- Bad Moon Rising (band)
Bad Moon Rising rose to superstar status in
Japanwith a series of finely crafted Hard Rock albums that highlighted the exceptional talents of English born lead vocalist Kal Swan and guitar hot shot Doud Aldrich. Both Kal Swan and Doud are ex- LIONmembers, whilst the rhythm team of bassist Ian Mayo and drummer Jackie Ramos had played in both Hericane Aliceand Bangalore Choir. Prior to relocating from England to Los Angeles Swan had fronted up the NWOBHMHeavy Metal band TYTAN.
The debut album, produced by Mack sees such luminaries as
UFOaxeman Michael Schenker and Robin Mcauley together with ex- Quiet Riotbassist Chuck Wright, Michael Schenker Group’s Rocky Newton and Fifth Angeland Alice Cooperdrummer Ken Mary. Both Wright and Mary are of course former House Of The Lordscohorts.
BMR put in an extensive tour of Japan during June of 1991 and were voted by readers of the influential ‘Burrn’ magazine as ‘Brightest new hope’ for the following year.
1993’s ‘Blood’ album features the guest rhythm section showing of Wright and Mary once more. The album was delivered in Japan during March with an EP ‘Blood On The Streets’ issued the following month. Bad Moon Rising returned to Japan in October for a further run of dates, giving a nod to their influences by including
Bad Company’s ‘Movin’ On’, Thin Lizzy’s ‘Cowboy Song’ and Deep Purple’s ‘Highway Star’ in their live set.
Doug Aldrich struck out on his own in 1994. Releasing the mainly instrumental ‘Highcentered’ album. Such was the band’s stature in Japan the guitarist put in a series of appearances to plug this solo effort.
The French release of ‘Opium For The Masses’ came complete with a free; four track EP containing previously unreleased material. Touring had the band gigging throughout France in May, including a support to
Van Halenat La Zenith in Paris, upfront of Japanese gigs. The set this time around featured two Jimi Hendrixworkouts ‘Purple Haze’ and ‘Voodoo Chile’ plus another Thin Lizzytune ‘Don’t Believe A Word’.
The following year both ‘Opium For The Masses’ and ‘Highcentered’ saw release in the USA. Such was fan fervour for Bad Moon Rising in Japan that North American versions of ‘Opium For The Masses’ were imported back so that ardent fans could buy both variants.
A second solo album from Aldrich ‘Electrovision’ emerged in Japan during 1997. In November of 1998 the band had officially broken up and in 1999 Aldrich had created a new act
Burning Rainfronted by ex- Medicine Wheelvocalist Keith St John.
2005 saw the re-packaging of all three BAD MOON RISING albums, plus eight bonus tracks, by the Italian label Frontiers under the billing 'The Full Moon Collection'.
*"Full Moon Fever (EP)" (1991)
*"Bad Moon Rising" (1991)
*"Blood On The Streets (EP)" (1993)
*"Opium For The Masses" (1995)
*"Junkyard Haze (EP)" (1995)
*"Flames On The Moon" (1999)
*"Full Moon Collection" (2005)
* [http://www.dougaldrich.com Doug Aldrich Official Website]
* [http://bad-moon-rising.blogspot.com/ Bad Moon Rising Blog]
* [http://bmr.cool-rock.com/ Bad Moon Rising website]
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