When MOXY first exploded onto the scene in 1974 with their hit song ‘Can’t You See I’m a Star’ they were
destined to become part of the alumni of heavy hitting Canadians making a mark in the U.S.A. . . .
The promising sound of the single received heavy radio support from CHUM (AM) in Toronto and led to the
band's signing of a contract with Polydor Records of Canada in December 1974. The Polydor Records
contract was mainly due to the popularity and reputation of lead vocalist Buzz Shearman.
The spring of 1976 "Fantasy" and "Sail on Sail Away" hit the top 20 charts on KISS-FM radio in San Antonio,
Texas. KISS-FM disc jockey Joe Anthony had the freedom to play the album in its entirety on many
occasions through the late 1970s. MOXY renegotiated a new contract with Polydor of Canada for distribution
in affiliation with Mercury Records. Both labels were owned by PolyGram Records at the time, who reissued
the self-titled debut album in North America and worldwide in 1976.
After a few years of touring, MOXY went from a bar band to headline concert attraction in Canada. MOXY II
was recorded in the band's hometown of Toronto at Sound Stage studio with famed Aerosmith producer
Just a year after the first album for Canadian fans, but three short months after the reissued copy of MOXY I
was released in the U.S. MOXY II received international press coverage for the band. Most reviews predicted
success for the band and comparisons were made to Aerosmith, Rush and Deep Purple. MOXY II was also
highly acclaimed on its release by Geoff Barton of the UK music publication Sounds (magazine), who made
the album available to its readers for the special price of only £1.50. Geoff Barton would later refer to MOXY
as the Canadian Led Zeppelin.
MOXY saw success touring the U.S. with the likes of such artists as Boston, Styx, AC/DC, Black Sabbath and
Rainbow just to name a few.
In March 1980, Buzz was a candidate to replace the deceased Bon Scott in AC/DC but because his recurring
vocal cord problems would not allow him to tour extensively, AC/DC band members ultimately decided on
ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson. In 1982, Buzz, Earl and Bill helped fellow Canadian singer/songwriter Lee
Aaron on her debut album called "The Lee Aaron Project". By 1983, Buzz was working a day job at Shaw
Industries, just barely holding MOXY together while shopping around for a new record deal. Then tragedy
struck when Buzz died in a motorcycle accident, on June 16, 1983, at the age of 33, just north of Toronto.
FAST FORWARD!!!!!!! After writing and recording new material over the years with different versions of
MOXY, the time had come to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the legacy and do it right! So a new band was
assembled for just an occasion. So along with founding member Earl Johnson an international cast of
musicians were brought on board, including Juno award winning vocalist Nick Walsh.
Earl Johnson (Lead Guitar)
Nick Walsh (Lead Vocals) - Slik Toxik, Famous Underground
Rob Robbins (Guitar, Background Vocals) – Steel Lily, Rhett Forrester
Desche Sparboom (Drums)
Chaz Butcher (Bass, Background Vocals)