Terry Ilous, lead singer for the band Great White, and founder of 80’s metal band XYZ is premiering his third solo venture, Gypsy Dreams, on Friday, April 28th, 2017.
A video trailer for the album can be viewed via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K900FNP5rrQ
Terry Ilous relocated to Hollywood, California from Lyon, France in 1986 forming the metal band XYZ along with friend and bassist Pat Fontaine. Ilous quickly became a favorite on Sunset Strip scene in the late 80’s before getting signed to Enigma / Capitol Records. After selling over 1.5 million records worldwide and touring with artists such as Foreigner and Alice Cooper; Ilous has continued to release albums well into the 2000’s along with film, song-writing, and television work.
In 2009 Terry was contacted to play a handful of dates with multi-platinum recording artists Great White; who are one of the few bands of that era to still be consistently touring to sold out shows. In 2011 the line-up was made official and Great White immediately headed out on an extensive year long tour followed by a new album in 2012 that was highly praised by the media & fans alike. With the song ‘Hard To say Goodbye’ reaching #8 in the Billboard Radio Chart.
Currently Ilous has been finalizing his latest project, Gypsy Dreams, a cover album of classic rock and hard rock favorites with a Latin and flamenco edge.
The album features an amazing cast of L.A. based artists including, Luis Villegas [Grammy nominated artist ] on Guitar, Jose Garcia [vocalist, renowned flamenco guitarist] on Guitar, Chris Trujillo [former percussionist for Toto, Black Crows] Drums / Percussion, Al Velasquez [Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Michael McDonald, Albert Lee] on Drums / Percussion, Mike Paganini – [renowned session player, Bassist] on Bass, Ben Woods – [renowned flamenco guitarist w/ Benise, Heavy Mellow] on Guitar, Mike Bennett [Alicia Keys, Pitbull, Ritchie Kotzen] on Drums / Percussion, Jesse Stern [George Clinton, Chad Smith] on Bass & Natalie Gelman [singer / songwriter] on Background Vocals.
Terry States: “This album is just the start in a series of different projects I have in mind for the future. I decided to start with covers of familiar & rock favorites to introduce the Latin / Flamenco Rock sound to my audience, and I plan to start up a series of intimate club shows reminiscent of close-knit Latin & Gypsy gatherings.”
Terry on recording “Long Train Running” – “In the late 80’s I would warm up with Long Train Running while on the road with XYZ; and for years I wanted to record the song with more of a Latin edge.”
Terry Ilous on recording “Heaven & Hell” – “Dio was arguably one of the biggest inspirations in music. And this is one of the songs that really influenced my decision in making this album.”
He adds: ” This has been a long road, but the final tracks sound truly amazing, and are definitely worth the wait. I thank all my fans & band for being a part of this journey and for all your support along the way, I couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you.” Gypsy Dreams Track listing.
1. Whole Lotta Love – (Led Zeppelin)
2. Boys Of Summer – (Don Henley)
3. In Your Eyes – (Peter Gabriel)
4. Long Train Running – (The Doobie Brothers)
5. Wicked Game – (Chris Isaak)
6. Heaven And Hell – (Black Sabbath)
7. Ride Like The Wind – (Christopher Cross)
8. Love Bites – (Def Leppard)
9. Kill The King – (Rainbow)
Gypsy Dreams is slated to be released Friday, April 28th, 2017 via digital format on iTunes.