Graham Bonnet

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Graham Bonnet
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Bonnet in 2008
Background information
Born (1947-12-23) 23 December 1947 (age 73)
Skegness, Lincolnshire, England
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, harmonica
Years active1967–present
Associated acts The Marbles, Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Alcatrazz, Impellitteri, Blackthorne, Anthem
Website Official website

Graham Bonnet (born 23 December 1947) is an English rock singer 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, Michael Schenker Group, Alcatrazz, and Impellitteri. [1] Bonnet's style is described as being a cross between Don Johnson in Miami Vice and James Dean. [2] He is also known for his powerful singing voice but is capable of also singing soft melodies. [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] His singing has been noted as 'very loud' by both his contemporaries and himself, [8] and he claims to be a self-taught singer with 'no discipline for lessons'. [9]

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Career

Bonnet was born in Skegness, England in 1947. [1] He had his first hit single with duo the Marbles in 1968, with the single "Only One Woman" (Polydor 56 272), which reached Number 5 in the UK Singles Chart. [1] [10] This and its follow-up, “The Walls Fell Down,” were both written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees who had recorded in Australia with Bonnet's bandmate from the Marbles, Trevor Gordon.

Bonnet then quit to do advert jingles. He appeared in the 1974 British comedy film, Three for All as lead singer of 'Billy Beethoven', a fictional band, along with several notable UK comedy personalities and his then partner Adrienne Posta, although his character's lines were limited to only two words.

In 1977, he released an eponymous album, which was certified gold in Australia. The single, "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue", a cover version of the Bob Dylan song, also reached Number 3 in Australia in November 1977, [11] and the following year the single "Warm Ride", written by the Bee Gees, a leftover from the Saturday Night Fever sessions, reached number two there in August. [11]

Rainbow

In 1979, Bonnet was approached to join UK glam rock band Sweet to replace Brian Connolly. However, he was chosen by Ritchie Blackmore to replace Ronnie James Dio as the vocalist of hard rock band Rainbow. This was something of a musical departure for Bonnet, who had previously identified himself more as an R&B singer. Bonnet would later credit his time in Rainbow and his collaboration with Blackmore, in particular, as fundamentally changing his musical outlook to a more hard rock focus. He sang on the Down to Earth LP, which would become his most successful album. It spawned two hit singles in 1979 and 1980: "Since You Been Gone" and "All Night Long". [1] During Bonnet's time in the band, Rainbow also headlined the inaugural Monsters of Rock festival at Donington Park, Castle Donington.

Bonnet's time with Rainbow was short and he left to resume his solo career, releasing the Line-Up album in 1981, handled by producer John Eden. Following on from his time in Rainbow, the album had a markedly more rock-based sound than his previous solo recordings, whilst retaining some of his former R&B influences. For the recording of Line Up Bonnet enlisted several well-known rock musicians including Whitesnake guitarist Mick Moody, Whitesnake and Rainbow drummer Cozy Powell, Deep Purple and Whitesnake keyboard player Jon Lord, and Status Quo guitarists Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt. The album reached No. 62 in the UK Albums Chart. [12] The album's lead single, "Night Games", reached No. 6 in the UK Singles Chart, with the follow-up single, "Liar", reaching No. 51. [12] Around this time Bonnet sang on an advertisement for Levi's jeans (the song was entitled "These Eyes"), although his version has never been released.

MSG

Tempted by an offer from ex-UFO guitarist Michael Schenker, Bonnet continued his progression to a heavier musical style and joined the Michael Schenker Group (MSG) for the Assault Attack album. [1] However, he was fired from the group after a single concert, at Sheffield Polytechnic (now called Sheffield Hallam University), when he drunkenly exposed himself on stage. [13]

Alcatrazz

Upon leaving MSG, Bonnet decided to form his own band, drawing inspiration from his days in Rainbow. In 1983, he co-founded Alcatrazz, with Gary Shea (bass), and Jimmy Waldo (keyboards) of the band New England, former Alice Cooper drummer Jan Uvena, and Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen. [1] The band's debut album, No Parole from Rock N' Roll , featured a distinctly heavy metal sound, with Bonnet describing the material as the heaviest that he had recorded to date. The band enjoyed moderate success in the United States, and major success in Japan.

