Origin: Winnipeg, Manitoba - Toronto, Ontario, 🇨🇦
The first incarnation of JADE was formed in Winnipeg in 1982, then moved base to Ottawa, CA in 1983 for the "Teasing Eyes" Album, & Tours! "Teasing Eyes" peaked at #8 on the Kerrang UK Charts in early 1984, & with great interest from Roadrunner Records, JADE was signed for the release of their sophomore album..." Guitarist Pat Belrose and manager brother John Belrose then moved to Ottawa. Pat recruited vocalist Roxy Lyons and, along with the rhythm section of Rudd and Samson.
After tightening up the unit they returned to Ottawa and released their debut album 'Teasing Eyes' on the independent Zaphia Records label in 1984. The record found its way to Europe and received plenty of positive attention in magazines like 'Kerrrang'. Holland label Road Runner took interest and signed the band to a multi-album deal.
No sooner had the ink dried on the contract when Roxy Lyons and the band's drummer moved to Windsor with a religious cult. The Belrose brothers decided to dig around the Toronto metal scene and came up with vocalist Sweet Marie Black and drummer 'Big Beat' Samson from collapsing metal act Aggressor.
The band headed into Quest Studios in Oshawa with producer Robert Connolly (Exciter, Lee Aaron, Santers) in July 1985 and returned with their debut Road Runner/Attic release 'If You're Man Enough'. The album was nominally successful in Europe and the act was able to tour there.
Sweet Marie was then replaced by Jade's first male vocalist Peter Rieker in 1987. Bassist Brian Hamilton also took over from Terry Rudd. Road Runner soon dropped the band as the label wanted a female vocalist. Instead, the band became heavier and found acceptance on the burgeoning Québec metal scene along with bands like Voivod. The group released a final EP in 1987 on the Last Music label.
Pat Belrose: guitar
Roxy Lyons: vocals
Terry Rudd: bass
Dave Samson: drums
'Sweet' Marie Black: vocals (replaced Lyons)
Peter Rieker: vocals (replaced Black)
Photo: JADE 1st ever PR photo (L to R): The "Teasing Eyes" Era!
Pat "Buzz" Belrose - Guitars, vocals, Roxy Lyons - Lead Vocals,
Don Morrow - Bass, vocals, Ben Michaels - Drums
"As soon as Frank Weiner from the Hungry I Agency, Winnipeg's Top booking agency heard our early demos, JADE quickly became a full-time headline band in 1982, touring all the "A" Club circuit from Vancouver to Halifax. On numerous occasions in Western Canada, Helix, Trooper, Streetheart, Kick Axe, etc had just played the same club weeks prior to JADE.....(Frank booked Jade solid every week, & on a couple of situations stated "They caught me lying" [about Jade]...but it was all good business).
Eventually The Agency, TO, booked JADE full-time for all our Eastern Canada, & Ontario Shows, as well as support from a Montreal Booking Agency for our Quebec Tours, & Eastern USA shows..."
Thanks also to Lenny Richardson, & Terry Rudd - Bass; Ron Boisvenue (ex-Orphan), Jim (James) Fuller, & Cozy Brown - Drums who performed on our "Teasing Eyes" Tours