Legendary hard rock vocalist Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MSG, ALCATRAZZ) will reportedly be singing on four tracks of the new album by THE TAZ TAYLOR BAND. There will also be a "mystery guest" on at least one of the other tracks. The follow-up to Taylor's highly acclaimed debut, "Caffeine Racer", is tentatively expected in early 2006.
Taz was born and raised just outside Birmingham, England. As soon as he heard the two singles "Since You've Been Gone" and "All Night Long" by Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW from the 1979 album "Down to Earth", he knew he wanted to play guitar. A little while later he heard the live album "Strangers in The Night" by UFO. This album featured, of course, German guitar legend Michael Schenker.
From that moment on Taz' life was changed forever. Schenker's impeccable technique, combined with beautiful phrasing and heartfelt emotion became the sound track to his life.
Says Taz, "I have never tried to copy Schenker, and in truth don't know any of his songs. I have never attempted to learn his pieces note for note as they are too sacred, and it would spoil the magic if I could play them! I merely hold up his tone, technique, emotion, etc as an ideal. If I do sound like him at all, it is because we are both trying to do the same thing."
For more information, visit www.taztaylor.com.