We were born to defy, we were born to heed our own
heartīs call and our own voice. Amidst a sea of
lame excuses, mediocrity, conformist rhetoric, and
other bland sentiments that pass for ROCK MUSIC
these days, we stand as an Island, a Fortress, a
Bastion, a Haven for the Foundation of what we
consider to be the True METAL Faith and perhaps
the CLASSICAL MUSIC of the 21st CENTURY. A
Testament to the Power of the Will, exploration
and self expression. An alternative to the ever
present corporate menace that passes for Popular
Music. As we approach the new Millennium, we see
our goal to be a union, a convergence of various
Forms into one. Music, be it ROCK based,
CLASSIC based or whatever, Poetry, Theatre, Painting,
Sculpture and Film can and will be molded, blended
and reborn in new and exciting shapes which enrich
our World, galvanize our emotions, open our
senses, our hearts, our minds to Spheres, Plains,
Oceans of unlimited possibilities through which we
may sea our Universe and our relationship so it in
a new and different Light! To truly live, to drink
the new Wine, to bathe in new Waters strange and
beautiful, to embrace what was lost and what may
be found, this is the Spirit which drives our
passion ever onward! We invite you to join us on
this Quest for Life, Adventure and the Pursuit of
all Forms of Emotion, Expression and Passion!!! BY
THE GODS it is time to Fly!!! ALL are Welcome, ALL
are One, THE GATE OF KINGS AND QUEENS is Open for
those who have the Wish and the Will to Walk on
through!!! After the Fire, Water, Wrath, Storm,
Pain and Tears... We will meet again in Honour,
Faith & Love... Donīt be late!!!
BY THE GODS, D. DEFEIS
INTRODUCTION, or "A SYMPHONY OF STEELE"
From a whisper to a scream; barbaric, romantic,
bombastic, yet subtle; grandiose, yet earthy. A
call, a shout, an invocation to Freedom and the
continual awakening to the awareness that every
moment of life is lived to its fullest potential.
It is a force, a sacred quest which drives VIRGIN
Ah, yes, the name . . . People have often asked me
what does the name VIRGIN STEELE mean? It means: a
fresh approach, a new lease on life; pure metal,
baptized in the flame of life; full of hunger and
power, rich with dignity and majesty, with an
awareness and respect for tradition, but with a
desperate need to carve out new frontiers of
expression. To take the music as far as it can
possibly go, to break the boundaries wide open.
There are no limits!!
Another question often asked in this day and age of people
and their need to affix labels on things, thereby
wrapping everybody up in tight, little boxes is,
'What do you call your music, and how do you
categorize yourself?' There are three terms I like
to use when discussing the VIRGIN STEELE sound
...'ROMANTIC EXPRESSIONISM', 'SYMPHONIC BLUES
BASED METAL', and, my favorite, or more
appropriately, the one that most aptly njures up
the sound in my mind, 'BARBARIC ROMANTICISM'. All
things are possible in the land of STEELE.
From the symphonic grandeur of 'EMALAITH', or 'I WILL
COME FOR YOU'; to the delicacy of 'STRAWGIRL', or
'LAST ROSE OF SUMMER'; to the brutal crunch of
'PROMETHEUS THE FALLEN ONE', or 'WEEPING OF THE
SPIRITS', one can tell that we are an eclectic
band that delights in risk-taking and
experimentation. We do not care about trends or
being the 'flavor of the month'. We are here to
create music that will have a lasting value like
the great masters. If that sounds pompous, then,
hey . . . So be it. We are not put on this earth
to conform to what someone elses opinion of us is.
We are here to be all that we can possibly be
within ourselves... Do what thou will.
With our music we wish to invoke the spiritual nature
locked within all men and women. Our thoughts
harken back to an older Pantheon of Gods and
Goddesses, such as Dionysus, God of the vine, and
Demeter, Goddess of the grain, Earth Mother and
spirit of fertility. It is our believe that all
religions/ myths speak essentially about the same
occurrences. There may be differences in dialect,
syntax, or phrasing, but the fundamental beliefs
are all the same. Just as with language, there are
different words or dialects, but we are all
expressing the same ideas and communications.
