Arcade (band)

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Arcade
Arcade Epic.JPG
Background information
Origin California
Genres Glam metal, hard rock
Years active 1991–1994
Labels Epic
Associated acts Ratt, Cinderella, Sea Hags, Talas
Past members Stephen Pearcy
Frankie Wilsex
Donny Syracuse
Fred Coury
Christopher Hager
Kelly Tremmel
Garry Nutt

Arcade was a glam metal formed in 1992 by ex-Ratt vocalist Stephen Pearcy and Cinderella drummer Fred Coury, and featured ex-Sea Hags guitarist Frankie Wilsex, ex-Gypsy Rose guitarist Donny Syracuse, and ex-9.0 bassist Michael Andrews. Its originally proposed name was to be Taboo.

Arcade released several albums. Their first self-titled album was released in June 1993, and contained 12 songs. Notably, the cover-art for Arcade featured the face of porn star Mimi Miyagi. "Nothin' To Lose", "Cry No More" & "Messed Up World" were singles. The album sold 100,000+ copies in the US.

Arcade went on tour with Bon Jovi in 1993 and also played at the Milwaukee Metal Fest in 1993 playing to over 15,000 fans.

Arcade's second album was recorded and released in 1994 and was produced by Audie Bauw. A/2 featured a much heavier sound and contained a song called "Kidnapped", a song written for Polly Klaas, a girl who had been kidnapped and killed in 1993. The singles were "Angry" and "So What". The album sold 20,000+ copies in the US.

Arcade's third album, A/3: Live and Unreleased, was released in 2000, and contained many of the same songs as their first album, but recorded during a Live performance, and some Previously Unreleased songs.

The band ended in 1994, and Pearcy went on to VD then Vertex.

Stephen Pearcy had announced that the band were to reunite and release a CD and DVD and tour in late 2006. This never came to be, as he rejoined Ratt.

The original guitarist was Johnny Angel, formerly of Diamond Rexx and Michael Monroe's touring band. He co-wrote several tracks. Kelly (Chris) Tremmel & Garry Nutt of Tangier auditioned for the bass slot .

Discography[edit]

  • Arcade (1993)
  • A/2 (1994)
  • A/3: Live and Unreleased (2000) Top Fuel Records