Electric Warrior

Los Angeles, 1977 - 1981


 

Electric Warrior (band) photo 1979

 


Bob Farrell of Electric Warrior

Bob Farrell

Bass

Brian Kassen

Keyboards

Don Mogill

Guitar

Michael Vangerov

Guitar

Scott Stephens

Vocals

Steve Sklar

Drums


 

Electric Warrior was formed in Woodland Hills CA (Los Angeles County) in 1977

 

The band performed originals and about 50 rock covers

 

Electric Warrior wrote enough material for 2 albums but never released a studio LP

 

The group was based in the San Fernando Valley

 

Above: Scott Stephens and Michael Vangerov who went on to form Liquid Blue in the 1990's

 

Above: The band did a late night photo shoot at a Hollywood graveyard

 

The group had several bass players but Bob Farrell (above) has the longest tenure

 

Above: The "Side Show" featured female friends of the band on skates

 

The "Bombers" left to right: Lori, Jodi, Cheryl and Meca

 

The band opened up for themselves wearing masks as the New York Bombers

 

Above Center: The Groveler (Michael Vangerov) got his nickname in this period

 

Above: rehearsing in Michael's garage on Marino Street (Dave Mednick on bass)

 

The band added a 2nd guitarist in 1979, Don Mogill (above)

 

This show at Devonshire Downs was recorded is the only known recording of the bands originals

 

In 1980 the band toured Canada using a different name, Road Runner, as suggested by an agent

 

The "EW" banner in the background in the Vangerov garage

 

A business card to promote casuals

 

An original business card used to promote the bands original music

 

Brian Kassum (2nd from left) became the bands 1st keyboard player in 1979

 

Above: The classic line up

A packed house in Canoga Park

 

Up on the roof

 

Above: Electric Warrior opened for Quiet Riot on this show at the Starwood

 

Above: Opening for Quiet Riot. Scott had recently interviewed Kevin Dubrow for Raw Power Mag

 

Despite some decent tunes and gaining many fans in the Valley, the band dissolved in 1980

 

This shot was used the official glossy for much of the bands existence

 

The Groveler is copping a feel on the statue

 

The opening act has a guitarist exactly the same height as the headliner :)

 

Oh the days of playing house parties!

 

The band played "dropped tunes" as they opened for themselves.

 

The official glossy for "Road Runner" which was actually still Electric Warrior

 

Keyboard wiz Brian Kassam with Scott

 

It was the 70's and it was rock & roll! A great time to be in a band!

 

Back then, crowds went nuts when you did a current hit

 

Teen Time: For most of us, this was our first band. We were all between 16 and 19

 

The future Liquid Blue member performing in someone's living room

 

The New York Bombers were unscripted so anything could happen

 

Sometimes, really good things happened. This was not a family show.

 

The name "Electric Warrior" was taken from a T-Rex album 

 

More fun on stage

 

Only a few of the bands shows were photographed

 

Long before Photoshop, someone sent us this image

 

It was 1979; the end of the 70's. Music was changing fast but EW didn't stick around much longer

 

The band never played another show after the 1980 summer tour of Alberta, Canada

 

There has been some talk of a one-time re-union show but it has never materialized

 

The 70's were also a time of getting way too much sun at Zuma Beach

 

Back then there were almost DJ's, Karaoke. Live music was king.

 

And there was tons of potential work for any good band

 

Electric Warrior stayed mostly local and in obscurity aside from a decent following in the Valley

 

During "White Punks On Dope" there was a roller derby type fight as part of the show

 

Fairly pointless but we did destroy a few guitars

 

 

That's Murray Schwartz in the background with the camera along with Craig Sackheim

 

The first photo, first gig. 1977 at a McDonald's opening

 

Last photo; re-union around 1997