Taste will release their ‘Life On Earth’ album on CD on June 17 ahead of an Australian tour and the digital release this Friday.
The legendary Taste is Ken Murdoch, Joey Amenta, Michael Tortoni and Damian Corniola. Murdoch, Tortoni and original drummer Virgil Donati formed their first band under the name Cloud 9 before becoming Taste after their manager at the time Chris Nolan tried to name them Fancy to score an ice-cream ad.
Taste became the youngest band at the time to sign to Warner Music Australia. “I started singing in shitholes when I was 15. By the time I was 17 I was a veteran of pub rock alongside of Joey and Michael,” Ken Murdoch said. “We had been booed, spat upon and ignored until we got it right and that’s something bands don’t have. The opportunity to hone their skills anymore. BUT once you get it right and that crowd love you, something magical happens between the two of you. I don’t see that happen much anymore”.
The band soon found fans in Queen, Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio. Queen used to use their ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ before their shows and invited them to open for them on their 1978 US tour, an offer the band had to decline for financial reasons.
Back home the reputation grew. Taste appeared on Bandstand, Sounds Unlimited, the Don Lane Show and Countdown. They toured with Skyhoods, Suzi Quatro and Sherbet but by 1979 it was all over just as Sire Records was offering them a US deal.
Brian Mannix had this famous quote about Taste. “If Metallica and Queen had a bastard baby it would be called TASTE.”
Taste Australian dates
July 1, Brisbane, Crowbar
July 9, Adelaide, Fowlers Live
July 14, Sydney, Frankie’s Pizza
July 16, Melbourne, The Corner
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