Victory: Fuel To The Fire-2006.

Victory is a German heavy metal and hard rock band from Hanover, most successful in the 1980s. With extensive tours and radio airplay, the band also made a breakthrough in North America.

EmergencE

Victory was formed in 1984 from the remnants of the band Fargo. Bassist Peter Knorn, the two guitarists Tommy Newton and John Lockton and drummer Bernie Van de Graaf had all previously worked together in that band. After originally working with singer Pedro Schemm, former Gary Moore– and Ted Nugent-singer Charlie Huhn became the band’s singer. Recommended by Scorpions‘ guitarist Rudolph Schenker, the band sign a management deal with David Krebs (who managed, among others, Scorpions and Aerosmith).

Taking Place

A self-titled album appeared in 1985 on CBS Records to mild controversy because of the cover art: a scantily-dressed woman lying on her back with her legs spread, forming a V. The hype worked and the album made the charts. But before the first US tour, drummer Van de Graaf was replaced by Fritz Randow (ex-Eloy). Apart from playing 60 concerts, the band was also in the two largest festivals of the country, Day On The Green in Oakland before 60,000 and the Texxas Jam in front of over 80,000 spectators. After his return to Germany, John Lockton was replaced by the former Accept guitarist, Herman Frank.

With their second album Don’t Get Mad… Get Even the band again toured through Europe and America and the single Check’s In The Mail gave them a radio hit in the USA. The third album Hungry Hearts came out in 1987 leading to yet more European and North American live work. A concert in Hamburg was recorded for a live album, which appeared in 1988 under the title That’s Live. After its release, Huhn left the band, in order to join Humble Pie. For his replacement the band auditioned, among others, later Thunderhead-frontman Ted Bullet, but eventually decided for a 22-year-old Swiss, Fernando Garcia.

The fourth album Culture Killed The Native (released 23.01.1989 in Europe and at the end of February 1989 in the USA) achieved #19 in the German charts and also entered the charts in the USA again. A Europe tour as support for Gary Moore followed, before Victory started their first headline tour through America, as well as their first concert in Canada. Both Singles Never Satisfied and Don’t Tell No Lies again received airplay on Radio and MTV. By 1990 a second studio album with Garcia was released: Temples Of Gold appeared in the top 20 in Germany and the first edition of it added a six song live EP, of recordings made in Los Angeles. An additional US-Tour followed, before the 1992 Album You Bought It You Name It was released.

Victory now ranked alongside ScorpionsAccept and Helloween as the most successful German band but announced their split in 1994 with the double live album Liveline. Two years later, they returned with the new album Voiceprint. Frank was replaced by the new, then Los Angeles–based guitarist Jake Paland (who has also worked with PFL, Timo Maas and Jimmy Somerville amongst others), and Randow by Matthias Liebetruth (who some years later would play for Running Wild). The album’s release was accompanied by an extensive tour and the single releases Deep Inside The World and Cyberia, of which the latter again received airplay on all major music-TV channels. Varying personal interests among the band members though led to the final dissolution for the band.

Later Years

Newton made a name as a producer (he worked on Helloween‘s Keeper of the seven keys), Knorn became manager of Uli Jon RothGlenn Hughes and Michael Schenker. Huhn joined (in 2000) Foghat and Garcia (from 2004) sang for Swiss metal band Godiva. Randow in the meantime played for Saxon, Liebetruth became drummer for Running Wild and Paland continued working as a studio guitarist and focusing on his own projects.

Reunion

In 2002, rumours of a reunion of Victory started. Garcia declined to participate, which made it all the more surprising that in 2003, the album Instinct appeared with the almost original lineup of Huhn, Newton, Frank, Knorn and Randow. Victory played some concerts in Russia and Bulgaria as well as Wacken Open Air – a festival in northern Germany. Since Huhn was living in America, tour activities were difficult and he was again replaced, now with Jioti Parcharidis, the singer of Human Fortress.

With Parcharidis, the band released the album Fuel To The Fire, containing re-recordings of their best-known songs in January 2006. Thereafter yet another line-up change followed. Randow left Victory and was replaced by former Sanvoisen drummer Achim Keller. Appearances followed at Bang Your Head!!! and Sweden Rock-festival as well as a European tour in support of Metal Church in May and June 2007. Four years later the band released Don’t Talk Science in what they were calling their final album. The album was recorded in 2009 and was released in May 2011 on Label Golden Core/ZYX music.

Current Reunion

In 2013 Herman Frank who is member of Accept since their reunion in 2009, decided to continue Victory together with singer Jioti Parcharidis, guitarist Christos Mamalitsidis, Peter Pichl on bass guitar Running Wild and drummer Michael Wolpers. Since their first show at the Rock of Ages festival in July 2013 Victory keeps on succeeding. So upcoming rumours can’t be stopped about recording the next Victory album.

