We’ve been friends for a very long time, we went to school together. When we were in high school we used to jam together, and when the guys founded the band they tried to get me to join for a long time, but because I was in another band I didn’t leave. Eventually I did leave and join the band, that was in 1982.
In terms of influences, there’s typical hard rock that was popular in the mid 70s such as Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy, UFO, Queen, Ted Nugent, Kiss, Aerosmith, and then around the late 70s we got into the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Bands like Saxon, early Def Leppard, Motorhead. So, we were influenced by both American and British bands, as well as RNB, bands like Sly Stone, Earth, Wind and Fire as well as Pop and bands like Pink Floyd.