Gary Barden

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Gary Barden
Barden (right) with MSG bandmate Paul Raymond in 1981
Background information
Birth name Gary John Barden
Born (1955-08-27) 27 August 1955 (age 61)
Royal Tunbridge Wells, England
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal, pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1979–present
Labels Chrysalis
Associated acts The Michael Schenker Group, Gary Moore, Statetrooper, Praying Mantis, The Company of Snakes, Silver

Gary John Barden (born 27 August 1955, Royal Tunbridge Wells, England) is an English singer-songwriter, best known for his work with the Michael Schenker Group.[1]

Barden was discovered by Schenker upon the guitarist's hearing a demo of Barden's previous band, Fraser Nash. Barden proceeded to appear on The Michael Schenker Group (1980), MSG (1981) and One Night at Budokan (1981) albums. He was asked to leave the group and was replaced briefly by former Rainbow frontman Graham Bonnet. In the interim, Barden worked with Gary Moore on the demos of what would later become Moore's Corridors of Power album and joined MSG again for conclude the tour after Bonnet's departure and recorded the next album Built to Destroy (1983), followed by the live album Rock Will Never Die (1984). After his stint in MSG he went on to form Statetrooper with brothers Steve and Paul Johnson, as well as doing an album and tour as lead singer with Praying Mantis.

In 2007, Barden was fronting Silver and Statetrooper, and maintaining a solo career. He recorded an album with Michael Schenker Group called In the Midst of Beauty which was released in April 2008, followed by a world tour. In 2010, Barden, Schenker, Simon Philips, Neil Murray and Wayne Findlay embarked in an extensive tour in Japan, recording a new DVD to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their debut album. After that, Barden left the band amicably to focus in his solo career.


with The Michael Schenker Group[edit]

with Schenker Barden Acoustic Project[edit]

  • Gipsy Lady 2009

with Praying Mantis[edit]

  • To the Power of Ten 1995
  • Captured Alive in Tokyo City 1996

with Statetrooper[edit]

  • Statetrooper 1986 (re issued with extra tracks in 2002)
  • The Calling 2004

with Silver[edit]

  • Silver 2001
  • Dream Machines 2002
  • Intruder 2003
  • Addiction 2004
  • Gold 2005

Solo as Gary John Barden[edit]

  • Past & Present (MSG remixed) 2004
  • Agony & The Xtasy 2006
  • Love and War 2007
  • Rock 'n Roll My Soul 2010
  • Eleventh Hour 2011


  1. ^ Strong, Martin Charles; Peel, John (2004). The Great Rock Discography. Canongate U.S. p. 1329. ISBN 9781841956152.