Spread Eagle burst upon the scene playing a brand of rock that came straight from the gutter. When Paul DiBartolo (guitar) Rob De Luca (bass) and Tommi Gallo (drums) moved to New York City and met up with Ray West (vocals), East Coast Streetmetal was born.
While rehearsing/writing in a dingy East Village basement for their first gig, rumors began leaking out to the record industry. The group was quickly snatched up and signed to MCA/Universal Records, then sent straight into the legendary Record Plant studios. Additional tunes for the debut album had to be written while recording was taking place. The self-titled debut was produced by Charlie Gambetta and featured wailing vocals and razor sharp guitar, demonstrated through songs such as Switchblade Serenade, Scratch Like A Cat and Broken City.
The honesty of Spread Eagle’s debut album quickly gained the band worldwide critical acclaim. British rock magazine Über Röck recently voted it as one of the top 20 glam albums of all time, along with Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe, Hanoi Rocks and Skid Row.
Four years later, after the release and touring of their second album Open To The Public (also produced by Gambetta), the band took a break and went about their own personal projects. Spread Eagle reunited in 2006 and has been together ever since.
Rik DeLuca joined Spread Eagle in 2010 and immediately hit the street running. His perfect blend of power and grace was exactly what the band needed. When Rik isn’t pounding drums, he’s producing, engineering and writing at his Blood Orange Sound Studios.
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