There is more than one band named Killers.
(This is not "The Killers")
Killers is a heavy metal band founded in 1990 by heavy metal vocalist Paul Di'Anno (previously of Iron Maiden and Battlezone). Steve Hopgood, who previously played drums in Battlezone with Paul called him and said “Let’s get something together”. Paul was contacted and he flew over to New York where they formed a band along with Cliff Evans (guitar).
A few days later, they had hired John Gallagher (from Raven) to play bass on a short-term basis and also Ray De Tone (from the United States) joined to play second guitar.
Within a few days, a live album called "South American Assault Live" was recorded. It mostly featured Iron Maiden and Battlezone tracks, also with other covers, such as "We Will Rock You" and "Smoke on the Water".
This was recorded primarily for the South American market, as a South American "money guy" was involved who was interested in backing a tour in the region. "Recorded in Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela in Summer of 1993" is splashed on the back cover. However, according to John Gallagher, the entire album was played in a New York rehearsal hall and taped on a mobile recording truck. Later, a Canada-based record company called Magnetic Air Productions was to issue a pirate release worldwide, under a different cover, with no royalties being paid to the band.
Killers then played a showcase for several major record companies including Virgin, EMI, Sony and BMG. They played only Iron Maiden songs because the band hadn't written any original material. According to "The Beast", the Iron Maiden songs played included “Phantom Of The Opera” and ”Wratchild”. These tracks apparently impressed a BMG representative enough to give the band a $250,000 contract. BMG were unaware that these songs had been recorded previously.
Once Killers had the record deal they started to write their first album entitled "Murder One". The band moved to a studio up-state of New York "in the middle of nowhere". They stayed in a motel in which the owner had a set up rehearsal studio. The album was written in about in two weeks. It took only a further month to get it recorded.
After a spell in Jail, Paul Di'Anno returned to the UK after being deported. It was here that he signed the band to Bleeding Hearts records located in Newcastle. Here the band were to record their second studio album entitled "Menace To Society". With a forced Pantera-like style it was poorly recieved by the critics with the exception of Metal Hammer magazine in Germany who voted it as the "Best New Album" of 1994.
Later, Paul and Cliff were to tour as the only original members of Killers left. Steve had to retire as he developed tinnitus in his ears. The guitarist Graham Bath damaged his hands from playing so much over the years and developed arthritis. Paul then hired new musicians who he remembered from touring in German and Austria. According to Di'Anno he had wanted Clive Burr (ex-Iron Maiden) to drum but he couldn't get to rehearsals in time. However, later on Clive was to become severely ill from Multiple Sclerosis.
Last known line-up
* Paul Di'Anno - Vocals (Iron Maiden, Di'Anno, Gogmagog, Battlezone)
* Cliff Evans - Guitars (Chicken Shack, Headfirst, Tank)
* Graham Bath - Guitars (Persian Risk, Sphinx)
* Brad Weiseman - Bass
* Steve Hopgood - Drums (Battlezone, Chinatown, Jagged Edge, Persian Risk, Shy, Tank, Wild)
* John Gallagher - Bass (1991-92) (Raven)
* Ray Ditone - Guitars (1991-92)
* Nick Burr - Guitars (1992) (Battlezone)
* Gavin Cooper - Bass (1992-94) (Battlezone)
* Children Of The Revolution (EP) - 1992
* Murder One (album) 1992
* South American Assault Live ("Live" album) - 1994
* Menace To Society (Album) - 1994
* Live (Live album) - 1997
* New Live & Rare (Compilation) - 1998
* Killers Live at The Whiskey (Live album) - 2001
* Screaming Blue Murder - The Very Best of Paul Di'Anno's Killers (Compilation) - 2002
Killers is a French Heavy Speed metal band from Bayonne, founded in 1984 by rhythm guitarist Bruno Dolheguy (also the singer since 1989). Killers are one of the only French hard rock bands from the 1980s which remain active.
Line up :
* Bruno Dolheguy: Vocals / Guitars
* Thierry Andrieu: Guitars / Backing Vocals
* Patrick Oliver: Bass
* Florent Pouey: Drums
Former members :
* Patrice LeCalvez(Vocals),
* Didier Deboffe (Guitars),
* Pierre Paul (Bass),
* Michel Camiade (Drums)
* Serge Pujos (Vocals),
* François Merle (Guitars, see also Manigance)
* Miguel Caron (Bass)
* Philippe Borda (Drums),
* René Chavin (Bass),
* David Pepiot (Bass),
* Patrick Soria (Drums),
* Fabrice Arnouts (Guitars)
* Alain Garcès (Bass),
* Ronan Jacques (Guitars, see Moonstone)
* Nicko Andrieu (Drums) (1973 - 2001).
KILLERS is an Japanese rock band signed to Defstar Records (Sony Music Japan).
Killers was a Chicago Hardcore band, active from the late '90s to the early '00s, featuring ex-members of Charles Bronson. They released split 7"s with 9 Shocks Terror & A.P.B. as well as a couple other records including a 10" on Hater of God.
Killers is an incorrect tag for American indie rock band The Killers.
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