Legendary rock vocalist Graham Bonnet is back with a new band and an exciting new album titled 'The Book'.
The 'Graham Bonnet Band', features of course Graham Bonnet vocals, Beth-Ami Heavenstone on bass, Joey Tafolla on guitar, ex-Alcatrazz man Jimmy Waldo on keys, and Mark Benquechea on Drums.
They promise a powerful set-list showcasing Graham's extraordinary career performing the songs the way you know them.
Born in Skegness, England (December 1947), Bonnet enjoyed his first chart success with The Marbles, his first single with them Only One Woman, penned by the Bee Gees becoming a top 5 UK hit in 1968. After a spell recording advertising jingles, he appeared in the 1974 British comedy film Three for All as lead singer of a fictional band called Billy Beethoven, receiving a rave review for his performance! Bonnets subsequent career has seen him work with some of the best musicians in the business, including guitar virtuosos Ritchie Blackmore Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai and Chris Impellitteri... drummers Cozy Powell and Ted McKenna, bassists Roger Glover and Chris Glen and keyboard player Don Airey.
He is well known as the voice on a number of classic heavy rock albums including Rainbows Down to Earth (1979), Michael Schenker Groups Assault Attack (1982), Alcatrazzs No Parole for Rock n Roll (1983) and Disturbing the Peace (1985).
Rainbows Down to Earth spawned two hit singles, a cover of Russ Ballards Since Youve Been Gone and All Night Long. During his time with Rainbow, Bonnet also headlined the inaugural Monsters of Rock Festival at Castle Donington in the UK. Singles from the first two studio Alcatrazz albums, Island in the Sun (from No Parole and God Blessed Video (from Disturbing the Peace), became staples of MTV, then in its infancy.
Bonnet has maintained an active solo presence throughout most of his career, releasing albums periodically including the eponymous Graham Bonnet (1977), which was a hit in Australia, No Bad Habits (1978), Line-Up (1981), Here Comes the Night (1991), Underground (1997) and The Day I Went Mad (1999). The single Night Games (from the Line Up album) reached number 6 in the UK charts.
He has recorded and toured with a wide-range of other artists and released albums with bands such as Impellitteri, Forcefield, Blackthorne and Japanese legends Anthem.
Bonnet has a powerful and distinctive vocal style and, indeed, a distinctive image preferring to let the music, rather than the conventional heavy metal look, do the talking.
The Graham Bonnet Band has spent the last 18 months touring solidly around the world, with performances at several major European festivals including an acclaimed set at Sweden Rock 2016.
The debut Graham Bonnet Band album 'The Book' sees Graham returning in fine form, with an album that is his best in decades.
11 new tracks that will blow heavy rock fans away!
Also included with the new album is a 16 track cd of re-recorded classic tracks from Graham's career.
Graham Bonnet (born 23 December 1947) is an English rock vocalist and songwriter. He has recorded and performed as a solo artist and as a member of several hard rock and heavy metal bands including Rainbow, the Michael Schenker Group, Alcatrazz, and Impellitteri.
Born in Skegness, Lincolnshire, England, Graham like most other English-born musicians was influenced by The Beatles. Along with the British invasion, Graham was also influenced by many United States artists such as Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and many other legendary blues singers. Graham's first single with The Marbles "Only One Woman" penned by Bee Gees found great success with a top 5 hit in the U.K. and throughout Europe. The Marbles went on to release follow up singles from the same album. Graham went on to experiment with other creative avenues including acting and commercials. Realizing his first love was singing, he cut his first solo album in 1977. Even though it only reached medium success in the U.K., it achieved Gold status in Australia and experienced similar success in Europe as well as in Japan. In 1979 Ritchie Blackmore sought out Graham to audition for Rainbow's new frontman position. Rainbow had already auditioned 60 people. Graham was asked to sing "Mistreated" and was hired on the spot. With his James Dean image, the choice of Bonnet to replace Ronnie James Dio was subject to some questions. However, once Bonnet was heard there were no more questions or concerns. The Down to Earth album was one of Rainbow's most successful albums. 1981 saw Graham resume his solo career, and with the release of "Night Games", which had a #6 hit in England, Graham craved to become a band member again and joined MSG and was reunited with long time friend Cozy Powell. After recording "Assault Attack", Graham returned to Los Angles to form the band Alcatrazz which produced guitar greats Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai. Alcatrazz cut several albums before disbanding. After a short stint with Impellitteri, Forcefield and Blackthorne, Graham has returned to recording solo albums. "Underground" was recorded in 1996, and he released his latest solo album "The Day I Went Mad" in 1999. The Y2K was a very active year for Graham. He participated in the reunion of Anthem, the top heavy metal band in Japan, released the album "Heavy Metal Anthem", and toured Japan with the band. Also in 2001, he re-joined the recording of new Impellitteri album called "System X", while he also toured the UK and Spain with Don Airey (Bonnet/Airey Band). Graham and Dario Mollo have formed a new project called "Elektric Zoo" and they have toured Europe and the UK. From 2002-2006, he joined recordings of new albums of Iain Ashley Hersey, Michael Schenker, Moonstone Project and Taz Taylor. Also vigorously toured the UK, Spain, Austria,Italy, Finland, Estonia, Sweden, Russia, Lithuania and played a number of gigs in California, too. In 2006 Graham formed new Alcatrazz with Howie Simon, Tim Luce and Glen Solel and in next year completed successful tour in Japan, teaming up with his successor in Rainbow Joe Lynn Turner. Graham continues to tour all around the world to see you all !