was born John William Lowery, on July 31 1971, in Grosse Pointe Michigan, in a safe, affluent neighbourhood "it was safe, and I had my own maid". His love of guitar came at the age of seven, from the Hee Haw series he would watch with his father, as well as The Monkees; "I watched the guitar playing and knew that was what I wanted to do. Other influences included KISS and Jimi Hendrix "one of the hardest but most graceful guitar players of all time".
For John it was having the support of his parents who permitted him to play in bars and clubs on the condition that he kept his grades up, which gave the biggest push to his burgeoning career. That support of family still drives John today "I'm very lucky, I practise all the time and yet my wife, my family get it. You come to my house and you will rarely find me without a guitar in hand and I am so blessed to have the support of my family in what I do."
John's first high-school band - 'Dirty Tricks' won a major battle of the bands contest in the sixth or seventh grade. Hours of practise paying off. Another band - 'Vampirella' - was where he began to experiment with the unique facial make-up that he still wears to this day; "we looked crazy on stage. I'd already started wearing eyeliner anyway but the stuff we wore on stage was crazy".
When John was 18 he made the decision to pack up his guitar, move away from the safety and mod cons of his family home, to the bright lights and big city of LA. The move, almost proved to be the quickest start and end of career in history when on his first night, he found himself the victim of a robbery, loosing every penny he had come to LA with. Many would have gone home but John found himself more determined to pursue his career, hunkering down in abandoned warehouses as he went door to door and sell his skills. "I did not want to give up, it would have been too easy to go home but I'm not someone who gives up at all easily.
His first band experience in LA was called "Alligator Soup". A bizarre accident saw the lead singer pulled from stage tending a bleeding head wound. Filling the space and making sure the show still went on John took center stage and played. In the audience was Rudy Sarzo who was so impressed that he took John out to dinner and asked to work with him. As a result of that meeting, John also began working closely with producer Bob Marlette - whom he still works with to this day. Marlette provided a gateway for John to work on music for TV shows, commercials and film soundtracks. Bigger breaks included working with the legendary Lita Ford, opening up with her in support of a KISS "I mean KISS man, I was opening up for KISS - this is like all your Christmases come at once". John also worked with former Ozzy Osbourne drummer Randy Castillo and his first big project - Red Square Black. Together they released one EP - "Square". The project was short-lived as in 1996, John found himself selected from over 2,000 other guitarists to play with K.D. Lang. In fact you can see John on the Live in Sydney tape of the tour. "KD is an amazing artist. I loved working with her".
That same year John narrowly missed out on an audition with Marilyn Manson following the departure of original guitarist Daisy Berkowitz. Instead he teamed up with Rob Halford (Judas Priest) and formed industrial/classic rock band "2wo" (Two).Their album, "Voyeurs" was produced by Nine Inch Nail's frontman Trent Reznor. "Working with Rob was a dream come true - he is a METAL GOD, there is no doubt about that."
Following that, John was able to work with another hero - Dave Lee Roth of Van Halen fame. John's familiarity with Roth's style became one of the overriding reasons as to why he was picked to play and help write "The DLR Band" album - "we did it in two weeks, and I remember Dave saying before we started recording, if you can't do it in two takes, then you can't do it." No pressure then!?! "Exactly!"
In 1998 John found himself sitting at lunch with Marilyn Manson. Manson had just finished recording his studio album "Mechanical Animals" and was searching for a new live guitarist following the departure of Zim Zum. John signed on initially to work as a live guitarist for the Rock is Dead tour and then to work on the next studio album. In between, John also contributed to the Grammy nominated "Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes". The track appeared on The Last Tour on Earth CD as well as John also continued working as a session guitarist, contributing works to several albums, including the Jimi Hendrix Tribute album "Hazy Days" and reuniting with Dave Lee Roth for the track "Thug Pop".
After five years in Marilyn Manson, John 5 and Manson decided to part company. John retained the name he had been honored with by Manson and began working immediately. A meeting with the legendary Les Paul, helped pave the way forward. Vertigo, became a deeply autobiographical album pulled from turbulent personal memories. And it proved to be a surprising hit with fans, as John 5 not only brought his trademark Drop-D tuning shredding to the album but intermixed it with some of the Bluegrass music he had listened to as a child.