The band released three studio albums (No Parole from Rock N' Roll, Disturbing the Peace , with guitarist Steve Vai replacing Malmsteen, and Dangerous Games with Danny Johnson on guitar). Alcatrazz also released a live album, Live Sentence , with material from Yngwie Malmsteen's period in the band. For the Dangerous Games LP, Alcatrazz recorded a remake of Bonnet's hit song "Only One Woman" from his first band The Marbles. In 1987, Alcatrazz appeared on the second series of the BBC TV programme Rock School, with Bonnet providing singing tips. The programme also included clips of Alcatrazz in rehearsal. Later that year, Alcatrazz disbanded, and Bonnet returned to his solo career. In 2009, Bonnet reformed Alcatrazz with three new musicians. Bonnet did not consult with his former bandmates Uvena and Waldo about re-forming the original line-up, and in response they also re-grouped as a separate version of Alcatrazz. Both bands have maintained official pages on MySpace.com.

Bonnet later reformed his version of the band as Alcatrazz featuring Graham Bonnet with guitarist Howie Simon (Jeff Scott Soto Band, Talisman), drummer Glen Sobel (Impellitteri, Beautiful Creatures, Tony MacAlpine), and bassist Tim Luce and toured Japan in May and June 2007—sharing the headline with another ex-Rainbow vocalist, Joe Lynn Turner. Howie Simon revealed in a 2010 interview that it was his suggestion to bring back the Alcatrazz name. [14] They also headlined the BerkRock festival in Berkovitsa, Bulgaria in July 2008 and have played various West Coast US dates including support slots for Y&T. Alcatrazz continued to perform live occasionally until 2014.

In March 2017, three-fifths of the original lineup (Bonnet, Waldo and Shea) reunited for three shows in Japan, which also included Conrado Pesinato and Mark Benquechea on guitar and drums respectively. The performances were recorded for the live album/DVD Parole Denied - Tokyo 2017, which was released on 7 December 2018. [15]

In February 2019, Bonnet confirmed that he had once again resurrected Alcatrazz, with a new lineup featuring himself, Waldo, Benquechea, Beth-Ami Heavenstone, as well as new guitarist Joe Stump. [16] [17] Heavenstone thus briefly became Alcatrazz's first female member, having played bass in The Graham Bonnet Band, where she was Waldo's bandmate. This lineup planned to record a new album together, which will also include contributions from Chris Impellitteri, Bob Kulick, Dario Mollo and former Alcatrazz guitarist Steve Vai. [18] [19] Shea returned to Alcatrazz in January 2020 to replace Heavenstone.

Later career

Bonnet's post-Alcatrazz projects have all been short-lived and included Blackthorne (working with ex-Balance guitarist Bob Kulick, brother of Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick), backing vocals for the Danish heavy metal band Pretty Maids' Future World and numerous session work for Forcefield, appearing on To Oz and Back and Let The Wild Run Free. In 1988, Bonnet joined Impellitteri, for their album Stand in Line .

An appearance on Eddie Hardin and Pete York's musical adaptation of Wind in The Willows, performed live in Germany in 1991, saw Bonnet sing on around six of the songs alongside fellow musicians Jon Lord, Don Airey and Ray Fenwick amongst others. Fenwick and Airey also featured heavily on Bonnet's 1991 solo album Here Comes The Night which includes several covers as well as songs credited to his then wife Jo Eime, and another remake of the Marbles' "Only One Woman".

In 1997, he released Underground , a new solo album, which helped re-establish him with his fan base in Japan. 1999's The Day I Went Mad featured guitarist Slash, Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, Bruce Kulick plus guitarist, Mario Parga.

Bonnet contributed lead vocals to the Japanese heavy metal band Anthem's 2000 release Heavy Metal Anthem , which had reworks of classic Anthem tracks. Bonnet rejoined Impellitteri in 2000 for their System X album. Meanwhile, his 1999 Japanese solo album got a UK release in September 2001.

At the back end of 2001, Bonnet went on a solo UK tour. His band included keyboard player Don Airey, bassist Chris Childs and drummer Harry James of Thunder and guitarist Dario Mollo.

In early 2004, Bonnet joined Italian guitarist Dario Mollo's new project Elektric Zoo, touring Europe during April. Maintaining the Italian connection, the singer also participated in Matteo Filippini's project, Moonstone, featuring on the track "Not Dead Yet".

