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Damn Yankees Biography

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Birth Place: United States
Years Active: 1989 - 1996, 1998
Genres: Hard Rock, Glam Metal, Heavy Metal

Damn Yankees was a rock band that formed in 1989 consisting of Tommy Shaw of Styx, Jack Blades of Night Ranger, Ted Nugent of The Amboy Dukes and a successful solo career and Michael Cartellone.

Produced by rock producer Ron Nevison, the new band’s self-titled debut album went double-platinum in 1990. Blades’s lead single “Coming of Age” peaked at #60 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, while Shaw’s “Come Again” received extensive AOR airplay. The album single and rock ballad “High Enough” rose to #3 on Hot 100.

After the release of their debut, Damn Yankees went on a year-and-a-half world tour with the likes of a revamped Bad Company, Poison and Jackyl. In 1992, Damn Yankees went gold with their follow-up album “Don’t Tread.” The title song, sung by Blades, enjoyed extensive coverage at the Barcelona Olympic Games. Although the second release was not as successful as the first album, it contained a few minor hits, such as “Mister Please,” “Where You Goin' Now” and “The Silence Is Broken.”

In 1994 Nugent revived his solo career leaving Shaw and Blades to record their own album, “Hallucination,” as the duo Shaw Blades. In 2007, Shaw Blades released their new album “Influence,” which consisted solely of cover songs that influenced them, mostly from the 1960s and 1970s.

During a hiatus in both Night Ranger and Styx, Shaw and Blades met with Nugent to record a new Damn Yankees album in 1999. However, the album, provisionally titled “Bravo,” failed to please either the band members or the prospective record labels. Some of this unused material may have surfaced on Shaw’s “7 Deadly Zen”s solo album, which featured sessions from both Blades and Nugent, as well as Cartellone. Other songs originally prepared for a third Damn Yankees album were included on Nugent’s 2002 release “Craveman” and Blades’ 2004 self-titled solo effort.