Avion (band)

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This article is about the Australian rock band. For other uses, see Avion (disambiguation).
Avion
Also known as Lionheart
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Pop rock
Years active 1981 (1981)–1987 (1987)
Labels RCA, EMI
Past members Evan Murray
Martin Toole
John Waller
Kendall Waller
Randall Waller
Paul Gannell

Avion were an Australian 1980s pop rock band formed in 1981, originally named Lionheart, the line-up was Evan Murray on keyboards, Martin Toole on guitar, and three brothers: John Waller on drums, Kendall Waller on bass guitar and Randall Waller on lead vocals and lead guitar. The group issued two albums, Avion (1983) and White Noise (1987). Late in 1987, Murray died in a car accident and the group disbanded. According to Australian rock music historian, Ian McFarlane, the group had "a strong cult following ... [with their] brand of melodic, American-influenced Adult Oriented Rock ... [but] met with virtual indifference at home".

History[edit]

Avion's lead guitarist and lead singer, Randall Waller had previously released two albums as a solo artist, Oasis (1978) and Midnight Fire (1980).[1] In 1981 Waller formed pop rock group Lionheart in Sydney with Evan Murray on keyboards, Martin Toole on guitar, and his two brothers: John Waller on drums and Kendall Waller on bass guitar – the group was soon renamed as Avion.[1] Avion signed with RCA Records and, in September 1983, released their debut self-titled album.[1] Despite being mixed by Bob Clearmountain at the Power Station (now called Avatar Studios) in NYC, the album was not a success. The album spawned three singles, "I Need You" (March 1983), "Diamond Eyes" (September) and "Never Let Me Go" (October) which were not successful.[1] Allmusic described the album, "its overwrought AOR sound and simplistic lyrics failing to secure significant sales".[2]

In August 1984 the group issued a non-album single, "Still the Night". Paul Gannell replaced Toole on guitar and, in September 1985, released "We've Got Secrets" on RCA.[1] In 1986, the band signed a deal with EMI Records and "Celebration" appeared in September.[1] In 1987 the band's second album, White Noise, followed "but the more considered songwriting failed to produce an upturn in Avion's career".[2] It also lacked airplay, and was not a success – the group was dropped by EMI.[1][2] In April 1987 they released the third single from the album, "Berlin Wall".[1] In September 1987 Evan Murray died in a car accident while the group were on tour and the band essentially disbanded.[1] According to Australian rock music historian, Ian McFarlane, the group had "a strong cult following ... [with their] brand of melodic, American-influenced Adult Oriented Rock ... [but] met with virtual indifference at home".[1] Randall Waller was briefly a member of Sharon O'Neill's backing band before relocating to United Kingdom from 1988 to 1993 where he worked as a record producer and engineer.[1] As of 1998, he was playing guitar for Shania Twain's band.[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "I Need You" (1983)
  • "Diamond Eyes" (1983)
  • "Never Let Me Go" (1983)
  • "Still the Night" (1984)
  • "We've Got Secrets" (1985)
  • "Celebration" (1986)
  • "Berlin Wall" (1987)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Avion'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-865-08072-1. Archived from the original on 3 August 2004. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Avion". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Randall Waller Solo Artist and Live with Shania Twain by Naturally Wired Designs". Randall Waller. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 

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