Graham Bonnet - The James Dean of Rock

Graham Bonnet

Like most English-born musicians, Bonnet was influenced by The Beatles. And his interest in the blues was heavily influenced by legendary singers Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly. Graham's first single with The Marbles found great success in the UK and in 1977 he cut his first solo album.

In 1979 he auditioned for the frontman position in Rainbow. With his James Dean image, the choice of Bonnet to replace Ronnie James Dio was subject to some questions. However, once the band heard Bonnet sing it they knew they had their man. They recorded The Down to Earth album, which was one of Rainbows most successful albums.

He moved on from Rainbow in the early 80s to work on his solo career. He also played with Michael Schenker Group, recorded several albums with Alcatrazz and did a short stint with Impellitteri.

Graham has put a few of his personal rock relics in the Rock Gods and Metal Monsters Auction that he has held onto for years until now. There are a few vinyl lots featuring Alcatrazz, Rainbow and Graham Bonnet (solo works). But if you are looking for the rare and unusual, you are in for a treat.

Graham Bonnet's "prison" Shirt
In 1983, Alcatrazz shot a music video for their song "Island in The Sun" (off of their No Parole for Rock 'n Roll album) which aired heavily on MTV. The video featured all 5 members of the band locked up and incarcerated in….(wait for it)… Alcatraz. The shirt that Graham wore in the "Island in The Sun" video is featured in the auction.  Now, how cool would it be to own this shirt.

Graham has other iconic and historical pieces of rock and roll attire featured in the auction, all of which are well documented and photographed throughout his career.

The auction event, aptly titled the “Rock Gods and Metal Monsters Auction”, is a not-to-miss opportunity for fans and collectors around the world to own an authentic piece of one of the most significant genres of music history. The auction, which will be held on-line at Backstage Auctions starts on October 31, 2010 and will run through November 7, 2010.

A special preview of the entire auction catalog is available now at

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