John 5's newfound solo career also turned out to not be a flash in the pan. Since 2004 he has released six studio solo albums (Vertigo, Songs For Sanity, The Devil Knows My Name, Requiem, The Art of Malice and God Told Me To) and a remix album (Remixploitation) based on his previous work. The albums have also seen John work with other memorable players, including Albert Lee who called John "one of the nicest guys I've worked with", Steve Vai who called John "underrated", Joe Satriani, Jim Root, Eric Johnson and many more.
However in 2006, John found himself conflicted as he found himself torn between his new band and a chance meeting with Rob Zombie. Following an onstage meeting at Dave Navarro's Camp Freddy and then being asked to join Zombie on stage for a short Ozzfest tour ("Rob told me not to get too comfortable at that point") John began working with the musician turned film director on a new album - 2006's Educated Horses. Despite trying to find a replacement guitar player for a forthcoming tour Loser were about to embark on, the record company were not happy with the arrangement and John was faced with a very hard decision.
John returned to the studio with Zombie and contributed eight out of eleven tracks on Educated Horses.
Moving to Rob Zombie was huge as the rocker had begun to build a career as a film director.
Educated Horses was just the start. Following a North America tour which saw the band tear up the festival scene as well as their own dates, the band went back into the studio for "Hellbilly Deluxe 2?. John 5 also found himself working on other projects with Zombie - including in 2013 the score for The Lords of Salem.
In 2011 Rob Zombie toured for the first time outside of the US in years including visiting the UK - where he had last toured with his band White Zombie twelve years previously.
In 2012, between filming and touring, Rob, John 5, Piggy D and the newly acquired Ginger Fish from Marilyn Manson, entered the studio to work on "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor". The addition of Ginger Fish to the band was akin to reuniting with a brother. John he sees Zombie as the place he will call home until whenever Zombie calls it a day "this is home."
Working on new solo albums, Zombie albums would make one busy enough, but John 5 has continued to work as a "hired gun". Whether it be contributing to guitar leads, such as on Meatloaf's Bat out of Hell 3: The Monsters Loose, or going into the studio for not one, but two Lynryd Skynrd albums and surprising fans by working with Ricky Martin and Rod Stewart - to name but two, life is busy for John 5.
Johnny A ~ Guitarist
Johnny A. has one of the most eloquent voices in modern music - and he doesn't sing a note. Instead, he channels joy, love, humor, sadness... every aspect of the human experience, through his guitar.
Only the finest musicians have the ability to capture the nuances of life in sound, which puts Johnny in a very exclusive group of six-stringers that includes Les Paul, Wes Montgomery, Jeff Beck, Chet Atkins, and Jimi Hendrix. The secret is his blend of melody, sonic definition, technique and that indefinable-yet-tangible quality called "soul." And he's eloquently shared that secret on the CDs Sometime Tuesday Morning (2001), Get Inside (2004), the instructional DVD Taste, Tone, Space (2006), and the recently released live DVD/CD One November Night which have combined sales in excess 150,000 copies.
Johnny has earned invitations to share the stage with, and ultimately win the admiration of, B.B. King, Les Paul, George Thorogood, Jeff Beck and J.J. Cale, among others. He's also performed at such prestigious festivals as Eric Clapton's Crossroads, the Montreal Jazz Festival, and Tokyo's Fuji Rock Festival.
Prior to his successful solo career, Johnny A. lent his talents to such notables as Peter Wolf (The J. Geils Band), Bobby Whitlock (Derek and the Dominos, Delaney and Bonnie), and Mingo Lewis (Santana) amongst others.
Although an instrumentalist, Johnny thinks like a singer as he plays, composes and improvises on guitar. "I'm always interested in dynamics and tone far more than the amount of notes played," Johnny explains. "What's most important to me is that every song has a strong, clear melody; not how fast or flashy the solo is going to be. That's a lesson I learned when I fell in love with The Beatles and other bands of the British Invasion, which is still my favorite era in music."
Johnny's unmatched sound so won over the Gibson Guitar staff that they were moved to produce a Johnny A. Signature Model. "Creating an artist signature model guitar is not something we take lightly," says Gibson senior VP Rick Gembar. "But sometimes a player comes along who is not only a musical innovator and artist of the highest-caliber, but has innovative ideas about designing a totally new instrument. And that's Johnny, who just knocked us off our feet."
- Gibson Custom first introduced the Johnny A. Signature Model in 2003, and it's become one of the company's most successful and popular models. Developed in close collaboration with Johnny A., the Johnny A. Signature Model combines several innovative design aspects with many of Gibson's traditional appointments to deliver one of the world's most unique guitars.
