Never heard of the 80′s Hair Metal band Masque? You’re not alone. Unless you were smack dab in the middle of the Hollywood 80′s Hair Metal scene, going to shows on the Sunset Strip at the Troubadour, The Whiskey, or Gazzarri’s’ or you were actually in one of the other bands that they performed with, you wouldn’t have heard of Masque.
But the band was right there playing along side other unsigned (at the time) bands like Poison, Warrant, and Guns N Roses among others. The bands line-up was, Tony Kelly (vocals), Kevin James (lead guitar), Bruff Brigham (bass), and Johnny Haro (drums). Masque took their name and incorporated a unique look and stage show donning colorful flamboyant costumes that were influenced by the festive courtly entertainment which flourished in sixteenth and early seventeenth century Europe commonly known as a Masque attire.
The band recorded and performed numerous original songs between 1985 and 1989, but due to record company and publishing complications never got the chance to release any of the songs on record. That all changed in 2008, when they released ‘Face First’ a record that features some of those original recordings.
In a recent interview I asked Masque founding member and lead vocalist Tony Kelly about the record that never was:
“We actually did record one, what happened was, we had an issue with the first label that we signed a deal with and then it got moved over to another label. So it was really a matter of some issues that were going on between us and some publishing problems so eventually the 8, or 10, or 11 songs, I can’t remember how many total, never made it to record”
With the end of the 80′s and the emergence of Guns N Roses and the Seattle scene things were rapidly changing in the music landscape so the band called it quits in 1989.
Hear what happened to Masque and what the band is currently up to in The RockPhiles interview with Masque lead vocalist Tony Kelly below.
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