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Terry Ilous of XYZ

574 Interview with Terry Ilous of XYZ, Great White, and Land of Gypsies

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Terry Ilous of XYZ joins us for a discussion about the waning days of the Sunset Strip hair metal scene in the early 90s

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Of late, Terry Ilous is probably best known as Jack Russell’s replacement in Great White (“Once Bitten, Twice Shy”), a position he held from 2010 until his surprising dismissal in 2018, but from the mid-80s until the mid-90s, Ilous fronted the Sunset Strip band XYZ (“Inside Out”, “What Keeps Me Loving You”, “Face Down in the Gutter”). In this revealing conversation, Ilous shares how XYZ bassist Pat Fontaine tricked him into moving to the U.S. from France with promises of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll, the unlikely way XYZ landed a record deal with Enigma Records, working with Don Dokken on the band’s 1989 debut, touring with the likes of Foreigner, Ozzy Osbourne, and Ted Nugent, the arrival of grunge and the devastating effects it had on Ilous’s career for the rest of the ‘90s and how he left the music business for a number of years before being lured back in through the unlikeliest of ways (voiceover work for cartoons). Ilous has reformed XYZ and still plays shows under that band name while also releasing solo material and fronting Land of Gypsies, whose self-titled debut was released by Frontiers Music in December.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Inside Out by XYZ (from self-titled)
  • 12:56 - Face Down In the Gutter by XYZ (from Hungry)
  • Outro - Don't Say No by XYZ (from Hungry)

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