Origin: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Genres: Hard Rock
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Alcatrazz is probably best known as one of two stepping stones for Yngwie Malmsteen on his way to a successful solo career, having previously served briefly in Steeler. In fact Malmsteen was one of two guitar virtuosos to spend time here (the other being Steve Vai), and neither guitarist really was the leader of the band. The band was founded in 1983 by bassist Gary Shea, keyboardist Jimmy Waldo, and noted vocalist Graham Bonnet, then newly removed from Rainbow and one who's had a history of problems staying with bands. After recruiting drummer Jan Uvena, Malmsteen was eventually added as the final piece to the puzzle, and probably the band's best-known work, the debut No Parole From Rock'n'Roll, was recorded. Vai soon replaced Malmsteen, but his tenure was short-lived as well, and finally the unheralded Danny Jackson was recruited in time for their third album, Dangerous Games, after which the band broke up for personal reasons. Musically Alcatrazz played light mainstream metal, with of course plenty of flashy guitarwork from Malmsteen and Vai. They had a sound made for radio play, and they should have been more popular than they were, but for whatever reason the band never truly took off. By 2007 Bonnet had split from the rest and had formed a new version of the band while the others still claimed the name as theirs. However, neither faction ever recorded again.

Current Members

Graham Bonnet

vocals (ex-Anthem, ex-Impellitteri, ex-Michael Schenker Group, ex-Rainbow)

Danny Johnson

guitars (ex-Alice Cooper)

Gary Shea


Jimmy Waldo


Jan Uvena


Former Members/Guests

Yngwie Malmsteen

guitars (Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Steeler)

Steve Vai

guitars (ex-Whitesnake)


No Parole From Rock'n'Roll 
1984 Grand Slamm
  1. Island in the Sun
  2. General Hospital
  3. Jet to Jet
  4. Hiroshima Mon Amour
  5. Kree Nakoorie
  6. Incubus
  7. Too Young to Die, Too Drunk to Live
  8. Big Foot
  9. Starcarr Lane
  10. Suffer Me
  • Graham Bonnet
  • Yngwie Malmsteen
  • Gary Shea
  • Jimmy Waldo
  • Jan Uvena

Live Sentence  LIVE
1984 Grand Slamm
  1. Too Young to Die, Too Drunk to Live
  2. Hiroshima Mon Amour
  3. Night Games
  4. Island in the Sun
  5. Kree Nakoorie
  6. Coming Bach
  7. Since You've Been Gone
  8. Evil Eye
  9. All Night Long
  • Graham Bonnet
  • Yngwie Malmsteen
  • Gary Shea
  • Jimmy Waldo
  • Jan Uvena

Disturbing The Peace 
1985 Capitol
  1. God Blessed Video
  2. Mercy
  3. Will You Be Home Tonight
  4. Wire and Wood
  5. Desert Diamond
  6. Stripper
  7. Painted Lover
  8. Lighter Shade of Green
  9. Sons and Lovers
  10. Skyfire
  11. Breaking the Heart of the City
  • Graham Bonnet
  • Steve Vai
  • Gary Shea
  • Jimmy Waldo
  • Jan Uvena

Dangerous Games 
1986 Capitol
  1. It's My Life
  2. Undercover
  3. That Ain't Nothin'
  4. No Imagination
  5. Ohayo Tokyo
  6. Dangerous Games (Johnson)
  7. Blue Boar
  8. Only One Woman
  9. Witchwood
  10. Double Man
  11. Night of the Shooting Star
  • Graham Bonnet
  • Danny Johnson
  • Gary Shea
  • Jimmy Waldo
  • Jan Uvena

The Best Of Alcatrazz  COMPILATION
1998 Dreamcatcher
  1. Island In The Sun
  2. General Hospital
  3. Hiroshima Mon Amour
  4. All Night Long (Live)
  5. Since You've Been Gone (Live)
  6. Night Games (Live)
  7. Stripper
  8. Painted Lover
  9. Sons And Lovers
  10. God Blessed Video
  11. Mercy
  12. It's My Life
  13. Dangerous Games
  14. Undercover
  15. No Imagination

Live '83  LIVE
  1. Too Young to Die, Too Drunk to Live
  2. General Hospital
  3. Kree Nakoorie
  4. Island In the Sun
  5. Evil Eye
  6. Since You Been Gone
  7. Hiroshima Mon Amour
  8. Suffer Me
  9. Desert Song
  10. Jet to Jet
  11. All Night Long
  • Graham Bonnet
  • Yngwie Malmsteen
  • Gary Shea
  • Jimmy Waldo
  • Jan Uvena


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