Formed in Niagara Falls by guitarist Greg Fraser and bassist Stevie Skreebs in 1982, the band also includes vocalist Gerry McGhee, keyboardist Martin Victor and drummer Mark Cavarzan. After their song “Barricade” was selected for CILQ’s Q107 Homegrown album in 1984, they independently released a self-titled EP the following year.
They subsequently signed to the WEA Canada label for their full-length debut, Young, Wild and Free, in 1986, adding Johnny Rogers on keyboards replacing Martin Victor. That album spawned the Canadian hit singles “We Came to Rock” and “Can’t Wait for the Night.” In 1988, the band followed up with Take A Deep Breath. The album sold 70,000 copies in Canada and included their biggest hit “One More Try,” of which the video featuring supermodel Monica Schnarre was in high rotation on MuchMusic. While writing for 1991’s Love Machine, Rogers left the band as they pursued a harder direction. Gerry McGhee stated, “We didn’t really feel that keyboards were part of us anymore. Rogers was replaced for touring purposes by a second guitar player, Greg Bioleau, who previously played with McGhee in his first band, The Rockers. The band broke up soon after.
In 1992, guitarist Greg Fraser joined Helix, replacing Paul Hackman. Fraser remained with Helix for four years. Also in 1992, McGhee auditioned for Mötley Crüe who to replace their departed singer, Vince Neil.
The original Brighton Rock regrouped for a reunion tour in 2001, releasing the live album A Room for Five Live in 2002. In 2006, a greatest hits package was released titled The Essentials. In January 2007, Fraser and Skreebs formed a new project known as Fraze Gang releasing a disc in 2008 and another in 2012.
The band regrouped again Thursday October 30, 2008 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto for a benefit concert for fellow Canadian rocker Carl Dixon of Coney Hatch who was injured in a car crash.
The band would regroup again for shows in 2012 at the Firefest Festival in Nottingham, England and Toronto’s Rockpile.
On August 1st, 2013 the band released the single and video for “Creatures of the Night.” The song, a re-imagining of the KISS classic, appears on the charity album “A World With Heroes.” The video was directed by Vancouver filmmaker Brian Sword.
Brighton Rock is currently working on new CD planned for release in 2015.