Genre: Classic Rock / Metal
Location London, Please select your region., Un
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Last Login: 10/23/2012
Member Since 1/17/2008
Record Label Atlantic Recording Corp.
Type of Label Major
Bio.. .... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .... ..A hardworking London heavy metal band operating at the height of the NWOBHM(Kenny Cox(born on 10.01.1952) on guitars, German's John Pettri bass & lead vocals plus drummer Frank Darch) DEFENDER had originally begun as more of a blues rock band in 1979, then undertaken some experience building club tours through Germany before returning to England. John was smoking cigarettes company More & Kenny Cox decided to change name to MORE... MORE's vocalist Paul Mario Day(born on 19.04.1956) and guitarist Paul Todd actually played briefly for one of the early incarnations of IRON MAIDEN. ..MORE debuted with the track 'Soldier' on the 1980 BBC 'Metal Explosion' compilation album and released 'We are the band'(with Atomic Rock song) single, it reached N. 56 in the U.K national charts in 1981 before the group were signed by Atlantic(after session on the Friday Rock Show and DJ'd by the late Tommy Vance, who was a big MORE fan. Within three days the band had seventy one offers on the table from record company's, agency's, publisher's, etc... the band choose Atlantic) and recorded their debut album 'Warhead'(at Binfield Manor studios England and it was mixed at Subterranean studios, Ann Arbor, Michigan and Sound Suite studios, Detroit, Michigan, December 1980, exactly when John Lennon of BEATLES was shot dead in New York). 'Warhead' sold 40,000 copies in Germany. Todd had already been replaced by Laurie Mansworth(born on 07.04.1962) on second guitar. After supporting(with LIONHEART) DEF LEPPARD, TED NUGENT, GIRLSCHOOL, SAXON and KROKUS on their British tours and Europe(with their friends IRON MAIDEN), along with subsequent gigs throughout the U.K. as headliners on the Atomic Rock tour(showcasing up and coming heavy metal talent), MORE opened Castle Donington 'Monsters Of Rock'(featuring AC/DC, WHITESNAKE, SLADE, BLACKFOOT & BLUE ÖYSTER CULT) festival on 22.08.1981 with 65,000 people crowd(they had to leave immediately after the show as they had to perform later that day in another outdoor festival in the South of France supporting FOREIGNER) and next day festival in Darmstädt, Germany(again with BLUE ÖYSTER CULT & BLACKFOOT plus FOREIGNER, MOTÖRHEAD, IRON MAIDEN, KANSAS) before they began recording their second album 'Blood & Thunder'. Early stage work began with producer Pete Hinton(Vic Rush came later), but Paul Mario Day quit(he had arguments with manager Gerry Slater) when 2nd album was completed to join WILDFIRE(1983-1985) with guitarist Martin Bushell and after SWEET(1985), BLACK SABBATH tour being cancelled, because Kenny Cox had arguments with BLACK SABBATH's road crew after they let a huge pyro off during MORE's sound check at Hammersmith Odeon, London on December 31st 1982... Andy John Burton(born on 09.05.1959) joined the band straight after Frank Darch left and before 'Warhead' was released, and also was with the band from then on and for the 2nd album 'Blood & Thunder'. He did all the major tours with the band... The band soldiered on, recruiting vocalist Mick Stratton although the album was delayed as Stratton re-wrote lyrics to all the previously recorded material. Bassist Brian Day left during recording to be replaced by Barry Nicholls. The record was never released in Britain, but did surface in Europe before Laurie Mansworth left(due to disagreements over musical style and direction with Kenny Cox & manager Gerry Slater) to form the much mellower AIRRACE with drummer Jason Bonham... Shortly, 7" single Trickster(A-side) with an excellent version of 'Hey Joe' song as B-side(Kenny Cox, Barry Nicholls, Mick Stratton and