Armand “Mandy” Meyer was born August 29, 1960 in the City of Balcarres in Saskatchewan, Canada. In high school at the age of nine, Mandy started to play his first instrument, the marching drums. He then was a member of the local marching drums’ club for about seven years. But after having made his first musical experiences he caught fire and started to study classical guitar
At the age of fifteen, Mandy founded the local band Quarry together with a few friends. They had their first live performances on parties and in local clubs. In 1975 Mandy got himself a name in the Swiss music scene as lead singer and guitar player of the Swiss band BM Smith
The big chance came in 1980 when Chris von Rohr, founding member and bass player of Krokus asked him to join the band, replacing the former guitar player Tommy Kiefer. Having only waited for such an opportunity Mandy quit his job and toured with Krokus throughout the States and Europe for the next two years. For Mandy it was the first chance to prove his talent outside of Switzerland in various Countries and Continents. At the same time it was a big difference to perform in huge arenas instead of little clubs. It was the first time he was able to work with the real big shots in the music business, e.g. Clive Davis, John Kalodner, Paul Rothchild and Mike Stone. When asked about the years with Krokus Mandy says: “It opened the doors for me to the international music industry.”
After having made various promising connections in the United States during the Krokus tour Mandy decided to move to Memphis, Tennessee in 1982. There he started working with Jimi Jamison (later the singer of the platinum-selling rock band Survivor) on a project that was soon to be known as Cobra
Their debut album First Strike was very well received by the international music journalists throughout the world. In the Import Charts of the British Music Magazine Kerrang the album even made it to Nr 1. A music video was shot for the song “Blood On Your Money”
In fall 1984 a man called Brian Lane, who at the time was managing Asia and Yes, phoned Mandy and asked him to replace Steve Howe of Asia. Mandy was honored to hear that John Kalodner had recommended him for this job and willingly accepted to come to London and give it a try. Since Asia had just sold 7 Mill. copies of their latest album Mandy didn’t have to think twice about this offer. Asia was a great musical experience for Mandy. Working together with people like Carl Palmer who had different musical backgrounds was very interesting and inspiring. The third Asia album titled Astra, released in November 1985, was not as commercially successful as the first two albums. The record label cancelled the projected tour because of lack of interest. Howe’s replacement, Mandy Meyer of Krokus, provided more of a hard-rock approach. The band charted another single with “Go”, featuring Meyer’s guitar heroics centre stage. The music video was another hit with MTV. In 1986 this Asia line-up folded, bringing the group to an end for the time being
Since Asia only released an album every four years, Mandy decided to go back to the States in 1987. He moved to Los Angeles, CA where John Kalodner of Geffen records had a few projects waiting for Mandy. He immediately started working with bands like Mark Ashton, Stealin’ Horses and House of Lords. Besides that he founded his own band called Katmandü
Although Mandy never really felt at home in Los Angeles he knew it was time for a change and he decided to go back to Switzerland where his roots are
He immediately started writing songs and meeting people who were orientated towards the European and Asian market. Of course he also met his old friends, among them his old band buddy Chris von Rohr, who at that time just signed up as producer of Gotthard. After Gotthard had covered an old song of his, it didn’t take much longer until he joined them in early 1996 for their upcoming G Spot Tour.
With the release of their acoustic album Defrosted in 1997 they landed a big success and sales doubled. Their fan community grew wider and they got more airplay than before. One of the highlights of that tour was certainly the duet with the world famous opera singer Monserat Caballe. For the past six years Gotthard was very successful in Switzerland. They played all the big festivals in Switzerland, toured in Europe and Asia and got countless platinum awards
However after eight years Mandy decided to leave the band at the beginning of this year
After various projects he joined Krokus in spring 2005 replacing founding member Fernando von Arb as lead guitar player. With Mandy back in the band Krokus have recorded the “Hellraiser”-album and have toured Europe together with Hammerfall. When Krokus decided to reunite with the original members in 2008, Mandy declined as he was eager to get involved in a new musical project.
Which materialized itself just a year later with him joining the German hard rock/melodic metal band Unisonic in 2009. In 2012 Unisonic released their first, self-titled album, followed by a tour around the world.
In late 2012 Krokus were in the midst of recording their new KROKUS album “Dirty Dynamite” and spontaneously asked Mandy to contribute with his signature guitar licks. The band liked the collaboration with Mandy so much that they invited him to become their official sixth member, with the band having three guitarists from now on