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Shaa Khan

Shaa Khan

Shaa Khan


SHAA KHAN is a german heavy prog rock band which produced two LPs and two singles. Drummer Walter Kaulhausen and guitarist Roland Soltysiak started at the beginning of 1970 to play hard rock songs from Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. The band name has no common sense - just a pun which pleased the musicians. After some line-up changes Jochen Gutermut (bass) became a permanent member. Because they were participating at courses of the Akademie Remscheid their style changed to a jazz rock direction more and more. Read more on Last.fm
SHAA KHAN is a german heavy prog rock band which produced two LPs and two singles. Drummer Walter Kaulhausen and guitarist Roland Soltysiak started at the beginning of 1970 to play hard rock songs from Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. The band name has no common sense - just a pun which pleased the musicians. After some line-up changes Jochen Gutermut (bass) became a permanent member.

Because they were participating at courses of the Akademie Remscheid their style changed to a jazz rock direction more and more. During the years 1973/74 they played gigs as the supporting act for Earth & Fire, Sweet, Smokie, UFO und Nektar. To reach for a better endurance in 1974 Heiner Waldmann (vocals, guitar), Horst "Schröder" Schlechtriemen (keyboards) and Klaus Grandt (vocals, percussion) joined in and they rounded up the line-up to prepare for the first studio recordings. SHAA KHAN developed a rock concept based on two vocalists with self composed songs and simultaneously they made gigs in the neighbourhood of Duisburg to check out the feedback. 1976 the order to compose theater stage music followed and they gave lessons to talented musicians. The fee was intended for the first LP production.

In summer 1977 the band entered the Dierks Studio and produced 'The World Will End On Friday' which was released 1978 by the german label Sky Records. The same year SHAA KHAN won a rock festival contest where 40 bands from germany took part. In may 1979 the second LP 'Anything Wrong?' was finished. An effort which is more diversified and balanced.

The band could evolve the concept - german heavy rock with english lyrics influenced by Genesis and Yes. At the beginning of the 80s the band managed to produce two new singles for the Bellaphone label. 'Someone's Calling/Running' got relatively famous with 12 weeks in the WDR radio charts and brought them a lot of gigs in clubs and on festivals. The second single 'Radio/Rock Mafia' had less success. With the arising 'Neue Deutsche Welle' SHAA KHAN got less important and under the alias SK2 they produced some songs with german titles which finally no company wanted to release.

But the band went on - with a tour in Lithuania as one highlight. SHAA KHAN could be seen on the stage for the last time in the year 1993 during a concert together with Bröselmaschine and Sheevon in Duisburg. Now it looks like the story of SHAA KHAN has to be opened once again. In 2007 the former band members met again to plan some revival concerts for the future. Read more on Last.fm.

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