Andy John Burton playing) was recorded and released on Atlantic Records in 1982... MORE reformed briefly in 1985 with Kenny Cox, vocalist Ron Jackson, guitarist Mel Jones, bassist Barry Nicholls and Paul George on drums, but the whole thing was unfortunately short-lived... Kenny Cox joined the 'Fatman' band MAMMOTH led by ex-SAMSON vocalist Nicky Moore and former GILLAN bassist John McCoy. Laurie Mansworth came back to the fore as manager/producer of ROADSTAR... A further attempt at reforming MORE in the spring of 1998(with a few gigs at the Cartoon Club in London), fronted by former TRAITOR, AXON IV and BRIAN CONNOLLY'S SWEET man Mike Freeland(fan of Paul Mario Day), drummer Rick Dyat and after Andy Robinson(now with GODSIZED) stalled when at Easter weekend 2000 Kenny Cox suffered five strokes, which ruined serious record company interest. Subsequently Barry 'Baz' Nicholls went on to NIGHTFALL and after DANGEROUS BREED. Mike Freeland joined NEMESIS before rejoining Nicholls in DANGEROUS BREED(now LAZARUS DOGS). Freeland subsequently journeyed on to PRAYING MANTIS... Sadly, Brian Day died due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Kenny Cox left music business. Paul Mario Day lives in Australia(since he left SWEET in 1986) and has a rock band called GRINGOS, DEFACED and CRIMSON LAKE(in tradition of NWOBHM). Andy John Burton moved to North East England in the late 1980s and formed a prog rock outfit MATRIX and later joined another called PHOENIX RISING, but due to their geographical location neither band could secure deals and eventually split. Laurie Mansworth is a manager for his son's heavy metal band GOD SACKS MAN these days... By the way, Warhead album hit charts N.1 in the UK. Both albums were re-released on the CD by Wounded Bird Records, USA in 2005(WOU 9295 & WOU 9339)... Thanks to Kenny "the Mad Axeman" Cox, Andy John Burton, Paul Mario Day, Mike Freeland, Laurie Mansworth for the additional information, photos, etc... Steve 'Loopy' Newhouse, Dean Holt, Darren Walchesky, Kamikaze & Erwin Suetens(for the photos)... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ....
Members.. .. .. .. .. .. .... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .... ..Original 1979 lineup DEFENDER era:.. ....Paul Todd - guitars.. John Pettri - bass/vocals.. Kenny Cox - guitars.. Frank Darch - drums.. ......WARHEAD 1981.... .... ......L......ineup:.. ..Laurie Mansworth- guitars.. Brian Day(R.I.P.) - bass.. Kenny Cox - guitars.. Paul Mario Day - vocals.. Frank Darch - drums.. Produced by Al Nalli & Henry Weck.. Engineered by Henry 'H-Bomb' Weck.. ....BLOOD & THUNDER.......... 1982.... ...... ......L......ineup:...... Brian Day(R.I.P.) - bass.. Kenny Cox - guitars.. Mick Stratton - vocals.. Andy John Burton - drums.. Produced by Kenny Cox, MORE & Vic Rush.. ..TRICKSTER("7 single) 1982 .. ...... .. .... .. ..Lineup: .... ...... Barry 'Baz' Nicholls - bass.. Kenny Cox - guitars.. Mick Stratton - vocals.. Andy John Burton - drums.. Produced by George Nicholson.. ....1985 lineup:...... Ron Jackson - vocals.. Kenny Cox - guitars.. Mel Jones - guitars.. Barry 'Baz' Nicholls - bass.. Paul George - drums.. ....1999 lineup:...... Kenny Cox - guitars.. Mike Freeland - vocals.. Barry 'Baz' Nicholls - bass.. Andy Robinson - drums.. ....1981 MORE 'Depression' video live in Munich, Germany:.. ....Kenny Cox(guitars), Andy John Burton(drums), Brian Day(bass) & Paul Mario Day(vocals)..... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .... ...... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ........ .. .. .. ..
- Oct 6, 2011 3:46 AM Brian Day on Facebook!
- Apr 2, 2011 7:57 AM ex- MORE members's band "ExMore".
- Feb 3, 2011 6:48 AM Paul Mario Day's new band CRIMZON LAKE!
- Nov 13, 2008 3:05 AM Paul Mario Day’s interview for Metal Hammer(Germany)!
- Apr 3, 2008 7:50 AM MORE 2000 song ’My Obsession’ in MySpace player!