Doug Johnson - keyboards; Jeff Klaven - drums; Mark Kohler - bass; Marc Storace - vocals; Fernando Von Arb - guitar
Krokus was a Swiss metal band that saw their biggest popularity during the initial years of MTV in the mid-1980s. Led by its Maltese-born vocalist Marc Storace and Swiss guitarist Fernando Von Arb, the band began as a progressive rock band (inspired by the likes of Yes and ELP). When the group was not able to attain any immediate fame playing that style of music, they gradually moved into a metal format.
Had it not been for the band's fan-friendly hair-metal looks and the power of MTV, it is doubtful they would have had the platinum success they saw with Headhunter, their 1983 breakthrough album. Signed in America to Arista Records, Krokus had a powerful promotional team behind them. The band was usually reviewed poorly by rock critics, but their fans didn't care because to many people, these guys knew how to rock.
Krokus quickly faded after the success of Headhunter and the initial exposure they gained on the tour. The band's follow-up album, The Blitz, only went gold, and then Krokus began a series of personnel changes before splitting up. This hour-long show was captured in New York City after the release of The Blitz, and contains material from that album and Headhunter, as well as a cover of the Guess Who's "American Woman."