Weapon UK (NWOBHM)
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“Let's altogether Set the Stage alight”
NWoBHM band WEAPON 1980
“Metallica opened its early live sets (and “Kill em all” album) with “Hit the lights” a song that begins with a noisy 2 – chord flourish meant to evoke the opening of a concert.
However, in a further illustration of NWOBHM’s important role in Metallica’s musical direction, the opening chords – drum fills and all seem to have been lifted directly from Weapon’s “Set the Stage alight” The 1980 release from the influential fledgling NWOBHM band”
[Metallica Biography “Damage Incorporated” Published 2006]
Danny Hynes – Lead Vocals
Jeff Summers – Guitar/Vocals
Baz Downes – Bass/Vocals
Bruce Bisland – Drums
In March 1980 Danny placed an advert in Melody Maker looking for a band, at the same time Jeff had placed one looking for a singer. Danny auditioned and was offered the job in Jeff's band, Fast Relief. After several weeks rehearsal and one gig under their belt, Danny & Jeff decided to replace the rhythm section. Danny recommended his best friend, bassist Baz Downes (ex- Inner City Unit), who played along side him in Snatch. Jeff suggested drummer Bruce Bisland (ex- Lip Service) one rehearsal later and NWoBHM band Weapon was formed.
After doing a showcase gig for Laurie Dunn, then head of Virgin
Publishing, the band were signed to Virgin.
Whilst playing at The Venue, in London, Eddie Clarke from Motorhead happened to be in the audience, he liked what he heard and put it to the rest of the band and management team that Weapon should support them on their forthcoming tour.
A showcase gig was hastily arranged for the band at The Camden Palace, where Motorhead and their manager came to see them.
There had been a lot of personal problems between band members during the day, to the point where they were on the verge of splitting up so by the time they went on stage they were full of aggression and really pissed off with each other. This of course made for a great show; basically they didn.t give a toss what happened. In the words of Lemmy “any band that can have that amount of contempt for their audience have to tour with us”
Weapon was offered, and accepted, the tour.
The 32 date U.K. „Ace Up Your Sleeve. Tour started on 22nd
October 1980 at Ipswich Gaumont and ended in November with a 'sell out'
four-night stint at London's Hammersmith Odeon.
The band released one single, the double A sided It's A Mad Mad World. b/w
'Set The Stage Alight., which got to number 2 in the 'Sounds' Heavy Metal charts. They also recorded several tracks for an album 'Set The Stage Alight' which never saw the light of day until October 2003 when it was released by Zoom Club Records.
The band toured for the following 18 months before calling it a
day due to managerial/contractual problems but all the guys
remained the best of friends so much so that in the summer of
2005 they got together to celebrate what would have been their
25th anniversary. After a couple of warm-up shows in London they
played Germany's 'Headbangers-Open-Air Ball' on Saturday, 8th
July. A good time was had by all!!
The story continues @ www.weapon-uk.com
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