Mandy Lion

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Mandy Lion
Genres Rock, Metal, Gothic rock
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1983-present
Labels Hollywood, Elektra, Pony Canyon, Sony, Reality Entertainment
Associated acts WWIII, Wicked Alliance, Mandy Lion Band
Website MandyLionWWIII.com

Mandy Lion is a heavy metal singer. He has sung for numerous bands, most notably World War Three (WWIII). He is also the lead singer of the Mandy Lion Band. He has sung for numerous bands, most notably the Mandy Lion band and World War Three (WWIII) which featured Black Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice and Jimmy Bain of Rainbow and Dio fame.

He has performed in versions of WWIII with James Kottak (Scorpions), Jimmy Bain (Rainbow, Dio), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio), and Joe Floyd (Warrior), Mikkey Dee (Motörhead), Pete Holmes (MSG, Ted Nugent, Ian Gillan). In the band Wicked Alliance with Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne). Currently in the Mandy Lion Band with Lez Warner (The Cult), Dan McNay (Montrose), Toni Aleman and Roy Z (Halford, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden).

Biography[edit]

World War Three (2003 - present)[edit]

Besides working on his solo project doing the producing, writing and arranging, Mandy Lion has resurfaced his band WWIII. WWIII signed on with Sony Records and Reality Entertainment and Lion and WWIII released, their first album in 12 years, When God Turned Away on October 30, 2003. The band, hosted a release party for When God Turned Away at Club Vodka.[1]

On April 18, 2004, Vinny Appice and Jimmy Bain had a jam session with Lion during WWIII's concert at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California. The session was video taped and some of the scenes were placed in the music video for "Walk With Me".[2] In the summer of 2004, original members, Vinny Appice and Jimmy Bain rejoined the band.[3] WWIII performed at the Metal Sludge concert number nine in Tarzana, California on September 18, 2004.[4] The newly reformed WWIII with Appice, Bain, Lion, and Scaria, performed at Vinnie's Bar in Bakersfield, California on October 30, 2004.[5]

On April 19, 2008, the original line-up of WWIII reunited for a jam session at Harper's Bar and Grill in Northridge, California.[6]

Mandy Lion is currently writing with George Lynch (Dokken, Lynchmob) on a full length album. The current line-up consists of Dan McNay (Montrose), Lez Warner (The Cult) and Toni Aleman. Guest appearances include Sin Quirin (Ministry), Mitch Perry (Edgar Winter, Cher), Roy Z (Halford, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden) and others.

Solo work[edit]

On June 24, 2005, Lion performed with former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke at Club Vodka in West Hollywood.[7] The performance was his second at the club that year.[8] In July 2005, Lion invited fans to appear in his next music video that would be filming at the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles,[9] which was filmed on September 23.[10]

In the spring of 2006, Lion headlined the Nikstock Festivals in Los Angeles, California and Binghamton, New York.[11]

In May 2007, Lion announced a 16 day U.S. tour, with stops in Syracuse, New York, Binghamton, New York, Stamford, Connecticut, West Springfield, Virginia, Allentown, Pennsylvania, Nichols, New York, and Las Vegas.[12] On June 1, Lion announced the line-up for his touring band. It was himself, Rick Plester, Jon Purpura, and Pete Holmes.[13]

In early July 2007, Lion was in the middle of writing the next WWIII album.[14] On July 26, 2007, Lion issued a statement regarding the death of former manager Don Arden, who died just five days prior.[15] It was announced in July 2007, that Lion would be releasing his new album in October of the same year.[16] The album released was however pushed back. On October 27, 2007, Lion performed with the 'Mandy Lion Band at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, California, with Moni Scaria, Jon Purpura (Driven By Hate), and Pete Holmes (MSG, Ted Nugent, Ian Gillan). It was the first time Lion performed songs from the soon-to-be-released new Mandy Lion CD.[17] In November 2007, Lion announced that he was wanting to put together a "bare-bones rock 'n' roll" band, the likes of AC/DC, or "old" Whitesnake.[18]

In March 2008, Lion began working on a full-length DVD that contains videos, live footage, and interviews with all past and present musical partners.[19] That same month, he released a cover of the Prince song "Kiss".[20]

Mandy Lion is currently writing with George Lynch (Dokken, Lynchmob) on a full length album. The current line-up consists of Dan McNay (Montrose), Lez Warner (The Cult) and Toni Aleman. Guest appearances include Sin Quirin (Ministry), Mitch Perry (Edgar Winter, Cher), Roy Z (Halford, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden) and others.

