NEWS UPDATE : February 2019
|February 5 : WARRIOR
(Vinnie Vincent 1982) 2CD Expanded Edition
Cherry Red Records
Cherry Red Records (UK) have scheduled a second
WARRIOR 1982 album recordings for an
official release date March 22, 2019, entitled "WARRIOR
- II" 2CD Expanded Edition.
WARRIOR story goes back to 1982 when New England members
Jimmy Waldo on keyboards, bassist Gary Shea and drummer Hirsch
Gardner were searching for a replacement for recently departed
guitarist, John Fannon. A then unknown guitarist Vinnie Cusano
was recommended by KISS’s Gene Simmons (both bands were
represented at the time by manager Bill Aucoin). Cusano was a
prolific songwriter, and sent some of his song ideas to the
NEW ENGLAND for consideration. So impressed was the trio
with Cusano’s song-writing abilities that they agreed to
relocate to Los Angeles where the guitarist was based, and the
WARRIOR was born.
Recording began at the famed Record Plant with serious interest
from CBS Records, but the band were also diligent enough to
record demos and rough ideas on a more modest set-up, capturing
the fledgling band on cassette.
WARRIOR, Vincent Cusano’s talents meant that the guitarist
was snapped up by KISS in 1982 to replace Ace Frehley for their
“Creatures Of The Night” LP, their last in make-up, where he’d
be rechristened Vinnie Vincent.
precious WARRIOR recordings gathered dust until
HNE released a collection of them in 2017. Subsequently,
more tapes, some of significantly better quality, have been
unearthed from Gary Shea’s personal archive. Also included are a
number of the demos transferred from the above mentioned
Shea and Waldo would remain in Los Angeles, soon joining up with
Rainbow vocalist Graham Bonnet to form Alcatrazz with Yngwie J.
This 2CD set is a treasure trove for all those who loved the
power, quality and sheer momentum of the first “WARRIOR”
album, “Warrior II” adds to the band’s legacy and legend.
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