XYZ (American band)

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OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresGlam metal, heavy metal, hard rock
Years active1986–1992, 2002–present
LabelsEnigma, Axe Killer Records, Capitol
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersTerry Ilous
Patt Fontaine
Tony Marcus
Joey Shapiro
Past membersBobby Pieper
Joey Pafumi
Mark Diglio
Paul Monroe
Tony Burnett

XYZ was originally created in Lyon (France) where Patt Fontaine and Terry Ilous were born and grew up. Then they moved to Los Angeles, and began a musical career in 1986. XYZ started off as the unofficial house band of "The Whisky A Go Go" nightclub in Los Angeles. The original members were Terry Ilous (vocals), Bobby Pieper (guitars), Patt Fontaine (bass) and Joey Pafumi (drums). A tour of the US with Enuff Z'Nuff and Alice Cooper followed the success of their 1989 Enigma released debut album, and they were signed by major label Capitol for their second.[1]


The band played clubs throughout the mid 1980s and first got a record deal in 1989 with Don Dokken as their producer. Terry Ilous's vocal style on the band's first album was very similar to Dokken's. Ilous and Fontaine then recruited Mark Diglio (guitars) and Paul Monroe (drums) to replace the departing Pieper and Pafumi, to record a debut album, produced by Don Dokken. The album was released in 1989 and contained the hits "Inside Out" and "What Keeps Me Loving You". Videos for both songs received reasonable airplay; however, the album itself was not an overall success, managing to reach only No. 99 on the Billboard charts. A third single from the album, "Maggy" was used in the 1990 Dolph Lundgren movie I Come in Peace. The next album, Hungry, released in 1991, had even less commercial success—not charting at all. Diglio and Monroe left the band and were replaced by Tony Burnett and Joey Shapiro, respectively. After the next tour was finished, band members went separate ways once again. They reunited in 2002 with the lineup of Ilous, Fontaine, Tony Marcus, and Shapiro, and still perform to the present day.

Recent events[edit]

XYZ actively continues to play festivals and shows across USA and Europe. In addition to fronting XYZ, Terry Ilous also served a lengthy tenure as lead vocalist for Great White (2010-2018).

Terry was recently interviewed by Argentinean rock journalist Lucas H. Gordon, where the singer talked about a recent charity event called 80's Rockers for Japan, organized by Ilous to raise money for the Red Cross from Japan, to help victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The event featured many hard rock celebrities, including ex-Toto singer Bobby Kimball, Paul Shortino, Rudy Sarzo, Michael T. Ross, John Payne, Carmine Appice, Vinny Appice, Lorraine Lewis, and others.

XYZ performed at Rocklahoma Festival in 2008, the M3 Rock Festival, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD, and Firefest, Rock City, Nottingham, UK in 2012.

Drummer Joey Shapiro recently purchased drumstick and guitar pick grip company Gorilla Snot.[2]

Paul Monroe, drummer from the classic line-up, was a contestant with his daughter on the 10/19/2016 episode of That Awkward Game Show on Spike TV.




Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak positions
1989 XYZ 99
1991 Hungry
2003 Letter to God
  • Release date: May 13, 2003
  • Label: MTM Music
2005 Rainy Days
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details
2005 Forbidden Demos
  • Release date: November 14, 2005
  • Label: self-released
2008 Best of XYZ
  • Release date: October 7, 2008
  • Label: Perris Records

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details
1995 Take What You Can Live
  • Release date: 1995
  • Label: self-released


  1. ^ "NME artist biographies and discographies". NME. Archived from the original on October 23, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-15.
  2. ^ "About Us".

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