|1984 - 1984
Fury was started in the summer of 1984 after Rivers received his first guitar. The inspiration for Fury came from witnessing an 8th grade talent show performance of Quiet Riot. Both Justin and Rivers took note of the screaming crowds and girls. Fury's first rehearsal was on June 23, 1984 -- four days after Rivers received his guitar. Fury was a band comprised solely of Kiss covers. Rivers would sing and play Ace Frehley's solos while Leaves played Paul Stanley's rhythm guitar parts. Eric Robertson played drums and Justin Fisher played bass guitar.
Rivers played a Strat copy through a Yamaha amp, Leaves had "something cheesy", said Fisher, and Justin used his father's Gibson SG bass and cabinet. Eric, a more experienced musician, had a Pearl drum set. According to Justin, tapes still exist from those days. In fact, a snippet of a Summer 1984 Fury rehearsal can be heard on the Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo track, I Wish You Had an Axe Guitar.
Fury's first show took place in Southbridge, Massachusetts in September of 1984. For the show, Rivers wore black streaks under his eyes, parachute pants and his metal hair. The band played three songs, "Cold Gin," "Rock and Roll All Night," and "Strutter."