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GRAHAM BONNET Brings Alcatrazz Downunder

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HARDLINE MEDIA proudly presents GRAHAM BONNET with ALCATRAZZ! Playing RAINBOW’s album ‘DOWN TO EARTH’ in full, plus hits from ALCATRAZZ, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP and more!!!

The James Dean of Heavy Metal is set to grace our shores in June 2019, nonetheless with ALCATRAZZ in tow! Renowned for his suave stage presence heading up the likes of RAINBOW, ALCATRAZZ, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, IMPELLITTERI and his solo band GRAHAM BONNET BAND - not to mention his powerful, distinct and iconic vocal sound, that goes straight to 11 then swiftly into smooth melody in a heartbeat - GRAHAM BONNET delivers a solid stage trip through his career, that will not disappoint the discerning fan.
With a career spanning a range of musical styles, and hit songs, it only makes sense to start with a mention to his first hit with the duo, THE MARBLES in 1968, with the single "Only One Woman". The hit song, written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees, marks the impressive start to an awesome and diverse career.
Embarking on the first leg of his solo career, Bonnet smashed the charts with a self-titled album that hit gold in Australia. The album was met with great praise with hits including "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue", a Bob Dylan cover, which charted in the top five in Australia in 1977. Further to the success of this release, the single "Warm Ride", Bonnet’s take on a leftover track from the Saturday Night Fever sessions and written by the Bee Gees, went to number one in Australia.
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Bonnet found his career taking a heavier Rock and Metal route when Ritchie Blackmore chose him to replace Ronnie James Dio on vocals for the band RAINBOW. A hard act to follow, and a new genre to ignite, Bonnet proved his skill yet again, singing on RAINBOW’s iconic album ‘Down to Earth’, which became his most successful release to date with two hit singles "Since You’ve Been Gone" and "All Night Long”.
After Rainbow, Bonnet joined the MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, and recorded the ‘Assault Attack’ album, considered one of their best releases of all time.
Departing yet again from the beaten path, Bonnet co-founded ALCATRAZZ, with Gary Shea on bass, Jimmy Waldo on keyboards (both from the band New England), Jan Uvena (former drummer for Alice Cooper), and legendary, Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen. From 1983-87, the band released 3 highly revered studio albums (No Parole from Rock N' Roll’, ‘Disturbing the Peace’, and Dangerous Games’) and one live album Live Sentence’.
In more recent years, Bonnet has toured consistently around the world with his GRAHAM BONNET BAND, to throngs of fans.
Now, for the first time in Australia, you will hear Graham and band perform the iconic RAINBOW album ‘DOWN TO EARTH’ in its entirety, as well as a slew of other hits from the melting pot of his career.
Limited VIP Meet & Greet packages will be available. VIP punters will be graced with a special acoustic performance by Graham, along with a meet and greet/ photo opportunity, entry to the show and a couple of little extras.
Strictly Limited Ticket Presale: Friday, 5th April At 10:00am AEDT Only AT:
General public ticket sales: Monday, 8th April through usual outlets (and

GRAHAM BONNET's 2016 Musical Onslaught

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New Graham Bonnet Studio albums , Re-Recordings, Live album, Blu-Ray, Previously unreleased material, Career spanning anthology, Biography and Re-issues planned for 2016!
After just completing a successful UK tour with his new band the Graham Bonnet Band,  Graham Bonnet has plenty planned for 2016.

Not only is the Rainbow 1980 Monsters Of Rock performance finally being released on Cd & DVD,

Soon to be released via 'Hear No Evil Records' are re-issues of Graham's solo records 'Line-Up' (1982) 'Graham Bonnet' (1977) 'No Bad Habits' (1978) 'Here Comes The Night' (1991) 'Underground' (1996) 'The Day I Went Mad' (1999) and the "lost" 1974 album 'Back Row In The Stalls' (Which will be on CD after an iTunes only release in 2014).  All discs feature unreleased demos , B-sides, and outtakes as well as extensive liner notes by renowned rock journalist Malcolm Dome.

