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VIC VERGAT

Biography

Italian-Swiss guitarist Vic Vergat was originally a member of the Rock trio TOAD, a band that he formed in London aged seventeen. TOAD recorded five albums, featuring Vergat (real name Vittorio Vergeat), bassist Werner Fröhlich and ex-BRAINTICKET drummer Cosimo Lampia. Whilst in the UK, the teen Vergat had claimed a formative link to HAWKWIND. The guitarist also appeared on the 1979 PAGANINI single 'Weapon Of Love'.

Changing his name to ensure it was easier to pronounce, Vergat hooked up with German producer Dieter Dierks, then known primarily for his work with the SCORPIONS, and recorded a solo album titled 'Down To The Bone' for EMI Harvest. Whilst the album boasted a rhythm section of bassist Guy Rollinger and drummer Gerhard Jerlach, Vergat assembled a touring line-up comprised of the American duo of bassist Tom Croucier and drummer Bobby Blotzer. Whilst Croucier played later with a formative line-up of DOKKEN, Blotzer returned to America and would find himself an integral part of the San Diego based RATT with Croucier's brother Juan on bass. Tom Croucier later went on to LIFE BY NIGHT and AIR PAVILION.

Vergat recorded another album's worth of material, produced by NAZARETH guitarist MANNY CHARLTON in 1983 for a projected release titled 'Weapon Of Love', but this never saw the light of day as EMI dropped him. As it transpired, these tracks did eventually surface in 1985 credited to PAGANINI.

Quite surreally, a Paganini / Vergat composition scored the duo a major hit in Germany - sung by 'Baywatch' star David Hasselhoff for the 'Pingu' kids television cartoon series! It wouldn't be until much later when Vergat resurfaced, this time alongside former KROKUS vocalist Marc Storace in the AOR outfit BLUE releasing one album. Vergat also turned up as a guest on GOTTHARD's 'De-Frosted' 1997 album.

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