It is our dream to convey through the music, a
feeling of Power in oneself, and a feeling of
togetherness with all people on this planet, as
well as a strong sense of personal freedom and
spiritual well-being. Music is the great unifier
and universal language. It crosses all boundaries.
On stage we are striving to commune with the
infinite, searching for that spark where the
lifestream touches Eternity!!!
We yearn for that moment of exultant glory, where we
and the audience transcend. It is raw, sexual,
earthy, spiritual, yet tangible. Everyone should
come away from the show feeling transformed -
something new has come into the room that was not
there before we began playing. Ultimately, we wish
to smash through barriers of ignorance, and reach
that divine place of Freedom, where you can go out
on a limb and become a God or Goddess. A Journey
to transport one through Chaos to Enlightenment
and Beauty!!! ... THAT IS THE GOAL !!!
or 'BIRTH THROUGH FIRE'
What I remember most, is the primitive, powerful
pounding sound of guitars, bass, drums and
keyboards, combined with an eerie, hypnotic vocal.
I would hear them playing in the basement beneath
my room, an unearthly, metallic roar. They being
my brother Damon on organ and piano, my sister
Danae on vocals, and their band STALK. They
rehearsed nightly in the basement of our parents'
house for years, and me being only 9 or 10 years
old, having school the next day, I would fall
asleep to them playing 'BLACK SABBATH', or
BLOODROCK'S 'D.O.A.', or perhaps MOUNTAIN'S 'THEME
FROM AN IMAGINARY WESTERN'. The sound permeated my
soul and changed me forever. But the roots of it
all actually go back even further . .
I remember my first portable record player. It was
given to me several years earlier. I would listen
to music and get excited, or be soothed, depending
on what was being played. Eventually, I would fall
asleep next to it. And in my hands, I held not a
toy (FUCK THAT) - in my hands, every night I fell
asleep, there was a 45 RPM record (customarily,
this record was CHOPIN'S 'E MINOR PRELUDE'). This
affinity, this passion for music lead me quickly
on the road to learning to play and compose
myself. I began piano lessons at the age of eight.
By age eleven, I was performing in my first metal
band, PHOENIX. Kind of prophetic, in light of
later events which sidelined me and VIRGIN STEELE
. . . No matter what happens, we keep rising from
the ashes. My quest for musical knowledge led me
to study formally at a two year music college,
where I met a tall bass player named Joe O'Reilly.
He and I began jamming together regularly and
thought about putting a band together.
We graduated in June of 1981, a few months
afterwards, I came across an advertisment in the
local music paper, GOODTIMES, for a band seeking a
lead singer. The ad mentioned that there was an
upcoming tour planned (there WASN'T!) - naturally,
I was very intrigued. Upon phoning the number in
the ad, I spoke with a guitarist named, Jack
Starr. We arranged to meet at a nearby rehearsal
studio the next day. I arrived on time, but there
was nothing scheduled for us as Jack had forgotten
to book the time. I suggested that he and the
drummer, Joey Ayvazian come back to my house where
I had all my gear set up, to afford them the
opportunity to hear my singing and keyboard
I played three songs for them, 'NO QUARTER', by LED
ZEPPELIN, 'CHILD IN TIME', by DEEP PURPLE and
'CATCH THE RAINBOW', by RAINBOW. They liked what
they heard and asked me to join the band on the
spot. While I was interested, I had yet to hear
them play. I suggested that we jam together first,
which we did a day or so later. I thought that
Jack and Joey were great, the same could not be
said of their bass player, and so I suggested my
friend, Joe O. They agreed that Joe was better
than the guy that they were working with, ergo, he
was in - their guy was out. And it is from these
small beginnings in October of 1981 that VIRGIN
STEELE was born. (Incidentally the guy we fired
did improve, and went on to find success with
LA.GUNS. His name is Kelly Nichols.)
