In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the members of the band Damn Yankees and their contributions to the music industry.
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Damn Yankees was an American rock supergroup formed in 1989 consisting of Jack Blades (of Night Ranger), Ted Nugent, and Tommy Shaw (of Styx). The band sold over four million records in their first year and had nine top 40 singles, two of which hit number one.
Jack Blades (born October 22, 1954) is an American musician and songwriter, best known as the bassist and co-lead vocalist of the rock band Damn Yankees, and as the current lead singer and bassist of the supergroup Night Ranger. He has also released several solo albums.
Tommy Shaw (born on September 11, 1953 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for his work with the rock band Damn Yankees.
Shaw started his career in 1973 as a member of the rock band Styx. He recorded eight studio albums with Styx before leaving the band in 1984 to pursue a solo career. In 1989, Shaw joined Damn Yankees, a supergroup also featuring Ted Nugent and Jack Blades. The group released two albums before disbanding in 1992.
In 1996, Shaw reformed Styx and has remained a member of the band ever since. He has recorded four studio albums with the band and continues to tour regularly with them. In addition to his work with Styx and Damn Yankees, Shaw has released eight solo albums and three albums with The Bluesmen, a side project he formed with fellow Birmingham musicians Jimmy Hall and Will McFarlane.
Ted Nugent was the lead guitarist for the American rock band, Damn Yankees. He is also a solo artist and has released numerous albums.
Drummer Michael Cartellone has quite the resume. He’s best known for his work with Damn Yankees, which also featured Ted Nugent and Night Ranger’s Jack Blades, but he’s also played or recorded with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Richie Sambora, Glenn Frey, Eric Clapton and Joe Walsh.
The album Damn Yankees was released in 1990 by the band of the same name. The album was a commercial success, selling more than three million copies in the United States.
Damn Yankees (album)
Damn Yankees is the self-titled debut studio album by the American rock band of the same name, released on May 27, 1990 by Warner Bros. Records. It sold more than three million copies in the United States and was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 chart.
“High Enough” was released as the lead single from Damn Yankees in March 1990 and peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number four on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. “Coming of Age” was released as the second single in June 1990 and peaked at number five on the Hot 100 and number seven on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. “Silent Lucidity” was released as a promotional single in September 1990 and peaked at number nine on both the Hot 100 and Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. “Piledriver” was released as a promotional single in November 1990.
The album received positive reviews from music critics. AllMusic’s Mike DeGagne gave Damn Yankees four out of five stars, saying that “the overall effect is one of a powerful, no-nonsense hard rock record that hits all the right spots”. Entertainment Weekly’s David Browne also gave it a positive review, calling it a “thrilling debut”. Rolling Stone’s Paul Evans gave it two-and-a-half out of five stars, saying that “the three main members have arrived with a collection of songs that range from adequate to excellent”.
Don’t Tread on Me (album)
Damn Yankees was an American rock band formed in 1989 by guitarist/vocalist Jack Blades, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Ted Nugent. The group enjoyed success in the early 1990s with their first two albums, selling over three million copies combined. They are best known for their hit singles “High Enough” and “coming of Age.”
The band’s lineup changed several times over the years, with Nugent being the only constant member. He was replaced as drummer by Michael Cartellone in 1999 and again by Jimmy DeGrasso in 2000. DeGrasso was replaced by none other than his predecessor Hamilton in 2006. guitarist/vocalist John Corabi joined the band in 2010, but departed in 2011.
High Card (album)
High Card is the debut album by the supergroup Damn Yankees. It was released on August 28, 1990, by Warner Bros. Records. The majority of the album was written and composed by Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw of Night Ranger, with contributions from Ted Nugent of Amboy Dukes and Styx.
The album features two hit singles: “Coming of Age” and “High Card”, both of which peaked at No. 7 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. ” coming of Age” also reached No. 55 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the band’s only song to chart on that chart.
Despite its commercial success, the album was met with mixed reviews from music critics.
The Damn Yankees were an American rock band formed in 1989 by guitarist Tommy Shaw of Styx, singer/keyboardist Jack Blades of Night Ranger, and drummer Michael Cartellone. The band’s first album, 1990’s Damn Yankees, was a commercial success, selling more than three million copies and spawning the chart-topping singles “High Enough” and “Coming of Age”.
“Coming of Age”
“Coming of Age” is a song by American hard rock band Damn Yankees. It was released in May 1990 as the lead single from their self-titled debut album. The song peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
High Card was a song written by Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw of the rock band Damn Yankees. The song was released in 1992 as the first single from the band’s second studio album,Don’t Tread.
The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Dirty Harry Callahan had one simple instruction for the rock band Damn Yankees – make sure their song “Piledriver” was played at full volume when he made his grand entrance in the 1973 movie “Magnum Force.” The band complied, and the result was one of the most memorable movie scenes of the 1970s.
Damn Yankees was formed in 1989 by four experienced musicians who had all been successful in other bands – vocalist/guitarist Jack Blades (Night Ranger), guitarist Tom Petersson (Cheap Trick), drummer Michael Cartellone (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and keyboardist/vocalist Bun E. Carlos (also of Cheap Trick). The group’s debut album, “Damn Yankees,” was released in 1990 and immediately hit the top of the charts, thanks in large part to the success of “Piledriver” and the ballad “High Enough.”
The song “Runaway” was written by Del Shannon and released in January 1961. It was a No. 1 hit in the United States, reaching the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart on April 10, 1961, and staying there for one week. It was also a No. 1 hit in the United Kingdom, where it spent two weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart in May 1961. The song has been covered by many artists, including Bonnie Tyler, who took it to No. 3 in the UK in 1995.
“The Edge of Reason”
The Edge of Reason is a 1989 American musical comedy film directed by David Ward and starring Tom Hulce, Julie Walters and Glenne Headly. The film was released on December 8, 1989, by MGM.
The film follows the story of a young man named Justin (Hulce) who joins a band called Damn Yankees. The band is made up of some of the most talented young musicians in the country. As the band starts to gain notoriety, Justin begins to realize that he may not be able to handle the pressure of being in a successful rock band. The film was met with mixed reviews from critics but was a box office success, grossing $66 million against its $12 million budget.