Fight Biography

Inspired by the aggressive new metal sounds of the likes of Pantera, Skid Row and Metallica, the Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford (Robert John Arthur Halford, 25 August 1951, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, England) formed Fight as a solo project to explore material that he felt was inappropriate for Judas Priest, but it eventually led to a bitter and acrimonious split from his old band as they celebrated 20 years together. Taking drummer Scott Travis with him, Halford recruited guitarists Russ Parrish (ex-War And Peace) and Brian Tilse and bass player Jay Jay (both ex-Cyanide) for 1994’s War Of Words. While Pantera comparisons were obvious, Fight proved themselves not to be the clone band some had feared, with the intense material given an individual character by Halford’s distinctive vocal delivery, and the band delivered with powerful live shows. However, the demanding tour schedule proved too much for Parrish, who was replaced by Robbie Lockner for the Anthrax US tour, and then permanently by Mark Chaussee, as Fight performed with Metallica across the USA. The band then released the Mutations mini-album, a collection of live tracks and cover versions, including ‘Freewheel Burning’, before setting to work on their second album, A Small Deadly Space, whose lyrics ranged across subjects such as AIDS, the Holocaust, child abuse and domestic violence. This proved to be the band’s last release with Halford going on to form the electronic rock outfit Two and then the more traditional Halford.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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