Spread Eagle (band)

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Spread Eagle
Spread Eagle Live.jpg
Spread Eagle Live February 2013 at The House of Rock Baltimore, Maryland
Background information
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genres Hard rock, glam metal
Years active 1989–1995, 2006–present
Labels MCA/Universal Records, Lovember Records
Associated acts UFO, Sebastian Bach,
OF EARTH, All Pointz West
Members Ray West
Rob De Luca
Rik DeLuca
Ziv Shalev
Past members Paul DiBartolo
Tommi Gallo
Dennis Kimack

Spread Eagle is an American hard rock band from New York City. After only a few months of formation they were signed by MCA/Universal Records. They released two albums Spread Eagle (1990) and Open To The Public (1993), then disbanded in 1995.[1] In 2006 the band reunited.

In January 2011 the band officially announced their new line-up [2] and according to bassist and founding member Rob De Luca there are plans for touring in North America and Europe.[3][4]

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

In the late 1980s, founding members Paul DiBartolo, Rob De Luca and Tommi Gallo were playing in a Boston based band called Bang.

In 1989 guitarist Paul Di Bartolo (a.k.a. Salvadore Poe) traveled to New York City where he met singer Ray West. Paul was so impressed by his voice, that he immediately convinced bassist Rob De Luca and drummer Tommi Gallo to follow him to New York and start a new band with Ray, which became Spread Eagle.[5]

After only a few months of rehearsing they signed with MCA/Universal Records.

Spread Eagle[edit]

As they were signed while still rehearsing for their first gig, they wrote most songs for their debut 1990 debut album Spread Eagle in the recording studio. Receiving little promotion from MCA the band produced the video for "Scratch Like A Cat" using their own money and with the help of friends.[1][6]

Open To The Public[edit]

The band spent a lot of time on the road before recording their follow-up album and began burning out. First to leave was drummer Tommi Gallo. He was replaced by Kirke Blankenship who did not stay for long and played drums on one track (High Horses) of the second album Open To The Public. That album was then recorded with session drummers John Macaluso from TNT and Thommy Price from Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.[1] Open to the Public was released in 1993. Dave Femia played the drums on the following tour.[7] The new record did not meet the expectations of their fans and Grunge took over the music scene. So in 1995 Spread Eagle resigned and split up.

Post Spread Eagle[edit]

Ray West turned his back on the music business for a while. He is singing in a band called All Pointz West or shortly APW.

Paul DiBartolo changed his name to Salvadore Poe after writing and recording songs for Swedish singer Lisa Ekdahl who was his wife at that time. He is fascinated by Indian culture and spends much of his time there.[5]

Rob De Luca started a new band called Ouijipig,[8] and later another called OF EARTH.[9] He's also worked as studio bassist and touring bassist for many bands including UFO, Sebastian Bach, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Helmet, George Lynch[10] and Vinnie Moore [11]

There is nothing known about Tommi Gallo, a former member of the bands Iron Rage and Bang, [12]since he left Spread Eagle.

2006 Reunion[edit]

In 2006 Rob De Luca and Ray West reformed Spread Eagle.[13] Their debut album which had been out of print for over 10 years was remastered and re-released by the small independent label Lovember Records. They started touring in 2006 with Chris Caffery on guitar and John Macaluso on drums.[2] Due to basically everybody being busy touring with other bands, there were only a few shows.

Recent[edit]

They found new guitarist Dennis Kimak and Rob De Luca returned to New York from touring with Sebastian Bach and UFO. In December 2010 they toured throughout the Northeast of USA. Their debut album was voted as one of the top 20 glam albums of all time (along with Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe, Hanoi Rocks and Skid Row):[14] In 2012 guitarist Dennis Kimak quit and was replaced by Ziv Shalev who played the first 2 shows with Spread Eagle in December 2012. After a successful US tour in 2013 the band went on hiatus again. In 2017 Spread Eagle confirmed several tour dates in Europe, including the Hair Metal Heaven and HRH Sleaze festivals. [15]

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Ray West - lead vocals, percussion (1989–1995, 2006–present)
  • Rob De Luca - bass, vocals (1989–1995, 2006–present)
  • Ziv Shalev - guitar (2012–present)[16]
  • Rik De Luca - drums (2010–present)[17]

Former members[edit]

  • Paul DiBartolo (Salvadore Poe) - guitar, vocals (1989–1995)
  • Tommi Gallo - drums (1989–1992)

Tour members[edit]

Classic line up[edit]

  • Ray West - lead vocals
  • Paul DiBartolo - guitar, vocals
  • Rob De Luca - bass, vocals
  • Tommi Gallo - drums

Discography[edit]

Year Title Label
1990 Spread Eagle MCA/Universal Records[1]
1993 Open To the Public MCA/Universal Records[1]
2006 Spread Eagle (remastered) Lovember Records[1]

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