Alias (band)

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Alias
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Hard rock, glam metal
Years active 1988–1991, 2009
Labels Capitol
Associated acts Sheriff
Heart
Website www.myspace.com/theofficialalias
Members Freddy Curci
Steve DeMarchi
Denny DeMarchi
Roscoe Stewart
Wolf Hassel
Chris Sutherland
Past members Roger Fisher
Steve Fossen
Mike Derosier
Marco Mendoza
Larry Aberman
Robert O'Hearn

Alias was a Canadian album-oriented rock/hard rock supergroup band, formed in 1988 in Toronto by vocalist Freddy Curci and guitarist Steve DeMarchi of the Canadian arena rock band Sheriff ("When I'm With You"), along with Heart founding members Roger Fisher, Steve Fossen, and Mike DeRosier.[1]

(Alias was also the name of a rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, who released one album on Mercury Records in 1979.)

The band released its self-titled debut album in 1990 which went gold in the US and platinum in Canada, scoring hits with power ballad "More Than Words Can Say" (#1 Canada, #2 U.S.), "Waiting For Love" (#13) and "Haunted Heart" (#18 on Mainstream Rock Charts). They also recorded the Tonio K song "Perfect World" for the Christina Applegate film, Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead.

Alias toured extensively through 1990, including touring with REO Speedwagon. The band also performed twice on The Tonight Show, once with Johnny Carson and once with Jay Leno.

BMI presented Freddy Curci and Steve DeMarchi with the "Million-air award" for "More Than Words Can Say". According to BMI’s web site, only 1,500 songs including "When I'm With You" by Sheriff have achieved Million-air status (one million air plays) among the 4.5 million songs by 300,000 BMI represented artists. One million performances is the equivalent of approximately 50,000 broadcast hours, or more than 5.7 years of continuous airplay.[2]

Alias was featured in the Top 20 AOR Records of All Time, ranked at number 17. The impressive list includes Def Leppard, Foreigner, Toto, Boston and Journey.

In early 2005, an acoustic version of the band's hit ballad "More Than Words Can Say" was released on a VH1 compilation disc, Classic Metal Mania: Stripped.

Also in early 2005, "More Than Words Can Say" was featured in a Subway commercial aired during the Super Bowl.

In January 2009, Alias announced the release of their long awaited second album. This album, appropriately titled “Never Say Never”, was recorded in 1992 and was planned to follow their highly praised debut album, but due to the rapidly evolving music scene of that time where grunge was the on the rise and metal was fading, it was never released. A few of the songs from this album were re-recorded and appeared on lead vocalist Freddy Curci’s solo album Dreamer’s Road, however many tracks remained unreleased until 2009.

On August 6th 2014, Alias announced on their social media page that they will be playing at Sturgis Canada in Merritt BC Aug. 21 2014, the first full band live show for the band in many years. The reunion band members include original band founding members lead vocalist Freddy Curci and lead guitarist Steve DeMarchi, original keyboardist Denny DeMarchi, original member of Sheriff Wolf Hassel, guitarist Roscoe Stewart, and drummer Chris Sutherland.

History[edit]

Alias was founded in the late 1980s by two Canadian musicians, songwriter / lead vocalist Freddy Curci and songwriter / lead guitarist Steve DeMarchi.

Before Alias, Curci and DeMarchi were members of a Canadian rock band Sheriff, from 1979-1985. Sheriff's popularity in the club circuit garnered the attention of Capitol Records, which led to their self-titled album Sheriff. Sheriff's singles received a large amount of air play and reached the No. 1 spot in Canada, due to the success of "When I'm with You". Although promotion and distribution problems stalled the record's initial American momentum, the song reached a respectable No. 61 on the Billboard charts. Reports of fans not being able to buy the record in their local shops plagued Sheriff's American tour. Rigorous touring, frustrations, and disappointments caused tensions that split the band in two. In 1985 Sheriff disbanded.

After Sheriff, Curci and DeMarchi teamed up to pursue their music. With the financial backing of friends and family, and with the help of DeMarchi’s brother Denny (who also played the keyboard and sang backing vocals on the Alias album), they built a recording studio in the DeMarchi family home basement. They worked as couriers during the day, while continuing to write and record at night. Most of these songs are on the Alias debut album.

In 1988, 3 years after Sheriff split up, their song "When I'm with You" re-entered and climbed the US billboard chart for a second time. A DJ named Jay Taylor in Las Vegas had played this song on his radio station, resulting in massive audience response and requests for the song.

In January 1989, Capitol Records made an unprecedented move and re-released the Sheriff album in the US. "When I'm with You" hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart in February 1989. Curci and DeMarchi tried to get Sheriff back together, but the other members of Sheriff were not interested. Curci and DeMarchi moved on and joined forces with ex-members of Heart: Roger Fisher, Steve Fossen and Mike Derosier, to form Alias.

In 1990, Alias released its first album, a self-titled debut recorded under the Capitol Records label. The polished album went gold in the U.S. and platinum in Canada, while several tracks enjoyed radio airplay in both countries. The power ballad "More Than Words Can Say" proved to be the band's biggest hit, climbing to number one on the Billboard Hot AC chart and number two on the Billboard Hot 100. A tour followed (including a stint as the opening act for REO Speedwagon), but while touring, the trio of former Heart musicians decided to leave the band due to musical differences.

In an interview with Strutter Magazine, Curci indicated that Alias was never formally disbanded:

"Alias never split. Music changed. We couldn't get our music out there. No one wanted to hear it anymore. Grunge was in and, you know what, that's OK, 'cause music needs to do that. It needs to change all the time. That's how it stays fresh. Alias is still Steve and I. Alias will always be Steve and I. Steve and I will do a record tomorrow if the fans need one!"[3]

Band members[edit]

Original Band Members 1988-1991

  • Freddy Curci - lead vocals, keyboards, piano, guitars
  • Steve DeMarchi - guitar, backing vocals
  • Roger Fisher - guitar, backing vocals
  • Steve Fossen - bass, backing vocals
  • Mike DeRosier - drums

Band Members involved in the 2009 Album Never Say Never:

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
DEN
[4]
US
[5]
Alias 31 114
Never Say Never
  • Release date: March 3, 2009
  • Label: EMI Canada
  • Formats: CD, music download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
AUS
[6]
CAN
[7]
CAN AC
[8]
NZ
[9]
UK
[10]
US
[11]
US AC
[12]
US Main
[13]
1990 "More Than Words Can Say" 30 1 1 37 2 2 Alias
"Haunted Heart" 18
1991 "Waiting for Love" 4 87 13 17
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
CAN AC
[8]
US
[11]
1991 "Perfect World" 33 90 Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (soundtrack)

Album appearances[edit]

Year Song Album
1991 "Into the Fire" Nintendo: White Knuckle Scorin'

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saulnier, Jason (15 March 2012). "Roger Fisher Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  2. ^ BMI Website
  3. ^ "Strutter Magazine Interview with Freddy Curci". Archived from the original on 2009-10-25. 
  4. ^ "danishcharts.com - Danish charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Alias Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ "australian-charts.com - Australian charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada - Top Singles". RPM. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada - Adult Contemporary". RPM. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Chart Stats - Alias". chartstats.com. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Alias Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Alias Album & Song Chart History - Adult Contemporary". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Alias : Allmusic : Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 

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