STEVE MANN (LIONHEART, MSG, SCHENKER FEST): “The Minute We Started Working With LEE [SMALL] We Just Knew That Was The One”

Lionheart Band Photo

Lionheart released their first album Hot Tonight in 1984. As with a lot of bands of that era, management issues led to their disappearance from the scene. Principal members moved on to other projects. Guitarist Dennis Stratton (ex-Iron Maiden) moved on to Praying Mantis, while bassist Rocky Newton and guitarist Steve Mann played with the McAuley Schenker Group. Lionheart reunited in 2016 for a festival show rounded out with new members Clive Edwards (ex-UFO) on drums and Lee Small (ex-Shy) on vocals.

The current version of Lionheart released their comeback album in 2017 entitled Second Nature. Riding the success of that album, Lionheart is set to release The Reality of Miracles on July 31, 2020. Metal Express Radio had the chance to speak to guitarist Steve Mann about the new album, the early days of Lionheart, and his time with MSG and Michael Schenker Fest.


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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