successful musicians, Jack Blades – bass guitarist and singer from Night
Ranger, Michael Cartellone – drummer later
from Lynyrd Skynyrd,
Ted Nugent – guitarist and singer and Tommy Shaw – the guitarist
from Styx, got together to make up the supergroup
known as Damn Yankees in 1989.
They went into
the recording studio and released their eponymous debut album in 1990. Seeing almost immediate success the
single “High Enough” went to No. 3 on the Hot 100 chart and No.
2 on the AOR chart. “Coming
of Age” was also popular and reached the No. 1 spot on the AOR chart
and No. 60 on the Hot 100. The album
The band went
on a world tour promoting the album which lasted around 18 months. They returned to the studio and released
their second album, Don’t Tread
in 1992. This reached gold status and produced the singles “Mister
Please”, “The Silence is Broken” and Where You Goin’ Now” which didn’t see as much
success as the singles from the previous album, but the Barcelona Olympic
Games extensively featured the title song in their coverage.
went back to his career as a solo artist in 1994, and Tommy Shaw and Jack
Blades got together to record the 1995 release Hallucination using the duo name of Shaw Blades. The album received some minor
attention with the title track being featured in the movie Tommy Boy and “I’ll
Always Be With You” gaining a small amount of attention on radio
airplay. After briefly touring
Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw went back to Night Ranger and Styx.
Blades, Nugent and Shaw got back together to record what was initially known
as Bravo but they and their record labels weren’t happy with the end
product and so it was never released.
However songs were used on Jack Blades self-titled album in 2004, on
Ted Nugent’s Craveman
in 2002 and all four of the band members performed on 7 Deadly Zens by Tommy Shaw so some
of the material may have been used for that.
In 2002 Shaw
Blades appeared on A Classic Rock Christmas
where they sang “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.
In 2007 Tommy
Shaw and Jack Blades released a second album of cover songs as Shaw Blades
called Influence. The following year they performed
the Damn Yankees hit “High Enough” at the Arrowfest
have featured Damn Yankee songs on their soundtrack. These include Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Nothing But Trouble, Nowhere to Run
and The Taking of Beverly Hills.
In 2010 the
original line-up appeared for the first time together since 2002 when they
performed at a Taylor Guitars exhibit.
are not currently recording their songs appear on countless rock music