Formed 1987, England
An excellent melodic rock band, Jagged Edge U.K. fit in perfectly alongside other long forgotten classy rockers such as Beggars & Thieves, Dirty White Boy and Baton Rouge.
Early incarnations of the band had a revolving door membership, with guitarist Myke Gray being the only mainstay. Demos were recorded, at different times, with a female vocalist and production by Whitesnake's Neil Murray. The classic line-up would form in 1989 around Myke Gray, Matt Alfonzetti (vocals, ex-Bam Bam Boys), Andy Robbins (bass, ex-Tokyo Blade and Shogun) and Fabio Del Rio (drums).
The band signed with Sanctuary management (which also looked after the affairs of Iron Maiden) and a record deal with Polydor. The debut EP Trouble arrived in early 1990, but it would be the full-length Fuel For Your Soul that really showed what Jagged Edge U.K. was capable of. The Sanctuary connection led to Del Rio playing drums on Bruce Dickinson's solo album Tattooed Millionaire. The band would also tour behind Dickinson, as well as Thunder and David Lee Roth in 1990/91. But the band was promptly dropped by Polydor and split apart soon after.
Gray and Robbins resurfaced in the even more popular Skin, while Matti Alfonzetti joined the heavy Skintrade before returning with a solo band and then hooking up with Damned Nation.