Airrace

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 2000s

Biography

This UK heavy rock quintet was formed in 1983 by vocalist Keith Murrell and guitarist Laurie Mansworth. Recruiting Jim Reid (bass), Jason Bonham (15 July 1966, Dudley, Worcestershire, England; drums) and Toby Sadler (keyboards), they signed to Atlantic Records the same year. The band’s most striking feature was the highly accomplished vocal style of Murrell. His powerful Lou Gramm -like singing led to obvious Foreigner comparisons, but in an approbatory rather than critical sense. Their Beau Hill-produced debut, released in 1984, flopped, but remains a classic of the melodic rock genre. The band split up soon after its release, with Murrell joining Mama’s Boys and Bonham (son of Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham) forming Virginia Wolf, then Bonham. Mansworth resurrected Airrace in 1986 with a new line-up, but the band quickly vanished again.

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