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Can you match the '80s hair band to its singer?
By: Maria Trimarchi
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Leather rock gods. Skyscraper-high extra-hold hair. And, of course, there's the power ballad. How much do remember about your favorite spandex-wearing '80s hair bands? See if you know which singer belonged to what group.
Rumor has it, it was Vince Neil, singer and a founding member of the group, who suggested adding the umlauts to what band?
Vocalist Vince Neil was one of the founding members of Mötley Crüe, along with bass guitarist Nikki Sixx, drummer Tommy Lee and lead guitarist Mick Mars. Neil and Lee were friends from high school. The band, now one of the best-selling in the world, started in Los Angeles in 1981.
What singer and founder of Bon Jovi became owner of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League in 2004?
John Francis Bongiovi Jr., better known as Jon Bon Jovi, is the founder and lead singer of Bon Jovi. Jon was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009.
Steve Duren, who goes by the name Blackie Lawless, is the singer and one of the original members of what band?
Steve Duren, who goes by the name Blackie Lawless, is W.A.S.P.'s frontman, and one of the band's original members. Today, Lawless is a born-again Christian and explores religious themes in his music.
What heavy metal singer played in the Los Angeles-based band, Airborn, before founding the group, Dokken?
Don Dokken is founder and lead vocalist for the band Dokken, which formed in 1979. The original lineup included Dokken, plus George Lynch on lead guitar, Mick Brown on drums and Juan Croucier on bass guitar.
Joe Elliot, lead singer and original member of what band, contributed to the group's songs, including "Hysteria," "Rock of Ages," and the power ballad, "Love Bites"?
It was "Photograph," the first single off Def Leppard's third album, "Pyromania," that skyrocketed the band into mass popularity in 1983. The band's next album, "Hysteria," hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 in 1988. And the fourth single off of it, "Pour Some Sugar on Me," went on to be ranked No. 2 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the 80s."
Singer-songwriter Joey Tempest was only 17 when he wrote "The Final Countdown" for what band?
Singer-songwriter Joey Tempest, born Rolf Magnus Joakim Larsson, was only 17 when he wrote Europe's best-known and best-selling hit, 1986's "The Final Countdown." In 1988 the single was played during the closing 1988 Summer Olympics.
Did you know before David Coverdale founded this group in 1978, he was the lead singer of Deep Purple?
It's true; he replaced Ian Gillan in 1973. It wasn't until the late '80s, though, that the band put out the multi-platinum self-titled album with the hit single "Here I Go Again."
Best known as the frontman of Poison, what lead singer also won the reality competition, "The Celebrity Apprentice," in 2010?
Singer-songwriter Bret Michaels is the original frontman for the band Poison. Michaels, who has also done solo and acting work, also guest starred in the video game "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock," singing the Poison hit "Talk Dirty to Me."
When Jack Russell, frontman of which group, sang a cover of the 1975 single, "Once Bitten, Twice Shy," it went to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100?
Jack Russell is a founding member of and vocalist for the band, Great White. Although the band formed in 1979, it wasn't until the 1989 album, "... Twice Shy" and the single "Once Bitten, Twice Shy," that the group's popularity soared. Under the name Jack Russell's Great White, the band performed at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, the night a fire broke out, killing 100 people in 2003.
Axl Rose played with Los Angeles bands Rapid Fire, L.A. Guns, and Hollywood Rose before forming what group in 1985?
In 1987, Guns N' Roses, consisting of Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler, released their debut album, "Appetite for Destruction."
Quiet Riot was formed by guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Kelly Garni in 1975. Who was their singer?
Kevin DuBrow was Quiet Riot's singer from 1975 until he was fired in 1987. In 1990 he was back in the pack, until his death by accidental cocaine overdose in 2007. At that time, singer James Durbin replaced him.
Klaus Meine, singer for which band, wrote the group's hit "Winds of Change"?
Singer Klaus Meine and guitarist Rudolf Schenker are the only two members of Scorpions to appear on every one of the band's albums. Meine wrote the hit, "Wind of Change," and also co-wrote the group's biggest hit, "Rock You LIke a Hurricane."
Sebastian Bach, singer for what hair band also played "Gil," in the band Hep Alien on the TV show "Gilmore Girls"?
Sebastian Bach replaced Skid Row's original lead singer, Matt Fallon, in 1987. And he was frontman until he was fired in 1996 after an argument. Bach is more than Skid Row's second lead singer, though. He's a solo artist.
What singer and frontman of the band Winger was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition?
In 1984, Kip Winger co-wrote a song for the band Kix's third album -- his first commercial success. The next year, Winger joined Alice Cooper's band, until 1987 when he left to found the band Winger, with Reb Beach, Rod Morgenstein and Paul Taylor. The group recorded three albums together, before going on to pursue solo work in the '90s.
Frontman Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley co-founded what face-painted rock band?
Chaim Witz, known to us all as Gene Simmons, and Stanley Eisen, aka Paul Stanley, founded Kiss together in the early 1970s. Simmons' Kiss persona is "The Demon;" Stanley, "The Starchild." In 1983, the band removed their makeup and saw a boost in popularity. Simmons has also been known to play bass guitar under the name Reginald Van Helsing.
What L.A. Guns founder and frontman also was the co-founder of Guns N' Roses?
Guitarist Tracii Guns is best known as the founder of L.A. Guns, but did you know he is the co-founder of Guns N' Roses? In 1985, L.A. Guns and the band Axl was in, Hollywood Rose, combined and called themselves Guns N' Roses. The lineup included Axl Rose as lead singer, Tracii Guns as lead guitar, Izzy Stradlin on rhythm guitar, Ole Beich on bass guitar and Rob Gardner on drums.
Michael Sweet and his brother Robert founded what Christian metal band in the early 1980s?
Did you know "Stryper" is an acronym? It stands for "Salvation Through Redemption Yielding Peace, Encouragement and Righteousness," and was the name of the Christian metal band singer-songwriter (and guitarist) Michael Sweet co-founded with his brother, Robert, in the early 1980s. Michael Sweet was also singer and guitarist for the band Boston, from 2007 to 2011.
One night in 1985, Jani Lane, who was part of the L.A. scene, found himself opening for a band he'd soon front. What's the band?
When he was just 11 years old, Jani Lane could be found playing drums under the pseudonym "Mitch Dynamite" in clubs around Akron, Ohio, where he grew up. By 1985, Lane was part of the L.A. club circuit. And that's where fate stepped in, when he found himself opening for a band -- Warrant. Later, as lead singer for Warrant, Lane wrote each of the group's Top 40 hit singles. Sadly, Jani Lane died as the result of alcohol poisoning in 2011.
What band, formed in 1983, was originally a solo project for singer Steven Plunkett?
Autograph recorded and released several albums throughout the 1980s, but is probably best known for its hit single "Turn Up the Radio."
Dee Snider has been included in the Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time. What band does he front?
Since the mid-1970s, Dee Snider has been the lead singer of Twisted Sister. But it was the band's third album, "Stay Hungry," released in 1984, that was most successful. It included the hits "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock."
What Finnish rock band, fronted by Michael Monroe and mired by tragedy, is known as a major influence on other hair bands on the L.A. scene?
Monroe fractured his ankle during the band's first tour of the U.S., in 1984, but that was hardly the worst of the tour. While partying with Mötley Crüe one night, drummer Nicholas Dingley, better known as Razzle, was killed in an accident when Vince Neil was driving drunk.
David St. Hubbins is the fictional singer of what mock-rock band, one of England's loudest bands?
David St. Hubbins (played by Michael McKean) is the fictional lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the fictional band Spinal Tap, from Rob Reiner's 1984 mockumentary film, "This Is Spinal Tap." "St. Hubbins," he tells mockumentarian Marty DiBergi (played by Rob Reiner), "was the patron saint of quality footwear." Now you know.
Steve Whiteman started out in a Led Zeppelin cover band before singing for what band (which is not named after the cereal)?
Steve Whiteman started out in a Led Zeppelin cover band. He started singing for Kix in 1978, when they weren't yet called Kix (they were called The Shooze back then). Although they'd been rockin' since the early '80s, Kix only had one commercially-successful hit; its 1989 power ballad "Don't Close Your Eyes."
Who was Tesla's frontman for their second album, "The Great Radio Controversy," which included the power ballad, "Love Song"?
The original lineup of the band, Tesla, included lead singer Jeff Keith, guitarists Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch, bass guitarist Brian Wheat and drummer Troy Luccketta.
