Highway Chile

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One of Holland's premiere heavy rock bands of the early '80s (alongside the likes of Vandenberg and Picture), Highway Chile was formed in 1981 and consisted of vocalist Armand Vander Stigchel, guitarists…
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One of Holland's premiere heavy rock bands of the early '80s (alongside the likes of Vandenberg and Picture), Highway Chile was formed in 1981 and consisted of vocalist Armand Vander Stigchel, guitarists Peter Barnouw and Ben Blaauw, bassist Eric Finck, and drummer Ernst Van Ee. Their rock-solid debut album, Storybook Heroes, arrived two years later and effectively put the band on the Euro-metal map, helping them to secure touring opportunities with international heavy hitters like Whitesnake, Motörhead, and Accept. But despite releasing an EP entitled For the Wild and Lonely in 1984 and another LP named Rockarama in 1985 (which introduced a new singer in Sav Pearce), musical differences were slowly wearing down the group, which split up the following year. Several members found subsequent fame with the more commercial Helloïse, and in 2002 Highway Chile reunited for a special tour across Holland which yielded the On the Road Again Live! album.