TERRY ILOUS talks about new band LAND OF GYPSIES, confirms XYZ reunion album and shows scheduled for 2022
Singer Terry Ilous is featured in the latest installment of the Rock Interview series. He talks about his new band, Land Of Gypsies, and provides an update on the status of XYZ, and looks back on the band’s first two studio records, the eponymous 1989 XYZ record and its follow-up, Hungry, released in 1991. Ilous also talks about his time with Great White from 2010 to 2018 and his abrupt dismissal from the group, and how it ultimately became a blessing in disguise.
Land Of Gypsies, formerly known as Gang Of Souls, is a new LA-based band featuring an artistic union between singer Terry Ilous (XYZ, ex-Great White), with producer and bassist Fabrizio Grossi (Glenn Hughes, Supersonic Blues Machine, Eric gales, etc.). The line-up is completed by Serge Simic on guitar (The Slam, Supersonic Blues Machine) and Tony Morra on drums.
The group spent a lot of time during the pandemic in 2020 working and developing their sound. Their goal was to write music drawing on a classic hard rock sound with unforgettable melodies and a solid bluesy background to complement Ilous’s stellar voice.
Terry Ilous says, âMy whole career has been about making the best music possible for the fans. Land of Gypsies allows me to focus on music and grow as an artist, while being able to expand my work both nationally and internationally. I am extremely honored to join such an incredible roster of talent. Expect to learn more about me and Frontiers going forward. “
Fabrizio Grossi adds: âI am really delighted to be working with my friends Serge, Tony and Terry on this new adventure called Land of Gypsies. Terry is the centerpiece and I’m sure he will turn more heads than he has done admirably since the early days of XYZ and when he was with Great White. He’s an amazing singer and a very funny guy. I am happy that the public can know this other side of him. This record represents the kind of straightforward rock music that really gets us moving. There won’t be any frills and sweetness, I can promise, but lots of groove, strong guitars and soulful melodies.
Musically, the music of Land Of Gypsies leans towards a classic hard rock sound with unforgettable melodies and a solid bluesy background. Think Bad Company meets the first Foreigners, but with a more current production.
List of tracks:
“Give me Love”
“Somewhere down the line”
“Long summer day”
Terry Ilous – Lead & choirs
Serge Simic – Solo and rhythm guitars
Fabrizio “Fab” Grossi – Bass
AJ Morra – Drums & Percussion
Eric Ragno – Hammond, Wurly & Rhodes
Jeff Northrup – Additional Guitars on “Somewhere Down The Line”