Fuse (1967-1973): a Hard Rock band from Rockford, Illinois, USA.
use was an American rock band formed in Rockford, Illinois, in late 1967, after Rick Nielsen (guitar/keyboards) proposed the merging of two local bands, The Grim Reapers with Toast and Jam, to comprise the line-up of Nielsen with Joe Sundberg (vocals), Tom Petersson (bass), Craig Myers (lead guitar) and Chip Greenman (drums/percussion). Their debut self-titled album would arrive in 1970 to complete disinterest.
Frustrated by the lack of success, Fuse recruited the remaining members of Nazz, Thom Mooney and Robert "Stewkey" Antoni, in 1970 to replace Sundberg and Greenman respectively to play around the Midwest USA for about seven months using two monikers, Fuse or Nazz, depending on where they were playing that day. With Brad Carlson (later known as Bun E. Carlos) replacing Mooney on drums, Fuse relocated to Philadelphia in 1971 and changed their name to Sick Man of Europe. After a European tour in 1973, Nielsen, Petersson and Carlos left to form Cheap Trick along with Randy Hogan, thus ending the band.