- Artist: Warrior
- Label: Night Of The Vinyl Dead Records
- UPC: N/A
- Genre: Hard Rock
- Release Date: 2022
The Warrior story starts in 1982 with the Boston based band New England, featuring keyboard player Jimmy Waldo, bassist Gary Shea and drummer Hirsh Gardner, and how their plans to record their fourth album with Todd Rundgren were scuppered when their guitarist, John Fannon, unexpectedly quit the group. They put the word out that they required a new singer, and as they shared management with KISS, Gene Simmons recommended an unknown Vinnie Cusano, who was then helping KISS with their Creatures Of The Night opus. Although KISS liked Vinnie Cusano, it was felt that his lack of height was a hindrance to joining them as a full-time replacement for Ace Frehley! Vinnie sent New England a tape of his songs, and an audition was set-up. New England liked what they heard on Vinnies cassette so much that they decided to learn the whole set of songs in preparation for Cusanos audition. The four hit it off, but it was obvious that this was a new band, soon to be christened Warrior, & not just a seamless continuation of New England. What we have here is a what might have been mini-album of previously unheard, original, classic hard rock by four respected musicians at the top of their game. As well as the original six studio tracks, weve been lucky enough to include five instrumental versions, plus a very rare rehearsal tape featuring the aforementioned Fergie Henrikson.
Warrior (Feat. Vinnie Vincent) - Warrior (2022 NotVD Reissue) (Pink Vinyl)