In addition to that and also via 'Hear No Evil Records' the Alcatrazz catalog will also be given the deluxe treatment with each studio release featuring either unreleased demos, live material or in the case of 'Live Sentence' and 'Disturbing the Peace' Live DVDs from those respective time periods.

Also due this month is a 6 Disc Alcatrazz box titled "The Ultimate Fortress" - Which will include among the 3 studio albums and live set, A DVD featuring 2 live performances and the bands 3 MTV promo clips.  Also Included is a Graham Bonnet Band 6 track live recording from Japan, June 2015, titled "Escape From Alcatrazz" featured for the first time on CD.

2016 will also see the release of the long awaited Dario Mollo / Graham Bonnet Collaboration 'Elektric Zoo' , A Graham Bonnet Career Spanning 2 CD anthology (also featuring several exclusive tracks) , A Graham Bonnet Band 11 track debut studio album (which will also feature a bonus CD of 16 re-recordings from Graham's career - Including a never before released track from 1988) 
And also on the calender for 2016 is a Graham Bonnet Band live album and Blu-ray release.

If that isn't enough, there are also plans to Re-issue the 1993 Blackthorne "Afterlife" record (The band formed by Graham, Bob Kulick, and ex-Alcatrazz keyboard player Jimmy Waldo)  with a 10 track disc featuring 10 previously unheard Blackthorne compositions.

Meanwhile Graham's soon to be released biography "The Story Behind The Shades" authored by Steve Wright is nearing completion.

The Graham Bonnet Band continue their touring activities for 2016 with shows in Europe, USA and the a second UK Run before closing out 2016!


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Graham Bonnet salutes Jimmy Bain in Part 3 of Documentary

All Day and All Night Long
is a documentary tour diary on Graham Bonnet (former lead Singer of Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group and Alcatrazz) and his newly assembled Graham Bonnet Band, it follows the band in the studio, at rehearsals and on their first proper tour of the U.K. A multi-part diary covering the band's experiences as the tour progresses and unfolds. The documentary tour diary is produced by Jimmy Kay from Canada's The Metal Voice ( and Giles Lavery from The Graham Bonnet band

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3 now available

In part 3, Graham Bonnet returns back to his place of Birth in Skegness, England for a home coming show at ‘The Skycastle’ where he last played the venue 49 years ago. While in Skegness, Bonnet visits his parent’s resting place, his former band mates and his relatives.
While on tour in Glasgow, Scotland Bonnet salutes former Rainbow bassist Jimmy Bain who recently passed away,” I’d like to say something, you lost one of your fellow countrymen, Jimmy Bain and I would like to salute him, a former member of Rainbow.”
In Newcastle, during a radio interview Bonnet states,” I started in 1968 that is my age now 68. It’s been a long trip, to see musical styles change, I’ve been through every kind of era and picked up a little bit of every era and added to my music now.”

Bonnet also tells the tale of when he got fired from The Michael Schenker Group after one show for exposing his penis on stage, in Sheffield U.K. in 1982, “my penis came out of my pants, I encouraged it, it was bit like getting a turtle out of a shell  and I swung it.”
The lineup and camera crew includes Graham Bonnet,  guitarist extraordinaire Conrado Pesinato, bassist Beth-Ami Heavenstone and former FATES WARNING, WARLORD drummer Mark Zonder, and Manager Giles Lavery

's new album, which will be made available later in the year via Frontiers Music Srl, will also include a bonus disc of brand new recordings of classic songs from the Graham Bonnet repertoire.