After rehearsing for three weeks, we entered the studio
to record what I thought would be only a demo - It
was, in actuality, VIRGIN STEELE ONE. The album
was recorded mostly live in the studio, with very
few overdubs. The entire thing cost about $ 1,000
dollars and took about a week to record and mix.
As I mentioned earlier, we thought we were
recording demos, but Jack had other ideas. He
began sending our 'demo' out to all the various
metal/rock magazines and fanzines. They all liked
it, and interest began to build. Fan mail started
pouring in, and then, SHRAPNEL RECORDS president,
Mike Vraney called us. That call was to inform us
of his intention to include us in his US METAL,
VOLUME II COMPILATION album. The featured track
was 'CHILDREN OF THE STORM'.
After the release of 'US METAL', the flood gates opened.
More people knew about us, more fans were writing,
so we felt that we should press up the demo/album
ourselves to see what would happen. The first
pressing of 5,000 copies sold out in a matter of
weeks. I drove boxes of records to distributors
all over the East Coast of the States (If this
wasn't a great way to learn how the music business
actually works, huh?!). The second pressing of
5,000 also sold out. Things looked great, we were
sparking interest in record companies, and our fan
mail was becoming more interesting. Two letters in
particular stand out, one from a young band like
ourselves, who were from Seattle. Their name was -
QUEENSRYCHE. The other, from California, also a
band, who called themselves METALLICA.
Our best offer from a record company came from an
English label called, MUSIC FOR NATIONS. We signed
with them in 1982; we were their first release,
MFN 1. We were later joined on the label by
METALLICA, WASP, MANOWAR and MERCYFUL FATE. It was
a very exciting time, it was the New Wave of
American and British Heavy Metal, magazines like
KERRANG and METAL FORCES in England were giving us
great reviews. In the USA, we began supporting
many great bands like MOTORHEAD, KROKUS, RIOT, THE
RODS and MANOWAR, with whom we later did a very
enjoyable German tour in 1987.
With the dawning of 1983, came our second album
'GUARDIANS OF THE FLAME' and two EP's, 'A CRY IN
THE NIGHT', in Europe, and 'WAIT FOR THE NIGHT',
in the States. That year would prove to be very
successful for us, and the prospects on the
horizon were even brighter. However, there was
tension and disarray in the ranks. Jack and I were
not seeing eye-to-eye on a musical level, and in
1984 he began recording a solo album called, 'OUT
OF THE DARKNESS', with RIOT singer Rhett Forester.
Incidentally, I sang background vocals on that,
but I never received the credit on the album . . .
An oversight, perhaps? Hmmm . . .
Meanwhile, Joe 'O', Joey and I started jamming with my good
friend Edward Pursino. (See more on the subject of
Edward below.) We began rehearsing some new songs
I had written which included 'DON'T CLOSE YOUR
EYES', and 'THY KINGDOM COME'. Ed and I discovered
our collaborate potential; the first song we
completed was 'THE EVIL IN HER EYES'. The
partnership between he and I had begun, as did the
reunification of the band. And so, we thought it
best that Jack continue his solo career.
Interestingly enough, we never actually asked Ed
to join the band, he just came down one day and
never left. (Thx, Ed! !)
I first met Edward when I was 16 years old, when
MOUNTAIN ASH, my band at the time, was auditioning
for a gig at the high school dance. I sang BLACK
SABBATH'S 'WAR PIGS', and after we were done, Ed
came over and introduced himself. I knew then and
there we would some day work together, as we
established a rapport immediately. If for no other
reason, he, like me, had hair longer than most
people at the time, and he also wore stacked heel
boots. Oh, yeah, my band did not get that gig - I
guess we were too heavy with our SABBATH covers.
Armed with new blood and enthusiasm, VIRGIN STEELE began
recording the classic 'NOBLE SAVAGE' album in
1985. Completed in about seven weeks, and our best
album up to that time, I felt that justice was
finally being done to the music and the vision.
'NOBLE SAVAGE' was released in 1986 and has proved
to be a milestone in our career; there is no
denying the power of that album. (Some of our fans
rank it as one of the best metal albums of all time!)
