Icon (band)

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Icon
OriginPhoenix, Arizona
GenresHeavy metal
Glam metal
Hard rock
Years active1981–1990 2008-present
LabelsCapitol Records
Atlantic Records
Websitehttp://www.myspace.com/officialiconpage
Members
Sheldon Tarsha
Dan Wexler
John Aquilino
Dave Henzerling
Pat Dixon
Past members
David Lauser
Tracy Wallach
Stephen Clifford
Jerry Harrison
Drew Bollmann
John Covington
Scott Hammons
 
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Icon
OriginPhoenix, Arizona
GenresHeavy metal
Glam metal
Hard rock
Years active1981–1990 2008-present
LabelsCapitol Records
Atlantic Records
Websitehttp://www.myspace.com/officialiconpage
Members
Sheldon Tarsha
Dan Wexler
John Aquilino
Dave Henzerling
Pat Dixon
Past members
David Lauser
Tracy Wallach
Stephen Clifford
Jerry Harrison
Drew Bollmann
John Covington
Scott Hammons

Icon is an American heavy metal/glam metal band that formed in 1981, disbanding in 1990.

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History

Formation

Originally known as Schoolboys, Icon was formed in 1981, in Phoenix, Arizona by high school friends Dan Wexler (guitar), Stephen Clifford (vocals) and Tracy Wallach (bass). They were joined by David Henzerling (guitar) and John Covington (drums). Schoolboys released an EP "Singin´ Shoutin´" and had a few songs on compilation albums. In 1984, Icon was signed to Capitol Records. By this point, Henzerling, and Covington had left the band and were replaced by John Aquilino (guitar) and Pat Dixon (drums).

Background

In 1984, Icon released their self-titled debut, Icon and toured heavily to support it. The tour set list featured quite a few new songs intended for the next album as well as a few Deep Purple ("Highway Star") and Judas Priest covers. In 1985, Night of the Crime was released, produced by Eddie Kramer, mixed by Ron Nevison and featuring the songwriting talent of Bob Halligan Jr.. During the mixing of the album, vocalist Stephen Clifford decided to leave the band for personal reasons. Regrouping, the band tried out a few different vocalists, lost their record deal and released a local-only cassette called A More Perfect Union, featuring a polished pop-rock sound, a new singer (Jerry Harrison) and a keyboardist (Kevin Stoller). Although it was only released locally, it garnered enough attention to renew major-label interest in the group.

In 1989, Right Between the Eyes was released on Atlantic/Megaforce, with Jerry Harrison on vocals and Drew Bollmann on second guitar. A video for "Taking My Breath Away" was played on MTV's Headbangers' Ball. Following the release of Right Between the Eyes and a supporting tour in the US opening for Ace Frehley and in the UK for King´s X, the later included David Lauser on drums (currently Sammy Hagar's drummer), Icon disbanded. Singer Harrison recorded with a new project called Harlequin. The other band members continued to be involved in music projects; guitarist Dan Wexler in particular wrote and recorded with Alice Cooper (who had performed backing vocals on "Holy Man's War" from Right Between the Eyes). In 1994, (An Even) More Perfect Union--an expanded version of A More Perfect Union, including tracks recorded for potential release on Right Between the Eyes--was released on CD. Icon was one of those few bands that never got credit. Most underrated band of the 80's by fans.

2008 Reunion

In August 2008, Icon celebrated their reunion with a re-issue of a 1984 Bootleg Concert on DVD. Original members Wexler, Aquilino and Dixon, along with former member Dave Henzerling and new singer Scott Hammons had plans to record new material potentially for a new album.

On November 29, 2008, Icon opened up for Tesla at the Dodge Theatre in their home town of Phoenix, AZ. They received a warm reception. Copies of their 1984 DVD were signed and sold and the band promised that new material was on the way. 93.3 KDKB, the local rock station, plugged Icon as a band they love yet rarely play.

In May 2009, singer Scott Hammons decided to pursue a solo career so he decided to leave the band and was replaced with former Adler's Appetite vocalist Sheldon Tarsha, with whom the band played at Rocklahoma and opened for Queensryche in 2010. Previous plans to record new songs, possibly for a new album, still exist, however Tarsha has left the band and original singer Stephen Clifford has re-entered the picture.

There is a possibility both the original self-titled album Icon' and Night of the Crime will be re-released in the near future.

Side projects

Wexler participated in other musical projects after Icon's disbandment, most notably co-writing several tracks with Alice Cooper. Henzerling was a guitarist for Carmine Appice's band 'King Kobra', played on a Lizzy Borden album "Master of Disguise" and joined forces with Wexler and Dixon in the band Tomcats.

Band members

Current members

Former members

Session musicians

Discography

Studio albums

Other releases

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