1985 - 1987)
Jeff Taylor - guitar (1987 - 1991)
Wade Hays - guitar (1987 - 1991)
Dallas Perkins - guitar (1992 - ?)
Andy James - guitar (1992 - 1993)
Stacey Blades - guitar (1993 - 2000)
Roby "Strychine" Strine - bass (1987 - 1991)
Dorian Sage - bass (? - 1996/1997)
David James - drums (1987 - 1991)

Discography

Studio albums:

1988 - Things You've Never Done Before
1995 - The Voodoo You Love
1997 - Love'Em And Leave'Em (demo recorded in 1987)
1998 - Old, New, Borrowed, And Blue
2000 - Drinkin' T.N.T. And Smoking' Dynamite (also available as a Mojo Gurus album)
2001 - Bodacious Ta Tas (compilation)

Singles:

1988 - Scratch My Back
1988 - No Easy Way Out

Videos:

1988 - Scratch My Back
1988 - No Easy Way Out

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