Hurricane (American band)

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OriginUnited States
Years active1985–1991, 2001–2003, 2010–2012, 2014–present
LabelsEnigma (previously), Capitol (1990—1991), Frontiers (2001—2003), Escape
MembersTony Cavazo
Mike Hansen
Dan Schumann
Carlos Cavazo
Past membersRobert Sarzo
Michael Guy
John Ward
John Shearer
Doug Aldrich
Kelly Hansen
Jay Schellen
Sean Manning
Larry Antonino
Andrew Freeman
Jason Ames
Michael O'Mara
Chad Cancino

Hurricane is an American heavy metal band formed in 1985. Original line-up featuring singer Kelly Hansen (pre-Unruly Child & Foreigner), guitarist Robert Sarzo (ex-Ozzy Osbourne), bassist Tony Cavazo (ex-SNOW) and drummer Jay Schellen (pre-Unruly Child & Yes). Tony and Robert are the brothers of Quiet Riot's Carlos Cavazo and Rudy Sarzo.[3]

Hurricane released five albums: Take What You Want (1985), Over the Edge (1988), Slave to the Thrill (1990), Liquifury (2001) and Reconnected (2023). Over the Edge was their most successful album featuring their only charting song, "I'm on to You", which peaked at No. 33 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1988.[4]


Quiet Riot's Kevin DuBrow introduced Robert Sarzo and Tony Cavazo in the early 1980s. After deciding to form a band, Sarzo and Cavazo recruited singer Kelly Hansen, drummer Jay Schellen and guitarist Michael Guy.[5] With little label interest, the band decided to release an album themselves, Take What You Want.[3] The album and constant touring led to them getting a major label deal.

Increasing popularity[edit]

In 1986 and 1987, they opened for Stryper on their To Hell with the Devil album tour. They were soon signed to Enigma Records, the same label as Stryper. They also opened for Gary Moore's 1987 US tour.

In March 1988, the band released their major label debut album, Over the Edge.[3] Propelled by a powerful, yet melodic heavy metal sound, the album made #92 on the US album charts[6] and featured a cover of Alice Cooper's "I'm Eighteen," as well as the band's most successful that Jeff Jones-penned "I'm on to You."title track, "Over the Edge", was also released as a single. They subsequently opened for Iron Maiden on three midwest dates of their Seventh Tour of a Seventh Tour.

In 1989, Sarzo left the group and was replaced by ex-Lion guitarist, Doug Aldrich. This lineup recorded the album Slave to the Thrill,[3] which was released on 28 March 1990. While AllMusic described the record as the band's most "focused" album,[7] it did not sell as well as its predecessor. The album's relative lack of success could be attributed to changing musical climates.[8] Shortly after the release of this album, Aldrich moved on to Bad Moon Rising and the rest of the group disbanded.


In 1991, Schellen wrote, recorded and toured extensively with both Unruly Child and Sircle of Silence, while Hansen did a considerable amount of session work. Schellen suggested that Hansen help with the recording of Unruly Child's second release, and shortly after they agreed to resurrect Hurricane. English-born blues guitarist Sean Manning (former bandmate and Kevin Dubrow/Quiet Riot guitarist) and bassist Larry Antonino (bass) rounded out the new version of the band, who released Liquifury. Guitarists Carlos Villalobos and Randall Strom also appear as session musicians on this album, performing on one track apiece. Villalobos also co-wrote the track on which he performs. In the late 1990s, Schellen began a continuing collaboration with Billy Sherwood, encompassing World Trade, Conspiracy (with Chris Squire of Yes) and CIRCA:. Schellen joined the progressive rock band Asia in 2005. He is now a member of Yes.[9]

Hansen joined Foreigner, and Aldrich is currently in the Las Vegas production Raiding The Rock Vault.

Manning went on to form The Exiles with three other English expatriates, original Bonham vocalist Paul Rafferty, bassist Paul Stanley, and drummer Terry Muscall. The band split up in the mid 1990s but a collection of demos, in part co-produced by Pat Benatar guitarist Neil Giraldo, surfaced in 1996 as Sean Manning & Paul Raffery's The Exiles (Indivision/SDM), with additional musical contributions by Giraldo, longtime Benatar drummer Myron Grombacher, Greg D'Angelo, and Richard Baker, among others.

In 2010, Robert Sarzo and Tony Cavazo, founding members, reunited and recruited singer Andrew Freeman and drummer Mike Hansen. They announced a tour and a CD in 2011.

In 2013, it was announced that Sarzo would be named the new lead guitarist of Geoff Tate's version of Queensrÿche.

Hurricane was the opening act on the 2014 tour with Tate's Queensrÿche. Sarzo played with both the opening and headlining acts on the entire tour. Singer Jason Ames handled lead vocal duties on the tour.

On July 21, 2023, the band announced their new album, Reconnected, which was released on August 25.[10]

On October 27, 2023, longtime guitarist Robert Sarzo announced his departure from the group.[11] Later in early November Carlos Cavazo was announced as his replacement.[12]


Current members[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Tony Cavazo[5][13][14][15]
  • 1985–1991
  • 2010–2012
  • 2014–present
  • bass guitar
  • backing vocals
all releases, except Liquifury (2001)
Mike Hansen[15]
  • 2010–2012
  • 2014–present
drums Reconnected (2023)
Dan Schumann[16][10] 2021–present lead vocals
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Carlos Cavazo 2023—present
  • guitar
  • backing vocals

Former members[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
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Robert Sarzo[5]
  • 1985–1989
  • 2010–2023
  • guitars
  • backing vocals
Take What You Want, Over the Edge (1988), Reconnected (2023)
Michael Guy[5][17] 1985 guitar none
John “Wardie” Ward[17]
  • bass guitar
  • lead vocals
John Shearer[17] drums
2016 Lieder am See - Foreigner - Kelly Hansen - by 2eight - DSC4905.jpg
Kelly Hansen[5][18][19][20]
  • 1985–1991
  • 2000–2003
  • lead vocals
  • occasional guitar
all releases, except Reconnected (2023)
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Jay Schellen[5][9][21][19][22]
  • drums
  • backing vocals (1985–1991)
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Doug Aldrich[23][24] 1989–1991
  • guitars
  • backing vocals
Slave to the Thrill (1990)
Sean Manning[25] 2001–2003 guitars Liquifury (2001)
Larry Antonino bass guitar
Andrew Freeman[14][26][27] 2010–2012
  • lead vocals
  • occasional guitar
Jason Ames[14][28] 2014–2015 lead vocals
Michael O'Mara[14][28] 2016–2017
Chad Cancino[14] 2017–2021



Studio albums[edit]


  • "Over the Edge" (1988)
  • "I'm on to You" (1988)
  • "Next to You" (1990)
  • "Dance Little Sister" (1990)


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