Crashdïet

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CRASHDÏET
Crashdiet at Peace and Love festival 2007.jpg
Crashdïet at Peace & Love festival in Sweden, 2007
Background information
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Glam metal, hard rock
Years active 2000–2002, 2002-2006, 2007–present
Labels Universal Music, StandBy Records
Associated acts Reckless Love, Jailbait
Website http://www.crashdiet.org
Members Simon Cruz
Martin Sweet
Peter London
Eric Young
Past members Mary Goore
Tom Bones
Mace Kelly
Dave Lepard
H. Olliver Twisted

Crashdïet (often stylized as CRASHDÏET) are a Swedish glam metal band from Stockholm. They have released four albums: 2005's Rest in Sleaze, 2007's The Unattractive Revolution, 2010s Generation Wild and 2013's The Savage Playground

History[edit]

Formation and early years (2000–2005)[edit]

The band was originally formed in 2000. Taking influence from Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Skid Row, Guns N' Roses, and Hanoi Rocks, Crashdïet built up a cult following with the release of their first demos, several of which were released on their official website via download.[1] In 2002, the band split up, and vocalist Dave Lepard reformed the band with members from the current lineup,[1] while the old members went to play in Repugnant and SubVision. In 2003 Crashdiet released their first self-titled EP, though only 500 copies were pressed. In 2004 they got signed to Universal Records after people in the staff saw the band drinking outside a liquor store and was impressed by their Rock n' Roll image.[2]

Rest in Sleaze and Lepard's suicide (2005–2006)[edit]

In 2005, the band released their debut album, Rest in Sleaze, and embarked on a Swedish tour in the fall of 2005 to support the album. The album did well overall (debuted at No. 12 on the Swedish album chart) although they were not especially famous outside of Sweden. The band also played at Download Festival in the United Kingdom in 2005, to support the album. The album debuted at No. 12 on the Swedish album chart and Four singles were produced from that album, including "Riot in Everyone", "Breakin' the Chainz", "Knokk 'Em Down" and "It's a Miracle".

On January 20, 2006, vocalist Dave Lepard committed suicide at the age of 25, after a bout of depression during which he hid from family and friends. After the death of Lepard, the band decided to end the band and said in an official statement that:

Several months later they decided to start the band up again after getting support from the Lepard family and fans all over the world, they announced the following statement via their website:

New singer and The Unattractive Revolution (2007–2008)[edit]

On January 22, 2007 the band announced the addition of a new vocalist, H. Olliver Twisted from Finland (also playing in the band Reckless Love). They officially released their entire debut live performance (on the Rest in Sleaze Festival in February) with Olliver via their website for free download for their fans. Later the band also announced plans for a new album The Unattractive Revolution, and a single, "In The Raw", to be released on September 5, 2007, in Sweden.

On September 20, 2007 it was rumored that Twisted had left the band. Reports claimed he had sent the rest of the band an email saying he did not wish to be a part of it any longer. These claims were later denied by the band's bassist, Peter London, and the band's record label.[1] The album was released on October 3, 2007 and debuted at No. 11 on the Swedish album chart.

In November–December 2007, and February–April 2008 Crashdiet toured as opening act for Hardcore Superstar [1] and on February 23, the band announced via their official website that the second single from their new album would be "Falling Rain".

Twisted's departure, logo contest, and new singer (2008–2009)[edit]

On July 13, 2008 it was announced via the band's Myspace and official website that H. Olliver Twisted had come to an agreement with the band due to not being committed enough to go their separate ways. The band would have a long search for the next singer because they wanted to find someone that fitted their style and ambitions for the future.

On February 24, 2009, the band announced via their official website that there will be a contest to redesign the Crashdïet logo. The winner of the contest will have their logo featured on all of the bands upcoming merchandise.

In 2009 Johnny Gunn from the UK based band Peep Show (Now known as States of Panic) flew to Stockholm to write songs with Martin Sweet for Crashdiet's next album.

On July 13, The band announced their new lead singer, Simon Cruz and played their first show with him on the Sweden Rock Cruise in October.

Generation Wild and recent events (2010—present)[edit]

On April 14, 2010, the band released Generation Wild, their first album with their new singer, Simon Cruz, and it debuted at No. 3 on the Swedish Album Chart. The title track was released as the first single on February 28, 2010, and its music video was banned by MTV due to obscene images. In September they were the opening act for Ozzy Osbourne in Globen, Sweden, and in October, the band played in front of 50,000 people at the SWU Festival in Brazil.[3]

Chemical, the second single from Generation Wild, was released on September 19. On 24 March 2011, Crashdiet launched the European "Dark Decadence Tour" with Hardcore Superstar & the 69 Eyes that ended on 16 April.[1] Only a couple days later they played a UK tour with Houston as co-headliners. On 4 June the band announced on their website that they will film their show on Sweden Rock Festival, June 8 for an upcoming DVD.[1]

"Generation Wild" was released on vinyl November 2, this version also featured a bonus track called "Hollywood Teaze".

The band has currently finished work on their fourth album The Savage Playground to be available to fans in late January 2013. The first single "Cocaine Cowboys" was released on 14 December 12.

Members[edit]

Current members
  • Simon Cruz - lead vocals, rhythm guitar (2009–present)
  • Martin Sweet - lead guitar, backing vocals (2002–2006, 2007–present)
  • Peter London - bass guitar, backing vocals (2002–2006, 2007–present)
  • Eric Young - drums, backing vocals (2002–2006, 2007–present)
Former members
  • Mary Goore - guitar (2000–2002)
  • Tom Bones - drums (2000–2002)
  • Mace Kelly - bass (2000–2002)
  • Dave Lepard - lead vocals, rhythm guitar (2000-2002, 2002–2006)
  • H. Olliver Twisted - lead vocals (2007–2008)

Discography[edit]

Year Title Label
2005 Rest in Sleaze* Universal Music
2007 The Unattractive Revolution
2010 Generation Wild Gain Records
2013 The Savage Playground Frontiers Records[4]

* Japanese release includes exclusive video footage

Trivia[edit]

Martin Sweet's brother Michael Sweet also plays in a band called "Toxic Rose". A common tour with Crashdïet and Sister is planned for the first half of 2013.[5]

Bassist Peter London married Swedish model and former Miss Sweden title-holder Isabel Lestapier Winqvist on 25 June 2010 at the Hedvig Eleonora Church in Stockholm. The couple got divorced in March 2012.[6]

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