Diamond Rexx

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Diamond Rexx
Origin Chicago, Illinois, US
Genres Heavy metal, glam metal
Years active 1985–present
Labels Island, Red Light, Crash Music Classics
Associated acts D'Molls
Website myspace.com/diamondrexx1
Members Nasti Habits
S.S. Priest (a.k.a. S. St. Lust)
Dave Andre
Johnny Cottone
Past members Johnny Angel
Chrissy Salem
Basil Cooper
Billy Nychay
Tommy Hanus
Tommy Evans
Bill Schmidt

Diamond Rexx is an American heavy metal / glam metal band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1985 by singer Nasti Habits and guitarist Scott St. Lust (aka S. Scot Priest, also of D'Molls).


Singer Nasti Habits created the original four-member lineup with guitarist S.S. Priest in 1985. Four months after their first live show the band signed a management deal with Mark Novada who then got the band signed to Island records, and with the addition of bassist Andre and drummer Johnny Cottone they released their debut album Land of the Damned in 1986.[1] In 1989, the band signed to the independent Red Light Records, where they released their second album Rated Rexx in 1990.[1] and third release Golden Gates in 1991. The album boasted S.S. Priest on guitar but actually all guitars were performed by John Luckhaupt (aka: Johnny L. Angel) who had left the band just before the album's release. The band went on hiatus in the 1990s, but Habits formed a new line-up in 2001, now with S.S. Priest on guitar, Basil Cooper on bass and background vocals and Billy Nychay on drums, the band's now influenced by alternative metal.[1] This line-up recorded the Rexx Erected album, released on the Diamond label, after which Cooper left to be replaced by Tommy Hanus.[1] The Evil was released in 2002 on Crash Music.[1] In 2006 bassist Tommy Evans joined the band, and the following year, original drummer Johnny Cottone returned on drums. The band then went dormant and remained quiet over the next few years. In 2009 the original line-up of Habits/Andre/Priest/Cottone reunited for a twenty-year anniversary show.

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Nasti Habits — lead vocals (1985–present)
  • S.S. Priest — lead & rhythm guitars (1985–1995, 2003–present)
  • Dave Andre — bass (1985–1989, 2004–present)
  • Johnny Cottone — drums, percussion (1985–1986, 2007–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Johnny L. Angel — lead & rhythm guitars (1987–1990)
  • Chrissy Salem — bass, backing vocals (1988–1992)
  • Basil Cooper — bass, backing vocals (1992–1993)
  • Tim Tully — drums, percussion (1987–1988)
  • Billy Nychay — drums, percussion (1989–2003)
  • Rob Pace - drums, percussion (2003)
  • Bill Schmidt - drums, percussion (2004–2007)
  • Tommy Evans — bass
  • Tommy Hanus — bass
  • George Lorenzi-Drums





  1. ^ a b c d e Henderson, Alex. "Diamond Rexx > Biography". allmusic. Macrovision Corporation. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 

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