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Prizoner was formed in 1980 by Tim Keyes, Paul Hoffman, Chuck Campbell, and Bill Parsons in a garage in northeastern suburbs of Cincinnati. Shortly thereafter Paul was replaced by Billy’s friend Scott McCroby. Tim got an offer and left to join the regionally successful “Powerplay” where he met drummer Stephen Schwarz. Scott and Bill recruited Kurt Dobkins on vocals (who later joined Spike) and Russell Jinkens (CJSS) on vocals and guitar. Between 1981 and 1988 there were many lineup changes which included Tim coming back to the group after a year with Powerplay, Paul “Jake” Jacobson taking over on the vocals, Bob Hellmann coming in on drums, Pat O’Brien (Lethal, Cannibal Corpse) joining on guitar, Stephen Schwarz taking over for Bob, Darrell Roberts (WASP, Five Finger Death Punch) taking over for Pat, and so on….and so on! They brought in record crowds up and down the coast warming up for bands like Quiet Riot, Anthrax and The Ramones.