1986 was a busy year for us. Things were going well, we
had a great new album that got excellent reviews,
sold more than any of our other efforts, and we
began touring the US and Canada quite regularly.
We also had a new label, SPV, and a new manager,
Zoran Busic. At the time, Zoran was also the
manager of the band SAGA. Considering their
success, we thought wonderful things would happen
for us . . . We were so wrong. I began doing lots
of production work in '86, I produced PILEDRIVER,
EXCORCIST, ORIGINAL SIN, MARC DENARO, DAMIEN
THORNE, FOXX, and Jack Starr's 'NO TURNING BACK',
album. (With full credits ...)
We ushered in 1987 with two tours of Europe, one with
MANOWAR, and another with BLACK SABBATH, our early
idols. These both proved to be truly wonderful
experiences. At this point, we had released our
albums in almost every country of the world,
including Japan, and South America. High on our
European success, we began recording 'AGE OF
CONSENT', in late 1987, with the feeling that 1988
could only get better. We finished the album on
July 11, 1988, and it was released in October of
that year. Most people don't know this but I
played keyboard bass on all the songs, with the
exception of 'LION IN WINTER', on which Edward
played bass guitar. This was due to Joe O being
ill for most of the recording. By this time, Joe
started feeling too lunch pressure from outside
forces and from our management and eventually left
the band in 1992.
Life wasn't easy for us during the years between 1988
and 1992. Our manager had made a royal mess of our
career, both financially and spiritually, and with
other legal problems rearing their ugly heads, we
didn't record another album til '92. However, we
still remained strong on the live circuit. In the
summer of 1992, we began recording a new album.
The sessions began with Teddy Cook, ex DIO member
on bass, and concluded with Rob DeMartino, on
bass. Rob had played previously with Bobby
Rondinelli, (ex RAINBOW, DORO, current SABBATH
drummer), in a band that also featured Bobby's
brother Teddy on guitar, and their sister Dorothy
on keyboards, and was appropriately called
That band also had at one time the late great Ray
Gillen, as a member, and before Rob joined them,
ironically enough Teddy Cook was their bass
player. (What a tangled web we weave.) (I hope all
this is making sense.) (Pay attention there will
be a quiz later.) As fate would have it, I had
known Rob for several years, we met when I came by
one day to jam with RONDINELLI, (this is getting
out of hand). They had wanted to know if I was
interested in joining their band, but as I had
just finished recording the 'AGE OF CONSENT'
album, I was totally commited to VIRGIN STEELE.
Later however, I played with Rob in a short lived band
that sprang up in 1990, called SMOKE-STACK
LIGHTNING, which featured Jack Starr on guitar,
and Craig McGregor from FOGHAT on bass. After
Craig left, Rob filled in for the remaining gigs.
It was a good band, too bad we never recorded
anything, though there is a live video floating
around somewhere. Whew! ! ! . . . Enough of my
long windedness - -
As I was saying, the subsequent album, 'LIFE AMONG
THE RUINS', was released in March 1993, and that
summer we completed a headlining tour in support
of it in Europe. In 1994, I felt an abundance of
energy and creativity and I came upon the idea to
do a double album. Thus the concept of 'THE
MARRIAGE OF HEAVEN AND HELL (PARTS I and II) was
born. I told our new label T&T RECORDS/ MODERN
MUSIC RECORDS about my idea and they were very
excited. I wrote about 30 songs on my own, and
Edward and I wrote another 25-30 songs together.
For the project we chose the best of these. The
recording sessions began as a trio, with me,
Edward and Joey, as Rob had been asked to join
Ritchie Blackmore's new RAINBOW. (It's strange how
our paths keep crossing with RAINBOW. Come to
think of it - I also jammed with them on
keyboards, when I was 17 years old.) Sorry for
digressing again! ! !
Anyway, it was much easier to work as a three piece, than
finding a new bass player. It was just like the
'CONSENT' album, only this time Edward played all
of the bass tracks except 'WARRIOR'S LAMENT',
which I played bass on.