"It's the first time an artist has been involved in every aspect of designing a new Gibson guitar model from scratch since the Barney Kessel in 1961," Johnny says. "I've been a Gibson fan for a long time, but this is an honor I couldn't have imagined."
Johnny A. was the recipient of the "2010 Blues Artist of the Year" at the Boston Music Awards.
Steven Adler ~ Drummer ~ Guns N' Roses
Steven Adler is famous for his tenure as a member of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he performed and recorded from 1985 to 1990. Adler met future Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash at the age of 12. The two attended the same junior high school in CA. Adler drummed on the first two GN'R albums: the multi-platinum Appetite for Destruction and G N' R Lies. In 2003, he started the band Suki Jones, which would later be renamed Adler's Appetite, and released an EP, Adler's Appetite. Steven Adler's autobiography, "No Bed of Roses" will come out in 2010.
Keyboard rocker Francis Buster Akrey started his musical journey at age 2 and has never slowed down. Whether it's performing live or recording for the Power Rangers or bands like Steely Dan, Buster always brings it. His unique style often includes singing with his solos and hand stands on top of his Hammond C3. Considered for a Grammy for 2008, honored with an MMA Rock Record of the Year in 2011 for his 2nd solo album, "Red" Buster is considered to be one of the great Hammond players in the music industry today.
Jon Anderson ~ Lead Singer ~ YES
Best known for over three decades as the lead singer for the legendary super-group YES, there can be no doubt that Jon Anderson has one of the most instantly recognizable voices in popular music. Jon spent his youth working on farms, driving trucks, and singing in a series of rock -n- roll groups until 1968, when a chance meeting with bassist Chris Squire in London led to the formation of YES. With Jon's angelic vocals and unique brand of cosmic/spiritual lyrics at the fore, YES produced classics such as I've Seen All Good People, Roundabout, Close to the Edge, Awaken, and Owner of a Lonely Heart.
The band's well-earned reputation for musical excellence propelled millions of album sales and countless sold-out concerts worldwide. Outside of YES, Jon has teamed up for successful collaborations with Vangelis & Kitaro. He has also released over a dozen ground-breaking solo albums that have allowed him to explore his own brand of rock, new-age, and world music.
Teddy Andreadis ~ Keyboards
Teddy (Zig Zag) has gained a reputation as a rock-solid keyboardist, a wailing harmonica player, a soulful singer, B3 player and an insightful musical arranger. Teddy has toured and shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music, including: Carole King, Guns 'n' Roses, Roger Daltrey, Jeff Skunk Baxter, Alice Cooper, Slash, Nikki Sixx, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, BB King and Michael Jackson. He also appears on the Guns 'n' Roses "Use Your Illusion" Live 2-DVD set, and most recently played on Velvet Revolver's latest CD. Teddy's own CD, "Innocent Loser," was received with wide acclaim. He continues to tour with the greats and conducts a weekly jam session in Hollywood at the Baked Potato with his band The Screaming Cocktail Hour.
Michael Anthony ~ Bass ~ Van Halen
Mike was suggested by a mutual friend of he and Eddie's to audition for the newly renamed Van Halen, who had also recently added front man David Lee Roth to the mix. Mike jammed with Eddie and Alex in a small garage where the band rehearsed.Van Halen assaulted the Southern California club scene over the course of the next few years and established themselves as one of the premiere rock and roll bands in the area. In 1976, Kiss' Gene Simmons produced their first demo and tried, without success, to get them signed on the Casablanca label. In May of 1977, VH were re-discovered by Mo Ostin and Ted Templeman and quickly signed to Warner Bros. In March of 1978 they released their first album and the rest, as they say is history...
Vinny Appice ~ Drummer
Vinny has created the rhythm and power (live and in the studio) for the music of DIO, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, WWIII, Axis, Rick Derringer, John Lennon and more. He has co-written and recorded songs on over 25 albums including many multi-platinum records. Vinny has toured the world for over 20 years selling millions of records. His unique and powerful drumming style can also be heard on numerous movie soundtracks including; Wayne's World 2, Heavy Metal, Iron Eagle and Bedazzled. He has authored an instruction drumming book and DVD, and has performed incredible powerhouse drum clinics around the world.
Kenny Aronoff ~ Drummer ~ Everyone
Kenny Aronoff is one of the world´s most influential and in-demand drummers. The list of artists he's worked with reads like a who's who of the music industry, and includes Jon Bon Jovi, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson, Joe Cocker, B. B. King, Mick Jagger, Ray Charles, Alice Cooper, Meat Loaf, Bonnie Raitt, Ricky Martin, Santana, Patti LaBelle, etc. With a style of playing that combines power and finesse, Kenny was named the #1 Pop/Rock Drummer and the #1 Studio Drummer for five consecutive years, and in addition has played on over 30 Grammy-nominated recordings.
