HURRICANE

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Hurricane is a powerful hard rock band from Los Angeles that formed in 1984 by Guitarist Robert Sarzo, and Bassist Tony Cavazo. Cavazo, former Quiet Riot and Snow bassist, was introduced to Sarzo by the late Quiet Riot frontman, Kevin DuBrow in the early 80ʼs. DuBrow suggested they put a band together and they did just that. Cavazo and Sarzo being the siblings of the classic Quiet Riot lineup guitarist and bassist Carlos Cavazo and Rudy Sarzo, decided to create a monster.

They recruited singer Kelly Hansen and drummer Jay Schellen and hit the ground running. With little label interest, the band decided to release a mini-album themselves, Take What You Want. The album and constant touring led to them getting a major label deal. In 1986 & 1987 they opened for Christian metal band Stryper on their To Hell with the Devil album tour. They were soon signed to Enigma Records, the same label as Stryper.

In 1988, the band released their major label debut album, Over the Edge. Propelled by a powerful, yet melodic hard rock sound, the album dipped into the top 100 (at 92) on thealbum charts and featured a cover of Alice Cooper’s “I’m Eighteen,” as well as the band’s most successful hit, the Jeff Jones-penned “I’m On to You.” The title track, “Over the Edge” was also released as a single.

In 1989, Sarzo left the group and was replaced by ex-Lion guitarist, Doug Aldrich. This lineup recorded the album Slave to the Thrill, which was released in 1990. While Allmusichailed the record as the band’s most “focused” album, its success paled in comparison to its predecessor. Noteworthy, however, is the fact that the album’s relative lack of success could also be attributed to changing musical climates (indeed, the topic of which Hurricane album, Over the Edge or Slave to the Thrill is better remains heavily debated amongst Hurricane fans). Shortly after the release of this album, Aldrich moved on to House of Lords and the rest of the group quickly disintegrated with the onslaught of grunge.

In 1991 Schellen wrote, recorded and toured extensively with both Unruly Child and Sircle of Silence while Hansen did a considerable amount of session work. Schellen suggested that Hansen help with the recording of Unruly Child’s second release, and shortly after they agreed to resurrect Hurricane. English-born blues guitarist Sean Manning (former bandmate and Kevin Dubrow /Quiet Riot guitarist) (guitar) and Larry Antonino (bass) rounded out the new version of the band, and they released Liquifury. Guitarists Carlos Villalobos and Randall Strom also appear as session musicians on this album, performing on one track apiece.

Villalobos also co-wrote the track on which he performs. in the late 1990s Schellen begins a continuing collaboration World Trade, Conspiracy with Chris Squire (Yes) and CIRCA: with friend and band mate Billy Sherwood. Schellen joined the popular progressive pop band ASIA in 2005 and continues now in Asia Featuring John Payne.
Hansen joined Foreigner, and Aldrich is handling lead guitar duties for the current incarnation of Whitesnake.

Manning went on to form The Exiles with 3 other English expatriates, original Bonham vocalist Paul Rafferty, bassist Paul Stanley, and drummer Terry Muscall. The band split up in the mid 1990s but a collection of demos, in part co-produced by Pat Benatar guitarist Neil Giraldo, surfaced in 1996 as Sean Manning & Paul Raffery – The Exiles (Indivision/SDM), with additional musical contributions by Giraldo, Myron Grombacher, Greg D’Angelo, and Richard Baker, among others.

Andrew Freeman has done double duty as a singer and guitarist for several notable bands. namely The Offspring, Lynch Mob, BulletBoys, Thirty Stones and worked with famed producers Bob Rock, Simon Philips and Zuess.

Mike Hansen has toured and recorded with George Lynch of Dokken/Lynch Mob fame, Paula Abdul, The Pointer Sisters, Steve Vai, Steve Lukather (Toto), George Clinton of Parliament Funkadelic. He has worked with famed classic rock producers Bob Ezrin (Kiss), Eddie Kramer (The Beatles), Simon Phillips, and Andy Johns.

In 2010, Robert Sarzo and Tony Cavazo, founding members, reunited and recruited singer Andrew Freeman and drummer Mike Hansen.

– Take What You Want [1986]
– Over the Edge [1988]
– Slave to the Thrill [1990]
– Liquifury [2001]

 

 

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