The first part was completed and released in January
1995 and has proven to be a real favorite with the
fans. Some say it is even better than the classic
'NOBLE SAVAGE'. A tour was planned for April with
URIAH HEEP and we came over to Germany only to
find that their singer Bernie Shaw had injured
himself in a bizzare bicycling accident and the
tour had to be re-scheduled for September. We were
disappointed, but we knew we'd be back. Oh and as
consolation, we did get to play one headlining
show in Hamburg at the Grosse Freiheit.
Ah yes, guess who was back with us for that tour, and
the subsequent September tour, our old friend Rob
DeMartino returned to the fold. If you saw us in
September through October, then you know this
already. You may have also noticed that Joey
Ayvazian is no longer with us, though he does
appear on most of the tracks on 'PART II'. He
decided to retire, so he could sort out other
areas of his life. We all wished him well, there
are no hard feelings, he's a great drummer and
human being.. Perhaps he will go back to his first
love - inventing things.
Our new drummer is Frank Gilchriest, we refer to him
as 'THE BARON', for he is a true medieval Lord of
the drums! ! ! Frank appears on three songs on
'PART II'. These songs were recorded just these
past few months. Ok, if Rob is back then why isn't
he on 'PART II', you may ask? Well, due to prior
commitments, Rob unfortunately was unavailable at
the time of our recording. Once again Edward
played bass guitar and I played keyboard bass.
We're becoming quite proficient at this. Rob will
hopefully play on the next album. (You better 'OL
CONCLUSION, or 'THE MARRIAGE OF HEAVEN AND HELL . . . REVISITED'
PART I and PART II can function as two independent
releases, but upon closer examination, you can
also see the thread that binds the material
together. Musical and lyrical ideas return
transformed and disguised, or blatantly
recapitulated. There is a sense of closure yet the
search for truth, answers, justice, etc.,
continues. Vengeance is fulfilled, what is lost is
found, that which doesn't kill us makes us
stronger. We will all achieve our immortality, and
the quest for beauty, honor, and dignity is
maintained with courage in the face of extreme
INVICTUS, is the final chapter in this Trilogy, a primal scream of pure rage
full of Power & Majesty that one can arm oneself with to combat the ills of
the world!!! Incidentally it charted at number 47 on the German long play
VIRGIN STEELE, is currently enjoying a period of greater success and high
critical acclaim for the release of the First True-Metal Opera, "THE HOUSE
OF ATREUS "ACTS I & II. This sophisticated and orchestrally advanced
take on the Metal scheme, has also been successfully translated to the
Theatrical stage. This work which premiered on June 3, 1999, under the title:
KLYTAIMNESTRA-DER FLUCH DER ATRIDEN, has accumulated over 50 performances, and
shows no sign of stopping or slowing down at this time!!! A Wonderful Fact,
these "ATREUS" albums reached number 24 on the GREEK long play
charts!!! In addition, due to the success of this Epic piece, we recently
staged "THE MARRIAGE OF HEAVEN & HELL/INVICTUS Trilogy-Opera! The
premier was June 7, 2001 in Memmingen, Germany once again.
January through March 2001, saw the band on a full scale European jaunt
which proved to be our most well received tour thus far! Upon the return
Stateside, I began preparing the Special stage mixes for all the music used in
the presentation of HEL-ODER DIE REBELLEN, the much anticipated second
"Metal-Opera", based (as mentioned earlier), on THE MARRIAGE OF
HEAVEN & HELL & INVICTUS albums! Yes, again this Premier was highly
successful!!! I attended as I did at the first "Opera", accompanied
by the Amazing local Harley-Biker Chapter of the City of Memmingen. And yes...I
did burn the Sword once again!!! This second Metal-Opera has done approximately
30 performances to date and will be revived again, along with the
"ATREUS/KLYTAIMNESTRA" work. A new "METAL-OPERA", is set to
be introduced again in Memmingen, in 2003!!! Stay tuned for more madness!!!!!!!