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UK Tour Dates

February 2016

16 - The Haunt - Brighton, UK
17 - Sin City - Swansea, UK
18 - Talking Heads - Southhampton, UK
19 - Bierkeller - Bristol, UK
20 - 02 Academy 2 - Islington London, UK

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GRAHAM BONNET Australian & NZ Tour Announced For April 2016

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The most powerful voice in rock is coming to Australia and New Zealand next April. [No, I didn't wrote that folks...]
English vocalist Graham Bonnet is synonymous with classic hard rock and heavy metal.
Best known for fronting Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group and Alcatrazz, Graham’s voice is known and cherished by many.
Having last visited our shores as part of the Countdown Rock N Roll Arena extravaganza he is ready to return with
his all-star band featuring Mark Zonder from the legendary Fates Warning.
Graham scored several top 10 hits in Australia in the 1970's with his solo releases including the Dylan classic
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue, and Warm Ride which peaked at number 1! He then joined Ritchie Blackmore’s
Rainbow, which was formed by Blackmore after he left Deep Purple. The Rainbow album Down To Earth (1979)
was a top 10 worldwide smash hit with platinum singles Since You Been Gone and All Night Long.
Following Rainbow, Graham released his second solo album featuring the hit single Night Games, and then joined
ex-Scorpion legend Michael Schenker in his band MSG for the album Assault Attack.
In the early to mid 80’s Graham formed his own band, Alcatrazz that featured an unknown Yngwie Malmsteen on
guitar. The band quickly became a supergroup in Japan, and Yngwie soon left only to be replaced by another up
and comer, Steve Vai, which propelled Vai onto David Lee Roth and future legendary status...
Ritchie Blackmore, Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai…it seems Graham with his powerhouse vocals is the perfect match for these Guitar Gods!!
Since then Graham has kept busy in many bands, such as Impellitteri, The Party Boys, Anthem, Forcefield with
Cozy Powell, Mick Moody and Don Airey, featured as a guest on countless albums and has also recently completed
a sold out tour with a symphony orchestra throughout Eastern Europe with himself, Dan McCafferty from Nazareth
and John Lawton from Uriah Heep.
He has also just finished a Japanese tour to sell out crowds with his solo band supporting Michael Schenker's
Temple Of Rock, featuring Herman Rarebell and Francis Bucholz from Scorpions and Doogie White. Graham has
gotten up each night to perform songs from the MSG album he recorded Assault Attack.
Do Not Miss This Night Of Hard Rock Glory!
Graham will be playing all his hits from Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Alcatrazz and many many more.
A limited amount of VIP meet and greet tickets will be available,
these will include a private acoustic performance, something to truly remember.
Wed, April 6: Amplifier, Perth
Thurs, April 7: The Gov, Adelaide
Fri, April 8: The Prince, Melbourne
Sat, April 9: Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney
Sun, April 10: The Basement, Sydney
Wed, April 13: Max Watts, Brisbane
Fri, April 15: Kings Arms, Auckland NZ
Sat, April 16: Bodegas, Wellington NZ
Tickets on sale Tuesday, October 20 via
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GRAHAM BONNET Signs Onto Frontiers Records

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Frontiers Music Srl is thrilled to announce the signing of the GRAHAM BONNET BAND for the release of a brand new studio album of original songs that will be released in early 2016!
Currently making preparations for a February tour in the UK (dates below), the Graham Bonnet Band is a four-piece hard rock outfit led by Graham Bonnet, the former singer of Rainbow, Alcatrazz, Michael Schenker Group / Temple Of Rock, and Impellitteri.
The lineup is rounded out by guitarist extraordinaire Conrado Pesinato, bassist Beth-Ami Heavenstone and former Fates Warning and Warlord drummer Mark Zonder.
In the upcoming tour, the band will showcase many acclaimed songs spanning Bonnet's illustrious career, plus new compositions from the band’s forthcoming, as-yet-untitled studio album.
Bonnet says: "It has been a while since I last released a full-length album, but this band is the perfect group of musicians to do just that. We are very excited about working with the great folks at Frontiers for our first 'Graham Bonnet Band' record, we look forward to a productive and exciting 2016!"
The new album will also include a bonus disc of brand new recordings of classic songs from the Graham Bonnet repertoire. More surprises to be announced soon!


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The Graham Bonnet Band would like to announce MARK ZONDER (ex Fates Warning / Warlord) as their new drummer for all future studio and live work.

