Danny Stag

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Danny Stag
Birth name Danny Steigerwald
Born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Genres Glam metal, heavy metal
Occupations Musician
Instruments Guitar
Associated acts Kingdom Come
Royal Jelly
Population 5
WWIII

Danny Stag (born Daniel Steigerwald in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American hard rock guitarist who played with the band Kingdom Come and authored several successful blues rock guitar instruction videos. Stag was noted for his soulful blues rock playing, a style that by the late 1980s had been somewhat of a lost art with many hard rock guitarists at the time playing a more technical approach to guitar.

Prior to joining Kingdom Come, Stag played in L.A. based bands Population 5, and WWIII; along with future Kingdom Come bandmate, Johnny B. Frank, a former keyboard player for Josie Cotton. Stag's big break in the music industry came shortly after his good friend Johnny B. Frank was chosen to play in Lenny Wolf's new band Kingdom Come. Wolf had asked Frank if he knew any blues guitarists and Frank recommended Stag. At the audition, Wolf asked Stag to improvise a solo for their upcoming single, "What Love Can Be," which resulted in Stag landing the lead guitar duties for Kingdom Come. The bands debut album Kingdom Come quickly climbed the billboard charts peaking at number 12, with worldwide sales greatly exceeding one million copies. Kingdom Come were one of five bands selected (Scorpions, Metallica, Van Halen, and Dokken, the others) to appear on the Monsters of Rock Tour 1988. Of the several tour dates included a stop in Stag's hometown of Pittsburgh, where the band played in front of over 30,000 people at the Three Rivers Stadium. The band capped off a busy 1988 with a show headlined by Bon Jovi in Tokyo on December 31.

The following year, Kingdom Come released In Your Face, which struggled to attract the mainstream attention achieved by its predecessor album Kingdom Come. The album managed to break into the top 50 of the Billboard 200 and the band was able to slot an opening gig for Scorpions, but the band were quickly kicked off the tour after Lenny Wolf had repeatedly used sections of the stages that were reserved for the Scorpions. Shortly after, Stag, as well all members, excluding Wolf, quit the band.

Upon leaving Kingdom Come, Stag would later resurface with the band Royal Jelly, and Pittsburgh based jazz group, King Solomon. While on tour in America in 2008 during Rocklahoma, Lenny Wolf and the classic lineup of Kingdom Come reunited for a one off gig at a Los Angeles club, Stag was the only member not present at the reunion. He is the brother of Pittsburgh Penguins TV play-by-play man Paul Steigerwald and KDKA-TV Sportscaster John Steigerwald.

Discography[edit]

With The Industrials[edit]

  • The Industrials (1980)

With Kingdom Come[edit]

With Royal Jelly[edit]

  • Royal Jelly (1994)

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