(This is to be based somewhat on Ancient Sumerian Myths and…current Life
experiences, and the endless conflicts & joys between Men & Women, from
the earliest days in the Garden to now and of course…beyond!!!!) The
Premier for this work onstage will be June 2003! The album itself will follow a
January 2002, brings us the release of two albums. One titled, "THE
BOOK OF BURNING" and the other ..."HYMNS TO VICTORY". THE BOOK
OF BURNING, features 8 new/unreleased songs that were written during several
different time periods. Some originated in 1985/86 (the NOBLE SAVAGE Era),
others from 1997 (the INVICTUS Era). Regardless of when those songs were
originally conceived, I re-wrote them all, during the Summer of 2001, and
recorded them then as well. The other eight songs are from the first two VIRGIN
STEELE albums. These newly recorded versions are far superior to the originals.
They contain a much more confident, commanding presence, and are bursting with
all the experience we have gained over the years! The lineup for these
recordings are, myself on vocals, keyboards, bass, orchestration, Edward, on
guitar, Frank Gilchriest on drums, and also the new addition of Joshua Block.
Josh, played bass on the European Winter Tour 2001, which we recently
completed. He can be heard playing bass on several tracks for THE BOOK OF
BURNING and ... also 6 & 7 string guitars on several tracks. (See the
Booklet for an in depth listing of what is happening) And last but not least,
Frank Zummo who replaced Frank Gilchriest during the previously mentioned
European Winter Tour 2001, can be heard playing drums on 3 songs. Yes, the
VIRGIN STEELE Family is growing! All members enjoy and enormously respect each
other, and each other’s contributions! No overblown egos here!!!
It’s great!!! HYMNS TO VICTORY, the other release mentioned, contains
classic tracks from the NOBLE SAVAGE album up to the present day’s
selections. It is not the usual run of the mill Anthology/best of ....!!! I
have taken the liberty to Re-master all the songs, as well as re-mix several
and provide different/alternate versions of a few. (Check out the new acoustic
version of..THE SPIRIT OF STEELE for example)!!! "HYMNS" also
contains 2 Bonus tracks, so all in all ... an interesting release! In addition
to all of that madness, this year I also managed to re-issue for the first time
ever on CD, VIRGIN STEELE 1, and VS 2 (GUARDIANS OF THE FLAME). Both albums
have been Re-Mastered and both contain special Bonus Tracks, Liner Notes &
In case you were wondering, our future plans include the following: Two or
three visits to Europe this year for several Festival shows and also our long
promised 3 hour tour shows. USA shows are in the works as well!!! We will
record/film these concerts for ... a DVD/video project, and ... a Live
album!!!!!!! In addition to the afore mentioned new "Epic
Metal-Opera", we will also release a new studio album, which might be more
in the frame of ... let’s say ... NOBLE SAVAGE or AGE OF CONSENT, where
there is a certain concept or thread binding the songs together, but …
not necessarily a story that one must follow all the way through. In short a
collection of kick ass songs/compositions!!! Whatever happens, the coming years
will provide many new & exciting chapters both Musical & otherwise, to
the VIRGIN STEELE Story! Of this I am certain!!!
So in conclusion ...
We will never give up or go away. We will always remain. The Spirit is still
willing, the Flesh is strong, and the Dream still lives on . . . How? With True
Power and Grace. The Thunder still calls and the Fire burns brighter than ever
in the eyes of every enchanted Hour. Why? Because I say it is so, we will it to
be, and so do you.
Until we meet again & Beyond, ... remain ... Forever
BY THE HAMMER OF ZEUS,
DAVID D. DEFEIS
A V O R I T E S
DAVID D. DEFEIS Vocalist/keyboardist/Songwriter
David comes from a very theatrical family. His father is
a Shakespearian actor who runs his own theatre
company in New York. His sister Doreen is a gifted
opera singer who performs all over Europe. The name DeFeis comes from a Celtic-Druid background
and means 'of the fairgrounds'. It ties into a particular area in ancient Gaul, where the Druids
held their rituals.
David is a classically trained pianist, with a
Bachelor's degree in composition from S.U.N.Y.
