Origin: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Genres: Hard Rock

Alcatrazz  


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 two versions of the band emerged, one featuring the core of Shea, Waldo, and Uvena, with Graham Bonnet heading up a completely new lineup. At that time it looked like a possible court battle for the name, but that doesn't seem to have happened, and since then Bonnet's version continues while the other guys have not been heard from.

Current Members

Graham Bonnet

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

Howie Simon

guitars

Tim Luce

bass

Dave Dzialak

drums

Former Members/Guests

Yngwie Malmsteen

guitars (Yngwie Malmsteen, Steeler)

Steve Vai

guitars (Whitesnake)

Danny Johnson

guitars (Alice Cooper)

Gary Shea

bass

Jimmy Waldo

keyboards

Jan Uvena

drums


Discography



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


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