Billy Brooke - Lead Vocals
Britt Wilson - Lead Guitar
Phil Gibson - Bass
Steph Takos - Drums
Formed in late 1987 in Los Angeles, CA., Tragic Romance was a bruising yet soaring powerhouse that rocked both the Sunset Strip AND the coolest and darkest underground clubs LA had to offer. They were definitely part of the "big-hair"-"sleaze rock"- "Hollywood glam" scene, but it wouldn't always remain that way. Eventually they would take a walk on the darker side of the street and be fully accepted in that realm as well.
In the early days of Tragic Romance, you could find the band decked out in leather pants, eye-liner, and big hair. They tore up the stages of just about every large and small venue in the Hollywood and L.A. Valley clubs. TR would share the stage with the likes of Warrant, Junkyard, Bang Tango, Love/Hate, Vain, Jetboy, L.A. Guns and many others of that ilk. They were fully accepted into the hairband world.
However, in the fall of 1989, Tragic Romance meandered over to the darker side of hard rock music and soon won the respect of the underground scene that featured such wicked, wild, and wonderful luminaries like Jane's Addiction, Lions and Ghosts, Human Drama, Motorcycle Boy, The Nymphs, and many more. Tragic Romance felt more at home in this scene where dark sounds and real poetry for lyrics were the norm, instead of the overdone, overblown, anything for a good time theme that was smothering the Strip.
By mid 1990, Tragic Romance had become critical favorites and a rare crossover of both the Strip and the Underground. They were getting the well-deserved respect that comes to a band so serious about their craft. On any given night you might find standing amongst their regular throng of fans - some of Hollywood's A-listers such as Dave Navarro, James Hetfield, and Lenny Kravitz.
In mid '93 Tragic Romance signed with the metal label CENTURY MEDIA who released the intense and soaring live CD entitled "Cancel the Future" which garnered great critical praise, and some college airplay. In the music business, its easy come and easy go, and as has happened to many-a-other band, TR was left to wither due to lack of record company support. It turned out the band wasn't heavy enough for their hardcore fan-base and they shelved the project altogether.
2006 saw the band reform for several European dates, and now, on their 25th anniversary (2012), Tragic Romance will once again reform for the release party of this FnA Records CD at one of the places that started it all for them, the world famous Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip.