Video footage of MANRAZE — the rock outfit featuring Phil Collen of DEF LEPPARD, Simon Laffy from GIRL and Paul Cook of the SEX PISTOLS — performing a cover version of the JIMI HENDRIX classic “Fire” can be seen below. Collen and his bandmates pay homage to Hendrix while still managing to infuse the song with the highly amped spirit that is MANRAZE.
“Fire” has been a staple of MANRAZE‘s live shows since the group’s first London gigs began in 2005.
Hendrix‘s three-piece band provided the signature blueprint for MANRAZE as Collen and his fellow musicians continued to gain recognition for their cleverly written and arranged infectious reggae/rock rhythms.
MANRAZE‘s sophomore album, “punkfunkrootsrock”, was unleashed upon the masses on August 2 through Rocket Science Ventures in the U.S. and Canada. The album was also released July 27 in Japan on Nippon/Columbia and in the Europe via Edel Music.
It all started in 2004 when Phil Collen, after 20-plus years as lead guitarist for DEF LEPPARD, decided to express himself via another creative outlet — something a bit closer to his musical home. After a chance meeting on the street with Paul Cook, MANRAZE finally released their debut album, “Surreal”, through Universal Records in the summer of 2008 to rave reviews. The group’s debut album was chocked full of rebellious in-your-face mantras (“Turn it Up”, “This Is”, “Running Me Up”) ranging from hardcore punk to dub.