"Mandy" Meyer was born August 29, 1960 in the City of
Balcarres in Saskatchewan, Canada. In
high school at the age of nine, Mandy started to play his first
instrument, the marching drums. He then was a member of the local
marching drums' club for about seven years. But after having made
his first musical experiences he caught fire and started to study
classical guitar. Apart from music he was interested mostly in sports,
such as soccer or downhill skiing.
the age of fifteen, Mandy founded the local band Quarry together
with a few friends. They had their first live performances on parties
and in local clubs. In 1975 Mandy got himself a name in the Swiss
music scene as lead singer and guitar player of the Swiss band BM
Smith. Even so he went to a business school and worked as a salesman
in a fashion company his real interest always was in music.
big chance came in 1980 when Chris von Rohr, founding member and
bass player of Krokus asked him to join the band, replacing the
former guitar player Tommy Kiefer. Having only waited for such an
opportunity Mandy quit his job and toured with Krokus throughout
the States and Europe for the next two years. For Mandy it was the
first chance to prove his talent outside of Switzerland in various
Countries and Continents. At the same time it was a big difference
to perform in huge arenas instead of little clubs. It was the first
time he was able to work with the real big shots in the music business,
e.g. Clive Davis, John Kalodner, Paul Rothchild and Mike Stone.
When asked about the years with Krokus Mandy says: "It opened
the doors for me to the international music industry."
having made various promising connections in the United States during
the Krokus tour Mandy decided to move to Memphis, Tennessee in 1982.
There he started working with Jimi Jamison (Survivor) on a project
that was soon to be known as Cobra. Their debut album First Strike
was very well received by the international music journalists throughout
the world. In the Import Charts of the British Music Magazine Kerrang
the album even made it to Nr 1.
fall 1984 a man called Brian Lane, who at the time was managing
Asia and Yes, phoned Mandy and asked him to replace Steve Howe of
Asia. Mandy was honored to hear that John Kalodner had recommended
him for this job and willingly accepted to come to London and give
it a try. Since Asia had just sold 7 Mill. copies of their latest
album Mandy didn't have to think twice about this offer. They hit
if off very well from the first time they met and Mandy enjoyed
living in London and liked the British way of life. Asia was a great
musical experience for Mandy. Working together with people like
Carl Palmer who had different musical backgrounds was very interesting
Asia only released an album every four years, Mandy decided to go
back to the States in 1987. He moved to Los Angeles, CA where John
Kalodner of Geffen records had a few projects waiting for Mandy.
He immediately started working with bands like Mark Ashton, Stealin'
Horses, Nelson and House of Lords. Besides that he founded his own
band called Katmandü.
Mandy never really felt at home in the City of Angels he knew in
order to be successful it was important to be there. But seven years
and a few dozen bigger and smaller projects later he was burnt-out
and not quite satisfied with the return on his musical and personal
investment. In addition, it was the time when the rise of grunge
music - led by bands like Pearl Jam and Nirvana - effectively finished
the careers of numerous eighties rock bands. The time was ripe for
a change and he decided to go back to Switzerland where his roots
back in his home country he was filled with new energy, power and
creative ideas. He immediately started writing songs and meeting
people who were orientated towards the European and Asian market.
Of course he also met his old friends, among them his old bandbuddy
Chris von Rohr, who at that time just signed up as producer of Gotthard.
However when Mandy first listened to their songs he couldn't imagine
that they would ever get a record deal with that kind of old fashioned
eighties rock they were playing. To his surprise they were already
signed to BMG Ariola and had a pretty good following in Switzerland.
After Gotthard had covered an old song of his, it didn't take much
longer until he joined them in early 1996 for their upcoming G Spot
Tour. This was the beginning of a new era.
the release of their acoustic album Defrosted in 1997 they landed
a big success and sales doubled. Their fan community grew wider
and they got more airplay than before. One of the highlights of
that tour was certainly the duet with the world famous opera singer
Monserat Caballe. For the past six years Gotthard was very successful
in Switzerland. They played all the big festivals in Switzerland,
toured in Europe and Asia and got countless platinum awards.
after eight years Mandy decided to leave the band at the beginning
of this year. He didn't agree with the strategic management decisions
taken for the past year and felt that as a musician he had reached
a point where he would have to start something new for further improvement.
various projects he joined Krokus in spring 2005 replacing founding
member Fernando von Arb as lead guitar player. So Mandy "returns
home" to the band he had started his international carrier
as a musician with in 1980.
KROKUS decided to reunite with the original members in 2008, Mandy
declined as he was eager to get involved in a new musical project.
Which materialized itself just a year later with him joining the
German metal band "Unisonic" in 2009. In 2012 Unisonic
released their first, self-titled album, followed by a tour around
In late 2012 KROKUS were in the midst of recording their new KROKUS
album "Dirty Dynamite" and spontaneously asked Mandy to
contribute with his signature guitar licks. The band liked the collaboration
with Mandy so much that they invited him to become officially the
fifth member of KROKUS. You can look forward to a "triple-axe-attack"
when KROKUS tour in support of the new CD, starting May of 2013.