Damn Yankees’ long lost album has song sung by Black Star Riders’ Damon Johnson
Current Black Star Riders and former Alice Cooper guitarist Damon Johnson was recently interviewed by White Line Fever podcast and spoke about the long lost album from Damn Yankees recorded back in 2000 and singing lead vocals on one song.
White Line Fever‘s podcast’ press release states: “Damn Yankees intially featured Tommy Shaw, Jack Blades, Ted Nugent and Michael Cartellone. The group formed in 1989 an released two albums, an eponymous debut and the 1992 follow-up Don’t Tread. Hit singles included “Come Again”, “High Enough” and “Coming Of Age”. Members have recently said they are open to a reunion but too busy.”
Wikipedia reports as follows about the Damn Yankees‘ unreleased long lost album: “During a hiatus in both Night Ranger and Styx, Shaw and Blades met with Ted Nugent to record a new Damn Yankees album in 1999. However, the album, provisionally titled Bravo, failed to please either the band members or the prospective record labels. Some of this unused material may have surfaced on Shaw’s 7 Deadly Zens solo album, which featured sessions from both Jack Blades and Ted Nugent, as well as Michael Cartellone. Other songs originally prepared for a third Damn Yankees album were included on Nugent’s 2002 release Craveman and Blades’ 2004 self-titled solo effort.”
Johnson reportedly stated as follows to the White Line Fever podcast: “I’d love for it to come out; I’m certainly proud of it… That’s a long time ago; 2000 is when we wrote those songs and made that album… It was a great experience for me and I was, again, just honoured to be asked to be a part of it… I don’t know what’s going to happen to that stuff, to tell you the truth. Much like Thin Lizzy is Scott Gorham’s band, the Damn Yankees is Ted Nugent and Jack Blades’ band.”
Johnson reportedly continued: “I’ve been friends with those guys for a long time, I still see them from time to time and, you know, I had a great experience working with them. I don’t know if it’s ever going to see the light of day but there’s definitely some good sounding stuff on there and I know that my fans would certainly get a kick out of it… To hear me singing lead vocals on a song, Jack Blades singing harmony and have Ted Nugent come in and with a ripping guitar solo…look, it’s pretty awesome… So, fingers crossed. I hope it sees the light of day some time… I have not had any discussions about it. I know that John Kalodner, our great friend and A&R man who was in charge of that … I spoke to John, God, it’s got to be three or four years ago and he was talking about how proud he was of the work that I did on that. I’m sure he’s going to have some role to play in that as well… I don’t know … I’m just kind of looking ahead. It’s definitely almost a mysterious chapter in my musical life. But it’s fun to get asked about it from time to time… I love all those guys man. You never know.”
You can listen to the interview with Damon Johnson via White Line Fever podcast on iTunes.
Damn Yankees‘ “Come Again” video:
Here is the official video for, Damn Yankees, ‘Come Again’. The band was formed in 1989, consisting of Tommy Shaw, Ted Nugent, Michael Cartellone and Jack Blades. The band went on a world tour for almost two years in the 1990s. Share this video on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=http://youtu.be/BtuOAnsuZBY http://www.facebook.com/pages/Damn-Yankees/114323641013
Damn Yankees‘ “Coming Of Age” video:
Watch the official video for Damn Yankees – “Coming Of Age”. Damn Yankees was the eponymous debut album by the American hard rock super-group Damn Yankees. It went double platinum, and featured such chart topping hits as “High Enough”, “Damn Yankees”, and “Coming of Age”.