|Bullfrog blues is
the name of an old traditional american song, (covered also
by Canned Heat
and Rory Gallagher)
but Bullfrog is the name of
a band from Verona, Italy who plays good old classic hard rock!
The band was formed in 1993 from the ashes of other important
bands from Verona (Great Fish, Capricorn, Highshooter, Hitchers).
Starting as a cover band, the group plays songs by Free, Bad
Zeppelin, Mountain, and other blues standards. The sound
is pretty much reminiscent of the classic power-trios of the
70's, with a lot of room for improvisations and solos. In a
while Bullfrog begin to gain a reputation as a live band, playing
also at various biker festivals, with shows often lasting more
than four hours!
Gradually, as a natural development, the band begins to write
and play their own material, clearly showing the love for the
great rock of the 70's.
In May 2002, Bullfrog debut
on television, for the live show Terremoto
on the Matchmusic channel,
performing unplugged versions of Trouble
in paradise e Flower
on the moon.
In March 2003, the song Stranger
to the danger is included in the compilation CD
Burn!, sold with the new rock magazine Classix.
In April 2004, a new cd is published, The
road to Santiago, a great work of pure hard rock,
including nine original compositions and a cover version of
the James Gang classic Walk
Stylystically close to the previous record Flower
On The Moon, The Road
To Santiago shows a much better production, and a
In the following months the album gets rave and enthusiastic
reviews from critics and magazines.
The songs Sundance and
The road to Santiago
are included in two compliation albums of local bands MusicAlive#2
and Tales, the first
being also aired on the national radio program Demo
The new album, BEGGARS & LOSERS, is out in March 2009. Once again, the music recalls the great hard rock giants of the 70's but still the personality of the band is stronger than ever.
In 2014, the band releases the long awaited fourth album CLEARWATER for the american label Grooveyard Records. The new record features eleven self written compositions, successfully capturing the warm and groovy sound the band is known for displaying on stage. Several prestigious musicians guest during the album: Jimi Barbiani, Simone Bistaffa (Tolo Marton Band, Forever Deep), Fabio Serra (Rosenkreutz), famous jazz player Bruno Marini, Andrea Ranfa, Nicolò Carozzi (Black Mama).
The band also had the privilege to be the opening band for
some of the biggest heroes of hard rock, always winning audiences
and gaining heartfelt compliments from the headliners too.
December 13/2003, Brescia: opening band for the
John Lawton Band
(legendary singer in Uriah
Heep and Lucifer's Friend)
April 9/2005, Verona: opening band for Micky
Moody & Bernie Marsden
(legendary guitarists in Whitesnake)
11/2005, Venice: opening band for Uriah
Heep, in front of 1500 people
May 08 2008, Verona: special guest for Dzjenghis Khan, S. Francisco, California.
August 01 2011, Verona: special guest for Rory Gallagher Band (Mc Avoy - Mc Kenna), UK November 10 2011, Rovigo: special guest for Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze, Black Sabbath, BCC), UK
March 30 2012, Verona: special guest for Ken Hensley (former keyboardist of Uriah Heep), UK
October 20 2015, Verona: special guest for Dan Baird & Homemade Sin (former Georgia Satellites), USA
December 12 2015, Verona: special guest for Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions), GER