44 Magnum (band)

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44Magnum
Origin Japan
Genres Heavy metal, hard rock
Years active 1977–1989, 2002–present
Labels Moon, Invitation, Danger Crue, East West Japan
Associated acts Velvet Spider, Grand Slam, Kings, La'cryma Christi
Website Official site
Members Paul
Jimmy
Joe
Stevie
Ban
Past members Akira
Taka
Hirofumi
Teruki

44 Magnum (stylized as 44MAGNUM) is a heavy metal[1] band from Japan, originally formed in mid 1977. After the group disbanded in 1988, they had a thirteen-year hiatus before reuniting and releasing their seventh album Ignition in 2002. In 2009, they released the self-titled album 44Magnum, which features Paul's son Stevie as a lead singer along with Paul on most of the tracks.

In early 2012, frontman and sole original member Paul announced he would stop performing live with 44 Magnum to focus on treatment for Parkinson's disease, which he was diagnosed with in 2005.[2] However, he will continue to record and write songs with the band.[2]

Members[edit]

  • Satoshi "Jimmy" Hirose – guitar (1979–1989 2002–present)
  • Satoshi "Joe" Miyawaki – drums (1982–1988, 2002–present)
  • Stevie Umehara – vocals (2009–present)
  • Hironori "Ban" Yoshikawa – bass (1979–1989, 2002–2009, 2013–present)
Semi-members
  • Tatsuya "Paul" Umehara – vocals (1977–1989, 2002–2012)
Stopped touring with 44 Magnum in 2012, but will continue to record and write songs with the band.[2]
Former members
  • Akira Nagamori – guitar
  • Taka Tanaka – bass
  • Hirofumi Miyamoto – drums
  • Teruki Iga – drums (1979–1982)
  • Shuse – support bass (2009–, La'cryma Christi)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
  • Danger (1983)
  • Street Rock'n Roller (1984)
  • Actor (1985)
  • Love or Money (1987)
  • Emotional Color (1988)
  • Still Alive (1989)
  • Ignition (2002)
  • 44Magnum (2009)
EPs
  • 44Magnum (1983)
  • Four Figures (1985)
  • Beast (2013)
Singles
  • "It's Raining" (1987)
Live albums
  • The Live (1985, EP)
  • Live Act II (1986)
Compilations
  • Anthology (1989)
  • Live & Rare (2000, 10CD boxset)
  • The Bootleg-MK.I (2001, 2CD & DVD)
  • The Bootleg-MK.II (2011, CD & DVD)
  • 44Magnum 35th Anniversary Ultimate Collection (March 21, 2012, SHM-CDs)
Includes Danger, Street Rock'n Roller, Actor, Live + Four Figures, Live Act II -Complete- and Ignition.
Videos
  • The Beginning (1985)
  • The Bootleg-MK.I (2001, DVD & 2CD)
  • Live at Alive (2010)
  • The Bootleg-MK.II (2011, DVD & CD)
  • Bombard Attack (2014)

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