Mark Cross (bornAugust 2, 1965 , London) is a hard rock and heavy metal drummer. He was born to an English father and German mother, raised in Germany, the UK and Greece. Cross has played in many bands in his career and is based in London, England. He grew up in three countries and speaks fluent English, German, Greek and some French. Over the past 25 years he has been working as a professional musician with bands and artists, and earned a reputation in the international music industry as a musician and drummer.
Bands in his roster such as legendary German Power metallers Helloween and Metalium, Deep Purple's frontman Ian Gillan, gold sellers Kingdom Come, British classic rock band Saracen, Greek Power-Metal band Firewind, melodic Rock outfit Outloud, Whitesnake's and Thin Lizzy's Bass player Marco Mendoza and New Wave of British Heavy Metal pioneers Tank and working with known Producers such as Chris Tsangaredes, Charly Bauerfeind, Frederik Nordstrom, Kip Winger and Tommy Hansen have left a great mark in his career.
In 2002, Cross was forced to leave his position in Helloween when he was diagnosed with mononucleosis, a severe virus that affected his immune system and ability to play for nearly one year, but has since fully recovered. In the end he recorded only two tracks with Helloween, both of which eventually featured on their Rabbit Don't Come Easy album in 2003.
In 2005 he featured as a touring musician for At Vance and also appeared on the British rock band Saracen's album, Vox in Excelso and Winters Bane's comeback album, Redivivus.
With Firewind he released Allegiance in July 2006, and toured with them extensively throughout the world in 2006 and 2007 playing more than 150 shows. With their strongest release The Premonition released in April 2008, they started another world tour in Europe in April – May followed by thirty concerts in North America with Swedish metallers Arch Enemy. The same year they announced various festivals and their first headline tour across Europe, which started on 15 September in the UK. On 13 January 2010 Cross left Firewind. While Cross was not pictured in any of the album artwork or the line up for Firewind's album Days of Defiance, he was credited in the liner notes for performing all drums on the album, but not for writing some of their music and lyrics.
In 2009 Cross and his former band mate Bob Katsionis from Firewind launched a new band and album Outloud. "We'll rock you to hell..." by Frontiers Records and gained superb press feedback, which apparently led to a dispute between Firewind and Cross.
On 27 July 2011 Outloud's second album Love Catastrophe had been released by AOR Heaven in Europe, which once more gained tremendous reviews from the world press. In June 2011 they opened a show for Twisted Sister in Athens, Greece.
In October 2010 Cross announced UK Supergroup Tainted Nation with main song writer Pete Newdeck on vocals (drummer of Eden's Curse, ex Killerrs, Grim Reaper), Ian Nash on Guitar (Steve Grimmet band), Joel Peters on Guitar (Fury) and Pontus Egberg on Bass of The Poodles.
The album had been mixed in 2011 by Dennis Ward (PInk Cream 69, Unisonic ...) and got signed by German Management Rock'n Growl and Massacre Records in 2012. With their first album, which has been described as "Rock 2012" and with the quite unique and identifying sounding voice of Pete Newdeck, TN definitely achieved a promising and modern sounding rock mix and worth listening to. The band has toured the UK and attended on the Smokehead Rocks Tour in October 2011 and a headline tour in Spain in October 2013. They also landed their first song "Dare You" on the Magazine Fireworks CD in 2011.
The band also released their first video "Loser", the remake of the song "Bimbo", originally written by Max Martin, Alexander Kronlund and Per Aldeheim for the Swedish pop-rock band Lambretta, which had landed in the Swedish charts a No2 in 2001, has now been re-titled "Loser" and can be heard and watched on YouTube
Loser appears on Tainted Nation's debut album, F.E.A.R., which was released on 25 January 2013 via Massacre Records.
In 2011 Mark fit in as touring drummer for NWOBHM veterans Tank featuring original members Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans on guitar, Doogie White on vocals and Chris Dale on Bass.
In February 2012 Greece's most popular rock singer George Gakis released his new CD "Too much ain't never enough" via Perris Records, where Mark drummed on the entire album, except for two songs, which were played by Bobby Rondinelli and James Kottak. This extraordinary album features also special guests vocalist Joe Lynn Turner, Greg Smith (Over the Rainbow) on Bass and legendary Greek guitar player Yannis Spathas. Mixed and mastered by Kip Winger, a must buy for every Classic Rock fan!
At Christmas 2011 Outloud announced the release of "More Catastrophe", a six-song EP which contains three brand new songs plus the aforementioned Christmas single, and a Flamenco version of the song "Falling Rain" and a piano & vocals version of the track "We Run". The EP is available in stores and digitally across Europe via AOR Heaven and via Rubicon Records in Japan since February 2012.
In 2012 Cross recorded a song for Italian composer and Bass player Alberto Rigoni's new album Three wise monkeys and also played a few shows alongside Marco Mendoza, ex Whitesnake, Ted Nugent, Thin Lizzy's (now Blackstar Riders') bass player and Soren Anderson on guitar (Glenn Hughes). The three of them played six shows in the UK in October.
Mark became a father to his son Anthony, born 4 July 2012 and devoted more time to his family in 2012. Besides playing shows with Tainted Nation and London Club shows with friends Davey Rimmer (Uriah Heep) and singer Luka Twich Ravase throughout the year mostly, he fit in on 19 October 2013 for a sold out headline show at FIREFEST in Nottingham, England with US act HARDLINE.
On 5 April 2014 Mark replaced James Kottak's, who got arrested in Dubai, for one show with the Scorpions at the Grand Prix Formula 1 in Bahrain in front of 30000 spectators. Rumours say that he had been asked to fit in weeks before Kottak's arrest.
In March Mark also released the long awaited debut with a band called "God's Army A.D.", who had kept this great album in working process for nearly ten years! A severe car accident of frontman and bassist John ABC Smith and Cross'obligations with Firewind obviously delayed the release until now.
Cross is endorsed by Paiste cymbals, Tama Drums, Vic Firth drumsticks, Evans drumheads and cymbals in the shape of Iron Crosses made by Factory Metal Percussion and is also sponsored by Pirate Wear and Flaming 13.
In his free time Cross gives private drum lessons in the UK and in Germany and workshops whenever and wherever asked.