Alcatrazz band photo

Alcatrazz took the world by storm back in the 80s with their stunning albums that featured ex-Rainbow vocalist Graham Bonnet, and introduced the world to Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai. Fast forward to 2023, and the band has split into two versions: Alcatrazz with founding members Jimmy Waldo and Gary Shea, and Graham Bonnet’s Alcatrazz.

Metal Express Radio’s Bryce Van Patten caught up with Jimmy Waldo of Alcatrazz and had a great chat about their upcoming album Take No Prisoners, what defines the sound of Alcatrazz, why Doogie White is a better fit in the band on vocals, and a whole lot more.

Alcatrazz Lineup

  • Jimmy Waldo – keyboards
  • Gary Shea – bass
  • Doogie White – lead vocals
  • Joe Stump – guitar
  • Larry Paterson – drums

Check out their new music video from Take No Prisoners: “Don’t Get Mad…Get Even” – featuring Girlschool!


  • 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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