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With a renewed interest in '80s-era glam metal by the dawn of the 21st century, new groups with a look and sound reminiscent to such acts as Mötley Crüe, Skid Row, and Dokken began to crop up once again, as evidenced by such bands as New York's Atello. Formed in 1998 and comprised of members from several local area bands (Persia, Playmate, and Top Secret), the Atello lineup includes singer/leader Larry Atello, guitarist Paul Danni, bassist R.A. Heiss, and drummer T. Motts. 2000 saw the release of Atello's debut, The Big Payoff, as the quartet received favorable press in such national publications as Billboard and Metal Edge, as well as supporting its release with live dates alongside such '80s rockers as Firehouse, Ratt, Mr. Big, and the Lynch Mob. Atello's sophomore effort, Welcome to the Wrecking Ball, was issued in 2002. ~ Greg Prato