Sebastian Bach ~ Skid Row
Sebastian Bach has sold in excess of 20 million records worldwide as lead singer with his former band, Skid Row and as a solo artist. Since departing the band, Bach has produced chart topping records and performed with Poison and Axl Rose from Guns N´ Roses in addition to touring as a solo act. Sebastian Bach´s most recent billboard chart topping solo album, Kicking and Screaming, was met with universal acclaim and praise. Far from just being a multi-platinum recording artist, the singer/songwriter/actor/entertainer has expanded his career over the past decade to include episodic television with a 5-season recurring role on the CW´s hit series "Gilmore Girls", starring roles on Broadway ("Jekyll & Hyde", "The Rocky Horror Picture Show") and national touring companies ("Jesus Chris Superstar"), and has appeared regularly on MTV and VH1.
Ginger Baker ~ Cream
Cream, Blind Faith, Airforce, Masters of Reality, The Ginger Baker Trio, DJQ20 and lately Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion, are just some of the iconic bands put together by this legendary figure.
From his musical beginnings on the London Jazz scene of the late 1950's, Peter 'Ginger' Baker soon forged a name for himself and in 1966, after seeing Eric Clapton play in London, he formed the power trio Cream with bassist Jack Bruce. The rest is history!
Cream were so popular in the United States, that in 1968 they broke the box office records formerly held by the Beatles! Rare super 8 footage of the band shot by Ginger, shows freeways jammed with vehicles heading to hear the music that spoke for a generation.
In 1969, Ginger joined Eric Clapton again, this time with Steve Winwood & Rick Grech to form the world's first 'super group' Blind Faith, who played the first season free festival in London's Hyde Park (now on DVD), with an historic world tour & album. In 1970, Ginger formed a 'big band', Ginger Baker's Airforce, that in several incarnations including members Steve Winwood and Denny Laine amongst many, was credited with bringing African music to the popular consciousness.
For the next 3 decades Ginger had several adventures and continued to write, perform and record with various artists world-wide, including Robbie Robertson, Jimmy Page, Gary Moore and Andy Somers.
In 1999, after completing the critically acclaimed 'Coward of the County' CD with Ron Miles, Ginger headed back to his beloved Africa in semi-retirement. Then in 2005, he hit the world stage again at Cream's mega-successful re-union, firstly at London's Royal Albert Hall (scene of their iconic 'Farewell' show in 1968) and later more sell out shows at NYC's Madison Square Garden. All previous merchandise records were broken on these dates and a CD/vinyl & DVD of the London performances was released in commemoration.
Ginger followed this up with his best-selling auto-biography 'Hellraiser' in 2009, when he also celebrated his 70th birthday & collected a Zildjian lifetime achievement award presented to him by his good friend, Rolling Stone drummer Charlie Watts.
2012 saw the release of Jay Bulger's explosive Rockumentary 'Beware of Mr Baker', winner of an award at the SSXW festival in Texas, (influenced by Tony Palmer's atmospheric 1971 film 'Ginger Baker in Africa'), containing rare archive footage and a foreword by John Lydon with whom Ginger collaborated, along with the late great Tony Williams, on Lydon's PiL album in 1986.
2012 also saw Ginger form his 'Jazz Confusion', with Pee Wee Herman, Alec Dankworth and Dodoo Abass, going back to his jazz routes, yet featuring the unique African style for which he is renowned. The band released the hugely popular 'Why?' album in 2014 & continue to bring the house down as they perform worldwide.
The same year brought a collaboration with Steve Tannett (former partner of Miles Copeland at IRS Records), his first 'best of' CD for several decades, 'A Drummer's Tale', along with a unique picture book of memorabilia and related merchandise.
In November 2014, Ginger & Eric were deeply saddened by the death of their former band-mate and friend Jack Bruce, whose funeral they attended together and Ginger looks forward to playing at a memorial concert for Jack in London in October 2015.
Ginger Baker, Iiving legend, music pioneer, former Hellraiser, now a grandfather who enjoys family life and a cup of tea! But as he says himself, 'I'm still playing great'!
