It was the 70’s and it was rock & roll! A great time to be in a band!
Back then, crowds went nuts when you performed a current hit and rock ruled the day. Your first band is similar to your first girl; you never forget. Members were all between 16 and 19. Back then there were almost no DJ’s. Karaoke was yet to be discovered. Live music was king.
Electric Warrior was formed in Woodland Hills CA (Los Angeles County) in 1977. Named after the T-Rex album of the same name, the band performed originals and about 50 rock covers. Like all rock bands of the 1970’s, we rehearsed in a garage. In the first year, we spent more time in the garage than on stage at shows.
The original group was Michael the “Groveler” Vangerov (guitar), Michael Stoekli (guitar), David Mednick (bass) Steve Sklar (drums) and Michael Moore (lead vocals). Within just a week out of the box, Moore left and was replaced by Scott Stephens. Not long thereafter Mednick was out, replaced by the short-lived Dan Hand who was then replaced by Bob Farrell who became the groups longest tenured bassist. Michael Stoekli left in 1979 with little notice and was replaced by Don Mogill. The group’s original format was two guitars; bass, drums, and vocals. In 1981 the group replaced Vangerov with a keyboard player, Brian Kassan. Farrell also left in 81′ and was replaced by Ed Sandon. Steve Sklar was the only original member to stay through the band’s three-year history.
Scott became a member when Michael showed up at his door one day saying the band needed a new singer and he had heard Scott could sing. Within just a few months Scott became the band’s de facto leader, organizing band affairs; marketing, and booking shows. The band was serious but not hell-bent on success. Scott was juggling his time between his magazine (Raw Power) and a job as a roller derby skater. Stephens and Vangerov went on to form Liquid Blue in the 1990’s.
EW played their very first gig at a local McDonald’s grand opening. Scott performed while on roller skates, a tradition that he maintains to this day whenever there is a large enough concrete stage.