In 2006, Bonnet contributed vocals to the Welcome to America album by Taz Taylor Band. The band toured the UK in 2007 and Europe in 2008.

He also appeared in the Countdown Spectacular concert series in Australia between August and September 2007. He sang two songs, "Warm Ride" and "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue".

A press release dated 6 November 2008 reported that Bonnet would be contributing vocals for a highlights CD with the metal opera project, Lyraka. [20] [21] The album Lyraka Volume 1 was released on 2 November 2010. It was announced on 17 November 2010, that Bonnet would also be featured on Lyraka Volume 2. [22]

Bonnet currently resides in Los Angeles, California, from where he continues to record and tour extensively. Bonnet toured the UK with Rainbow tribute band Catch the Rainbow starting in March 2014.

Graham singing with Michael Schenker in 2019 Graham Bonnet and Michael Schenker.jpg
Graham singing with Michael Schenker in 2019

He collaborated in the Stardust Reverie Project, a supergroup featuring Zak Stevens and Lynn Meredith among others. Their first album Ancient Rites of the Moon was released in April 2014. He contributed on vocals in one track of the second Stardust Reverie album Proclamation of Shadows, which came out in March 2015.

In 2015, Bonnet formed The Graham Bonnet Band, and toured the UK and Europe, playing songs from throughout his career including Alcatrazz and Rainbow. The band released a two-song E.P. titled My Kingdom Come, (the song "My Kingdom Come", written by Russ Ballard) and announced work on a new studio album to be recorded featuring new compositions and a bonus disc consisting of re-recordings of a number of songs from Bonnet's career. The final line-up of The Graham Bonnet Band was: Graham Bonnet, vocals; Conrad Pesinato, guitars; Beth-Ami Heavenstone, bass; Mark Zonder (Ex-Fates Warning), drums. The band resumed touring towards the end of 2016.

On 4 November 2016, The Graham Bonnet Band released their debut album, The Book. Reviews were positive, with the Real Gone website calling the album "surprisingly good" and also stating that some of the tracks "exceeded expectations by some distance". [23] Heavenstone later joined Bonnet in a refounded Alcatrazz (see above).

In 2016, Bonnet joined Michael Schenker and fellow former MSG singers Gary Barden and Robin McAuley in Michael Schenker Fest, initially for a tour of Japan. This resulted in a CD/DVD Live - Tokyo International Forum Hall. Later tours of Europe and Japan followed. In 2017, with the addition of Temple of Rock singer Doogie White (another former Rainbow vocalist), Michael Schenker Fest recorded the album Resurrection featuring vocal contributions from all 4 singers. This line-up toured the US and Europe in 2018.

Bonnet was extensively interviewed for 2 books by author Greg Prato: 2016's The Other Side of Rainbow [24] and 2017's Shredders!: The Oral History Of Speed Guitar (And More). [25]

Discography

Albums (solo or as band member)

