‘The Devil gave us Death Metal and God gave us Max’: this was the publicity that introduced Maximilan Gelt - a Jewish delicatessen owner from Miami, Florida, in his late 40s. Max was asked by a friend to visit London to see a band, the Broadway Metal Choir, featuring Jan Cyrka (guitar), Kevin Riddles (bass, ex-Angelwitch; Tytan), Kevin Fitzpatrick (keyboards) and Andy Beirne (drums). As they lacked a vocalist, Max offered his services, but after six weeks of touring he broke his leg and returned to Miami. He later returned to London armed with new songs, and together with FM and guitarist Steve Boltz, and backing singers Suzie O’List and Gillian O’Donovan, he recorded 10 tracks of what can only be described as Led Zeppelin fronted by Mel Brooks. The press loved the story but not the finished product and, dejected, Max returned home to face a different type of music. His wife, Shirly, had launched divorce proceedings, claiming his recent obsession with heavy metal music had driven him ‘insane’. The rest of the band split, returning to session work, or, in Cyrka’s case, to minor guitar ‘hero’ status.
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