STEVE MANN (LIONHEART): “I’m Very Happy With The Way This Last Album Sounds”

Lionheart band photo 2024

Steve Mann first came to notice in 1980 when he formed Lionheart with Dennis Stratton (ex-Iron Maiden) and Rocky Newton. Steve also made a huge splash as the guitar/keyboard player in the McAuley Schenker Group, co-writing the huge hit “Anytime”. Steve continues to play with Michael Schenker in MSG, but has not left Lionheart behind. In fact, Lionheart has made a great comeback starting in 2016, and are now releasing some of their best work to date with the new album The Grace of a Dragonfly.

Metal Express Radio’s Bryce van Patten had a great chat with Steve Mann, and they talked about the new Lionheart record, working with vocalist Lee Small, producing albums, Michael Schenker, the late great Ted McKenna, and a whole lot more!


  • Lee Small (The Sweet, ex-Shy) – lead vocals
  • Dennis Stratton (ex-Iron Maiden) – lead guitar/backing vocals
  • Steve Mann (MSG, ex-Liar) – lead guitar/backing vocals
  • Rocky Newton (Grand Slam, ex-MSG) – bass guitar/backing vocals
  • Clive Edwards (ex-Pat Travers, Uli Jon Roth & Wild Horses) – drums, percussion


  • 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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