London (heavy metal band)

London (heavy metal band)

Infobox musical artist
Name = London

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Origin = Los Angeles, California
Genre = Glam metal
Heavy metal
Hard rock
Years_active = 1978–1990
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Associated_acts = Mötley Crüe, Guns N' Roses, W.A.S.P., Cinderella
Current_members = Nadir D'Priest
Eddie St. James
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"This article is about the American band London. For the British band with the same name, see London. "
London is an American glam metal / heavy metal and hard rock band, based in Hollywood, California. The band is perhaps most notable for featuring members that would go on to play in more famous bands such as Mötley Crüe, Guns N' Roses, W.A.S.P. and Cinderella.


Although a "feeder" group in some ways for larger bands that became popular in the glam metal movement, London started out as a glam rock group, influenced by the likes of Sweet, New York Dolls and Mott the Hoople. By the time the group started recording material in the mid 1980s with vocalist Nadir D'Priest in the band, they were playing glam metal style music.



Formed in 1978 by Lizzie Grey and Blackie Lawless at the Starwood Club, Lawless had been the guitarist & vocalist of a band named Sister and briefly filled in for a couple of New York Dolls shows, while Grey was previously the guitarist in Tear Garden. The two recruited local bassist Nikki Sixx and a drummer named Dane Rage.

London was briefly joined by Michael White as the vocalist, who bore a resemblance, both in voice and image, to Robert Plant. After disagreements with the band White left, later creating the project known as "The White". Lawless would leave the band soon after, to form W.A.S.P.. London re-grouped however, with Grey, Sixx and Rage still in the band.

Member changes

By 1979, Lawless and White had been replaced by vocalist Henry Valentine and keyboard player John St. John. Nigel Benjamin, an English vocalist who had sung for glam rock band Mott and English Assassin, joined the band after Valentine left.

Becoming jaded with all of the member changes and looking to move on, Sixx and Benjamin were next to leave the band. Nikki Sixx went on to form the world famous band Mötley Crüe. A song Nikki and Lizzie had written together while in London, "Public Enemy #1", was included on Mötley Crüe's debut album "Too Fast for Love". Benjamin joined Satyr, and later recorded the soundtrack to the horror movie Rocktober Blood with Sorcery. Blackie Lawless was brought back into the band to replace Sixx on bass, but this didn't last very long and the band fell apart. Rage would become Dane Scarborough, leaving drumming to become an inventor, eventually establishing the toy company Überstix LLC in 2005.

Post-split Grey activity

After the original London had completely fallen apart, founder Lizzie Grey became involved with a couple of other groups, first including hard rockers St. Valentine in 1983, this group featured Nigel Itson (Ruby Slippers) and Desi Rexx (D'Molls).

Rebirth of London

1984 saw the rebirth of London, although it was now a different beast, with the popularity of glam metal acts playing on the Sunset Strip, more hard rock/heavy metal influences had crept into London's sound.

The new line-up of the band featured, Grey, Itson, an English vocalist John Ward, and a bassist named Donny Cameron. London shortly added a second guitarist Slash (who would go on to play with Guns N' Roses), however Slash only stayed with the band for a few weeks. He was replaced in London by future Guns N' Roses band mate Izzy Stradlin.

By 1985 a line-up re-shuffle of the group saw them with the following: Grey and Stradlin, vocalist Nadir D'Priest, drummer Bobby Marks and bassist Brian West (TKO). West and Marks were soon leaving to form the first line-up of Keel. Fred Coury was brought in to replaced Marks as the drummer. Stradlin then left to form Guns N' Roses with close friend Axl Rose.

"Non Stop Rock", London's debut album was recorded at this point, soon after the album was recorded, Coury left the band eventually becoming part of Cinderella. Wailin' Jennings Morgan replaced him. Before the band's second album "Don't Cry Wolf" (produced by Kim Fowley) was recorded, two new members, drummer Derek Shea and guitarist Frankie Jones joined.

After a decade, two albums, 19 different members and very little commercial success, founding member and guitarist Lizzie Grey left London in 1988. He went on to play with the groups Ultra Pop and Spiders and Snakes.

The end of London


D'Priest moved to Arizona for a brief period, but returned to continue working with West and Lewis. They released a third and final album "Playa Del Rock" in 1990, but by this time the band agreed with new label Noise International to rebrand the band "D'Priest". Some versions of the album had the new band name, but many were released as London. By this time the band were managed by Eric Greif, coincidentally an early assistant manager of Sixx's band Mötley Crüe, with drummer Alan Krigger, formerly of Ike and Tina Turner and Giuffria replacing Yasui, and San Filippo replaced by occasional keyboardist for The Cult Vince Gilbert. A last burst of publicity via an MTV-played, David Bellino-directed video for single "Ride You Through the Night", coupled with a supporting tour, fizzled quickly, with the band breaking up by late 1991.

D'Priest's New London

It had been reported that Nadir D'Priest reformed London, as of June 2006, with guitarist Eddie St. James (ex-Jon Dunmore, Richard Grieco Band). The new formation was named "D'Priest's New London" and signed with a German management firm, RB-Promotion. The "New London" is currently recording demos for a fourth London CD (title as of January 2007 not yet announced). The new group stated their plans as appearing live, first in Europe, and also releasing a single and video in the summer of 2007. Other band members names were not disclosed or confirmed in any press release or article.



*Non Stop Rock - (1985)
*Don't Cry Wolf - (1986)
*Playa Del Rock - (1990)


Original line-up

*Lizzie Grey - guitar
*Blackie Lawless - guitar
*Nikki Sixx - bass
*Dane Rage - drums []
*Michael White - vocals


*Henry Valentine - vocals
*John St. John - electric piano
*Nigel Benjamin - vocals

econd incarnation

*Lizzie Grey - guitar
*John "Wardie" Ward - vocals
*Nigel Itson - drums
*Donny Cameron - bass
*Slash - guitar


*Izzy Stradlin - guitar
*Nadir D'Priest - vocals
*Paul Volta - vocals
*Bobby Marks - drums
*Brian West - bass
*Fred Coury - drums
*Wailin' Jennings Morgan - drums
*Derek Shea - drums
*Frankie Jones - guitar
*Artos San Filippo - guitar
*Sean Lewis - guitar
*Tim Yasui - drums
*Alan Krigger - drums
*Vince Gilbert - keyboards
*Ken Holbrook - Bass


* [ Interview with London vocalist Nadir D'Priest]
* [ Interview with London founder Lizzie Grey]
* [, London Biography]
* [ Interview D'Priest's New London]
* [ (Unofficial)My Space Homepage for Nadir D'Priest]
* [ Article on new London formation]
* [ Eric Greif (manager) interview]

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