Heavy Metal Kids

Heavy Metal Kids
Heavy Metal Kids
Origin London, England
Genres Rock, glam rock, hard rock
Years active 1972–present
Labels Apple, Parlophone, Capitol, Columbia (US and Canada), EMI, MPL, Hear Music
Associated acts Flash, Uriah Heep, Jimmy Nail, Mark Knopfler, Casino Steel, The Kids, The Actors, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
Ronnie Thomas
Keith Boyce
Justin McConville
Past members
Gary Holton
Dave Dee
John Sinclair
Mickey Waller
Barry Paul
Marco Barusso
Marco Guarneio
Danny Peyronel
Mickey Waller
Matteo Salvadori
John Altman
Phil Lewis

The Heavy Metal Kids are a British hard rock band, formed in 1972 in London. The band's former frontman Gary Holton and their core founding member Dave Dee are both deceased.


Early years

The Heavy Metal Kids were formed by the merger of two previous bands: Heaven and Biggles. They took their name from a gang of street kids, featured in the novel "Nova Express" by William S. Burroughs.

The initial, pre-recording line-up consisted of Mickey Waller (guitar), Ronnie Thomas (bass and vocals), Gary Holton (lead vocals), Keith Boyce (drums) and Cosmo (guitar). They were the first signing by Atlantic Records' new London offices, having been spotted by their A&R man, Dave Dee.[1] In January 1974, they recorded their first, self-titled album, produced by Dave Dee and engineered by Phil Chapman.

Waller left the band shortly before they went in to Island Studios, to record the follow-up album Anvil Chorus, in January 1975, which was produced by Andy Johns. At this point keyboard player Danny Peyronel left to join UFO and was replaced by John Sinclair. Shortly after, Cosmo was replaced by Barry Paul, and the band moved to Mickie Most's RAK Records where they recorded Kitsch, which was produced by Most.

John Sinclair left to join Uriah Heep and was replaced by Jay Williams.[1][2]

Present day

After Holton's death in 1985, the band went into a long hiatus until, in 2002, they recorded a new album, Hit The Right Button, released in 2003 and featuring Peyronel, now on lead vocals and keyboards, Ronnie Thomas, Keith Boyce, Marco Barusso (guitars and vocals) and Marco Guarnerio (guitars and vocals). The album was produced by Barusso.[2]

Hit The Right Button enjoyed critical success. The 'twentieth century' Heavy Metal Kids embarked on a series of tours of the UK and Europe. In early 2008, a 'special edition' of the album was released by Angel Air Records. Under the name Hit The Right Button Plus, the CD featured four of their songs performed live in London and Milan between 2003 and 2005 as bonus tracks, as well as fully re-designed artwork.

In October 2008, and now featuring Matteo Salvadori replacing Guarnerio, the Heavy Metal Kids went into Massive Arts Studio in Milan, where initial recordings were made. Barusso worked for nearly two years with Salvadori and Peyronel trying to finish the album, but it was never completed.

On 8 August 2010, Peyronel left the band and shortly after this, the actor John Altman was unveiled as the new lead singer. Altman was a friend of the original frontman, Holton, and he appeared with him in Quadrophenia.

In October 2010, the Heavy Metal Kids embarked on a tour with the new line-up featuring John Altman (vocals), Ronnie Thomas (bass/vocals), Cosmo (guitar), Keith Boyce (drums) and Justin McConville (guitar/vocals/keyboards). They have been working on their album to be titled 'Uncontrollable!'. A single of the same title has been released.

In early 2011 John Altman announced he was leaving the band to focus on his other commitments. L.A. Guns frontman Phil Lewis joined the band for a couple of gigs and will return to the band for some performances later this year. The band is currently operating as a four-piece with Justin McConville taking on lead vocal duties.[3]

In October of 2011 Ronnie Thomas appeared in the Identity Parade round of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, preceded by VT of the Top of the Pops recording of Shes no Angel. Ronnie was not picked out of the line.


  • Heavy Metal Kids (1974)
  • Anvil Chorus (1975)[1]
  • Kitsch (1977)
  • Chelsea Kids (1987)
  • Live and Loud !! (1988)
  • Hit The Right Button (2003)[2]
  • By Appointment...Best Of The Old Bollocks (2004)[2]
  • Delirious, Classic Kids Capers (DVD) 2006[2]
  • "Heavy Metal Kids With Phil Lewis Live At Camden Underworld" (DVD) 2011




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  • Van den Heuvel, J A, (1990). Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Encyclopedia, Arcana Editrice, Srl.
  • Popoff, M, (2005). UFO Shoot Out The Lights, Metal Blade, Inc.

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