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Danny Peyronel

Danny Peyronel
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Background information
Birth name Daniel Augusto Peyronel
Born (1953-03-17) 17 March 1953 (age 61)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Genres Rock
Occupations Singer, musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, Keyboards, Piano
Years active 1973–present
Associated acts Heavy Metal Kids, UFO, Banzai, Tarzen, Pink Floyd, Gary Holton, Meat Loaf, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Rick Fenn, Sade, Lit

Danny Peyronel (born Daniel Augusto Peyronel, 17 March 1953, Buenos Aires) is a singer, songwriter, keyboard player and producer of Northern Italian and Southern French origin, best known for his work in rock groups such as the Heavy Metal Kids and UFO. He studied in the Manuel Belgrano school in the Belgrano neighborhood (barrio) within Buenos Aires proper. He grew up all over the world, but mostly in London, England.

Early years

He made his debut with the Heavy Metal Kids at London's Marquee Club in 1973. After recording two albums and world tours, Peyronel left the Kids in 1975 to join UFO as their first keyboard player, where he also sang harmony vocals. Peyronel contributed to the song-writing as well, e.g. "Highway Lady" from the No Heavy Petting album. UFO later released a live album from the period when Peyronel was in the band called On With The Action, which was recorded live at London’s The Roundhouse. His songs from that period have been included in several UFO compilations and an EMI re-issue of No Heavy Petting credited him with initiating a change in the band's direction, which continued after his departure.

After leaving UFO in July 1976 following several tours of the US, Europe and the UK, Peyronel formed his own band The Blue Max and recorded an album for Charisma Records. His main partner was Robin Millar on guitars and vocals. After a major tour of the UK, Peyronel left England and went off on a whirlwind of writing, producing and guest starring all over the world before returning to the UK. During this time he wrote the title track of Meat Loaf's "Midnight at the Lost and Found". He also guest starred on and co-produced a live album by Riff, South America's leading hard-rock band, and, in the same region, produced the first major hit album by Virus.

The 1980s and 1990s

Back in the UK, Peyronel wrote the words to "Fear", which was included in Sade's second, multi-platinum album, Promise. He participated on an album by Nick Mason from Pink Floyd and Rick Fenn from 10 CC - the Mason-Fenn album Profiles; he co-wrote the only two songs with vocals and sang the lead vocal on one of them, "Israel", while David Gilmour from Pink Floyd sang "Lie For A Lie", a hit in many territories.

Peyronel settled in Madrid, Spain, in 1984, where he guest-starred on an album by Banzai, a metal group led by Salvador Domínguez. Dominguez, Danny Peyronel and his brother Michel, started jamming together and out of this came Tarzen, a power-house band. They signed to ATCO Records and toured the US with Twisted Sister, and Europe and South America on their own. After two albums and nearly five years together, the group split up and Peyronel moved to Los Angeles where he dabbled at songwriting and collaborating with Desmond Child, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and Cher. He also produced a demo for a young local band called Razzle, who later became well known worldwide as Lit.[1]

Present day

Peyronel relocated to Milan, and assembled a band to cut his debut solo album, Make The Monkey Dance, recorded and produced by Marco Barusso, and released in 2005. Musicians involved included Sinergia guitarist Luca Verde, bass player Max Zaccaro and drummer Mario Zapparoli. The album included re-workings of UFO’s "Highway Lady" and Meat Loaf’s "Midnight At The Lost And Found".

Peyronel then put together a new line-up of the Heavy Metal Kids, singing lead vocals and writing. In 2003, they released Hit The Right Button.[1][2]

In early 2011, Peyronel undertook a tour of the US to coincide with a major re-issue of Make The Monkey Dance on Angel Air Records.


June 2011 was the launch date for X-UFO,[3] a super-group formed entirely of UFO and UFO spin-off MSG members Laurence Archer on guitar and vocals, Danny Peyronel, Clive Edwards on drums and Rocky Newton on bass and vocals.

Peyronel has taken the role of frontman/lead-singer, whilst still handling short keyboard parts. They played their debut concert as headliners at the Hard Rock Hell Road Trip Festival in Ibiza, and are now embarking on several high profile appearances, such as the Aero Rock Starz Festival in Bulgaria on the 9 July 2011.[4] They perform their own versions of the classic UFO catalogue, with a large percentage of the material consisting of UFO classics written or co-written by the band-members.

X-UFO will be doing a live album in the course of the year to kick-off their recording career. They plan to go in the studio early in 2012 to produce an album of new material in the same vein as their UFO songwriting contribution, updated to the day, as well as more of their own versions of UFO classics.



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