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rhjtyjtyParadise one of Huge Hollywood Sunset Strip Headliners supposed to “make it” in the late 80’s/early 90’s along with other “Hollywood Underground” bands, Love/Hate, Tuff, The Wild, Taz, Wildside, Jailhouse, Imagine World Peace and Brunette (among others). In the few years prior, when bands like Motley Crue, Poison, Guns N’ Roses and Warrant had headlined the Country Club (1000 seat venue) it was only a matter of time till they got signed. But by the time Paradise was headlining and selling out the Country Club (and All the clubs on the Sunset Strip) they had learned too much about the music industry and subsequently turned down over a dozen record deals that just weren’t good enough. Paradise was a crucial part of this final “Hollywood Underground” era on the Sunset Strip which thrived from 1988 – 1991 and bridged the gap between Glam & Grunge.

Paradise is probably best known though, for it’s feud with valley band Pair a Dice. The Paradise vs. Pair a Dice war was even mentioned in SPIN magazine’s anniversary Metal special (w/ Axl Rose on the cover) in 2002 & also mentioned again recently in Rolling Stone’s article on Sunset strip in 2015. In the end, only Paradise was left. … Back in the day, the very first Paradise gig was at a Frat house at U.C.L.A. doin’ half covers and half originals. But the first official professional show with all originals was St. Patrick’s Day ’87 @ Doug Weston’s Troubadour where Paradise drew more than the headliner! Paradise went through many lineup changes as they got larger (like adding Robbie Crane on bass who was later in Ratt & Danny Wilder {R.I.P.} on bass who went on to join Tuff) .

Soon, Paradise was headlining the world famous Gazzarri’s, the Whisky A Go Go and the Roxy to sold out crowds!! Along the way Paradise opened for many of the great Sunset Strip Stars like Guns N’ Roses, Warrant, XYZ, Shark Island, Love Hate and others. Paradise showcased for every label in town but passed on the plethora of record deals they were offered time and time again. Still, Paradise got bigger and bigger ’till they were even selling out the 1000 seat Country Club! Eventually in 1991, they signed with a small German record label that gave them more creative control called Dream Circle and Jay Baumgardner (now known for P.O.D., Papa Roach, Evanescence and more) produced the Paradise debut at his NRG recording studios.

While Paradise spent the next year recording their debut the legendary Bill Gazzarri died, the W. Hollywood police shut down the Sunset Strip and Seattle rose to total rock music domination. In 1992 Paradise’s debut cd, “Do or Die” was complete and though their kind of music had completely lost it’s market in America, in Europe it was just blossoming. Booked throughout Europe for the first leg of the Bon Jovi tour and the 2nd leg of the Extreme tour, Paradise was still in a position to make some waves. But, just as the European magazine articles were beginning to be published – the band fell apart. The last shows they ever played were in front of 20,000 screaming Germans at the Wakken Open Air Festival in the fall of 1992.

tyhjkjk– Do or Die [1992]

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