John West


JOHN WEST ‘Days Of Destiny’ Compiles 1988-1991 Material on MRC

MelodicRock Classics Label

MelodicRock Classics is excited to team up with one of hard rock’s premiere voices – the great JOHN WEST. John has an extensive resume that dates back to the late 80s, yet his emergence as one of hard rock’s go to vocalists didn’t come until the mid-90s.

Fronting such legendary bands as Royal Hunt, Artension and Sun Red Sun, as well as delivering several solo records, his unmistakable and powerful vocals founded a solid following of fans.

This album also features 3x Grammy winning producer/songwriter, keyboardist Lonnie Park.

This collection of early works, some of which were released on cassette only under his own name and the group name Destiny were all recorded between 1988 and 1991.

The lineup for these tracks was:

John West – Lead Vocals, Guitars

Lonnie Park – Keyboards, Backing Vocals

Ian Budha – Drums, Backing Vocals

Billy Ray Gunn – Bass, Backing Vocals

John West: “My plan was never to end up as a journeyman lead singer. I was a band guy, and even more so – a band of friend’s guy. I assembled a group of friends and players to form Destiny with Ian and Billy, after our days in Adam/West together. Here you will find the Destiny four song cassette that we released and sold at shows. You will also find the six songs from my first solo release. In addition, we have some demos to throw in for you music lovers. Not perfect, but perfectly ready to be heard by the world! Enjoy -and thanks to all involved in my formative years and beyond. What a career, and all based on plan B.”

Lonnie Park: “When I first saw John and Ian play I was 17 years old and instantly became a fan of them both. When they started the band Destiny and invited me to join, I jumped at the chance. It was also the beginning of a lifelong brotherhood. These recordings take me back to being a hungry but clueless kid learning how to record, write, perform, a lot about the business, and discipline.”

Billy Ray Gun: “I’m truly honored to grow up as one of John West’s best friends and I’ll always have a profound appreciation for everyone in this band – seriously some of the greatest years of my life. PLAY IT LOUD!”

Ian Budha: “At the age of 17 I was fortunate enough to cross paths with John who saw something in my playing and took me under his wings. Just a couple of kids with big dreams, drive and determination to be successful in the music business. The culmination being these 13 songs we recorded in our band called Destiny. Unfortunately, we came up just a little short in our quest but this was the bedrock we all stood upon to launch our music careers.”

MRC will release JOHN WEST – Days Of Destiny on March 24.


Track Listing and Track Info:

01. Look Into My Eyes #

02. Side By Side *

03. Set Me Free +

04. Fountain Of Youth

05. Burning Summer Nights +

06. Sail On #

07. Don’t Run Away *

08. The End #

09. Lady Ice #

10. All My Life *

11. Do You Want Me *

12. You Say I Say #

13. Save Your Love #

* Officially released as Destiny on the 4-song cassette

# Recorded after Destiny broke up (But same lineup). Released as John’s first solo record on cassette

+ Recorded after and never released

Remastered by JK Northrup


John West (2002)


G'Day John,
Congratulations on a fine new solo record. Earth Maker is your third solo CD - how do you compare it to the other two?

Quite different actually. A new line-up, heavier sounds. Lyrical concept album.

Two questions there - how did you set about writing for the story within this CD and what drew you to this particular story line?
I had it come to me in a dream. I have Native American background, so it is very important to me.

How long did you work on the lyrics and the music for Earth Maker and also, how long did the recording take?
The whole thing took about two years to do.

The record, while retaining the concept, is quite musically diverse. You have classic rock, modern heavy metal and traditional hard rock elements, not to mention a couple of epic tracks! Do you have a preferred style for writing?
I don't want to limit myself to any one style. That is the whole point in doing a solo album for me.

What about the band featured on this release? How do you know the guys?
I've met and worked with all of them in the past on different things. Mike and Bobby are new friends of mine. I really wanted the best heaviest band I could get.
And everyone has to be a good guy too. Cool people are very important for me to work with.

Would you mind offering a few comments on each song from the new CD?
· Soul Of The Beast
Chris and I wrote this heavy blaster. Great opening tune.

· When Worlds Collide
Features a keyboard "duel" between Vitalij Kuprij and Andre Andersen. Classic John West style vocal!

· Sleep Of The Dead
Modern, heavy ,killer!

· Stand, Sentinel
The epic song here. Lonnie Park and I crafted this 8 minute masterpiece. With some of the best Chris Caffery solos ever recorded by modern man!

· Life
Deep heavy.. Metal Mike all the way!

· Warrior Spirit
Groove sandwich!

· Mystic Wings
Ballad anyone? Scorpions wish they had this tune..but no! We do!

· Love Is Pain
Ain't it the truth?

· Earth Maker
Title track. Very heavy and majestic ala Lonnie Park meets JW.

· Soul To Soul
Piano ballads are becoming my trademark at the end of the album. a nice going away present for the listener! :)

You work with an all European line-up with Royal Hunt, how does working with an American crew compare with the Europeans?
Different kinds of beer.

You have an extensive resume already - do you get a lot of cool fan feedback?
Absolutely. I am getting 2,000 hits a week right now on my website. see naked pictures of me there! (just joking)

Working with Artension, Royal Hunt and solo - do you mentally change your approach with each project, or is does each one merely offer a different personality of John West?
I sing to the style of music that is there. I love each one for different reasons. And each is a side of my style coming through.

Do you prefer working on your solo projects - where you have full creative control - or within a band environment like Royal Hunt?
It is nice to be in a touring band. That's important to me.
I wouldn't want to be stuck in a studio all the time.

The Mission CD was a fantastic release - did you guys have a target in mind when heading into the studio to write and record that album? It seems as if everything was prefect on that album!
Oh, yes. There are no mistakes on a RH album. Everything is planned out in advance. Comes out really cool that way! Andre has the big vision for Royal Hunt.

What's next on the agenda for Royal Hunt?
Probably a new album sometime. We are resting after touring, and releasing the "trilogy" of albums (Intervention, Mission, The Watchers) over the last year and a half.

And what's next on the horizon for John West in general?
Chris, Lonnie and I are preparing for a Japanese promo tour. We leave this week. Unplugged shows, TV, radio appearances, that kind of thing.

Going back a bit, I really first heard of you through your appearance on the Cozy Powell album. Excellent vocals. Have you a favorite side project/guest appearance out of the ones you have done?
Probably that one. Cozy was a real gentleman. Great drummer, great guy! RIP

Any plans to get your albums out in the USA? Solo and band projects? It seems you have great European coverage and I was wondering about other areas.
Most of all my stuff has been released in USA over the years. I don't have a deal yet for Earth Maker, but it will come soon.

Thanks for your time John, all the best for the future. Anything you would like to add?
Thanks a lot, and keep up the good work. We appreciate everything you do!

Cheers John!

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