Black Rose was formed in Newcastle, England, in 1983 by vocalist Steve Bardsley and guitarist Chris Watson. With the addition of Mick Thompson (bass) and Malla Smith (drums), they followed a musical direction similar to other north-east bands such as Raven, Venom and Blitzkrieg. After contributing tracks to a number of heavy metal compilation albums, they signed to Bullet Records and released Boys Will Be Boys in 1984. Following a Dutch tour to promote the album, Graham Hunter replaced Chris Watson. The band’s second album suggested that they had made little musical progress. Pat O’Neill replaced Watson on guitar, but with poorly attended live shows and an ever-diminishing fanbase, the band disintegrated in 1987.
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