We would like to welcome Mark Zonder (ex Fates Warning / Warlord) to the band as our new drummer, as many might have noticed, Mark played on the recent Graham Bonnet Band EP 'My Kingdom Come' (Available now on itunes) and now joins the band full time for all studio and live work.

Mark (who last week made the 'Rolling Stone 100 best drummers of all time' list) says: "Looking forward to working on and recording a great new Graham Bonnet Band album and seeing you all at the shows , we have alot planned for the next 12 months ... Time to make our mark!"

The Graham Bonnet Band will be announcing full UK dates as well as other territories in the coming weeks.

The band line-up is:
Graham Bonnet - Vocals
Conrado Pesinato - Guitars
Beth-Ami Heavenstone - Bass
Mark Zonder - Drums

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GRAHAM BONNET BAND 'Escape From Alcatrazz' EP Delivered Online

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Graham Bonnet Band release exclusive 6 track EP  'Escape From Alcatrazz : Alive In Japan'  on official facebook page.

The Graham Bonnet Band, the new project formed by ex-Rainbow, MSG, Alcatrazz, Impellitteri vocalist Graham Bonnet are releasing an exclusive downloadable 6 track EP titled 'Escape From Alcatrazz : Alive In Japan'  from their official Facebook page

The tracks will be available individually throughout the week starting the 20th July, only from the bands page, the cover art is available now.

The Graham Bonnet Band line-up is:

Graham Bonnet - Vocals
Conrado Pesinato - Guitars
Beth-Ami Heavenstone - Bass
Chase Manhattan - Drums

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GRAHAM BONNET BAND Release New 2 track Single 'My Kingdom Come'

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Legendary hard rock vocalist Graham Bonnet returns to the studio with his new band, the Graham Bonnet Band.
The first music from the new group is a 2 track single titled 'My Kingdom Come' , the title track of which was written by none other than Russ Ballard (who previously collaborated with Graham on hit singles such as Rainbow's 'Since You've Been Gone' and on Graham's solo album 'Line-up' from 1981).
This Collaboration marks the first time the 2 have worked together since 1990 (Forcefield's 'Let The Wild Run Free').

The second new track titled 'The Mirror Lies' is a band composition that shows that Graham with his powerful new band have no plans to slow down any time soon.

Drums for the two new songs were performed by legendary progressive metal drummer Mark Zonder (Warlord / ex-Fates Warning).
Mark (who took time out from recording new Warlord material to guest on the sessions) commented  "I would have never thought this would happen when I first heard Graham sing with Rainbow. It is an honor and a privilege to be recording with him and his band"

Also featured are Keyboardists Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater/Alice Cooper) on the title track, and Eric Ragno (The Baby's) on 'The Mirror Lies'

The new songs were produced by band guitarist Conrado Pesinato and mixed and mastered by Alessandro Del Vecchio

The full line-up of the band is:
Graham Bonnet - Vocals
Conrado Pesinato - Guitars
Beth-Ami Heavenstone - Bass
Chase Manhattan - Drums

The group are currently booking shows worldwide including the USA , Europe , UK and Australia, and are currently on tour in Japan with Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock.

The new songs can also be streamed at the bands Reverbnation page:

Rich Davenport's Rock Show - GRAHAM BONNET

Monday, April 20, 2015
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Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week features an extended  interview with Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, MSG, ALCATRAZZ), and is now available for streaming at this link:

On this week's show, you can hear the second of two interviews with former Rainbow vocalists to mark the release of the new Rainbow box set, 'A Light In The Black 1975-1984', as Graham Bonnet talks in depth about his time with Rainbow, his friendship with his predecessor in the band, Ronnie James Dio, his new solo band, Bonnet, and the release of his previously unissued debut solo album, originally recorded in 1975, but never released until now, as 'Private I: The Archives Volume One'.

Graham also discusses his band's forthcoming Japanese tour dates with Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock, and you'll hear a selection of tracks from the Rainbow box set, along with a song from 'Private I: The Archives Volume One'.

You can also listen on Tuesday 21st April 12:00-14:00 and Thursday 23rd April 07:00-09:00 on

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