Heaven

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Heaven
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Background information
OriginSydney, NSW
GenresHeavy metal, hard rock
Years active1980 - 1986, sporadically until 2013
LabelsRCA, DeLuxe
Associated actsAC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Boss, Almost Human, Cathedral, Talas, BB Steal, Swanee, Europe, Lita Ford, Dio, Doomfoxx, Illustrated Men, Fat Lip
Past membersAlan Fryer, Joe Turtur, Laurie Marlow, John Haese, Rowan Robertson, Kevin Pratt, Ross Flynn, Mitch Perry, Mark Cunningham, Jasper Lynam Deloire, Tommy Dimitroff, Mick Cocks, Mark Evans, Dennis Feldman, Bruno Renzella, John Lalor, Bradford Kelly, Theo Katz, Chris Caffery, Robert Hinerman, Rob Hanna

Band information

  • Final line-up
    • Alan Fryer (vocals) (d. 5/6/15)
    • Joe Turtur (drums)
    • Laurie Marlow (bass)
    • John Haese (guitar)
    • Rowan Robertson (guitar)
  • Former members
    • Kevin Pratt (guitar) 2001
    • Ross Flynn (guitar) 2001
    • Mitch Perry (guitar/keys) 1984 - 1986
    • Mark Cunningham (guitar) 1984 - 1986
    • Jasper Lynam Deloire (drums)
    • Tommy Dimitroff (drums) 1984 - 1986
    • Dennis Feldman (bass) 1984 - 1986
    • Bruno Renzella (drums) 1984
    • Mark Evans (guitar) (1983)
    • John Lalor (drums) (1983)
    • Mick Cocks (guitar) (1982 - 1983) d. 22/12/09
    • Bradford Kelly (guitar) 1980 - 1984 d. 2004
    • John Haese (guitar) 1980 - 1982
    • Joe Turtur (drums) 1980, 1981 - 1983
    • Rob Hanna (drums) 1980
    • Theo Katz (drums) 1980, 2001
    • Chris Caffery (guitar/keys)
    • Robert Hinerman (guitar/keys)

Formed

Sydney, NSW, 1980

Band information

Heaven was a heavy metal band that carved out a small name for itself on the US circuit during the mid-80s before eventually withering away altogether in the early 90s. The band was originally called Fat Lip and had been formed in Adelaide by Allan Fryer, Laurie Marlow (formerly of Almost Human) and drummer Joe Turtur. Fat Lip headed to Sydney but before long Fryer found himself being touted as a possible replacement for Bon Scott in AC/DC and returned to Adelaide. Nothing came of this and Fryer returned to Fat Lip. In the meantime, ex-Swanee guitarist Bradford Kelly and drummer Theo Kats had joined up with Marlow but Kats was quickly replaced when he joined a band called Europe. Rob Hanna took his place but his stay was also short and Turtur re-joined, along with second guitarist John Haese. At this point they were discovered by former AC/DC manager Michael Browning, who had just signed INXS to his new label DeLuxe. Renaming itself Heaven, the band recorded the Twilight of Mischief album that was a mixture of commercial hard rock and AC/DC-style hard boogie and headed overseas to make an attempt at the US market.

Haese left Heaven at this point and was replaced by former Rose Tattoo guitarist Mick Cocks. Heaven managed to find considerable success on the burgeoning LA scene, touring with Mötley Crüe and Dio and recording their second album that featured guest appearances from Ronnie James Dio (under the name "Evil Eyes"), Lita Ford and Glenn Hughes. Cocks and Turtur then left and were replaced by ex-AC/DC bassist Mark Evans and John Lalor but before much could be achieved Heaven disintegrated and returned to Australia.

Before long Fryer and drummer Tommy Dimitroff went back to the US to reform the band, teaming up with Talas guitarist Mitch Perry and Mark Cunningham of New York band Cathedral. Along with bass player Dennis Feldman, Heaven recorded Knocking On Heaven's Door that displayed a more distinctly metal edge along similar lines to Judas Priest. Heaven played shows with Judas Priest, Kiss, Iron Maiden and Mötley Crüe across the US. Label support fizzled out however and the line-up fell apart. Basing himself in Texas, Fryer continued to perform under the Heaven name for some years, putting together live personnel when necessary.

In early 1998, Fryer returned to Australia and resurrected Heaven for two shows in Sydney with the line-up of Kelly, Marlow, Haese and Kats, with Turtur also making an appearance. After this Heaven disappeared once more. Kats and Marlow began recording new tracks with ex-Boss and BB Steal guitarist Kevin Pratt for a new Heaven album but the project was de-railed through lack of money.

Heaven still wasn't finished however, as Kats, Marlow and Fryer reformed with Pratt and guitarist Ross Flynn for a national tour with Judas Priest in 2001. There was talk of a new album but Fryer returned to the US immediately after the tour and nothing more came of it. Bradford Kelly (who designed the Jackson Kelly series guitar) died of AIDS in 2004.

Heaven announced an Australian tour for June 2012 with the original recording line-up and Mitch Perry. Perry was unable to tour due to his commitment to Lita Ford's band so former Dio guitarist Rowan Robertson took his place. After this, Fryer's health declined due to a cancer diagnosis 2011 and he died on June 5, 2015.

Discography

Albums:

1981 Twilight of Mischief DeLuxe
1983 Where Angels Fear to Tread RCA
1985 Knockin' On Heaven's Door RCA

Singles:

1981 Fantasy DeLuxe
1982 In the Beginning DeLuxe
1983 Rock School RCA
1985 Knockin' on Heaven's Door RCA