Formed in Jersey in 1980, Legend currently features Mike Lezala on Vocals, Pete Haworth on Guitar, Neil Haworth on Guitar, Eggy Aubert on Bass and Jack Pallot on drums. 30 years on and Legend are sJll recognised as one of the most unique and underesJmated bands of the (New Wave of BriJsh Heavy Metal) NWOBHM movement.
Following a support spot with Thin Lizzy in 1980 and several airplays of their first self-Jtled album on Tommy Vances’ BBC Friday Rock Show, interest in the band quickly grew however being based in Jersey they did not know that their music was being listened to worldwide. Even Lars Ulrich, the drummer in Metallica had a casseZe copy of Legends first album and was sending it to all his friends in America. In 1982 they released their second album ‘Death in the Nursery’ followed by a 4 track EP ‘Frontline’ in 1983 and a handful of demo’s later that year.
Legends last gig in the 80’s was at the famous Marquee Club in London in March 1984 where offers of European support spots with the likes of Motorhead and Whitesnake followed but without being signed to a major label or major management company these opportuniJes could not be sealed and they returned to the Island finally calling it a day later that year.
It was only with the advent of the internet that the band realised how popular yet sJll underground their music was. In 2001 a USA label released a double CD of all their music ‘The Anthology’, in 2003 the band released a new album ‘SJll Screaming’ and now in 2013 ‘The Dark Place’ has arrived.
Following a successful reunion concert in February 2012 at the Royal Yacht Hotel where it was esJmated over 800 fans turned up including many fans from Europe who travelled especially for the occasion they performed in April this year in front of an esJmated 5,000 rock fans at the ‘Keep it True’ heavy metal fesJval in Germany on the release of their new eleven track album ‘The Dark Place’. The band thought it important to celebrate the albums success with a rare gig in Jersey prior to embarking on some yet to be finalised dates in 2014 including invites to play Europe, South America and numerous tours and fesJvals in the USA. With several albums so far released and internaJonal sales across 26 countries, The Dark Place is currently in the top ten of Heavy Metal albums for 2013 and the CD is available locally at SeeDee Jons and R&L Records as well as from all the regular places, ITunes, Amazon etc. and also direct from www.legendmerch.com (Vinyl also available)
The gig will be at The Watersplash, St Ouen on the 9th of November 2013 and Jckets are limited, available from SeeDee Jons, R&L Music Burrard Street, The Watersplash and online at www.legendmerch.com.
Special guests will be local Black Sabbath tribute band ‘Rat Salad’ who recently headlined and caused mayhem at Groove de Lecq. Featuring Marty Saralis on guitar, Ryan Burnouf on bass, Max Pickup on drums and Tim Evans as Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, they promise a good solid and loud performance!
Coach transport is being provided from LiberaJon StaJon on the night and doors open at 8.30pm. More details can be obtained from the Legend facebook page or www.legendjersey.com