This supergroup original was formed to be the quintessential “back -up ” band for established San Francisco Bay artists.
Neal Schon on lead guitar and Gregg Rolie on keyboards and lead vocals came from Santanna
Bassist Ross Valory and rhythm guitarist George Tickner, were both in Frumious Bandersnatch and drummer Aynsley Dunbar, who had recently worked with Frank Zappa
It was soon established that this amount of talent was not going to be a back- up band for long. Unfortunately their jazz fusion style was critically acclaimed it was not commercially successful.
1977 they hired vocalist and frontman Steve Perry and aimed the sights at more commercial pop and their world changed!