By Andrew Catania
Thomas “McRocklin” McLaughlin is a child prodigy who began to strum guitar strings at the young age of four, and the youngest artist ever to be signed to Interscope Records in the early nineties.
Little McRocklin was discovered by legendary guitarist Steve Vai at the tender age of just seven, and at eight, he was already performing at major gigs. He had his first big break at just eight years after opening an Ozzy Osbourne concert in Newcastle upon Tyne in his hometown, a gig which exposed him to a sizeable measure of magazine features and television appearances. At the time, he also appeared in Steve Vai’s music video, “The Audience Is Listening” and was featured in a popular Warner Bros documentary “Legends of the Guitar” along with some other great guitarists such as Eric Johnson and David Gilmour, among others.
In 1991, young Mcrocklin became the lead Guitarist in BAD4GOOD a glam metal band mentored by Steve Vai after being spotted by John McClain a popular A&R executive which led to his being the youngest artist ever signed to Interscope Records at the time. This band consisted of four young boys with the oldest being just sixteen years of age, they were Guitarist Thomas McLaughlin, Drummer Brooks Wackerman, Bassist Zach Young, and Singer Danny Cooksey with Thomas being the lead guitarist and act.
BAD4GOOD released an album titled Refugee which was produced and co-written by Steve Vai in 1992 which failed to top the charts but received a lot of radio play and went on to play at many gigs around and beyond California, they also went on tour for a while in the United States and Canada both personally and in support of Joe Satriani, but later disbanded with every member going on to pursue solo dreams in different careers of their choice.
After BAD4GOOD disbanded, Thomas returned to the United Kingdom and released a solo album titled “91-95” which did admirably okay in the United Kingdom for a little while. He has since then gone on to record seven albums, four of which are guitar based. He then decided to focus more on the production and engineering side of music which took him away from the spotlight for about twenty years.
Earlier this year, “The Mozart of Guitar” came back to the spotlight with a couple of videos on YouTube and an album release titled New Beginnings, another guitar-based album. It is safe to say that we can expect a few bright years ahead for the heavy metal and hard rock music industry.
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