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Damn Yankees (band)
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  • 1989–1996
  • 1998–2001
  • 2004
  • 2010
LabelsWarner Bros.Associated acts
  • Styx
  • Night Ranger
  • The Amboy Dukes
  • Shaw Blades
  • Rubicon
  • Damnocracy
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
Past members
  • Tommy Shaw
  • Jack Blades
  • Ted Nugent
  • Michael Cartellone

Damn Yankees were an American rock super group formed in 1989 consisting of Tommy Shaw of Styx, Jack Blades of Night Ranger, Ted Nugent of The Amboy Dukes and Michael Cartellone (then an unknown drummer who would later join Lynyrd Skynyrd).[2]

They are remembered for the songs "High Enough" and "Where You Goin' Now", both Top 40 hits in the early 1990s.

Contents
  • 1 History
  • 2 Shaw Blades
  • 3 Reunions
  • 4 Band members
    • 4.1 Former members
    • 4.2 Session members
  • 5 Discography
    • 5.1 Studio albums
    • 5.2 Live albums
    • 5.3 Compilation albums
    • 5.4 Singles
    • 5.5 Music videos
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links
History

Produced by rock producer Ron Nevison, the new band's self-titled debut album went double-platinum in 1990. Jack Blades's leading single "Coming of Age" hit No. 60 on the U.S. Hot 100, and No. 1 on the AOR charts, while Tommy Shaw's "Come Again" received extensive AOR airplay.

1990's rock ballad "High Enough" rose to No. 3 on U.S. Hot 100, and No. 2 on AOR charts. Despite Ted Nugent's career being built on his hard-rock "Motor City Madman" image, the more pop-rock sound of "High Enough" was his first mainstream top ten single. The band's songs appeared on several Hollywood film soundtracks, such as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Nothing But Trouble and The Taking of Beverly Hills.

After the release of their debut, the Damn Yankees went on an 18-month world tour with the likes of a revamped Bad Company, Poison and Jackyl. Their U.S. tour coincided with the Persian Gulf War, in which the band unfurled American flags and made patriotic statements.

In 1992, Damn Yankees went gold with their follow-up album Don’t Tread. The title song, sung by Blades, enjoyed extensive coverage[why?][according to whom?] at the Barcelona Olympic Games. Ted Nugent also appeared on Rock the Vote, voicing support for the GOP against Bill Clinton. Although the second release was not as successful as the first album, it contained a few hits, such as "Mister Please," "Where You Goin' Now," and "The Silence Is Broken," a power ballad featured in the 1993 Jean-Claude Van Damme film Nowhere to Run.

Shaw Blades

In 1994, Ted Nugent revived his solo career, leaving Tommy Shaw & Jack Blades to record their own album as the duo Shaw Blades. Released in 1995, Hallucination received very little support from its label as a personnel change brought industry executives more sympathetic to alternative and grunge bands[citation needed]. Ultimately, the Shaw Blades album came out to some critical praise, but it vanished without major single support or a national tour (which had been cancelled by Warner Bros.). "I’ll Always Be With You" did garner some AOR airplay, and the title track was heard in the hit movie Tommy Boy, but after a brief West Coast tour, both Shaw and Blades went back to their respective original bands, Styx & Night Ranger.

In 2007, Shaw Blades released their new album Influence, which consisted solely of cover songs that influenced them, mostly from the 1960s and 1970s. The pair also recorded a cover of the classic Christmas song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" on the "A Classic Rock Christmas" album by various Classic Rock artists in 2002. Both members still principally record and perform with their respective original bands.

Reunions

During a hiatus in both Night Ranger and Styx, Shaw and Blades met with Ted Nugent to record a new Damn Yankees album in 1999. However, the album, provisionally titled Bravo, failed to please either the band members or the prospective record labels. Some of this unused material may have surfaced on various group and solo albums of the band members.

While on the VH1 Classic show Power Ballads of 88, Jack Blades commented about recent rumors regarding Damn Yankees. Jack said he, Ted, and Tommy had been talking and hanging out. Jack then said there would be new music and a tour from Damn Yankees in the future.[citation needed]

In 2004 at Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding, an annual charity concert to benefit Alice Cooper's Solid Rock Foundation and Teen Center in Phoenix, AZ, Damn Yankees reunited on stage. The band played "Don't Tread", "High Enough" and "Coming of Age".

