Considered one of the most expressive rock bands than ever among the countless hair groups that raised on the East Coast in the late ’80s, Beggar s & Thieves are currently in the studio recording a new album more than 10 years after their last release.
Beggars & Thieves were formed in New York City in 1989 by guitarist Ronnie Mancuso and vocalist Louie Mer lino, they firstly recorded a three-song demo with hit producer Desmond Child: in ’91, “Beggars and Thieves” self-titled debut was released under Atlantic. Then leaving Atlantic, Beggars was immediately signed by Epic Records and recorded with producer J im Vallance, known for his work with Aerosmith and Brian Adams, and engineer Paul Northfield. During a 20 years long career B&T have been only releasing 3 albums, but they are still making the rock world talk about themselves: Louie and Ronnie plan to start work on Beggars and Thieves IV in early ’09, featuring a new-brand formula, already tested during the recent mini-tour they gigged also in Europe.
They also shot a “Live from Sicily” to become their first live DVD, featuring the two Beggars as an acoustic duo.
To engineer such an event-record, the label RockEyes called Kevin Chur ko, the great sound-master who has produced and engineered the last Ozzy’s record and was Mutt Lange’s chief engineer on the last two Shania Twain’s albums. Moreover, the record is to be mixed by Paul Nor thfield, the producer and engineer who did Rush’s “Moving Pictures” and “Hemispheres”, as well as Dream Theater’s last two albums.
One of the songs off of this new record will be featured in the new blockbuster “Superman” movie.
The album is due next summer, available for licensing. Also for licensing available are the “Live from Sicily” DVD and “The Best of Beggars and Thieves”, a collection of songs from the first 3 albums.