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Sunday Old School: Hurricane

It was Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot) who introduced Robert Sarzo to Tony Cavazo. When DuBrow introduces two guys (who just happen to be kid brothers of members of Quiet Riot), you must start a band, it’s a rule. They named their band Hurricane.

Sarzo and Cavazo brought on Kelly Hansen (vocals), Jay Schellen (drums), and Michael Guy (guitars). They self-released their debut, ‘Take What You Want’, and immediately hit the road. It wasn’t long before they were noticed and filling the opener slot for Stryper’s “To Hell with the Devil” tour. A major label, Enigma Records, signed the band soon after.

Hurricane reached their height in 1988, releasing their major label debut album, ‘Over the Edge.’ The album cracked the top 100, powered by the Alice Cooper cover, “Eighteen”, as well as singles “Over the Edge” and “I’m On to You.” Hurricane videos followed the eighties glam formula very carefully. First, there was a hot girl, usually driving somewhere (assumed on her way to a Hurricane show); second, the band would be playing on a stage without an audience and perfect hair. Finally, the girl (initially lost in this big world) would find solace (often after watching a performance by Hurricane). The videos and look lumped this band in with a lot of the third wave glam acts from the eighties which is too bad, the songs (although too melodic for my blood) were superior to a lot of the other bands they were often compared to.

The reign of Hurricane didn’t last long though, and in 1989, Sarzo left the band. Doug Aldrich replaced Sarzo and in 1990 Hurricane went on to record and release their follow-up album, ‘Slave to the Thrill.’ Despite positive critical response the album bombed, blame it on grunge, blame it on Sarzo leaving, or blame it on the rain. It really doesn’t matter. The group broke up shortly after.

In 1991 Hansen worked in the studio while Schellen toured with Unruly Child and Sircle of Silence. The two crossed paths and decided to put the band back together. They recruited Sean Manning (guitars) and Larry Antonio (bass) to fill out the new Hurricane. In 2001 they released ‘Liquifury.’ The reunion didn’t last long, Schellen continued on with multiple projects eventually joining the band Asia, Hansen joined Foreigner, and Aldrich went on to handle lead guitar for Whitesnake. In 2010, Sarzo and Cavazo reunited and brought on Andrew Freeman (vocals) and Mike Hansen (drums). They announced a tour and CD, but nothing materialized. In 2013 Sarzo was named the lead guitarist for Geoff Tate’s version of Queensryche.

In some ways I’m sure the lack of success (when looking around at other, less talented bands) was frustrating; however, as the phrase goes, “It’s better to love than not…” No, I think the phrase that works best here is: “It was damn good to know Kevin DuBrow!”

"Over The Edge"

"I'm On To You"

"Next To You"


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David S. Grant (aka Rockstar_Scribbler) is the author of several books including Rock Stars, Happy Hour, and Corporate Porn. For more information please go to www.rockstarbooks.net or www.davidsgrant.com. You can also follow David on Twitter @david_S_grant.

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