(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist, RiffRelevant.com)
The late Eighties, Boston-based band WICKED WITCH truly was home to an unbelievable ‘Who’s Who’ of musicians, ones that went on to achieve household name recognition.
Just the list of bands that have connections to WICKED WITCH is jaw-dropping impressive, it includes Metal Church, Savatage, Circle II Circle, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Doctor Butcher, Trigger Effect, Hellspeak, Machines Of Grace, and more.
WICKED WITCH formed in 1988, with its best known line up comprised of vocalist Zak Stevens, guitarist Matt Leff, bassist Mark Stewart and drummer Jeff Plate. Between 1889 and 1992, the band played roughly 200 shows and recorded two demos. The first was with Bob St. John (Extreme, Duran Duran, Collective Soul) and the other with Paul David Hager (Van Halen, Devo, Pink).
Radio support for WICKED WITCH was respectable, as were features and write-ups in the metal music-covering magazines at the time. However, the end of the band began when members began receiving outside offers, Zak Stevens and Jeff Plate were the first to exit, both eventually joining Savatage.
Matt Leff then put together the band Trigger Effect and would later rejoin former WICKED WITCH band mates Stevens and Plate in the band Machines Of Grace. All of the members have stayed active in music in the years and decades since the short-lived WICKED WITCH cast its metallic spell.
Yet, the band’s story will not end there it seems. Just this past week, 20th Century Music, known for their reissues and rarities, have announced the April 27th release of WICKED WITCH‘s “Wicked Witch Of Boston” album.
“Live And Let Live”
“Lost In Confusion”
“Soul To Fire”
“Just A Game”
According to the promotional poster (below), the album contains “unreleased songs and extras”. There will be a limited number of copies available and the first 100 orders come with a guitar pick replica and a 16-page booklet with liner notes by guitarist Matt Leff, and lots of never-before seen photos.
Pre-order the Wicked Witch Of Boston album at this location.