The Cross

The_CrossThe Cross were a side project of Queen‘s Roger Taylor that existed from 1987 to 1993 and released three albums. Although the drummer in Queen, Taylor fronted the Cross as rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist. On its debut release, the classic rock band incorporated dance influences which they dropped on their remaining two albums. The band never enjoyed much commercial success, but continue to retain some interest among avid fans of Queen.

Members

  • Roger Taylor – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Spike Edney – keyboards, mandolin, backing vocals
  • Clayton Moss – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Peter Noone – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Josh Macrae – drums, percussion, backing vocals

Releases

“Cowboys and Indians”

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    Released September 21, 1987

  • UK #74
  • From Shove It (1987)

“Shove It”

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    Released January 3, 1988

  • UK #82
  • From Shove It (1987)

Shove It (1987)

  • Released January 25, 1988
  • UK #38

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Originally, Taylor had planned to release another solo album, but decided to form a band named The Cross and released it as a Cross album. However, Shove It was almost completed and this explains why the other band members had virtually no input on the record.

The album features Queen members Freddie Mercury (singing lead vocals on “Heaven for Everyone”), Brian May (playing lead guitar on “Love Lies Bleeding”) and John Deacon (playing bass guitar on a few tracks), who collaborated with Taylor on the album.

  • Roger Taylor – vocals (most instruments on album)
  • Spike Edney – keyboards, vocals
  • Clayton Moss – guitar (on some tracks)
  • Peter Noone – bass guitar (on some tracks)
  • Josh Macrae – drums (on some tracks)

Additional personnel

  • Brian May – lead guitar on “Love Lies Bleeding (She Was a Wicked Lady)”, harmonies on “Bohemian Rhapsody” sampling, and guitar on “Flash” sampling. (uncredited)
  • Freddie Mercury – lead vocals on “Heaven for Everyone” (U.K./European version, B-side of “Heaven for Everyone” single Europe), backing vocals on “Heaven for Everyone” (US version), also on “Feel The Force”, and harmonies for “Bohemian Rhapsody”/”Fat Bottomed Girls” sampling. (uncredited)
  • John Deacon – bass guitar on some tracks (uncredited)
  • Gary Barnacle – Tenor, Alto & Baritone Saxophone on “Cowboys and Indians”, “Contact” & “Stand Up For Love”

Listen to Shove It on Spotify.

“Heaven for Everyone” (Roger Taylor vocal)

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    Released March 28, 1988

  • UK #83
  • From Shove It (1987)

“Manipulator”

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    Released July 4, 1988

  • Did not chart
  • Non-album release

Mad, Bad and Dangerous To Know (1990)

  • Released March 26, 1990
  • Did not chart
  • From Mad, Bad and Dangerous To Know (1990)

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Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know was the second album released by The Cross. Unlike the previous album, which contained some dance influences, this one is a straight rock album. This was the first album to which each member of the band contributed, though Roger Taylor’s contribution was considerably smaller because he was busy promoting The Miracle. Unusually Clayton Moss sang lead vocals on one track, instead of Taylor.

Like Shove It, the album sold poorly and EMI Records decided to drop them so they had no label anymore in the UK.

  • Roger Taylor – lead & backing vocals, guitar
  • Spike Edney – keyboards, mandolin, backing vocals
  • Clayton Moss- lead guitar, backing vocals (lead vocals on “Better Things”)
  • Peter Noone- bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Josh Macrae – drums, percussion, backing vocals

Listen to Mad, Bad and Dangerous To Know on Spotify.

“Power To Love”

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    Released April 23, 1990

  • UK #85
  • From Mad, Bad and Dangerous To Know (1990)

Blue Rock (1991)

 

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Blue Rock is the third and final album released by The Cross. Like Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know, Blue Rock is a straight rock album. Spike Edney contributed a lot more to the record, writing or co-writing seven of the ten tracks of the album.

Because of the failure of their previous albums, Blue Rock was only released in Germany, Japan, Italy and France. Blue Rock, too, failed to sell many copies. and this contributed to the disbanding of The Cross two years later.

The UK release was scheduled for November, 1991 but abandoned after Freddie’s death.
The album was remastered and released in 2013 as part of the Roger Taylor boxed set ‘The Lot‘ and as a separate download.

  • Roger Taylor – lead vocals
  • Spike Edney – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Clayton Moss- guitars, backing vocals lead vocals on “Heartland”
  • Peter Noone – bass guitar, backing vocals lead vocals on “Heartland”
  • Josh Macrae – drums, backing vocals

Listen to Blue Rock on Spotify.

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