Friend, Russ - demo

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Russ FriendOhio based Russ Friend is a vocalist in search of a band, though he was (is?) the vocalist for Iron Maiden tribute band Eddy's Revenge and is (said to be) participating in the Lost Horizon project of guitarist/songwriter Peter Jensen. It is his work with them that comprises the material on this sampler/demo disk. Russ Friend has Bruce Dickinson almost down perfectly - though there's no expectation that he should, just that he sing well. And he does. Mind you, this is recorded live, and it's clear that there was no studio wizardry being cast. This is as raw a live recording as you'd expect to hear short of being there yourself.

Friend tells us that he's been in 10 different operas so far and that he's a "full lyric tenor." Maiden material is the best forum in which to show this off, as we are treated to versions of "Aces High" and "Run To The Hills," as well as snippets from other classic Maiden tracks. Anyone familiar with Maiden will know that there are vocal high and low points here with which to show off range.

While this disk is Friend's showcase, Eddy's Revenge are no slouches or subpar performers. The members are Bill "Steve" Wymer on bass, Junior "Adrian" Spoon on guitar, Willie "Dave" Mekoleske on guitar, and Mickey "Nikko" Mekoleske on drums and handle the Maiden material with aplomb - eerily accurate, in fact.

Friend has numerous samples online (URLs below) [since gone, but there's one linked below -ed. 12/2003 [Dec 2005: not anymore]], so both bands in search of vocalists and those generally interested can have a listen. Contact info is also below. I myself would be interested in hearing Friend's pipes on some original material.

Top pic is a still taken from a live perf. of Russ w/Eddy's Revenge; second pic is another still taken from a video perf. of Russ -ed.

Aces High / Run To The Hills / snippets of Iron Maiden pieces

Russ Friend - vocals
Bill Wymer - bass
Junior Spoon - guitar
Willie Mekoleske - guitar
Mickey Mekoleske - drums


Genre: Other

Origin US

Added: March 12th 2000
Reviewer: Stephanie Sollow
Hits: 1434
Language: english


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