ReleasedRecordedArtistLabelCat. #TitleType
19701968–69 The Marbles Polydor184365The MarblesStudio
19751974(Soundtrack)DJMDJLPS 448Three for All (four tracks By Billy Beethoven)Studio
19771977Graham BonnetRing O'Records
Mercury
2320,103
9199 133
Graham Bonnet (AUS #7) [26] Studio
19781978Mercury6304,503No Bad Habits (AUS #6) [26] Studio
19791979 Rainbow PolydorPOLD 5023 Down to Earth (UK #6, BPI: Gold)Studio
19811981Graham BonnetVertigo6302,151 Line-Up (UK #62)Studio
19821982 Michael Schenker Group ChrysalisCHR 1393 Assault Attack (UK #19)Studio
19831983 Alcatrazz RocshirePL83263 No Parole from Rock 'n' Roll (US #128)Studio
19841984Polydor Live Sentence (US #145)Live
19851985Capitol1C0642402991 Disturbing the Peace (US #133)Studio
19861986Capitol Dangerous Games Studio
19881988 Impellitteri Relativity Records Stand in Line Studio
19891989ForcefieldPresidentPCOM 1100Forcefield III: To Oz and BackStudio
19901990PresidentPCOM 1110Forcefield IV: Let the Wild Run FreeStudio
19911991Graham BonnetPresidentPCOM 1114Here Comes the NightStudio
19931993 Blackthorne CMC InternationalCMC 6403 Afterlife Studio
19971997Graham BonnetVictorVICP-60084 Underground Studio
19991999Graham BonnetEscape MusicESM070 The Day I Went Mad Studio
20002000 Anthem JVCVICP-60992 Heavy Metal Anthem Studio
20022002ImpellitteriSPV085-74622 System X Studio
20062006Taz Taylor BandEscape MusicESM137Welcome to America!Studio
20101983AlcatrazzDeadline MusicCLP 8744-2Live '83Live
1984Ward RecordsVQCD 10169 No Parole from Rock 'n' Roll Tour Live in Japan 1984.1.28 audio tracks Live
1984VQCD 10170 Disturbing the Peace Tour Live in Japan 1984.10.10 audio tracks Live
20151975Graham BonnetGraham BonnetPrivate-I – The Archives Vol. 1 (Recorded 1975) (Digital Download only)Studio
1979RainbowPurple PyramidDown to Earth Tour 1979Live
2015Graham Bonnet BandGraham Bonnet MusicEscape from Alcatrazz : Alive in Japan (Digital Download only)Live
20161994Blackthorne Cherry Red Records HNECD073DBlackthorne II – Don't Kill the Thrill (Deluxe Edition)Studio
1980RainbowEdelMonsters of Rock – Live at Donington 1980 (CD & DVD)Live
1975Graham BonnetCherry Red RecordsBack Row in the Stalls (Private-I Expanded Edition, CD Release)Studio
2016Graham Bonnet BandFrontiers Music S.R.L.FRCD 759The Book (2-CD Set)Studio
20172017Ezoo earMusic Feeding the BeastStudio
2016Graham Bonnet BandFrontiers Music S.R.L.Frontiers Rock Festival 2016 – Live... Here Comes the Night (DVD & CD)Live
2016 Michael Schenker Fest in-akustikLive - Tokyo International Forum Hall A (Track 9, 10, 11 and 18)Live
20182018Michael Schenker Fest Nuclear Blast Resurrection (Track 2, 4, 6 & 12)Studio
1987, 89, 92Graham BonnetCherry Red RecordsReel To Real: The Archives 1987-1992 (3-CD Box)Studio
2018Graham Bonnet BandFrontiers Music S.R.L.Meanwhile.Back In The Garage (2-CD Set)Studio
2017AlcatrazzParole Denied - Tokyo 2017Live
20192017Graham Bonnet BandLive in Tokyo 2017 (CD & DVD)Live
2019Michael Schenker FestNuclear BlastRevelation (Track 1, 4, 5, 11 & 12)Studio
20202020AlcatrazzSilver Lining MusicBorn InnocentStudio
2000AnthemWard RecordsExplosive!!: Studio JamStudio

Compilation albums

Date
Artist
Label
Cat. #
Name
1979Graham BonnetMercury6304,509Can't Complain (mixture of tracks from previous two albums)
1980Graham BonnetMercury6321,108Rock Legends: Graham Bonnet
1986RainbowPolydor Finyl Vinyl
1990Graham BonnetPolygram840 974-2The Rock Singer's Anthology
1994The MarblesPolydor523 866-2Marble-ized
7/1997RainbowPolydor The Very Best of Rainbow
23 Jun 1998AlcatrazzRenaissanceThe Best of Alcatrazz
8 Oct 2002ImpellitteriSeoul Records The Very Best of Impellitteri: Faster Than the Speed of Light
2003The MarblesRepertoireREPUK 1014The Marbles
23 Sep 2008Michael Schenker GroupEMI5099923475021The Best of the Michael Schenker Group 1980–1984
2015RainbowPolydorA Light in the Black
2016AlcatrazzStore For MusicThe Ultimate Fortress Rock Set (Box)
Graham BonnetCherry Red RecordsHNECD068DGraham Bonnet / No Bad Habits (2CD Expanded Deluxe Edition)
2017Graham BonnetHNEBOX071Anthology 1968-2017 (2CD/1DVD Boxset)
Flying Not Falling 1991-1999 (3-CD Box)
AlcatrazzBreaking the Heart of the City: The Best of Alcatrazz (3CD-Boxset)
2018The Official Bootleg Boxset 1983-1986: Live, Demo, Rehearsals (6CD-Boxset)

