McQueen Street

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McQueen Street
McQueen Street.jpg
McQueen Street's original lineup, 1991.
Background information
OriginMontgomery, Alabama
GenresHard rock, Arena Rock, Heavy Metal
Years active1987–1993, 2002-2004, 2018-Present
LabelsSBK, EMI, Ring of Four
MembersDerek Welsh, Jack Devine, Gary Craig, Criss Cheatham
Past membersChris Welsh
Michael Powers
Richard Hatcher
Websitemcqueenstreet.com

McQueen Street is a hard rock band from Montgomery, Alabama. The current touring lineup is Derek Welsh on lead vocals, Jack Devine on guitar, Gary Craig on bass and Criss Cheatham on drums. The original lineup was Derek Welsh on lead vocals, Michael Powers on guitar, Chris Welsh on drums and Richard Hatcher on bass.

History[edit]

Formed in 1987, McQueen Street was successful on the southeast rock music club circuit. The idea for the name "McQueen Street" came from the street where Derek's recording studio was located. In 1990, after the name was changed to McQueen Street, the band signed a record deal with SBK Records.[1][2]

The band's debut album, titled McQueen Street, was produced by Tom Werman with additional production from Steve Stevens of Billy Idol. Steve and Derek wrote and performed on "Two Worlds." Two songs "Money" and "My Religion" had music videos that were played on MTV's Headbangers Ball. "In Heaven" reached #32 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Chart in early 1992.[3]

McQueen Street played live shows in cities across the US and performed as a support act with bands such as Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Bang Tango, and Mr. Big. The band was one of the featured live acts at Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, owned by Sammy Hagar. This show was a joint effort between KNAC out of Los Angeles and MTV.[4]

With the grunge movement of the early 1990s, most bands whose music was based on 1980s-style rock were no longer popular. Radio stations and MTV ceased to play most mainstream rock, causing the second album not to be released. The group disbanded shortly thereafter. Chris Welsh died in 1994 due to a viral illness.

Derek Welsh formed the band The Rat Race, a group edging towards psychedelic rock. The band released 2 studio albums Alice (1993) and Uncle Jim's Secret Garden (1995). In 1997, The Rat Race released Live Unelectrified, a live recording from Columbus, Georgia. The band toured the US as a support act for headliners including The Dave Matthews Band, Blues Traveller & Widespread Panic.

The second McQueen Street album, McQueen Street 2, was recorded in 1993 and was released in 2003 with Ring of Four Records.

As of 2020, McQueen Street released two new songs, "Outside In" and "One Way Ticket." They were recorded in 1993 and the latter reached #1 on the underground rock charts.[5]

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Derek Welsh – lead vocals, guitars, tambourine (1987–1993, 2002–2004, 2018–present), keyboard, piano (2018–present)
  • Jack Devine – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Gary Craig – bass, backing vocals
  • Criss Cheatham – drums, percussion, backing vocals

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Past members
  • Michael Powers – guitar, backing vocals (1987–1993)
  • Richard Hatcher – bass guitar, backing vocals (1987–1993)
  • Chris Welsh – drums (1986–1993: died 1994)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • McQueen Street (1991)
  • McQueen Street 2 (2003)

Singles[edit]

  • "Time" (1991)
  • "In Heaven" (1991)
  • "My Religion" (1991)
  • "McQueen Street Sampler" (1991)
  • "Outside In" (2020)
  • "One Way Ticket" (2020)[6]

Videography[edit]

Music videos[edit]

  • "Time" (1991)
  • "Money" (1991)
  • "My Religion" (1991)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "McQueen Street". Discogs. Retrieved 2021-05-05.
  2. ^ "McQUEEN STREET". Hard Rock / A.O.R. / Glam Webzine. Retrieved 2021-05-05.
  3. ^ "McQueen Street - discography, line-up, biography, interviews, photos". www.spirit-of-metal.com. Retrieved 2021-05-05.
  4. ^ Olivier. "McQueen Street - McQueen Street". Sleaze Roxx. Retrieved 2021-05-05.
  5. ^ "MelodicRock.com Interviews: McQueen Street". www.melodic-rock.com. Retrieved 2021-05-05.
  6. ^ "McQueen Street - McQueen Street CD. Heavy Harmonies Discography". heavyharmonies.com. Retrieved 2021-05-05.