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Tokyo Blade are an English heavy metal band, active since Tokyo Blade went through many changes of formation and disbanded twice, often changing their musical style during the years of activity.
However, the band is still active today, with most of the On Through The Night - Tokyo Blade - Tokyo Blade members in the line-up. The band was formed in Salisbury in the late s under the moniker White Diamond later changed to Killer in and then changed again to Genghis Khan. Later in the year, the band changed their name again, signed with the British independent record label Powerstation Records and recorded their first album.
This album was self-titled in all regions, except in the United States and Canada, where it came out under the title Midnight Rendezvous on the Combat Records label in In fact it was a compilation of 4 earlier recordings when they were called Genghis Khan and 4 songs from original album. Also inthe band shared the stages of clubs and festivals with notable acts such as Metallica and Venom.
Like many other acts of the period, Tokyo Blade was plagued by frequent changes of band members. By the time the follow-up album was released, vocalist Alan Marsh was replaced with Vic Wright. The album Night of the Blade was issued in with Wright on vocals. However, inan edition of the album featuring Marsh's original vocals was eventually released as Night of the Blade The Night Before.
The band filmed a concert at London 's Camden Palacewhich was aired on Channel 4 inand has since made its way on to multiple bootleg DVD releases. By the end of the year, Tokyo Blade disbanded, with all members dedicating their time and efforts to other projects. They released two albums, and worked with noted producer Bob Ezrin.
Vic Wright formed the band Johnny Crashbeing the first project related to Tokyo Blade to have a major label home in the United States, releasing the album Neighbourhood Threat.
Original guitarist Andy Boulton continued recording under the name "Andy Boulton's Tokyo Blade", with an entirely new line-up. This new incarnation of Tokyo Blade released the album Ain't Misbehavin' in and toured on the festival circuit, playing also on the same stage as Black Sabbath.
Vocalist Pete Zito went on to front a band called Inside Out. Like the debut, the album has since been reissued with multiple covers. Tokyo Blade again disbanded, with Boulton returning to work with Alan Marsh. As record company problems plagued Shogun, Marsh formed a group called Mr. Ice, which eventually included guitarist Andy Boulton.
As the group featured two key members from Tokyo Blade, a move from the band's management to resurrect the old name for a European tour with Uriah Heep led to additional issues. Boulton exited the group and was replaced by guitarist Steve Kerr. At the conclusion of the tour, both Kerr and the management exited. Some of the tracks from Mr. Ice were released as a Tokyo Blade record in On Through The Night - Tokyo Blade - Tokyo Blade mids.
Key tracks were also released as a Tokyo Blade record in the mid-to-late s. The early records by the band were reissued in by High Vaultage, and the later period recordings were gathered by Zoom Club, and a live album, "Live in Germany" was released in Andy Boulton went on to be in the band XFX, later concentrating his efforts on a solo album and on teaching electric and bass guitar. Alan Marsh joined for a while the cast of a musical based on Jack the Ripper.
Second vocalist Vic Wright has written On Through The Night - Tokyo Blade - Tokyo Blade book, has a comedy show in production and is currently seeking a publishing deal.
However, after over 12 years of inactivity, a new version of Tokyo Blade was rebuilt by guitarist Bryan Holland and included Boulton, new members, singer Chris Gillen, drummer Lorenzo Gonzalez and bassist Frank Sapardi, the band successfully toured through Europe through Andy Boulton quit the band just prior to the band's fall European tour, citing health reasons and gave Bryan Holland the nod to continue on without him, the band carried on with the remaining members to fulfill the touring contracts and commitments.
Following the conclusion of the tour and release of the "Live in Germany" album, the US line-up Help Me Rhonda - Sea Cruise - Beach Boys Medley and Andy Boulton re-enlisted four parts of the classic Morning Please Dont Come - Roger Whittaker - If I Were A Rich Man, John Wiggins, Andy Wrighton and Steve Pierce, reformed Tokyo Blade with vocalist Chris Gillen staying on board.
Gillen did not perform or record with the band again and was soon replaced by Domain singer Nicolaj Ruhnowthe band recorded the new album "Thousand Men Strong" with producer Chris Tsangaridesreleased in March Nicolaj Ruhnow left the band abruptly inciting a fallout with Andy Boulton, and Chris Gillen has since returned to the band as lead vocalist. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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