Our lead vocalist , is also known in Quebec for is popular french solo career that as him touring locally constantly. He was seen for 10 years on the hit Quebec TV musical quiz show ''La Fureur'' as vocalist with the house band. He also did a 8 year stint as back vocalist for Quebec's french rocker Éric Lapointe. He also keeps himself vocally in shape by working with a Led Zep tribute band and his own rocking band " the Rick Hughes Show."
As of late, he has been pretty busy with the ''American Story Show'' , a rocking musical that has local critics excited and the many sell outs have proved them right. Add to all that Sword, and you have one pretty busy LV.
In 1980, Canadian metal band Sword was formed by brothers Rick (Vocals) & Dan Hughes(Drums), Mike Plant(Guitars) & Mike Larock (Bass). 1986 saw the release of their debut album ''Metalized'', it was welcomed by critics, and would become a reference as one of the top-heavy metal albums of the 80's. It was followed by the equally strong ''Sweet Dreams'' in 1988. Subsequent world tours would follow the release of these two albums including opening spots with Metallica (MOP), Metal Church, Alice Cooper and Motörhead.
They would pause in 1992 after lack of support from their label as grunge was taking over the music industry.
The guys went on to become prominent local session players, took-over regular jobs, had kids and lived normal lives...
That is until 2011 when the inevitable happened: Sword re-grouped.
Doing only on demand shows as of late, including a headlining spot at the Harder than Steel festival in Germany and a stint of sold out shows in Canada. They are now working on the long awaited 3rd studio recording (They did release the Live Hammersmith in 2016). Both these albums are to be distributed on Dave Ellefson’s Combat Records. They also plan to go on tour to support the new recording. Oh yes... They’re back!
The Drummer. His Bonham inspired drumming kept him busy behind his kit either working with Canadian rock band Too Many Cooks and his sister Lulu Hughes or one of his brother Rick's different projects. He also played with a variety of local acts. Off the stage you'll find him coaching hockey and soccer with his kids. Dan is also a freelance cameraman. Most often covering local sports for Quebec's TVA Sports station. Sword's come back in 2011 pushed him to get back in shape to do 2 hours straight of heavy metal drumming and he couldn't be happier !
Our lead guitar player is also the band's leader. Mike as kept busy over the years working with various local artists as a studio session player or live touring. His main act for the past 15 years as been ''Les Porn Flakes'' a Quebec variety band that only has special guests as singers. To date he as worked with over 100 singers from all over the world with the likes of Dee Snider and most recently Vince Neil. He also keeps in shape working the yard for a landscaping store. But the stage and playing his songs are his calling....
Band Bio :
Our bass player , the strong quiet type. He's kept his hand over the years by teaching guitar lessons and jamming with his friends. He made it up the ladder working in the warehousing business while raising his many children. When the phone rings and its time to Sword-up, the beast awakes and he's ready to make the earth shake.
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