GRAHAM BONNET: “[On ALCATRAZZ] They Can Have The Name, But They’ll Never Have The Music”

Graham Bonnet Band

Of the many artists that laid the groundwork for what we know of today as Melodic Metal and Hard Rock, few have made their mark like legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet. With his recent departure from his own band (Alcatrazz was formed by Graham in his garage), he has focused his time on the new album from The Graham Bonnet Band – Day Out In Nowhere.

Metal Express Radio’s Bryce Van Patten had a conversation with vocalist Graham Bonnet. They talked about the new Graham Bonnet Band album Day Out In Nowhere, and some of the guest musicians that brought songs to the album like Roy Z and Don Airey. Graham also had a few words on the break up with the band currently using the name Alcatrazz, why he left, and the future of Graham Bonnet’s Alcatrazz. If that’s not enough, Graham also talks about his time in Rainbow, working with Yngwie, and a whole lot more!

Graham Bonnet Band – Lineup

Vocals: Graham Bonnet
Guitars: Conrado Pesinato
Bass: Beth-Ami Heavenstone

Guest musicians:

Keys: Alessandro Bertoni
Drums: Levi Dokus
Drums: Shane Gaalaas
Guitars: Jeff Loomis
Acoustic Guitar: Takanori Ozaki
Drums: John Tempesta
Guitars: Mike Tempesta
Guitars: Roy Z


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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