You Think You Know Damn Yankees?
The latest episode of You Think You Know Classic Rock? takes you inside the turn-of-the-'90s supergroup Damn Yankees, from their formation and quick rise to fame to their current chances of a reunion.
The band, which combined members of Night Ranger and Styx with Ted Nugent and a future Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer, saw its 1990 debut streak to double-platinum sales behind radio favorites like "Coming of Age," "High Enough" and "Come Again."
But how'd they get their start? Who first imagined blending guitar aces Nugent and Tommy Shaw with bassist Jack Blades? (Drummer Michael Cartellone, who'd been in Blades' touring act, rounded out Damn Yankees.) Nugent says he always wanted to play with Shaw, but the above video uncovers the real mastermind behind the group.
After that, you'd think everything would be smooth sailing. But did you know that even with all of that star power, Damn Yankees couldn't get signed to Geffen Records? (Somebody must have gotten fired over there.) Plenty of chart success followed before Damn Yankees went silent as members returned to their respective bands.
What happened to a planned but never-released third album? And what are the chances of a long-awaited reformation? (Spoiler: At least one of them is on board!) Find out these little-known facts, and more, as You Think You Know Classic Rock? takes a look at Damn Yankees.
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