UK singles

DateArtistLabelCat. #TracksAlbum
1968 The Marbles Polydor56272"Only One Woman" / "By the Light of a Burning Candle" (UK #5)The Marbles
196956310"The Walls Fell Down" / "Love You"
56378"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" / "I Can't See Nobody"
1972Graham BonnetRCARCA 2230"Whisper in the Night" / "Rare Specimen"Back Row in the Stalls (Released 2016)
15 Jun 1973RCA 2380"Trying to Say Goodbye" / "Castles in the Air"
16 Nov 1973 Adrienne Posta DJMDJS 286"Dog Song" / "Express Yourself"
4 Oct 1974Graham BonnetDJS 328"Back Row in the Stalls" / "Ghost Writer in My Eye"
9 May 1975Billy BeethovenDJS 377"Dreams (Out in the Forest)" / "We're Free"Three for All / Back Row in the Stalls (Released 2016)
27 May 1977Graham BonnetRing O'Records2017,105"It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" / "Heroes on My Picture Wall" (AUS #3) [26] Graham Bonnet
12 Aug 19772017,106"Danny" / "Rock Island Line" (AUS #79) [26]
11/19772017,110"Goodnight and Goodmorning" / "Wino Song"
03/1978POSP 002DJ"Warm Ride" (Short Version) / "Warm Ride" (Long Version) (AUS #2) [26] Non-album tracks
03/19782017,114"Warm Ride" (Short Version) / "10/12 Observation"
1979 Rainbow PolydorPOSP 70"Since You Been Gone" / "Bad Girl" (UK #6, BPI: Silver) Down to Earth
03/1980POSP 104"All Night Long" / "Weiss Heim" (UK #5, BPI: Silver)
1981Graham BonnetVertigoVER 1"Night Games" / "Out on the Water" (UK #6) Line-Up
VER 2"Liar" / "Bad Days Are Gone" (UK #51)
VER 4"That's the Way That It Is" / "Don't Tell Me to Go"
27 Aug 1982 Michael Schenker Group ChrysalisCHS 2636"Dancer" / "Girl from Uptown" Assault Attack
1983 Alcatrazz Rocshire RecordsXR95047"Island in the Sun" No Parole from Rock 'n' Roll
1985AlcatrazzCapitolCL 366"God Blessed Video" / "Wire and Wood" Disturbing the Peace
2015Graham Bonnet BandGraham Bonnet Music"My Kingdom Come"Anthology 1968-2017

Unique non-UK singles

DateArtistCountryLabelCat. #TracksAlbum
1969The MarblesGermanyPolydor59,311"I Can't See Nobody" / "Little Boy"The Marbles
2058,010"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" / "Daytime"
USACotillion45-44046"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" / "Little Laughing Girl"
PortugalPolydor56378"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" / "A House Is Not a Home"
1977Graham BonnetAustraliaMercury6001,109"Danny" / "Wino Song"Graham Bonnet
6001,111"Rock Island Line" / "Soul Seeker"
1978AustraliaMercury6001,115"Only You Can Lift Me" / "Such a Shame"No Bad Habits
Germany6001,117"Can't Complain" / "High School Angel"
2000AnthemJapanVictorVICP-60979”Gypsy Ways (Win, Lose Or Draw)" / "Show Must Go On" / "Love In Vain"Heavy Metal Anthem

Album appearances (guest sessions)

