Legs Diamond are a rock and roll band that has often been called "The American Deep Purple". They formed in Los Angeles, California in the mid 1970s and released their self-titled debut album for Mercury Records in 1977. The original band broke up in 1980 after three popular albums, but reformed in 1984 after their original albums had begun to acquire a cult following.
The new lineup released several more albums and continued to perform throughout the 1990s and 2000s. In 2005, original frontman Rick Sanford was replaced by ex-Montrose and Wild Horses vocalist John Levesque, and the band released their latest album, "Diamonds Are Forever", in 2006. Original members include Roger Romeo (guitar), Michael Prince (keyboards/rhythm guitar), and Jeff Poole (percussion). The band still does the occasional gig in the Los Angeles area and at least once a year in San Antonio, TX where, for some reason, they are still hugely popular, the result of being a favorite of influential disc jockey Joe "the Godfather" Anthony (1940-1992).
Keyboardist Michael Prince is active in studio recording, in Los Angeles, working with some better known R+B and Pop Acts, including Beyonce, Chris Brown, Usher, Los Lobos and Michael Jackson. The band is now (2011) working on their 12th CD due sometime next year.
Guitarist Roger Romeo is working on his new band the Funkin Maniacs. They have Jon Hyde (from Detective) on drums and Gary Gibilian on bass. They are currently working on a new CD.
Jeff Poole is working on recording and live projects of his own. His current band is Drive and they are playing and recording in the LA area.
After years of great songwriting and bass slamming Michael Diamond has retired from music. His tunesmith skills will be missed.
Their original vocalist Rick Sanford is currently living in the San Antonio area and playing in an original band. He also still plays a lot of Legs Diamond hits. His performances can be found on Youtube.
Legs Diamond is one of the few original rock bands that has released albums in each of the last four decades.