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Tora Tora

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There are / were at least 2 bands going by this name.

1) Blues-based, Led Zeppelin inspired metal that should have made Tora Tora a household name, but sadly didn’t. One of the best-unknown bands in the hard rock genre, but lack of label support killed any chance the band had for massive success.
Formed in Memphis, Tennessee, by Anthony Corder (vocals), Keith Douglas (guitar), Patrick Francis (drums) and John Patterson (drums). They quickly beat out sixty other groups in a Battle of the Bands contest and received some free studio time. They cut one track in Memphis before using the prize money they had won to record an entire independent EP called To Rock, To Roll. The studio was so impressed with the recordings that they offered to help shop the demo and gave them even more free recording time. Tora Tora eventually singed with A&M and the debut album made the Billboard Top 100, and hovered on the brink of breaking wide open. Later that same year “Dancing With A Gypsy” would appear on the soundtrack for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The follow-up, while being another classic, sold even less copies then the debut. A third album was recorded but never released due to label restructuring. Realizing that their due date had expired, the band folded.
Recent years have seen Corder and Francis perform live as either Tora Tora or Homemade Flavor. Rumors circulate that the unreleased third album may finally see the light of day, and one can only hope. A band that should regroup and release another killer album on the unsuspecting public.

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  • SaigonBlaze

    Dangerous Toys meets Led Zeppelin. Sweet.

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • HardRockHideout

    Revolution Day has finally been released via FNA Records, and it is AWESOME!!

    8 Mar 2011 Reply
  • jsg_k3

    just fell in love

    17 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Ayrespp

    And Miss B Haven, and Bombs Away, and Before & After :P

    24 Oct 2010 Reply
  • SomeThings

    These guys are so underrated. Thinks they should officially release Revolution Day

    30 Jan 2010 Reply
  • EddieLawless

    They should be famous but they are not. I don't get it why.. o.O

    9 Jan 2010 Reply
  • HellfireKrille

    I just got the chance to hear this band. They are great. Always nice to discover new music.

    4 Mar 2009 Reply
  • mrnook

    Cowbell rocks in Guilty.More cowbell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    19 Sep 2008 Reply
  • fmaratz

    Tora Tora rocks!! "Wild America" is probably my favourite, great songs, better production and overall more consistent than the first one. But again, the debut has its fair share of highlights too! :)

    9 Sep 2008 Reply
  • maphilli14

    Yeah, the goat said calm down! I agree, F'in awesome stuff. My fav album is still the 1st, Surprise Attack. I think Walking Shoes takes the #1 on the album!

    22 Aug 2008 Reply
  • TheMetalMaiden

    Good blues-based rock 8-)

    4 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Eitoyoshida

    Shattered!! FUCK YEAH !

    2 Feb 2008 Reply
  • JeremyAce4

    Calm down, dude.

    14 Jan 2008 Reply
  • ProphetPX

    I LOVE these guys and I wish they would get back together because I have never seen them LIVE yet!! AND I wish they would release their (as-yet-still-unreleased) THIRD UNTITLED ALBUM that has hung in limbo all these damn many years and has yet to see light of day!! I WANT IT!! C'mon back, TORA TORA!!

    25 Jan 2007 Reply

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