Tygers Of Pan Tang
ess Cox (vocals), Robb Weir (guitar/vocals), Rocky Laws (bass/vocals) and Brian Dick (drums/percussion) were the founding members of Tygers Of Pan Tang in 1978. Born right at the beginnings of the NWOBHM movement, their debut single Don't Touch Me There (1980) was one of the first releases on the new 'Neat' record label, a label that became known as one of the style's homes. The single's success got the attention of 'M.C.A.' to release their 18 UK charting debut album, Wild Cat, later that same year with Laws replaced by "Rocky". Ex-Persian Risk vocalist Jon Deverill would replace the departing Cox in time for the release of Spellbound (1981), a release that got them a 33 UK charting and saw the debut of John Sykes adding another guitar to their mix. Crazy Nights (1981), however, was met with muted response and got only a 51 on the UK charts. The band was thrown another blow with Sykes leaving to join Thin Lizzy; his replacement was ex-Penetration guitarist Fred Purser. This latest membership change caused a bit of a fuss but regardless the act trudged on with The Cage (1982) getting a more respectable 13 UK, an album featuring an excellent rendition of 60's hit Love Potion No. 9.
At this point the band got into a protracted legal dispute with the record company. After the dust had settled only Dick and Deverill remained to clean up the mess. Their next task was to restart the act now on 'Music For Nations', but unfortunately they were not to be issued in the US ever again. Their re-start was with Steve Lamb (guitar), David Donaldson (bass) and Neil Shepherd (guitar) for The Wreck-age (1985). The album was met with only a luke-warm response for it was now clear that the NWOBHM movement was moving on and Thrash was fast becoming the new creature at the top of the food chain, so they closed up shop by publishing their remaining material on Burning In The Shade (1987)featuring just Jon Deverill, Steve Lamb, Brian Dick and Steve Thompson on keyboards for selected tracks.
In 2001 the Tygers would return with a busy schedule under the membership of Jon Deverill, Robb Weir, John Sykes, "Rocky" and Brian Dick for the live effort Live At Nottingham Rock (2001), followed closely behind by their performance at 1999's Wacken festival Live At Wacken '99 (2001). Under the membership of Tony Liddell (vocals), the returning Robb Weir, Deano Robertson, Brian West and Craig Ellis (drums), they would once again re-enter the studio after so many years to try again with the relatively unnoticed Mystical (2001), demos compilation Cybernation "The Demos" (2002) featuring Richie Wicks on vocals, another live effort Live In The Roar (2003), and Noises From The Cathouse (2003).