Graham Bonnet's ALCATRAZZ will perform with legendary California hard rockers Y&T at their 2007 New Year's Eve show at Avalon in Santa Clara, California.
In a recent interview with Metal-Rules.com, Bonnet stated about his decision to use the ALCATRAZZ name for his new project, "What happened was our old bass player and keyboard player were very angry because I didn't ask them if we should do it again. For all I knew they weren't even in the music business anymore. I hadn't heard from them for 10-15 years and I had never seen anything on any website about them and as soon as I put up this thing about reforming ALCATRAZZ…I made sure everyone knew it wasn't the same members. Everybody knew about it, I wasn't going to say it was with Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai and whoever else. So I made sure that everybody knew it was a completely different band but we played the old ALCATRAZZ music. All of a sudden I get an email from the other guys from the band that were semi-threatening saying, 'We were going to do this way before you planned it.' I told them I had seen nothing about it and nobody else knew about them starting a new ALCATRAZZ thing. So I said, 'Where? I've seen nothing about this.' They told me they had this plan and it was just complete lie. But because I did this they said they are going to get a lawyer and get every penny I had, which isn't a lot so they're welcome to it, they can take my $10. [laughs] Now they're coming out of the woodwork because they're angry with me. The band I have now with the guys from Los Angeles are a much better band, they are a better ALCATRAZZ, if there is such a thing. We made a point of calling it ALCATRAZZ Featuring Graham Bonnet, so it made it not just ALCATRAZZ. So I get a phone call from Gary Shea, the original bass player, saying 'Graham, just drop the name.' 'Why?' 'Because we were ALCATRAZZ' So they put up a video on YouTube saying they are the real ALCATRAZZ and we're just a mock ALCATRAZZ and said all these terrible things about us, just complete untruths. We did very well in Japan, we played 24 gigs and I knew it was good and the people who saw us told us it was fucking good. The Japanese fans who were expecting the old ALCTATRAZZ knew it was a different lineup and they really respected how we played and they thought it was great."