On July 29th 2011, Escape Music will release an album by Bridger, featuring sometime XYZ vocalist Terry Illous and letter-day Head East member Glen Bridger.
Here’s what they have to say:
Glen Bridger was born in Albany, MO and grew up in the Kansas City area. He started playing guitar at the age of 13 after hearing the band Van Halen, whose influence is immediately recognizable in Glen’s playing today. He was awarded a scholarship to play baseball in college, but by his senior year he decided that he would rather play music than baseball and left college to pursue his music career.
Glen developed his guitar playing skills by studying magazines like “Guitar World” and “Guitar For The Practicing Musician” which helped him land the lead guitar spot in several of Kansas City’s top bands including Faze One, and London Drive before joining Head East as their lead guitarist as well as writing new material with them. Glen’s songs “Me and My Whiskey” and “One night” have already been added to the Head East set list.
“Bridger” is an exciting new band featuring some great musicians such as vocalist Terry Ilous, who has a naturally powerful voice that will just blow the speakers. This debut features straight ahead rockers that smack of Great White and Mr. Big as well as softer numbers such as “Live for the moment” and “I’m Free”. There is also the fantastic “Don’t Push Me” which is like a cross between Head East and Journey. After a slow intro this song then rips out with great guitar and keyboard interplay. Bridger also perform a very credible version of Dio’s Heaven and Hell.
Terry Ilous: (XYZ, Great White) Vocals
Glen Bridger: (Head East) Guitars
Greg Manahan: (Head East) Bass
Danzoid: Drums and Percussion
Sam McCaslin: (Michael Shenker, Carmine Appice) Keyboards
JK Northrup: Guitars and Bass
Larry Hart: ( Montrose, King Kobra, Shortino-Northrup) Bass
Eddy Jones: (Head East) Drums and Percussion
Marcus Nand: Drum loop programming, Keys and Guitars
Mark Murtha: (London Drive) Keys,Electric and Steel guitar
Pat Fontaine: (XYZ) Additional lyrics
Produced by – JK Northrup
Gonna Get Better / How Long / Without a sound / On the Ledge / Free / Tuesday Afternoon / Live for the Moment / Don’t Push Me / Good to be Home / Once in a Lifetime / Heaven and Hell (tribute to Ronnie James Dio)