Lionspride was founded in 1983 when Willy Beckers (singer)
met the very young guitarist Benito Boccasile. Both had already performed in other bands. It was a musical match at once, and together they decided to start a new band. The unique voice of Willy Beckers blended great with the guitar riffs of Benito Boccasile and they created an exceptional melodic hard rock sound.
The group made its debut in October 1983 at the Shockwave Festival
(Genk Belgium) where they got a contract offered by company Mausoleum Records that released their first album “Breaking Out” with a distribution around the world,
it even sold in Japan! The opening track “Nighthunter” climbed in the British music magazine Melody Maker to the 4th place in 1984!
Songs were composed for a second album but after the bankruptcy of the record company the band split. It remained silent for decades. Only until 2012, someone got the idea to organize a reunion festival for Belgian hardrock/metalbands from the eighties with Lions Pride as headliner. Lions Pride never expected that after all these years it could be a success, but they were wrong…
Fans had not forgotten that Lions Pride belonged to the top of the Belgian hard rock scene, pre-sales tickets sold-out in no time! Lions Pride brought with the original line-up their Breaking Out album back to life for almost thousand
enthousiastic metal heads!
In 2015 the band reunited again for several shows and decided to record and film “The Return Of The Pride” show in march 2016 wich was released on cd and dvd in october 2018. It includes six songs of the Breaking Out album with two unreleased, an two new songs.
Lions Pride will be touring in 2020 with a new line-up and a new show!