Soldiers of the Night Vicious Rumors Digital Dictator Show lyrics. Geoff Thorpe. Mark McGee. Carl Albert R. Dave Starr. Larry Howe.
The band subsequently began their first full US tour—which lasted for over three months  and shot their first official video, "Don't Wait for Me", directed by Gore Verbinski. It received regular daytime air play. The band finished the year with a one-month European tour—with Savatage —and four months worth of live US performance dates. After a tour with label-mates Savatage   and the release of the live album Plug In and Hang On: Live in Tokyo , guitarist Thorpe was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome.
He was forced to undergo surgery. The band's sixth album, 's Word of Mouth , was recorded and released on the Rising Sun label. Sales of "Word of Mouth" were strong, the reception was positive, and the band resumed touring to support the release. They also joined forces with Accept for several summer festival dates. Steve Smyth future member of Nevermore , Testament and Forbidden was recruited as his replacement.
Additionally Mark McGee composed and recorded the song "Find Your Way Home" for one of his solo projects currently unpublished and dedicated it to the memory of Albert.
The band decided not to replace Albert at that time, and Thorpe assumed the role of vocalist for the band's next album: Something Burning. This album was released in on the Massacre Records label. The song "Perpetual", included on the album, was the last track written with Albert. The resulting reviews of the new release were favorable,  and VR subsequently undertook a European tour with Accept to support it.
Cyberchrist , their next studio album, was recorded and released in with newcomer Brian O'Connor on vocals. The band was invited by Blind Guardian to join them for 30 tour dates on their highly successful "Nightfall in Middle-Earth" European tour. They recruited a new bass player, Cornbread, who replaced Tommy Sisco, and Ira Black ex Heathen —later with Lizzy Borden filled the spot left by departing guitarist Smyth. Session players Atma Anur, Dan Lawson and Will Carroll later with Death Angel briefly sat in for drummer Larry Howe—who at the time wanted to take some time off from touring and recording.
The new lineup recorded and released Sadistic Symphony with vocalist Morgan Thorn in , but O'Connor re-joined the band for live dates in the US and Europe in support of the new album. Steve Smyth. Brian O'Connor. Atma Anur.
Ira Black. Morgan Thorn. See also: ex- High Treason , ex- Megaton Blonde. Dan Lawson. See also: ex- Spitkiss. Thaen Rasmussen. Brad Gillis. James Rivera. Stephen Goodwin. Kiyoshi Morgan. See also: Space Vacation. Ronnie Stixx. Brian Allen. Bob Capka. Soon after the band returns from Tokyo, band founder and guitarist, Geoff Thorpe is diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a tendon disorder caused from constant repetitive movement in the hands and wrists.
Geoff undergoes surgery on both hands to correct this problem. Although the band had decided to wait, Atlantic Records did not and decided to drop the band from the label. Toward the end of that year, as pre-production began for their upcoming release, "Word of Mouth", VR headlines their own US tour without the benefit of a record deal in that territory. Shortly after, the band fires bassist Dave Starr. Carl Albert suggests his long time friend and former band mate in Villain, Tommy Sisco, to fill the slot on bass.
This new line-up was a success and went on to make more VR history for a number of years. This album generated immediate attention and put the band back on the road. At the request of Rising Sun Records, VR is asked to go into the studio and record two bonus tracks to be put on a special re-released version of this album.
Since this request was completely unexpected, the band had no material prepared and the recording would have to start the next day during their only days off for the remainder of the tour. Cover songs were their only option - but which ones?
The band decided to go back to the roots of rock and chose two songs from the British Invasion era. This year was extremely productive for VR, putting them back in the eye of the public and the media. The success of this album and it's US and European tours had generated rave reviews - the VR Ball was rolling once again!!
Geoff, Carl, Tommy and Larry began writing for the next album. For some time, the band had been considering a change in musical direction to a harder, more aggressive sound, especially Carl, and Something Burning was his opportunity to make it a reality.
A lot of people are not aware that Carl and the band worked together on this sound. In fact, Carl made his biggest writing contribution of his career with VR on this album, co-writing most of the songs on it - unfortunately, Carl never got to see his dream through.
Steve Smyth, a highly regarded local guitarist and friend of the band's, was the first guitarist they worked with following Mark's departure. He filled in for Mark during the writing process with Carl and the rest of the members, and eventually joins the band for touring and recording.The classic Vicious Rumors: from Digital Dictator to Word of Mouth () Late saw bassist Dave Starr bring in vocalist Carl Albert (Villain, Ruffians) and guitarist Mark McGee (Overdrive, Starcastle, and later with Gregg Allman) to replace St. Pierre and Moore respectively—prior to the recording of the band's second album, Digital Dictator.