Heavy Bones was a short-lived hard rock act from the early ‘90s that came and went quickly as the metal genre was losing clout commercially. Formed in 1990 by vocalist Joel Ellis and Berklee-schooled guitarist Gary Hoey, the band fleshed out their line-up with drummer Frankie Banali, who had found great success as a member of Quiet Riot, and bass player Rex Tennyson. Signed to Reprise, the quartet's self-titled debut was released in 1991, but the dramatic shift in the musical landscape at the time made their ‘80s-styled, hair metal obsolete upon issue. They did manage to get a bit of attention with the track "Turn It On," but not enough to make the act a viable vehicle. Hoey would go on to a solo career (with Banali continuing to work with him) and notch several successful radio tracks with his instrumental tracks that highlighted his technical prowess.
Heavy Bones Biography
by Tom Demalon