RUFFIANS, the reunited power metal band that at one time featured in its ranks late VICIOUS RUMORS frontman Carl Albert, has issued the following statement:
"After a long, hard-fought battle with several debilitating health problems, our longtime friend and bassist for many years, Dan Moura, passed away on Sunday, July 23, 2006 at 12:30 p.m. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Keep him in your heart for a while."
Dan Moura was 41 years old.
RUFFIANS recently signed a deal with Metal Heaven Records. The band has been ensconced at Trident/Imperial Studios in Northern California recording their much-anticipated new album for an October 2006 release.
Rich Wilde - Vocals
Craig Behrhorst - Guitar
Chris Atchison - Guitar
Luke Bowman - Drums
Tommy Sisco - Bass
RUFFIANS debuted at the famed San Francisco rock venue the Mabuhay Gardens in December '83. The band played many shows throughout their career, securing support slots for bands such as UFO, ALICE COOPER, DOKKEN, QUEENSRŸCHE, SAXON, Y&T and SLAYER.
In January 1985, RUFFIANS entered Studio D in Sausalito, California to lay down tracks for their debut album. Released in May on Victory Records in the North America, SPV/Steamhammer Records in Europe and FEMS Records in Japan, the album was quickly picked up by over 200 college radio stations in the United States as well as charting in Europe and Japan. The album received great reviews from the international and domestic press, and the band's fan base grew much larger. Original singer Carl Albert (R.I.P.) quit the band in 1985 and was replaced by vocalist Rich Wilde. In 1987 the band went back into the studio this time with Rich on vocals and the result was a new four-track release featuring "Do or Die", "Unchained", "Through Your Eyes", and "Only The Strong Survive". These tracks appeared on various compilations and were well received by the heavy metal press.
In early 1989, the band split up, but the fans and supporters remained to this day. A RUFFIANS reunion became a reality when the band was invited to play Germany's Bang Your Head Festival in June of 2004.