Legs Diamond (band)
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|Origin||Los Angeles, California|
|Genres||Hard rock, progressive rock, heavy metal|
|Years active||1975 - 1980, 1984 - present|
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|Past members||Michael "Diamond" Gargano|
Legs Diamond is an American rock band that has often been called "The American Deep Purple". They formed in Los Angeles, California starting with Michael "Diamond" Gargano (bass) and Jeff Poole (drums). The group released their self-titled debut album for Mercury Records in 1977. The original band broke up in 1980 after three popular albums, but reformed in 1984 after their original albums had begun to acquire a cult following.
The new lineup released several more albums and continued to perform throughout the 1990s and 2000s. In 2005, original frontman Rick Sanford was replaced by ex-Montrose and Wild Horses vocalist John Levesque, and the band released their latest album, "Diamonds Are Forever", in 2006. Original members include Roger Romeo (guitar), Michael Prince (keyboards/rhythm guitar), and Jeff Poole (percussion). The band still does the occasional gig in the Los Angeles area and at least once a year in San Antonio, TX where they are still hugely popular, the result of being a favorite of influential disc jockey Joe "the Godfather" Anthony (1940-1992).
Keyboardist Michael Prince is active in studio recording, in Los Angeles, working with some better known R+B and Pop Acts, including Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Usher, Los Lobos and Michael Jackson.
Guitarist Roger Romeo is also currently working in a new band called the Funkin Maniacs. Power drummer Jon Hyde (Detective) and NS Stick and bassist Gary Jibilian round out the trio. They are recording a new CD slated for release early 2012.
As of 2011, the band was working on their 12th CD due to be available within the year.
On March 30, 2018, the band's first three studio albums, Legs Diamond, A Diamond Is A Hard Rock, and Fire Power, were re-issued by British label Rock Candy Records, each containing a plethora of bonus tracks.
- John Levesque - Lead vocals (2005–present)
- Roger Romeo - Lead guitar (1975–1980, 1984–present)
- Michael Prince - Rhythm guitar, keyboards (1975–1980, 1984–present)
- Adam Kury - Bass guitar (1992–present)
- Jeff Poole - Drums (1975–1980, 1984–present)
- Mark Andrews - vocals (1977)
- Rick Sanford - Lead vocals (1976-2005)
- Michael "Diamond" Gargano - Bass guitar
- Mike Christie - Bass Guitar
- Jim May - Lead guitar & vocals
- Jonathan Valen - Drums
- Legs Diamond (1976)
- A Diamond is a Hard Rock (1977)
- Fire Power (1978)
- Out on Bail (1984) (US version is mini-album, EU version is full album with 2 extra songs)
- Land of the Gun (1986)
- Town Bad Girl (1990)
- Captured Live (1992) (1990 live recording in San Antonio, Texas)
- The Wish (1993)
- Uncut Diamond (1999) (never released album recorded in 1980)
- Collection (2003) (4 CD collection of the first 3 albums plus 'Uncut Diamond')
- Favourites Volume One (2004) (compilation with 2 new songs)
- Diamonds Are Forever (2006)
- Right on Target (2008) (3-CD Box Set includes first three albums)
All Albums available in CD format from the band's website and CD Baby. Albums and songs also available on iTunes.
- "Stage Fright" (1976) Mercury/Phonogram
- "Woman" (1977) Mercury/Phonogram
- "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (1978) Cream
- "Help Wanted" (1979) Cream
- "Turn to Stone" (1986) Metronome
- "Latest From Rock Candy - Legs Diamond, Morning Star & Nutz". MelodicRock.com. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
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