Gogmagog

Biography by

This group was formed in 1985 in London, England, by Jonathan King, who wanted to create some sort of heavy-metal theatre. At first he attracted the interest of Cozy Powell and John Entwistle, but they…
Read Full Biography

Artist Biography by

This group was formed in 1985 in London, England, by Jonathan King, who wanted to create some sort of heavy-metal theatre. At first he attracted the interest of Cozy Powell and John Entwistle, but they elected to concentrate on other projects. The line-up was eventually finalized as Paul Dianno (ex-Iron Maiden; vocals), Clive Burr (ex-Iron Maiden; drums), Pete Willis (ex-Def Leppard; guitar), Janick Gers (ex-White Spirit; guitar) and Neil Murray (ex-Whitesnake; bass), a line-up that saw Gogmagog christened a New Wave Of British Heavy Metal ‘supergroup’. To test critical reaction, King put Gogmagog into a studio to record three songs that he had written with Russ Ballard. With these tracks in hand, King visited various major record companies to see if there was any support, and all showed a genuine interest in the project. The only stumbling block was King’s insistence on a substantial advance, which saw him universally rejected. The project subsequently disintegrated, and the members of Gogmagog went their separate ways. After the group’s demise, a three-track single appeared on Music For Nations subsidiary Food For Thought, entitled ‘I Will Be There’. The group’s music was in contradiction to the heavy metal tag it was given, being closer to pop, with only a slight nod towards the musicians’ rock roots.