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McQueen Street

US Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika
Gegründet: 1987 in Montgomery
Bandstatus: Aufgelöst
Genre: HardrockGlam
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The band was originally known as "Klass", which formed in 1987 and played mostly covers and was well-known on the southeast rock music club circuit in the late 80's. The band changed its name to McQueen Street and signed a record deal with SBK Records, a division of EMI in 1990. They got their name from the street where the recording studio was located in their hometown.[1] The band's debut album, titled "McQueen Street" was produced by Tom Werman with additional production on one track from Steve Stevens of Billy Idol's band, who also played guitar on the album. Jeff Scott Soto, formerly of Journey also contributed to vocals. Two songs, Money and My Religion had music videos that were played on MTV's Headbangers Ball. With the grunge movement of the early 1990s most bands whose music was based on 1980s-style rock were no longer popular. The radio stations and MTV stopped playing their style of music, causing the second album produced by Tony Platt to not be released. The band was dropped from SBK and disbanded.[2] Drummer Chris Welsh was found dead in his home in 1994 due to an accidental self-overdose of prescription medication while suffering a respiratory illness. Singer Derek Welsh and bassist Richard Hatcher then formed the band Rat Race Choir which, due to trademark issues involving another band in Long Island, NY with the same name, changed its name to simply The Rat Race, which was more of an alternative rock band. The band released 2 studio albums Alice (1993) and Uncle Jim's Secret Garden (1995).The band toured the USA as a support act for numerous headliners including The Dave Matthews Band, Blues Traveller & Widespread Panic for the remainder of the 1990s before breaking up in 2000.[3] Derek Welsh self-released the second McQueen Street album in 2003 after acquiring the rights from EMI, and his personal web site offered all the albums he's been associated with including merchandising.