Discography:

VictoryFull-length1985
Don’t Get Mad…Get EvenFull-length1986
Check’s in the MailSingle1986 
Feel the FireSingle1987 
Hungry HeartsFull-length1987 
That’s LiveLive album1988 
Don’t Tell No LiesSingle1989 
Never SatisfiedSingle1989 
Culture Killed the NativeFull-length1989
Rock-O-MaticSingle1990 
Rock’n’Roll Kids ForeverSingle1990 
The VideosVideo1990 
Temples of GoldFull-length1990
You Bought It – You Name ItFull-length1992 
Lost in the NightSingle1992 
The Very Best of Victory – Rock’n’Roll Kids ForeverCompilation1992 
LivelineLive album1993 
VoiceprintFull-length1996 
Deep Inside the WorldSingle1996 
InstinctFull-length2003 
Fuel to the FireFull-length2006 
Don’t Talk ScienceFull-length2011
Two Years and a few Beers laterLive album2017 
Herman Frank
Guitars (1986-1996, 2003-2011, 2013-present)
See also: Herman FrankPoison Sun, ex-Hazzard, ex-Moon’Doc, ex-Accept, ex-Pänzer, ex-Sinner, ex-The Element
Peter Pichl
Bass (2013-present)
See also: ex-Herman Frank, ex-Running Wild, ex-Yargos, ex-Weinhold, ex-Nektar
Michael Wolpers
Drums (2013-present)
See also: FB1964Running Wild, ex-Herman Frank
Mike Pesin
Guitars (2019-present)
See also: Herman FrankMagistariumThomsen
Gianni Pontillo
Vocals (2019-present)
See also: The Order

Past Members:

Raphael GarridoVocals
See also: ex-Viva, ex-Warning, ex-Carthage, ex-Frog, ex-Rated X, ex-Stratos, ex-The Element, ex-Zig Zag
Fargo Peter KnornBass (1984-?)
See also: ex-Fargo
Bernie van der GraafDrums (1984-1985)
See also: ex-Sinner, ex-The Heat
John LocktonGuitars (1984-1986)
See also: ex-Red Alert, ex-Wildfire, ex-Badlands, ex-Rated X, ex-Wild Horses
Tommy NewtonGuitars (1984-?)
See also: ex-Fargo
Charlie HuhnVocals, Guitars (1984-1988, 2003)
See also: Foghat, ex-Axel Rudi Pell, ex-The Almighty Strut, ex-DeadRinger, ex-Fargo, ex-Humble Pie, ex-No Mercy, ex-Ted Nugent, ex-Gary Moore (live)
Fritz RandowDrums (1985-1993, 2003-2006, 2013)
See also: ex-Moon’Doc, ex-Saxon, ex-Sinner, ex-Eloy, ex-Epitaph, ex-Jane
Fernando GarciaVocals (1989-1996)
See also: ex-Godiva, ex-Biss, ex-Wicked Sensation
Matthias LiebetruthDrums (1996)
See also: Toxic Taste, ex-Grailknights, ex-Running Wild, ex-Thomsen (live), ex-Headcrush, ex-Mousse T.
Jake PalandGuitars (1996)
Jioti ParcharidisVocals (2005-2011, 2013-2019)
See also: ex-Ocquityn, ex-Herman Frank, ex-Human Fortress, ex-Hydrotoxin, ex-Theodore Ziras, ex-Chateau
Achim KellerDrums (2006-?)
See also: ex-PowerWorld, ex-Pump, ex-TwentyDarkSeven, ex-Sanvoisen, ex-The Heat
Christos MamalitsidisGuitars (2013-2019)
See also: ex-Herman Frank
Raphael GarridoVocals
See also: ex-Viva, ex-Warning, ex-Carthage, ex-Frog, ex-Rated X, ex-Stratos, ex-The Element, ex-Zig Zag
Fargo Peter KnornBass (1984-?)
See also: ex-Fargo
Bernie van der GraafDrums (1984-1985)
See also: ex-Sinner, ex-The Heat
John LocktonGuitars (1984-1986)
See also: ex-Red Alert, ex-Wildfire, ex-Badlands, ex-Rated X, ex-Wild Horses
Tommy NewtonGuitars (1984-?)
See also: ex-Fargo
Charlie HuhnVocals, Guitars (1984-1988, 2003)
See also: Foghat, ex-Axel Rudi Pell, ex-The Almighty Strut, ex-DeadRinger, ex-Fargo, ex-Humble Pie, ex-No Mercy, ex-Ted Nugent, ex-Gary Moore (live)
Fritz RandowDrums (1985-1993, 2003-2006, 2013)
See also: ex-Moon’Doc, ex-Saxon, ex-Sinner, ex-Eloy, ex-Epitaph, ex-Jane
Fernando GarciaVocals (1989-1996)
See also: ex-Godiva, ex-Biss, ex-Wicked Sensation
Matthias LiebetruthDrums (1996)
See also: Toxic Taste, ex-Grailknights, ex-Running Wild, ex-Thomsen (live), ex-Headcrush, ex-Mousse T.
Jake PalandGuitars (1996)
Jioti ParcharidisVocals (2005-2011, 2013-2019)
See also: ex-Ocquityn, ex-Herman Frank, ex-Human Fortress, ex-Hydrotoxin, ex-Theodore Ziras, ex-Chateau
Achim KellerDrums (2006-?)
See also: ex-PowerWorld, ex-Pump, ex-TwentyDarkSeven, ex-Sanvoisen, ex-The Heat
Christos MamalitsidisGuitars (2013-2019)
See also: ex-Herman Frank

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