Gabriel Keys – Lead Vocals | Martin Sweet – Guitar | Peter London – Bass | Eric Young – Drums
A leading force in the Swedish “sleaze rock” scene of the 2000s — a revival of the glam metal (or hair metal) of the 1980s, but with a more pronounced punk element, often rawer in sound and raunchier in style — CRASHDÏET formed in 2000, taking inspiration from Skid Row, Guns N’ Roses, Kiss, W.A.S.P., and G.G. Allin, and vowing to bring back the big shows and big songs of “unpredictable and dangerous” rock & roll.
In April of 2010 they released their third album entitled “Generation Wild”, a masterpiece that pretty much sums up the extraordinary but yet tragic history of a band, determined to never give up their dream.
CRASHDÏET has become known as a band with a huge following of diehard fans, and although its their third time around with a new singer (Simon Cruz), the massive interest for the band never seems to fade.
The group was signed by Universal in 2004 — making them, by their reckoning, the first sleaze rock act on a major label in over ten years — and released their debut, Rest in Sleaze, the following year. The album hit number 12 on the national charts and spawned the singles “Riot in Everyone,” “Breaking the Chainz,” “Knokk ‘Em Down,” and “It’s a Miracle,” and the band launched an auspicious tour of Sweden to support it in the fall of 2005.
In January 2006, however, the band’s lead singer and guiding light, 25-year-old Dave Lepard, committed suicide in his apartment after a bout of depression. His three surviving bandmates decided they couldn’t continue the band without Lepard, but given an unexpected outpouring of sympathy and support from fans worldwide, they performed one final tribute gig in February. Several months later, the ex-members of Crashdïet met to discuss future plans, decided to continue on as a new band, and began searching for a new singer.
By October, the trio announced they had decided to continue under the name Crashdïet after all, with the approval of Lepard’s family, so as to keep his spirit alive and continue to spread the band’s message. In January of 2007, a year after Lepard’s suicide, Crashdïet debuted with their new singer, H. Olliver Twisted. A sophomore album, The Unattractive Revolution, was released in October, preceded by the single “In the Raw,” and reached number 11 on the Swedish albums chart. But their collaberation turned out to be short-lived. Due to his lack of commitment, Olliver was fired in the summer of 2008.
In June of 2009 CRASHDÏET revealed Stockholm-based Simon Cruz as the new frontman of the band. This is said to be the most solid lineup ever. The Generation World tour kicked off in mid April of 2010. Click here for tourdates
Released on April 14, Generation Wild peaked at #3 on the Swedish album chart and #1 on the Hard rock chart. The new album has received great reviews all over the world.
In August of 2010 CRASHDÏET played a free show in their home town, Stockholm in front of over 10.000 peope and later on they opened for Ozzy Osbourne in the same town.
The Gereration Wild tour has spanned from Europe, USA, South America to Australia during 2010 to 2011. Some of the dates supporting bands like Hardcore Superstar, Wednesday 13 and Michael Monroe..
In 2013 “The Savage playground” was released. Hitting number 2 on the Swedish mainstream chart. After intense touring, tension within the band resulted in Simon Cruz leaving the band in 2015.
Gabriel Keys is announced as the new lead singer of CRASHDÏET!
The video for “Reptile” is released.