In 1981, south of Montreal in Saint Bruno de Montarville, Quebec, Rick (vocals) and Dan Hughes (drums) formed a heavy metal band called Sword. They were joined by guitarist Mike Plant and bassist Mike Larocque in the first lineup of the band. They signed their first commercial contract in 1984 with Aquarius Records.
Throughout their career, Sword sold in excess of 180,000 albums.
Sword as been more active since 2011 when they reunited for a show in Saguenay.
They have since played various festivals in Canada and Germany. In 2016 they released Live Hammersmith, recorded while they were on tour supporting Motörhead in 1987.
In 2018 They will release their third studio recording, it will be distributed worldwide by Combat Records.
In 2006 Rick Hughes released a solo album called: Train d'enfer. Mike Plant plays guitar for the band Porn Flakes.
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