Battling against the odds and a lack of record company support the band quickly recorded there third album, the under-rated Crazy Nights. Subsequently John Sykes was added as second guitarist. An ultra-polished,slick package of charisma-laden,air guitar cranking,foot-stomping,straight-forward,high intensity rock n' roll. Could a record label possibly be so self-centered,and even egotistical,as to lose sight and take their eye off of the inevitable prize,over a squirmish about artistic control with its most possibly bankable artists at the time? The Cage is surely every bit as good as anything released by these same underground acts that were spreading their wings and establishing a foothold in the mainstream rock community during this same period,and,yet,only went on to sell 200,000 copies. From start to finish,from front to back,this disc oozes with so much cool that it's in a constant state of sub zero temperature. Subsequently John Sykes was added as second guitarist.
Imagine perfectly smooth vocal delivery conveyed with optimum power,great range,and sheer dynamics;that's what Deverill delivers time and again. Jess Cox then had a fall out with the others and quit, to be replaced by Persian Risk vocalist Jon Deverill. The audience's response was so positive, a year later the band were invited, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Tygers of Pan Tang and the 10th Wacken Open Air. . Jess Cox then sought pastures new, and was replaced by Persian Risk vocalist Jon Deverill. The song writing is as exceptional as anything that you'll ever hear coming from this sort of record. This has motivated the band to write the best new material since 1981.
Entertaining, but not enough to push them into the top tier of the era. The name of the band derives from an elite group of warriors in Michael Moorcock's Elric stories called the Tigers of Pan Tang. The band was originally formed by Robb Weir guitar Brian Dick drums Rocky real name Richard Laws - bass and Jess Cox vocals. Tygers of Pan Tang is a new wave of british heavy metal band originating from Whitley Bay in the North-East of England. During the 1998 Wacken Open Air festival, Jess Cox joined the band Blitzkrieg on stage, playing three old Tygers songs. The band was originally formed by Robb Weir guitar Brian Dick drums Rocky real name Richard Laws - bass and Jess Cox vocals.
Sykes was rapidly replaced by ex-Penetration guitarist Fred Purser who had to learn the set in two days flat before touring. The band has returned to its roots and the influences of Spellbound can be clearly heard. They released Mystical through Z-Records and in 2004 Noises From The Cathouse. Subsequently John Sykes later of Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake was added as second guitarist. Imagine what Iron Maiden would have sounded like if after Paul Di'Anno left they got a new vocalist who was a bit less operatic than Bruce Dickinson and, whilst still toning down the rougher punk influences on their playing, they didn't go for the more theatrical, progressive-influenced compositional style that would characterise them from Number of the Beast Onwards. With Deverill's arguably superior vocals and greater experience, the album was critically acclaimed and loved by the fans.
Jess Cox then had a fall out with the others and quit, to be replaced by Persian Risk vocalist Jon Deverill. The band was originally formed by Robb Weir guitar , Brian Dick drums , Rocky real name Richard Laws, bass , and Jess Cox vocals. After several singles, they released their first album Wild Cat in 1980. With Deverill's arguably superior vocals and that much more experience, the album increased their following. New material has been written and there will be at least two releases during this time. And,simply put,the sound and tone of the band itself is purely nothing short of brilliant.
Tygers Of Pan Tang's fourth album The Cage 1982 was their most accomplished effort and things looked promising. However, this was not the end of the band. In 2001, Robb Weir decided to reform the band, despite being the only original member. The new Tygers line up were Dean Robertson lead guitar , Brian West bass and Craig Ellis drums who remain to this day and are approaching the longest ever serving members of the band together with Robb. But,alas,back to what really matters here.
Recording tapes of their performance gave rise to the Live at Wacken album. Guitarist Robb Weir currently leads an incarnation of the band who continue to make albums and perform. It is utterly amazing when an album of this caliber misses its intended mark at the time of its release. Down almost 50% from last year and even more compared to 2017. Shortly after recording and just before the start of a european tour John Sykes decided to leave the band so the band approached ex-Penetration guitarist Fred Purser who had to learn the set in two days flat before touring. Robb wanted to keep the name alive and play for the fans.
The album reached the 18 in Britain on the first week of its release. John Sykes however achieved major success with Thin Lizzy and then Whitesnake, and as a guitar virtuoso in Japan. Brian Dick and Rocky were unable to join the band, but the Tygers now Jess Cox and Robb Weir, backed up by Blitzkrieg guitarist Glen Howes, bassist Gavin Gray and drummer Chris Percy performed nevertheless a memorable show. Later the same year, Richie Wicks left and was replaced by Italian vocalist Jacopo Meille from the Rock band Mantra. Poor production did not help the sound quality but this album still has some excellent tracks. The ultimate goal is to make the discographies here at Heavy Harmonies as complete as possible.
There has been so much interest in the band with the revival of Classic Rock from promoters, venues and record companies. This will be the album Tygers fans have been waiting 25 years for. The band is also now actively playing live and tour dates are being added weekly. With Deverill's arguably superior vocals and that much more experience, the album increased their following. One Week Left in the 2019 Heavy Harmonies Donation Drive One week left in the annual donation drive, and we're at 42% of goal, which sadly is the lowest support since I started the annual drive in 2011. The drive will run through April 30, details. My thanks to those who have supported Heavy Harmonies this year and in previous years.