BAND HISTORY- Crimson Glory, originally named "Beowulf, was formed in 1982 in Sarasota, Florida, by guitarist-Jon Drenning, guitarist-Ben Jackson, and bassist-Jeff Lords. The group spent the next four-years in seclusion rehearsing and developing their own "distinctive" look and sound which eventually led to the recording of their self-titled debut album "Crimson Glory" in 1986 on Roadrunner Records (Europe). The band performed throughout Holland and parts of Germany immediately following the release of their self-titled LP in the fall of 1986 too much success and acclaim.
- The band recorded and released their much anticipated follow-up LP "Transcendence" in 1989 for Road Runner Records (Europe) and MCA Records (USA). "Transcendence" contained the band's first hit-single "Lonely", a song that was in the top of the American Radio charts in several major market areas for over 24 consecutive weeks. "Transcendence" received equally rave reviews abroad which led to a very successful North American, European and Japanese tour with the bands Metallica, Ozzy Osborne, Queensryche, Udo, Doro, and Anthrax, to sold-out crowds everywhere...The largest show being the Metal Hammer Festival in Dortmund, Germany in front of 20,000+ fans in the spring 1990, with Ozzy, Metallica, and Queensryche.
- Recorded and released their third LP "Strange & Beautiful" for Atlantic Records in 1992...Immediately followed the release of "Strange & Beautiful" with a head-lining club tour in the United States that culminated with the biggest show of the tour at the end of the year in Los Angeles, Calif. at the Concrete Foundations Forum along with Ozzy Osborne, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains.
- Their three LP's, "Crimson Glory" (Roadrunner Records/1986), "Transcendence" (MCA Records/1989) and "Strange and Beautiful" (Atlantic Records/1992) have gained cult status as some of the best prog/power metal music ever recorded.
- After a successful but brief "Strange and Beautiful" tour in the U.S, the band members went their separate ways taking a hiatus to pursue other musical interests. The band's primary songwriters Jon Drenning and Jeff Lords formed the projects Erotic Liquid Culture (which also features vocalist David Van Landing - Michael Scenker) and Crush with drummer Ravi Jakhotia. Ben Jackson formed the bands Parish and the Ben Jackson Group. Former lead vocalist Midnight retired from the music business to pursue other interest.
- Towards the end of 1996, the band's primary songwriters, Jon and Jeff, knew it was time to reunite and make another Crimson Glory record However, in order to create a record of astronomical proportions, the band realized they would have to trace back to their roots, the progressive-power metal style that they help to pioneer in the late 1980's. With the addition of new front man Wade "War Machine" Black (who originally fronted the band Lucian Black based in Tampa, Florida) and new drummer Steve Wacholz (Savatage) in 1999 and the launching of their Official website 'CrimsonGlory.com' the band was ready to re-emerge into the next millennium, delivering their own unique brand of music in the only way they know how...with raw passion and power.
The band's new CD "Astronomica" is the prog/power metal album for which all others will be judged in the new millennium...and beyond.
-The reformed Crimson Glory started their tour in early 2000 with a couple warmup shows in Florida and then off to Greece with Kamelot and Evergrey. This was to be their first and last tour as troubles began during the tour and once returning to the US the band once again went their seperate ways.
-Ben Jackson and Wade Black teamed up in late 2000 for the short lived 'Sector 9' band doing only a couple live shows with Kamelot before Ben decided to return to his solo artist status and Wade ventured of to record one album with 'Seven Witches'.
-Midnight resurfaced with a new website 'MidnightsAttic' and a new acoustic EP simply titled 'M' in late 2001 which was indepentantly released through his website only. Midnights old demons began to resurface and his reclusive nature took hold and he once again went MIA.
-Ben Jackson launched a website in 2001 as well to support his BenJacksonGroup release titled 'Here I come' available through his website as well as a Jeff Lords release called 'G-Lock' due in 2003. Although there are No signs of any musical output from CG guitarist Jon Drenning, he is the booking agent at the new clubs 'Rockerfellas' and 'Heat' in Bradenton, Florida.