David Lee Roth is a singer, former radio personality, EMT and frontman for what band?
"Diamond Dave" is a singer, songwriter, former radio personality and EMT -- and from 1974 to 1985 he was the singer for the band Van Halen, which also included guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen and bass guitarist Michael Anthony.
Stephen Pearcy, founder of which band, aspired to be a race car driver before an accident allowed him time to learn guitar?
Pearcy first named his band Mickey Ratt, but when he moved the band from San Diego to Los Angeles, he shortened it to Ratt.%0DIn 1992, and again in 2014, Pearcy left the group.
Which wasn't Eric Martin's first band, although it's the one we know him best for?
Mr. Big formed in 1988 in Los Angeles, with Martin as lead singer, Paul Gilbert on guitar, Billy Sheehan on bass guitar), and Pat Torpey on drums. Their single, "To Be With You," off their second album, went to No. 1 in 15 countries including the U.S.
Which band, fronted by Tom Keifer, caught the eye of Jon Bon Jovi just before they were signed to a label?
Tom Keifer and Eric Brittingham, a bassist, formed the band Cinderella after running into each other on Halloween night back in 1980. But, did you know that it was Gene Simmons of Kiss who first tried to get Cinderella signed? That didn't work out. However, when Tom Kiefer's performance caught the eye of Jon Bon Jovi in 1985, the band signed to a label soon after.
In 1987, Faster Pussycat toured with Alice Cooper, David Lee Roth, and Motörhead in support of the band's self-titled debut album. Who was the group's frontman?
Born Gustave Molvik, this American musician is better known as Taime Downe, frontman of the band, Faster Pussycat. The band formed in 1985 with Downe on vocals, Greg Steele on guitar, Brent Muscat on guitar, Kelly Nickels on bass guitar and Phil Wostrel on drums.
What group's single, "When the Children Cry," sung by Mike Tramp, hit No. 3 on the U.S. charts?
After releasing a debut album in 1981, the Studs moved to New York City. There, they became the Danish Lions, but by the end of 1982 and after recording a few demos, decided to return home to Denmark -- except for lead singer Mike Tramp, who stayed in the U.S. With guitarist Vito Bratta, Tramp formed White Lion in 1983. In 1988 the group's single "When the Children Cry" hit No. 3 on the U.S. charts. White Lion disbanded in 1992.
What group's best-known song in the U.S. was "Up All Night," with Mark Slaughter as their frontman?
After the band Vinnie Vincent Invasion broke up, two members, Mark Slaughter and Dana Strum, co-founded a new group they called Slaughter.
Which band were twins Matthew and Gunnar Nelson part of when they sang, "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection"?
Matthew and Gunnar Nelson are twins, sons of singer/actor Ricky Nelson and artist/actress Kristin Harmon. The Nelson singers' grandparents were the famous Ozzie and Harriet. After playing in the L.A. club scene in the early '80s, the twins made their national TV debut on "Saturday Night Live," the first unsigned band to perform on SNL.
Janet Gardner joined what group as lead singer and guitarist in 1982, six years before their biggest hit, "Edge of a Broken Heart"?
Janet Gardner joined the band Vixen as its lead singer and guitarist in 1982. By the time Vixen signed with EMI, the lineup included Gardner, Jan Kuehnemund, Roxy Petrucci and Share Pedersen. Vixen's debut self-titled album was released in 1988, and the single "Edge of a Broken Heart" became its biggest hit.
Singer Sebastian Bach sang with what group until 1988, when he left to join Skid Row?
Sisters Maxine and Roxy Petrucci formed the band Madam X in Detroit in 1981. When their original lead singer left they replaced him with British singer John Ward. But Ward didn't work out; he was replaced by a then-unknown young singer named Sebastian Bach. Bach sang with the group until 1988, when he left to join Skid Row. (Oh, and Roxy? She's the former drummer for the band Vixen.)
Between 1981 and 2014, what band released 26 studio albums and nine live albums, before frontman Minoru Niihara left the group?
In 1980, guitarist Akira Takasaki, bassist Hiroyuki Tanaka and drummer Munetaka Higuchi founded Japanese metal band, Loudness -- the first Japanese metal band to sign to a major U.S. record label. While auditioning singers, they found former Earthshaker singer Minoru Niihara.
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