Hailing from Manchester, England, Rox were a glam rock band heavily influenced by Kiss and Angel, who sprang to life in 1981 (as Venom) with Mark Anthony (vocals), Red Hot Red (b. Ian Burke; guitar), Paul Diamond (b. Paul Hopwood; guitar), Gary Maunsell (bass) and Tony Fitzgerald (drums). They soon built up a loyal following and received a great deal of attention from Sounds. A year later Fitzgerald left and was replaced by Bernie Emerald (b. Bernard Nuttall). With the departure of Anthony they recruited their roadie, Kevin Read, who took on the name of ‘Kick Ass’ Kevin Kozak. After reported threats from Newcastle’s black metal merchants of the same name they decided to change theirs to Rox. Maunsell was then replaced by Billy Beaman before they set out on tour. After the release of the EP Hot Love In The City, in August 1992 they signed to Music For Nations. The group released a 12-inch EP, Krazy Kutz, a year later, before a higher profile tour and album, Violent Breed. Soon after Kozak was replaced by Anthony again, this time using the name Mark Savage. Despite the fact that there were no new records to promote they managed to hitch a ride on the Quiet Riot tour of the UK in 1984. The following year Diamond quit and the band split up (Diamond later turned up in a new group, Torino).
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