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
OriginNew York City, New York, United States
GenresHard rock, glam metal
Years active1989–1995, 2006–present
LabelsFrontiers Records, MCA/Universal Records, Lovember Records
Associated actsUFO, Sebastian Bach,
OF EARTH, All Pointz West
MembersRay West
Rob De Luca
Rik De Luca
Ziv Shalev
Past membersPaul 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]


Early years[edit]

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

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 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 also singing in a band called Weapons Of Anew.

Paul DiBartolo changed his name to Salvadore Poe and wrote/recorded 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 new bands called Ouijipig,[8] and 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]

Tommi Gallo is a member of the band Iron Rage and formerly of Bang.[12] Tommi is a talented artist who created the artwork for the Spread Eagle debut album cover. He lives, plays and paints in Worcester, MA.[13]

2006 Reunion[edit]

In 2006 Rob De Luca and Ray West reformed Spread Eagle.[14] Their debut album which had been out of print for over 10 years was remastered and re-released by the independent label Lovember Records. They started touring in 2006 with Chris Caffery on guitar and John Macaluso on drums.[2] There were only a few shows.


They found new guitarist Dennis Kimak and Rob De Luca returned to New York from touring with Sebastian Bach and UFO. In December 2010 Rik De Luca drummer and cousin of Rob De Luca joined the band and they toured throughout the northeast United States. 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):[15] In 2012 guitarist Dennis Kimak quit and was replaced by Ziv Shalev who played the first 2 shows with Spread Eagle in December 2012. In 2017 Spread Eagle confirmed several tour dates in Europe, including the Hull Metal Heaven and HRH Sleaze festivals.[16] In January 2018 Spread Eagle signed to Frontiers SRL Records for a 2019 studio album release.[17] In May 2019 Spread Eagle announce their new studio album will be released on August 9 via Frontiers SRL Records.[18] On May 23, 2019 Frontiers Music SRL released the new Spread Eagle video "Sound Of Speed" from the upcoming album Subway To The Stars.[19]

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)[20]
  • Rik De Luca - drums (2010–present)[21]

Former members[edit]

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

Session Members[edit]

  • Kirke Blankenship - drums (1992)
  • John Macaluso - drums (1992-1993)
  • Thommy Price - drums (1992-1993)

Tour members[edit]

Classic line up[edit]

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


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]
2019 Subway to the Stars Frontiers SRL Records[22]


  1. ^ a b c d e f allmusic.com Spread Eagle
  2. ^ a b c d Blabbermouth - SPREAD EAGLE Announces New Lineup
  3. ^ Underground Magazin - Rob De Luca interview (in Hungarian)
  4. ^ lovemberrecords.com - Transcript of the Hungarian interview
  5. ^ a b sleazeroxx.com - Paul DiBartolo interview
  6. ^ Spread Eagle interview from the 90's
  7. ^ sleazeroxx.com - Spread Eagle
  8. ^ Ouijipig Myspace
  9. ^ OF EARTH Myspace
  10. ^ getreadytoroll.com - Rob De Luca interview
  11. ^ - Rob De Luca Facebook
  12. ^ http://www.metal-archives.com/artists/Tommi_Gallo/358894
  13. ^ https://www.facebook.com/tom.gallo.796
  14. ^ "Rob De Luca Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  15. ^ Über Röck - September 2011
  16. ^ "Spread Eagle - Official Band Website". Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  17. ^ Frontiers Facebook - January 2018
  18. ^ Frontiers Facebook 2 - May 2019
  19. ^ Frontiers Youtube - May 2019
  20. ^ Spread Eagle Official Page
  21. ^ a b sleazeroxx.com - Spread Eagle announces new line-up
  22. ^ "Spread Eagle to release new album 'Subway To The Stars' on August 9th". sleazeroxx.com. May 9, 2019. Retrieved May 13, 2019.

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