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Tygers Of Pan Tang

Hailing from the tiny town of Whitley Bay in far northeastern England, the Tygers of Pan Tang (whose name originated fromthe Michael Moorcock novel Stormbringer) formed when aspiring vocalist Jess Cox met guitarist Robb Weir at the local pub inNovember 1978. Weir, along with bassist Rocky Laws and drummer Brian Dick, had recently formed a band that combined thelessons of early-'70s heavy metal legends such as Black Sabbath and Deep Purple with the do-it-yourself ethos of punk -- anemerging style eventually dubbed the new wave of British heavy metal. After much rehearsing and gigging in the ...read more

Hailing from the tiny town of Whitley Bay in far northeastern England, the Tygers of Pan Tang (whose name originated fromthe Michael Moorcock novel Stormbringer) formed when aspiring vocalist Jess Cox met guitarist Robb Weir at the local pub inNovember 1978. Weir, along with bassist Rocky Laws and drummer Brian Dick, had recently formed a band that combined thelessons of early-'70s heavy metal legends such as Black Sabbath and Deep Purple with the do-it-yourself ethos of punk -- anemerging style eventually dubbed the new wave of British heavy metal. After much rehearsing and gigging in the surroundingarea, the foursome recorded a number of demos at Impulse Studios, whose owners (Neat Records) released their first single"Don't Touch Me There" in September 1979. Relentless touring across Britain followed as the band supported such childhoodheroes as the Scorpions and Budgie, as well as NWOBHM peers like Iron Maiden and Saxon. They also signed a deal with MCAand entered London's Morgan Studios in June to record their proper debut, Wildcat, which went straight into the Britishcharts at number 18 upon its released in July 1980.

Looking to beef up their sound, the band added virtuoso guitarist John Sykes just in time for their biggest gig ever at 1980sReading Festival. Despite this promising start, however, Cox decided to quit the group at year's end, citing the ever-popular"musical differences" and going on to form the short-lived Lionheart with the recently ousted Iron Maiden guitarist DennisStratton. Ex-Persian Risk vocalist Jon Deverill was drafted to replace him, and the revitalized Tygers of Pan Tang set to workon their new record. Widely considered their best effort, Spellbound hit the streets in April 1981 and was followed by anotherbout of touring, which kept the band nipping at the heels of NWOBHM powerhouses like Iron Maiden, Saxon, and Def Leppard.Things began to unravel when MCA forced the band to write and record a follow-up in only three weeks, though, resulting inthe uneven Crazy Nights (released in November 1981). European dates in support of Ian Gillan followed, but guitarist Sykesquit abruptly to join Thin Lizzy upon their return to England (he later achieved even greater success with Whitesnake andBlue Murder). The band soldiered on with new six-stringer Fred Purser, whose more commercial leanings were heard on 1982'sdisappointing effort, The Cage. Everyone seemed to be giving up on the Tygers, including their management, which droppedthe band just prior to a sold-out tour of Japan. After a brief attempt at self-management, the group decided to call it quitslater that year, and a 1983 greatest-hits set seemed to close the book on the Tygers of Pan Tang. Surprisingly, Deverill andDick would resurrect a glammed-up version of the band in 1985 with bassist Dave Donaldson and guitarists Steve Lamb andNeil Shepherd. They released two albums: 1985's The Wreck-Age and 1987's Burning in the Shade (featuring Shepherd'sreplacement Steve Thompson on guitar), both of which went absolutely nowhere and prompted another, apparently final split.1986 also saw the release of the original band's 1980 Impulse Studio demos by Neat Records, under the title First Kill.

During the late '90s, a revised version of the group was assembled to play the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. Theperformance was later released in 2001 as Live at Wacken, while a reissued version of Live at Nottingham Rock City arrivedthat same year. Prompted by their continued popularity in metal circles, the Tygers officially reunited (albeit with a rotatinglineup, as members continued to exit the lineup) for a series of new albums, including Mystical, Noises from the Cathouse, and2008's Animal Instinct. « hide

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LPs
Tygers of Pan Tang
2016

Ambush
09/24/2012

3.6
7 Votes
Animal Instinct
2008

3.3
3 Votes
Noises From the Cathouse
2004

3.2
3 Votes
Mystical
2001

2.7
3 Votes
Burning in the Shade
1987

2.3
6 Votes
The Wreck-Age
1985

2.9
4 Votes
The Cage
1982

3.3
10 Votes
Crazy Nights
1981

3.3
23 Votes
Spellbound
1981

4
49 Votes
Wild Cat
1980

3.6
37 Votes
EPs
The Spellbound Sessions
2011

4
1 Votes
The Wildcat Sessions
2010

3.5
1 Votes
Back & Beyond
2007

Live Albums
Live at Nottingham Rock City
1981

4.2
8 Votes
Compilations
First Kill
1986

4
1 Votes

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