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Roxx Gang were a glam metal band formed in Largo, Florida in 1985.

They were fronted by Kevin Steele, who formed the band along with guitarist Eric Carrol. After going through several lineup changes, the band garnered record company attention in 1987 with their Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em demo. The band recorded their debut album Things You’ve Never Done Before with their lineup now consisting of Steele, Jeff Taylor (guitar), Wade Hays (guitar), Roby “Strychnine” Strine (bass), and David James Blackshire (drums). It was produced by Beau Hill and went on to sell a quarter million copies worldwide. The band broke up in 1991 due to infighting and record company issues. Steele then formed a new version of the band, releasing several albums in the late ’90s. This new line up featured Allen Brooks on bass guitar, Stacey Blades and Jeff Vitolo on guitars and Tommy Wedder on drums.

Discography
Things You’ve Never Done Before (1988)
The Voodoo You Love (1995)
Love’Em And Leave’Em (1997)
Old, New, Borrowed, And Blue (1998)
Drinkin’ T.N.T. And Smoking’ Dynamite (available both as a Roxx Gang album and a Mojo Gurus album) (2000)
Bodacious Ta Tas (2001)
Roxx Gang was a sleaze metal band fronted and guided by front man and band visionary Kevin Steele. The group managed some fringe success with their debut album, but like so many in their genre, they were pushed aside with the changing of musical tastes.

Formed in Florida by Kevin Steele and guitarist Eric Carrol in 1985, the Roxx Gang went through several line-up changes in their formative years. Many demos were recorded and shopped around, however it would be 1987’s Love ‘Em And Leave ‘Em (officially released some ten years after) that got record company attention. With the band now consisting of Steele, Jeff Taylor (guitar), Wade Hays (guitar), Roby “Strychnine” Strine (bass) and David James Blackshire (drums) they set out on recording the debut album, Things You’ve Never Done Before. Produced by Beau Hill, the album went on to sell a quarter of a million copies worldwide thanks to singles such as “Scratch My Back” and “No Easy Way Out”.

The good times were short-lived however, as the band disintegrated in 1991 due to infighting and record company shuffles. Steele was left alone, so he formed a new version of the band with Stacey Blades (guitar), Dorian Sage (bass) and Tommy Weder (drums) and released The Voodoo You Love. Of course, by the time this follow-up was released, few people seemed to care about the exceptional glam rock of the 80’s.

The band decided to change direction with the release of Mojo Gurus, adding Jeff Vitolo on guitar and Vinnie Granese on bass, for a sound that alienated some of the hard-core fans. Drinkin’ T.N.T and Smokin’ Dynamite was a return to the classic Roxx Gang sound, but it seems as if Steele is slowly moving away from his roots and spending more time with the experimental Mojo Gurus.

Edited by Anatolii57 on 12 Aug 2009, 23:00

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