On January 15, 2010 at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, the original members of Damn Yankees made a surprise appearance at the Taylor Guitars exhibit. Jack Blades, Tommy Shaw, Ted Nugent, and Michael Cartellone performed an acoustic set on the Taylor Stage including hits such as "Coming of Age", "High Enough", and the Ted Nugent anthem "Cat Scratch Fever".

In 2011, Nugent joined Jack Blades' band Night Ranger to record an extended version of "Coming of Age" as a B-side for their album "Somewhere in California." In place of his original solo, Nugent plays a version of the guitar solo from "Stranglehold."[4]

In May 2017, Cartellone joined Night Ranger at the Wildflower Festival in Richardson, Texas for a performance of "Coming of Age." [5]

As far as a potential Damn Yankees reunion goes, Cartellone told Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC that he and other members of the band have continued to meet and write over the years. While a new album has yet to materialize, he says that does not mean the Damn Yankees are finished. They never purposefully disbanded and are keeping a reunion an open door to this day.[6]

Band members Former members
  • Tommy Shaw – rhythm & lead guitars, lead & backing vocals (1989–1996, 1998–2001, 2004, 2010)
  • Jack Blades – bass guitar, lead & backing vocals (1989–1996, 1998–2001, 2004, 2010)
  • Ted Nugent – lead & rhythm guitars, backing & lead vocals (1989–1996, 1998–2001, 2004, 2010)
  • Michael Cartellone – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1989–1996, 1998–2001, 2004, 2010)
Session members
  • Robbie Buchanan – keyboards on Don't Tread (1992 — multiple tracks)
Discography Studio albums Title Release Peak chart
positions Certifications US Damn Yankees 1990 13
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum
Don't Tread 1992 22
  • RIAA: Gold
Live albums
  • Extended Versions (2008)
Compilation albums
  • The Essentials (2002)
  • Rhino Hi-Five: Damn Yankees EP (2005)
Singles Title Release Peak chart
positions US US
Main "High Enough" 1990 3 2 "Coming of Age" 60 1 "Come Again" 1991 50 5 "Runaway" — 9 "Bad Reputation" — 31 "Where You Goin' Now" 1992 20 6 "Don't Tread on Me" — 3 "Silence Is Broken" 1993 62 20 "Mister Please" — 3 "—" denotes a recording that did not chart. Music videos Title Release Director "High Enough" 1990 Larry Jordan[7] "Coming of Age" Ethan Russell[8] "Come Again" 1991 Ethan Russell[9] "Don't Tread on Me" 1992 "Where You Goin' Now" Larry Jordan[7] "Silence Is Broken" 1993 Piers Plowden[10] References
  1. ^ McPadden, Mike (August 7, 2015). "5 Hair Metal Ballads Inspired By/Ripped Off From Extreme's "More Than Words"". VH1. Viacom. Retrieved October 9, 2016..mw-parser-output cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output .citation q{quotes:"\"""\"""'""'"}.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-free a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/65/Lock-green.svg/9px-Lock-green.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-registration a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Lock-gray-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-gray-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/aa/Lock-red-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-red-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4c/Wikisource-logo.svg/12px-Wikisource-logo.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{display:none;color:#33aa33;margin-left:0.3em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Damn Yankees – Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (2014). The Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal's Debauched Decade. Voyageur Press. pp. 182, 187. ISBN 978-0-76034-546-7.
  4. ^ Wardlaw, Matt. "Night Ranger's Kelly Keagy Refuses to Choose Favorite Song on New Album". ultimateclassicrock.com. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Night Ranger - playing Coming of Age (Damn Yankees cover)". youtube.com. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  6. ^ Mahaffee, Mac. "Beyond the Beat: Lynyrd Skynyrd/Damn Yankees drummer Michael Cartellone". wkyc.com. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Larry Jordan Videography". mvdbase.com. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  8. ^ "Ethan Russell Videography". mvdbase.com. Retrieved May 1, 2012.
  9. ^ "Ethan Russell Videography". mvdbase.com. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  10. ^ "Piers Plowden Videography". mvdbase.com. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
External links
  • It’s Just Them Damn Yankees
  • It’s Just Those Damn Yankees
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Damn Yankees
  • Tommy Shaw
  • Jack Blades
  • Ted Nugent
  • Michael Cartellone
Studio albums
  • Damn Yankees
  • Don't Tread
Singles
  • "High Enough"
  • "Where You Goin' Now"
Associated Acts
  • Styx
  • Night Ranger
  • The Amboy Dukes
  • Shaw Blades
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