The history of KILLER BEE spans more than a quarter of a century, and yet you may just be hearing about them now. Since the beginning of the 90´s KILLER BEE have been making records, videos and touring extensively throughout Europe, UK, Russia, Scandinavia and the USA. So how do we explain the fact that KILLER BEE has been flying under the radar for so long.
- The mainstay driving force of KB, BEE and LA have been writing and playing together for over 30 years.
- They have released 7 studio albums and 3 albums compiling selections of songs as a throwback to thier history.
- Numerous singles with accompanying videos have been released including a #1 listed track in ´95.
- KB have played with some heavy hittars through the years at various festivals and events. Names like, Page & Plant, REM, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Peter Framton, Slashes Snakepit, Oasis, Megadeath just to name a few.
- KB (going by the name DESERT RAIN) were actually the first western band band to headline a major concert in Russia´s Red Square. The year was 2001, the event was a benefit festival for the child victims of the Chernobyl Nuclear disaster. THis show was preceeded by 6 shows over 4 days at Moscow Olympic Stadium.
Perhaps the reason that you are hearing about them now is quite simply the
buzz that is happening surrounding the release of the current record
Based in Sweden, this multinational hard rock band known as Killer Bee are a unique entity in todays rock market. First there is the distinct retro 70´s sound. With his main influences rooted in this era Brian "BEE" Frank as producer of KB´s records brings you a sound reminiscent of early Purple, Uriah Heep, Zepelin, Rainbow and even Cooper and second there is Anders song writing. His main instrument is bass, but he prefer to write the songs on guitar or piano. His ability to combine groovy riff based guitar rock with great melodies and harmonies has now become KILLER BEE's signum. This consistant style of production separates Killer Bee from the mass of polished generic hard rock flooding the market today. Combine this with over 25 years of die hard conviction and perserverance and you have an outfit that screams out to be listened to.
Founding members Anders “LA” Rönnblom and Brian “BEE” Frank, have endured a long list of challenges over thier quarter century together. Numerous member changes to the line-up, the cliché industry rip-offs, and bad management have plaqued Killer Bee since the start.
It all started with a trip to Toronto, Canada in 1985 by Rönnblom and his band at the time "Firewind". Rönnblom found himself in the studio minus a singer. Already then had line-up problems reared it´s evil face. The engineer at the studio recomended Frank a local singer from the band Rapid Tears as a possible solution. Brian came to the studio one Friday evening and layed vocals on 4 songs that Anders had written. This was the beginning of a long partnership that´s evolved into what is today a writing team that has a history and a bond that few bands will ever achieve.
After thier meeting in Toronto Anders returned to Sweden. The pair kept in contact which lead to a brief visit to Sweden by Brian in ´87 and eventually his permanent relocation to the land of vikings to join forces with Rönnblom and his band in 1990.
After a brief bit of turmoil and a few member changes they formed Desert Rain and began a whirlwind writing session. They recorded thier first record "Bang Bang" and toured through Sweden eventually leading them to Russia in the summer of ´92 where they headlined the first ever concert outside the Kremlin in Moscow´s Red Square. 50,000+ people were in attendance. Unfortunately Desert Rain was not long lived. That long list of challenges we mentioned earlier was closing in. Band members began to jump ship leaving Rönnblom/Frank together to weather the storm alone. after re-grouping and recruiting a few new players from Canada KILLER BEE was born.
Rönnblom/Frank formed thier own record label and recorded the first album "RAW" which proved to be the start of it all. As a self contained unit, on thier own label and with a raw sense of commitment Killer Bee attacked the Scandinavian radio market. This determination was fruitful giving them a #1 single in Norway with the song "Take Me Home".
Killer Bee have continued to be, since that time in ´93, an independant entity, recording and producing music and videos as they see fit. Never bending from thier beliefs and convictions. Securing distribution for thier label Freedom Records, Killer Bee went on to record two more records in the 90´s "Cracked Up" in ´95 and "World Order Revolution" in ´97. They released 5 singles and videos and continued thier anslaught into the market. Tours throughout Europe, the UK and the U.S. gave them appearances at some of the largest festivals in Europe playing with the best of the best. But fate would soon have it´s way... To lend reference to one of the most common occurrances in the music business, Killer Bee were the victims of a shady of promoter who took the band for a very large amount of money and placed the reputation of Killer Bee in jeopardy. These events led to Rönnblom and Frank in need of a pause. In the summer of ´98 they decided to break for a period to re organise themselves. This break would end up being for an unexpected 12 long years.
The force that drove Killer Bee through the 90´s did not rest easy and in 2011, Rönnblöm contacted Frank and the team re-united releasing a compilation album "Almost There" as a self proclaimed salute to days gone by. A selection of songs that best represented them from their earlier releases. The album was met with a positive reaction from former fans and the media alike, sparking a new source of energy which led the two towards this new era of KILLER BEE. . Killer Bee were back. The story continues...
Only due to their dedication and drive have Killer Bee risen to a stage in their careers where it seems that no obstacle or barrier is too large to overcome. Rönnblom/Frank have kept the buzz of the Killer Bee alive and their sting is as infectious today as it ever was. The road that lies ahead is wide open and that's where you will find Killer Bee. Wide open full throttled pedal to the metal rocking in a city near you.