I went to North
Hollywood and met Anthony White, he of Las Vegas. I didn't realize
anyone actually lived in Vegas, as I thought that it
was one big casino. I was wrong, as Ant had actually done local
there with some skinny, talented kid name Mark Slaughter. And
they had played Jerry Lewis' Telethon.
I was impressed and
jealous. Still am.
We didn't really
get a band going after that first meeting, but what we did find that we loved the Beatles and
playing music together. During the next year, three more bands were
added to the "Scrapheap List". This time however, some demos
actually got recorded. I had learned, after all.
In the fall of
1988, Anthony asked me to come down and audition
for his latest venture,
Guitarist Marc Ferrari had left
KEEL and wandered off on his own to get a new deal the year before.
excursion wasn’t as impressive then as it is now. It is tough enough
to get one deal, much less two I eventually learned. But after some
intensive rehearsals with the band, we played before a packed
in very early 1989. We were opening for the BulletBoys,
and I distinctly remember Wendy Dio, my future manager, telling me "Good
Luck! This is your real audition! I hope you pass!"
We got the deal
that night, and immediately went into pre-production with Kevin "Not
For The Squeamish" Beamish. On the day we were to sign our label deal
with MCA, our then-singer Oni Logan quit to join the Lynch Mob.
we spent the next six months looking for a replacement, luckily not
losing our deal, management or producer in the process. Roy Cathey
arrived, deftly convinced us that he was the right man for the
job, and who we convinced to change his name to Rory. We did one gig,
some re-production, changed the band name to COLD SWEAT and
went into the studio we went to
record BREAKOUT in the fall of 1989.
released in June of 1990 and we toured our asses off that summer to
promote it. Almost instantly it went lead with an anchor! How proud we
were. You couldn’t find the thing in the U.S. record stores, and as we
opened for Savatage, the Sleez Beez, and eventually DIO, it became
evident that during the fall of 1990, we were doomed. Imagine our
After playing a
November gig (co-headlining with local heroes Child’s Play) at
the Bayou in D.C., Wendy
Dio called us that morning with two bits of news: good and bad.
The Good? MTV had
just added our video.
The Bad? MCA has
Time to load up and
went back to L.A., wrote new tunes, shopped them, got some interest
from some labels, foolishly ignored it, fought internally, and ended
up losing Marc and gaining another guitarist in Billy D’Vette. That
line-up lasted about four more months before implosion brought it all
All the while, bits
of COLD SWEAT and other L.A. bands had been playing in a little
side outfit called COLD GIN.