The Godz (Ohio band)
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|Origin||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal,|
|Labels||FnA & Gard Dog|
Formed in 1976, the band conceived their moniker only to later learn of a band from New York City already known as The Godz. An "alleged" monetary settlement allowed them to keep their name. The Godz did not yet have a recording contract when they hit the road with Kiss alongside Cheap Trick in 1977. The following year, the band released its first, eponymous, album on Millennium Records. In addition to being on the Kiss Love Gun Tour, they played on what was billed the 'Heaven and Hell' Tour by embarking on the road with Angel.
In 1979, band's original label, Millennium Records, changed its distribution from Casablanca Records to RCA Records and the Millennium label was subsequently folded altogether. Millennium's parent label, Casablanca Records, picked up The Godz to fulfill their contractual obligation with the band but had no particular enthusiasm for them when their second album, Nothing is Sacred, was released the same year.
Whatever the group's merits, The Godz went unappreciated by elite rock critics; the 1983 Rolling Stone Record Guide described them as a "Miserable hard-rock quartet from Columbus, Ohio, epitomiz[ing] the most wretched excesses of Seventies rock." With little label support, the band hit the road again with the likes of Blue Öyster Cult, Kansas, Iggy Pop, and Judas Priest.
By late 1980, suffering from lack of label support and general exhaustion, the original Godz split-up, although Glen Cataline and Mark Chatfield have returned at various points (Chatfield most recently did a European tour with the Godz in 2004), with Eric Moore remaining the constant force. For a few brief times since 1981, Moore attempted to do away with the "Godz" moniker, calling it among other things, The Eric Moore Band. But it mattered little. No matter what Eric was doing, fans called it "The Godz."
In 1983, Moore made it official, and with Glen Cataline back in the fold, The Godz machine was running again. They slogged it out on the road for a couple years but things had changed on the circuit and times were tough, and it looked like the band might disappear. But there were brighter days ahead.
Their 1985 album, I'll Get You Rockin', a European release on the Heavy Metal America label went a long way toward re-establishing the band, spawning a hit video of the title track in the UK. That year and the next The Godz went on the road with Metallica as they supported Master of Puppets on their 'Damage Inc. Tour' with Ozzy Osbourne.
This activity was followed by Mongolians in 1987, a domestic release on Grudge Records, featuring revamped versions of several tunes from the previous record. It turned out to be one of the best-selling independent albums of the year.
In 1995, three-quarters of the classic Godz lineup reunited for a series of live concerts, some of which were recorded and released as Greatest Hits Live.
A new album, 25 Moore Years was released in 2003, and contained fan favorites like "White Line" and "Wastin."
In the latter part of 2009, Eric Moore made the decision to play bass again. He still planned to do a handful of songs on guitar but needed someone willing to switch off with him. Vinnie Salvatore was recruited to fill the role, replacing both Bub Adams (bass) and Ronnie Hughes (guitar, vocals). Before long the plan to switch instruments was put on hold and Salvatore played guitar for all of 2010. Fans responded accordingly to seeing and hearing Moore back on bass full-time, sparking The Godz to their most success in recent years. work began on a brand new Godz album. It was completed in the fall of 2011 and released April 3, 2012.
In March 2011, as The Godz were preparing to record what would turn out to be their new album, longtime members Nikki Storm and drummer Heidi Helser left the band to pursue other projects, paving the way for Steve DeMatteo, Scott Martin and Terry Evans to take their places. The rest of 2011 was spent making the new album, although the group did manage to squeeze in a host of road dates to round out the year. Moore handled bass guitar duties for about three quarters of each performance. Last of the Outlaws was released on CD April 3, 2012.
In March 2013 a new lineup was announced, with guitarist Jeff Westlake and drummer John Cardillno joining Eric Moore and Vinnie Salvatore. Immediate plans include a new album in 2013 and a number of other surprises.
As of March 30 of 2013 yet another decision was made to stream line the line up that now officially includes Eric Moore and Jeff Westlake with John Cardilino on Drums. This trio along with some friends will be entering the studio in April to start the new recording process.
- TO BE CONTINUED
Eric Moore, Mark Chatfield, Glen Cataline, Bob Hill and Steven (Sly) Young.
Other members of note
Dave Hershey, Hayward Law, Mike Adams,Jeff Westlake, Jimmy Clark, Steve Schuffert, Buddy Toth, Gino Harrison, Jeff Parker, Rikki Soga, Kevin Valentine, Freddie Salem, Sandy Gennaro, Ty Beebe, Matt Mees, Eric Mauk, Gino Smail,Danny Boyd, Jimmy Lively, Danny Vincent, Nikki Storm, Bub Adams, Joe Joe Weekend, Frankie Garisto, Keith Pickens, Ronnie Hughes, Ed Means, Mike Strikes, Steve DeMatteo, Mark Hobbs, John (CHAINSAW) McCullough, Garratt Lane, (ROCKY STYXX'S) Kenneth Rockhold, Hiedi Helser and David(Screamin D)Ansley
- The Godz 
- Nothing is Sacred 
- Vinyl Ecstasy (not a Godz album, but a radio compilation featuring an Eric Moore song.)
- I'll Get You Rockin 
- Mongolians 
- Greatest Hits Live 
- Power Rock from USA  (reissue of the first album with additional tracks from Nothing is Sacred)
- Eric Moore and The Godz: 25 Moore Years,  (compilation featuring hits and rarities)
- Last of The Outlaws 
- Wasted '93 Live Bootleg  (an official live bootleg)