Eric Turner, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, grew into a more progressive form of rock music after a split from The Tropics. So together with bassist Charlie Souza and drummer Bill Peterson, BACCHUS was born.

“It was 1970 when Bacchus opened a concert in Jacksonville, featuring Cactus and Free with Paul Rogers. We were very well received and went straight from the concert to record Carry My Load. That night was magic and we were very happy with the recording. It was a 45 release and charted high in Tampa on WLCY. From there we went on tour with Grand Funk Railroad for 8 concerts around the state. We played clubs relentlessly between the major concerts and had a good following. Heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and the Allman Brothers. We were truly Psychedelic!
Eric Turner, Florida Music Hall of Fame Nominee!

* After many record releases, Bacchus was also the opening act for
The band went on a USO Tour in Puerto Rico and then had the honor to open a Florida concert for MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, Bacchus also appeared on the free stage at the Atlanta Pop Festival, just before Grand Funk Railroad on the main stage. BACCHUS has released two of their songs on Riding Easy Records in Los Angeles and a New Vinyl LP Record Album coming soon in 2022 on Guerssen Records in Europe and distributed by Forced Eposure in the U.S.A




















Upon arriving in North Hollywood, California, five years down the road on their musical path in 1979, BACCHUS became FORTRESS on Atlantic Records, '80s Melodic Metal Rock Group, Cult Favorite in Europe & endorsed by Alice Cooper.



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