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

  • Mandy Lion (2002)

World War Three (WWIII)[edit]

  • World War III (1990)
  • The Unreleased Demos (2000)
  • When God Turned Away (2003)

Wicked Alliance[edit]

  • Twisted Beauty (2002)

Guest appearances[edit]

Singles[edit]

World War Three (WWIII)[edit]

  • "Love You To Death" (1990)
  • "Time For Terror" (1990)

Solo[edit]

Personal life[edit]

As noted by some of the videos he has posted on his official YouTube channel, Lion is an ardent canine lover and supporter. He has spoken out multiple times against animal cruelty and on people blaming most dog attacks on fighting breeds, which is statistically untrue.[21]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "WWIII: Album Release Party Photos Posted Online". RoadrunnerRecords.com. Blabbermouth.net. 2003-11-10. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  2. ^ "APPICE, BAIN To Jam With WWIII At Hollywood Gig". RoadrunnerRecords.com. Blabbermouth.net. 2004-03-16. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  3. ^ "APPICE, BAIN Rejoin WWIII, Live Dates Planned Later This Summer". RoadrunnerRecords.com. Blabbermouth.net. 2004-07-22. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  4. ^ "WWIII Announce First Show With Original Lineup In 10 Years". RoadrunnerRecords.com. Blabbermouth.net. August 11, 2004. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  5. ^ "WWIII Schedule Bakersfield Date". RoadrunnerRecords.com. Blabbermouth.net. 2004-10-14. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  6. ^ "MANDY LION Says WWIII Reunion With VINNY APPICE, JIMMY BAIN Is 'An Absolute Possibility'". RoadrunnerRecords.com. Blabbermouth.net. 2004-04-18. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  7. ^ "MANDY LION, GILBY CLARKE To Perform In Hollywood". RoadrunnerRecords.com. Blabbermouth.net. 2005-06-20. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  8. ^ "MANDY LION Schedules Hollywood Date". RoadrunnerRecords.com. Blabbermouth.net. 2005-01-31. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  9. ^ "MANDY LION Invites Fans To Take Part In Video Shoot". RoadrunnerRecords.com. Blabbermouth.net. 2005-06-26. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  10. ^ "MANDY LION Prepares For Video Shoot". RoadrunnerRecords.com. Blabbermouth.net. 2005-08-27. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  11. ^ "MANDY LION To Headline NIKSTOCK Festivals". RoadrunnerRecords.com. Blabbermouth.net. 2006-01-30. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  12. ^ "MANDY LION: U.S. Tour Dates Announced". RoadrunnerRecords.com. Blabbermouth.net. 2007-05-29. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  13. ^ "MANDY LION Reveals Touring Band". RoadrunnerRecords.com. Blabbermouth.net. 2007-06-01. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  14. ^ "WWIII Vocalist MANDY LION: In Writing Mode". RoadrunnerRecords.com. Blabbermouth.net. 2007-07-17. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  15. ^ "MANDY LION: 'DON ARDEN Represented Everything This Industry Should Be About But Rarely Ever Is'". RoadrunnerRecords.com. Blabbermouth.net. 2007-07-26. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  16. ^ "MANDY LION To Release New Album In October". RoadrunnerRecords.com. Blabbermouth.net. 2007-07-31. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  17. ^ "MANDY LION: Band Lineup For Hollywood Gig Revealed". RoadrunnerRecords.com. Blabbermouth.net. 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  18. ^ "MANDY LION Looking To Form 'Bare-Bones Rock 'N' Roll' Side Project". RoadrunnerRecords.com. Blabbermouth.net. 2007-11-12. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  19. ^ "MANDY LION Working On Full-Length DVD". RoadrunnerRecords.com. Blabbermouth.net. 2008-03-04. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  20. ^ "MANDY LION Defend His PRINCE Cover: 'I Can't Please Everybody So I Won't Even Try'". RoadrunnerRecords.com. Blabbermouth.net. 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  21. ^ Mandy Lion (2008-03-28). Mandy Lion speaks about B.S.L. and misunderstood dog breeds. (YouTube). Mandy Lion. Retrieved 2008-07-10. The current witch hunt against pitbulls and other related breeds is born from ignorance and hatred without reason. Mandy Lion is an authority on the so called fighting breeds and here he tries to shed some light on some very important issues regarding these misunderstood breeds. 

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