Date
Artist
Label
Cat. #
Name
Contribution
1976(Various Artists)RCARS 1088Paul Gallico's the Snow GooseVocals on "Walking by the Sea"
1983The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and FriendsRCARCALP 8001Arrested: The Music of the PoliceVocals on "Truth Hits Everybody"
1985Eddie Hardin and Zak Starkey PresidentPTLS 1078Eddie Hardin and Zak Starkey's
Musical Version of Wind in the Willows
1987 Pretty Maids CBS4502811 Future World
1992Eddie HardinINAKINAK 9010Wind in the Willows – A Rock Concert
2005Iain Ashley HerseyLion MusicLMC 157The Holy GrailVocals on "Going Down", "Walking the Talk" and "The Holy Grail"
27 Mar 2006Michael Schenker GroupArmageddon Music Tales of Rock'n'Roll Vocals on "Rock 'n' Roll"
2006Moonstone ProjectMajestic Rock RecordsMAJCD-080 (UK)
DDCZ-1244 (Japan)
Time to Take a StandVocals on "Not Dead Yet"
4 Dec 2007(Various Artists)Phantom Sound and VisionThe Countdown Spectacular Live 2Vocals on "It's All Over Now Baby Blue"
16 Aug 2008J210001Yellow Mind:Blue Mind
2010LyrakaYesterrockB004CU1JPY Lyraka Volume 1 Vocals on "Coronation", "Palace Guard", "Errandia" and "Beyond the Palace"
2012LyrakaYesterrockLyraka Volume 2Vocals on "Volcano", "Lyraka (On Dragon's Wings)" and "Father"
2012Osmo's CosmosAXR MusicShowVocals on "Seven Years"
2014Stardust ReverieAvispaAncient Rites of the Moon
2014(Various Artists)Purple Pyramid Records Light My Fire: A Classic Rock Salute to the Doors The Soft Parade
2015Stardust ReverieRock-CDProclamation of Shadows

Film and television appearances

Bands

Years Active
Name
Members
VocalsGuitarBassDrumsKeyboards
1965–1967The Blue SectGraham Bonnet

Roger Sleath

Graham BonnetRoger SleathSteve Hardy
1967–1968The Graham Bonnet SetGraham Bonnet

Trevor Gordon

1968–1969 The Marbles
1975Southern ComfortGraham Bonnet
1979–1980 Rainbow Graham Bonnet Ritchie Blackmore Roger Glover Cozy Powell Don Airey
02/1982-27 August 1982 Michael Schenker Group Michael Schenker Chris Glen Ted McKenna Tommy Eyre
1983–1984 Alcatrazz Yngwie Malmsteen Gary Shea Jan Uvena Jimmy Waldo
1984–1986 Steve Vai
1986–1987Danny Johnson
1987 The Party Boys Kevin Borich

John Brewster

Alan Lancaster Paul Christie

Richard Harvey

1988 Anthem Hiroya FukudaNaoto ShibataTakamasa Ohuchi
1988 Impellitteri Chris Impellitteri Chuck Wright Pat Torpey Phil Wolfe
1988–1990 Dave Spitz Stet Howland
1989Forcefield Ray Fenwick

Jan Akkerman

Mo Foster

Terry Pack

Cozy Powell
1990 Ray Fenwick

Mick Moody

Bernie Marsden

Mario Parga

Terry PackDon Airey

Tim Hinkley

Chris Cozens

1993 Blackthorne Bob Kulick Chuck Wright Frankie Banali Jimmy Waldo
2000–2001Anthem Featuring Graham BonnetAkio ShimizuNaoto ShibataHirotsugu Homma
2000–2003ImpellitteriChris ImpellitteriJames Amelio Pulli Glen Sobel Edward Harris Roth
2004Elektric Zoo Dario Mollo Guido BlockRoberto GualdiMaurizio Belluzzo
2006–2008Taz Taylor BandTaz TaylorDirk KrauseVal TrainorBob Miller
2006–2009Alcatrazz (Featuring Graham Bonnet)Howie SimonTim LuceGlen Sobel
2009-2010Dave Dzialak
2010-2011Jeff Bowders
2011-2014Bobby Rock
2009Savage ParadiseMario PargaKevin ValentineEric Ragno
2014–2015Graham Bonnet BandConrado PesinatoBeth-Ami HeavenstoneChase Manhattan
2016Mark ZonderJimmy Waldo
2016–presentMichael Schenker Fest Gary Barden

Graham Bonnet

Robin McAuley

Doogie White

Michael Schenker Chris Glen Ted McKenna Steve Mann
2017EzooGraham BonnetDario MolloDario PattiRoberto GualdiDario Patti
2017Alcatrazz (Reunion show)Kurt JamesGary SheaMark BenquecheaJimmy Waldo
2017-2019Graham Bonnet BandBeth-Ami Heavenstone
2019AlcatrazzJoe Stump
2020Gary Shea

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