There are few vocalists who have the pedigree of Graham Bonnet. His work in bands with Ritchie Blackmore, Michael Schenker, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, as well as a respected solo artist, has made him one of the true greats of the genre.
Bonnet first had success in 1968, with The Marbles, when the single ‘Only One Woamn’ was a Top Five UK hit. But it was in 1979 that he began to establish his hard rock credentials, when chosen as the surprise replacement in Rainbow for Ronnie James Dio, His one album wuith the band. ‘Down To Earth’, is now regarded as a classic, and Bonnet fronted the band when they headlined the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980.
Subsequently, he put out the successful solo album ‘Line-Up’ in 1981, featuring his single ‘Night Games’, before joining the Michael Schenker Group for 1982’s ‘Assault Attack’ album. But his stay was short-lived, however, and he then formed Alcatrazz, working with Malmsteen for the band’s debut album ‘No Parole From Rock ‘N’ Roll’ (1983) and then with Vai on the second Alcatrazz record ‘Disturbing The Peace’ (’85).
Since then, Bonnet has been involved in a number of projects. But now is firmly back fronting his own band, also featuring Conrad Pesinato (guitar), Beth-Ami Heavenstone (bass) and Mark Zonder (drums). Last year’s album ‘The book’ proved that Bonnet is far from living off his past; now he has the focus and the musicians around him to balance songs from the past with a fresh creativity.
‘All Night Long’, ‘Night Games’, ‘Desert Song’
His Finest Hour
‘Down To Earth’ 1979
Peerless Bonnet at Donington in ’80