Stony Brook, and he is currently working towards
his Master's degree. As a vocalist, David is self
taught, possessing a three and a half octave range
of enormous power and expression. In addition to
the VIRGIN STEELE releases, David's songs can be
heard in the film HEAR NO EVIL, CASUALTIES OF
LOVE, staring Alisa Milano, and the horror
classic, ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE.
GROUP: VIRGIN STEELE
MUSICIANS NAME: DAVID DIONYSUS DEFEIS
NICKNAME: "THE LION", "YOUNG ZEUS"
ZODIAC SIGN: CAPRICORN
DATE OF BIRTH: January 4th
FAVORITE FOODS: RIGATONI FIORENTINE, PASTA CICCI, All ITALIAN FOODS,
JAPANESE, GREEK, MEXICAN. JUST ABOUT ANYTHING!!!
CAN YOU COOK? YES.
FAVORITE DISH TO COOK: "VESUVIUS ERUPTUS"- It is essentially
Rigatoni, Fiorentine, with hot sausage and tons of crushed red pepper!!!
FAVORITE DRINKS: RED WINE, SCOTCH, BRANDY, COFFEE
FAVORITE MOVIES: THE BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW, HORROR HOTEL, EXCALIBUR,
The First HIGHLANDER, ANGEL HEART, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES
FAVORITE BOOK: "THE BOOK OF BURNING"!!!
FAVORITE AUTHOR: RAY BRADBURY, EDITH HAMILTON, RUSSELL HOPE ROBBINS
FAVORITE SONGS: "NEVER AGAIN WILL YOU WEAR THESE LITTLE PANTS"
by Ed Norton and "FIVE DOLLARS FOR SOCKS" by Felix Unger
FAVORITE ALBUMS: QUEEN II, LED ZEPPELIN 1, First BLACK SABBATH Album
FAVORITE ALBUMS OR SONGS TO PERFORM OF VIRGIN STEELE: Too
many....KINGDOM OF THE FEARLESS, EMALAITH, A TOKEN OF MY HATRED, I WILL COME
BEST TOUR EXPERIENCE: Mostly all of them have been great! Perhaps
arriving in GREECE for the first time, via ferry. The sun was just rising over
the Mountains and I stood on deck exclaiming..."I AM IN THE HOME OF THE
WORST TOUR EXPERIENCE: Portions of the 1998 European Tour. Some dates
were plagued by unscrupulous characters.
A DREAM DATE: Any Oceanside experience with my Raven haired Angel!
BEST VACATION: MONTAUK SUMMER 2000, 2001, 2002.... Eternal Ocean
Magick, Healing Charms of Sun and Moon.
FAVORITE COLOR: BLACK, SHADES OF EVENING/NIGHT
GENERAL DISPOSITION: MOODY, BLACK, SHADES OF NIGHT
MORNING DISPOSITION: ANGRY!
EVENING DISPOSITION: ANGRY, but...CALMER...I GET MY BEST IDEAS AS THE
WORLD GOES TO SLEEP & I WAKE UP.
ARE YOU FASHION CONSCIOUS? NOT EXCEPTIONALLY.
EDWARD PURSINO Guitarist/Co-Songwriter DOB: January 3rd
Edward has studied the guitar since the age of seven, and
won many tournaments for his BACH performances.
Recently he completed a series of studies with
guitar great Sal Nicosa, who had studied with the
Brazilian legend Laurindo Almeida. Edward hopes to
perform at Cargenie Hall in a complete classical
recital one day.
Edward comes from a musical family. His twin brother Fred
plays drums in a metal-Zappa-esque band called
'ROTGUT'. His father, a gifted wood craftsman,
restores guitars in his spare time, and was the
foreman in charge of construction on the building
of the TRUMP TOWERS, in New York City.
GROUP: VIRGIN STEELE
MUSICIANS NAME: Edward Pursino
NICKNAME: Van Dorian
ZODIAC SIGN: capricorn
DATE OF BIRTH: 01/03
FAVORITE FOODS: Salmon,any Italian dish, pasta, chicken and baked
CAN YOU COOK?: Yes
FAVORITE DISH TO COOK: meatballs and pasta dishes.
