Hugo - vocals
Adam Holland - guitar
Craig Pullman - keyboards
Gerard Zappa - bass
Neil Christopher - drums

Previously known as VALENTINE and subsequently under the management wing of MICHAEL BOLTON’s manager Louis Levin, OPEN SKYZ took their name from the title of one of the songs on the band’s newest batch of demos. Neil Christopher had already quit the group before the self-titled album was released due to musical differences with his band mates and this departure signalled the name change.

Opening with a version of the Randy Cantor and Michael Caruso co-written number ‘None Of It Matters’ (which had originally appeared on BLACK EYED SUSAN’s ‘Electric Rattlebone’ album), ‘Open Skyz’ also includes the GLEN BURTNICK / David Prater written ‘Every Day Of My Life’ and a cover of SUPERTRAMP’s ‘Give A Little Bit’. In general the record, pursued a lighter, AOR direction than the VALENTINE album, Hugo’s very Steve Perry influenced being far more in evidence harnessed to the production from Richie Zito.

OPEN SKYZ toured with MR. BIG until they were inexplicably dropped by the label and, extremely frustrated, the group swiftly fell apart, vocalist HUGO going on to pursue a solo career, debuting with a self-titled debut album on the Now And Then label in early 1997. Both Adam Holland and Gerard Zappa figured on subsequent HUGO outings.

Edited by thestarlet on 18 Jan 2014, 20:54

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