LONDON

Country USA

Style Glam/Hard Rock/Metal

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London was formed in 1978 by Lizzie Grey and Nikki Sixx. The two met when Sixx was recruited to play bass for Sister, the band that Grey was in with Blackie Lawless. This line-up did not last long and soon Grey and Sixx left to form London. The two recruited a local drummer named Dane Rage.

London was briefly joined by Michael White as the vocalist, who bore a resemblance, both in voice and image, to Robert Plant. After disagreements with the band, White left to focus on his own band, The White.

By 1979, White had been replaced by vocalist Henri Valentine and keyboard player John St. John. Nigel Benjamin, an English vocalist who had sung for glam rock band Mott The Hoople and English Assassin, joined the band after Valentine left. Henri Valentine died in September 2011 in Reno Nevada.

Becoming jaded with all of the member changes and looking to move on, Sixx and Benjamin were next to leave the band. Nikki Sixx went on to form the world famous band Mötley Crüe. A song Nikki and Lizzie had written together while in London, “Public Enemy No. 1”, was included on Mötley Crüe’s debut album Too Fast for Love. Benjamin joined Satyr, and later recorded the soundtrack to the horror movie Rocktober Blood with Sorcery. Blackie Lawless was brought into the band to replace Sixx on bass, but this didn’t last very long and the band fell apart. Rage would become Dane Scarborough, leaving drumming to become an inventor, eventually establishing the toy company Überstix LLC in 2005.

After the original London had completely fallen apart, founder Lizzie Grey became involved with a couple of other groups, first including hard rockers St. Valentine in 1983, this group featured Nigel Itson (Ruby Slippers) and Desi Rexx (D’Molls). 1984 saw the rebirth of London, although it was now a different beast. The new line-up of the band consisted of Grey, Itson, an English vocalist named John Ward, and a bassist named Donny Cameron. Looking to add a second guitarist, the band recruited Slash, but he only stayed with London for a few weeks. He was replaced by future Guns N’ Rosesbandmate Izzy Stradlin.

By 1985, the line-up consisted of Grey and Stradlin, vocalist Nadir D’Priest, drummer Bobby Marks and bassist Brian West (TKO). Marks soon left to form the first line-up of Keel, and Fred Coury was brought in as his replacement. Stradlin then left to form Guns N’ Roses with close friend Axl Rose. Non-Stop Rock, London’s debut album was recorded at this point. Soon after the album was finished, Coury left the band, eventually becoming part of Cinderella. Wailin’ Jennings Morgan replaced him. Before the band’s second album Don’t Cry Wolf (produced by Kim Fowley) was recorded, two new members, drummer Derek Shea and guitarist Frankie Jones joined.

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In 1988, London appropriately appeared in the Penelope Spheeris film The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years describing their band as a “rock star training academy”. After a decade, two albums, 19 different members and very little commercial success, founding member and guitarist Lizzie Grey left London in 1988. He went on to play with the groups Ultra Pop and Spiders and Snakes.

Although the band now had no more original members London carried on for two more years in Los Angeles. Brian West and vocalist Nadir D’Priest were joined by two guitarists Amos Sanfilippo and Sean Lewis, as well as drummer Tim Yasui, and performed one show at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, CA. London also made an appearance in the 1989 filmHollywood Boulevard II, starring Ginger Lynn.

D’Priest moved to Arizona for a brief period, but returned to continue working with West and Sean Lewis. They released a third and final album Playa Del Rock in 1990, but by this time the band agreed with new label Noise International to rebrand the band D’Priest. Some versions of the album had the new band name, but many were released as London. By this time the band was managed by Eric Greif, coincidentally an early assistant manager of Sixx’s band Mötley Crüe, with drummer Alan Krigger, formerly of Ike and Tina Turner andGiuffria replacing Yasui, and San Filippo replaced by occasional keyboardist for The Cult Vince Gilbert.

A last burst of publicity via an MTV-played, David Bellino-directed video for single Ride You Through the Night, coupled with a supporting tour, fizzled quickly, with the band breaking up by late 1991 after internal strife and a label wind-down. London/D’Priest charted on the Z-Rock “Z-50” as well as on MTV and toured extensively during 1990-1991 at Z-Rock affiliate and subscriber markets. London, a la the Playa Del Rock line-up of D’Priest, Lewis, West and Krigger, performed a reunion show at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, CA in early 2010, a show in Redondo Beach, CA in April 2011, and the Sunset Strip Music Festival at the Whiskey-a-go-go in Summer 2011.

It was reported that Nadir D’Priest reformed London. The group stated their plans as appearing live, first in Europe around November 21st trough December 5th 2012. LONDON is planning & releasing a single and video of LONDON Live! 2012-13 filmed in Nashville TN. The duo, including drummer, Tim Yasui recorded a track for Cleopatra records Shout at the Devil, a tribute to Mötley Crüe which also featured tracks by Pretty Boy Floyd, Marq Torien, Jack Russell of Great White. Cleopatra records also released “London The Metal Years”, a compilation of demos cut on the fly at Richard Podolor & Mr.Bill Cooper at American Recording Studios. LONDON is currently in studio mixing the new album titled “Mastered LIVE! Which was mixed by producer Michael Wagener at Double Trouble Productions Nashville TN. The album will include two new tracks one Rock En Español song and one classic metal track un named as of yet.

DISCOGRAPHYdiscography

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– Non-Stop Rock [1985]
– Don’t Cry Wolf [1986]
– Playa Del Rock [1990]

 

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