FAVORITE DRINKS: red wine, white wine, beer and champagne. also diet
FAVORITE MOVIES: Scarface, Exorcist, Rockstar,
FAVORITE BOOK: New York - The glory days
FAVORITE AUTHOR: Chris Brinster
FAVORITE SONGS: Ten years gone by Led Zep, Dream On by Aerosmith, In the
still of the night by Whitesnake and a million more.
WORST TOUR EXPERIENCE: sleeping in an airport in Toronto.
A DREAM DATE/PLACE: Hawaii
BEST VACATION: Aruba
FAVORITE COLOR: black
GENERAL DISPOSITION: positive
MORNING DISPOSITION: tired,hungry and pissed off
EVENING DISPOSITION: relaxed,inspired and ready for action.
ARE YOU FASHION CONSCIOUS?: Yes, I enjoy expensive suits and black
FRANK GILCHRIEST Drummer
GROUP: VIRGIN STEELE
MUSICIANS NAME: Frank Gilchriest
NICKNAME: The Baron, The Kraken
ZODIAC SIGN: Cancer
DATE OF BIRTH: 7/10
FAVORITE FOODS: Italian, Japanese
CAN YOU COOK? No
FAVORITE DISH TO COOK: Cookies
FAVORITE DRINKS: Tea, Beer, Whisky
FAVORITE MOVIES: ON THE WATERFRONT, CASABLANCA, BIG
FAVORITE BOOK: Death Of A Salesman
FAVORITE AUTHOR: Shakespeare
FAVORITE SONGS: "The American National Anthem, Stairway To Heaven
FAVORITE ALBUMS: Any Rush, Any Zeppelin, Master OF Puppets, Piece Of
FAVORITE ALBUMS OR SONGS TO PERFORM OF VIRGIN STEELE: My Favorite
album is Invictus. I perform all of them with equal enthusiasm
BEST TOUR EXPERIENCE: Visiting the Acropolis
WORST TOUR EXPERIENCE: Losing my wallet.
A DREAM DATE: Five naughty girls and me on a yacht in the Caribbean.
BEST VACATION: Paradise Island in the Bahamas. I love to scuba dive.
FAVORITE COLOR: Green
GENERAL DISPOSITION: Unpredictable
EVENING DISPOSITION: frantic
ARE YOU FASHION CONSCIOUS?: I’m the opposite of fashion conscious.
JOSH BLOCK Bassist/Guitarist
GROUP: VIRGIN STEELE
MUSICIANS NAME: Josh Block
DATE OF BIRTH: 1/18
ZODIAC SIGN: Capricorn
FAVORITE FOODS: Anything Italian
CAN YOU COOK? Sometimes
FAVORITE DISH TO MAKE: Lasagna!
FAVORITE DRINKS: Beer, red wine, tequila, and lots of others with high
FAVORITE MOVIES: Matrix, Terminator movies, Aliens
FAVORITE AUTHOR: Tolkien
FAVORITE SONGS: Can't decide
FAVORITE ALBUMS: Natural Born Chaos-Soilwork, Dead Heart...-Nevermore,
Divine Wings...-Symphony X
FAVORITE ALBUMS OR SONGS TO PLAY OF VIRGIN STEELE: Invictus, Atreus 1
GENERAL DISPOSITION: Mostly pleasant
MORNING DISPOSITION: Miserable
EVENING DISPOSITION: Ready to Rock, Kill, and Slay!!!
BEST TOUR EXPERIENCE: My first tour with Virgin Steele, winter 2001,
all 2+ months of it!
WORST TOUR EXPERIENCE: Losing my wallet at Sweden Rock 2002
A DREAM DATE: A trip to the playboy mansion for a night of wild
endless sex!! Of course eating a world class Italian dinner first with lots of
bottles of wine.
BEST VACATION: Anywhere with a nice ocean beach
FAVORITE COLOR: Black
ARE YOU FASHION CONCIOUS? almost always
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