What’s In A Name? Ten Bands Who Shared Theirs
In this era, when bands are so careful about choosing their name, it’s interesting to look back at some of the names which have been shared over the years. Some almost inherited their name from a previous band. In other instances, one was forced to change!SKID ROW – Originally the name of an Irish band featuring Phil Lynott and Gary Moore (pictured here, albeit sans Lynott), in the 80s it was chosen by the mega-selling New Jersey lot once fronted by Sebastian Bach. Whatever did happen to those two Irish guys? Did they ever do anything again?
MR BIG – A British band from the 1970s, famous for hit single Romeo, this was then the name adopted by the supergroup featuring, among others, bassist Billy Sheehan and guitarist Paul Gilbert. Oh, and there’s also the Free song, which probably inspired both choices.
SCORPIONS – Believe it or not, there were a couple of British bands who used the name before the legendary Germans. There was an instrumental mob from London, who recorded in the early 1960s and another lot from Manchester later that same decade. Neither could turn ze spotlighs on ze pipple like our fave Germans, though.
IRON MAIDEN – Before Bruce Dickinson got us all screaming for him, there was a band in Bolton called Iron Maiden. They started in 1970, finished in 76, but still do occasional releases and gigs for charity, under the name of The Bolton Iron Maiden.
SLAYER – Yes, we all know about the famed thrashers, but around the same time they got started there was another lot, out in San Antonio, Texas. They split up in 1984, after releasing one EP, Prepare To Die. However, the album Go For The Throat came out in 1988, under the name of S.A. Slayer, four years after it was recorded.
WRATHCHILD – Depending on your viewpoint, this name belonged to the stakk attakers from Evesham. Or to the West Virginian thrashers. Going head to head, they came up with a sensible compromise. The hirsute hairspray herd were known as Wrathchild UK, while the meathead metal mavens became Wrathchild America.
VENOM – Taking on Cronos and his hordes from Hades (Wallsend division) isn’t necessarily a good thing. As the Mancunian glamsters found out. Despite have members such as Red Hot Red on guitar (his real name was Ian) and Kick Ass Kevin Kozak on vocals, they were no match for the dark side, so became Rox, and did very little of any earth shattering consequence.
KINGDOM COME – The name of an early 1970s band masterminded by Arthur Brown (the bloke who used to set his head on fire), it was then taken in the mid-1980s by an American lot who sounded so much like Led Zeppelin they claimed never to have heard them! So, a promising career just disappeared, although the latter KC are still limping along.
RAGE – When Liverpool band Nutz decided to change their name to Rage in 1981 (after eight years slogging around the lower echelons of the British touring circuit, and releasing four albums), they hoped for a change of luck. Three years later they split up, with no visible increase in profile. The same year, 1984, a German thrash band started, under the name of Avenger. Two years later, they became Rage and are still going.
SPIDER – Take your pick. One was a New York pop-rock band, who began in 1977 and released two albums. The other lot were boogie botherers from Merseyside and began about the same time, releasing three albums. The first lot gave the world top songwriter Holly Knight, plus drummer supreme Anton Fig (one of the most in demand session men in America). The latter liked tea.
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