Frankie Banali ~ Quiet Riot
His hard hitting, deep pocket, heavy rock drumming was a mainstay of the 80's LA rock scene, but Frankie Banali the person and the drummer goes much deeper than the grooves he plays with Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P. or any number of bands you may have heard him with. Citing early influences including Ringo and Charlie Watts, Frankie got heavier via the influence of John Bonham, then deeper into technique through the likes of Terry Bozzio and other progressive players. This combination of influences set him up nicely for session work with everyone from Billy Idol ('Mony, Mony) and guitar whizz Gary Hoey, to Billy Thorpe, Monarch, and super-duo Glenn Hughes and Pat Thrall on their classic 'Hughes/Thrall' album. Still today the track 'Hold Out Your Life' is one of the best written and most exciting tracks that I have had the pleasure to be a part of,' says Frankie. It's also a great example of Frankie's ability to drive a tune through all its dynamic variations and still make it rock mercilessly. It's what he does with his longtime, band Quiet Riot. Through hits like 'Cum On Feel The Noize' and albums including Metal Health, he has added something more personal than just a big drum sound. He's brought an excitement and degree of integrity to the grooves 'But then that's Frankie Banali; a great drummer and person who has a deep perspective on music and life and brings a wealth of experience and commitment to every note he plays.
Eric Bazilian ~ Songwriter, Guitar, Vocals ~ The Hooters
Nervous Night, The Hooters' 1985 debut on Columbia Records, sold more than 2 million copies and included Billboard Top 40 hits "Day By Day" (#18), "And We Danced" (#21) and "Where Do The Children Go" (#38). After releasing six albums, The Hooters obtained a large global following throughout the 1980s and 1990s. As a result, they were asked to open three major musical events of the late 20th century: Live Aid in Philadelphia in 1985, Amnesty International Concert at Giants Stadium in 1986, and Roger Waters' The Wall Concert in Berlin in 1990. In 1995, The Hooters went on hiatus, although Hyman and Bazilian would continue to collaborate on musical projects for other artists. In 1995, he wrote and produced Joan Osborne's debut album Relish, which was nominated for six Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year for the No. 4 Billboard hit "One of Us," which Bazilian wrote.
"One of the most influential lead guitarists in rock, Jeff Beck helped shape blues rock, psychedelia, and heavy metal. Beck's groups have been short-lived, and he has probably been handicapped by the fact that he doesn't sing, but his aggressive style - encompassing screaming, bent, sustained notes, distortion, feedback, and fast, crisply articulated passages - has been more far important than his material.
Born Geoffrey Arnold Beck on June 24, 1944, in Wallington, England, he attended Wimbledon Art College in London and backed early shock rocker Screaming Lord Sutch before replacing Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds in 1965. Beck established his reputation with that band, but he left the following year.
After a short sabbatical he released a version of "Love Is Blue," played deliberately out of tune because he loathed the song. In 1967 he founded the Jeff Beck Group with Ron Wood and Rod Stewart. The band's reworkings of blues-based material helped lay the groundwork for Seventies heavy metal.
Clashing temperaments broke up the group after two acclaimed albums and several U.S. tours. Stewart and Wood went on to join the Faces. Beck was planning to form a band with Vanilla Fudge members Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice when he was sidelined for 18 months with a fractured skull he sustained in a car crash. (A car aficionado, Beck has been in three crashes and was once sidelined for months after getting his thumb trapped under a car.) When he recovered, Bogert and Appice were busy in Cactus, so Beck assembled a second Jeff Beck Group and put out two albums of Memphis funk laced with heavy metal. When Cactus broke up in late 1972, Beck, Bogert, and Appice returned Beck to a power trio format, but weak vocals hampered the band, and it dissolved in early 1974.
Beck then went into the first of many periods of hibernation. In 1975 he reemerged in an all-instrumental format, playing fusion-style jazz tunes. He toured as coheadliner with the Mahavishnu Orchestra and started an on-again, off-again collaboration with former Mahavishnu keyboardist Jan Hammer in 1976 with Wired (Number 16).
During the late Seventies Beck reportedly spent most of his time on his 70-acre estate outside London. He and Hammer worked together on the 1980 album There and Back, but Hammer did not join Beck for his 1980 tour, the guitarist's first in more than four years.
In 1981 Beck appeared at Amnesty International's Secret Policeman's Ball, and in 1985 he toured Japan. Flash, which includes Beck's sole charting single, "People Get Ready" (Number 48, 1985), with Rod Stewart on vocals, and the Grammy-winning "Escape," written by Hammer, peaked at Number 39. Four years later Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop With Terry Bozzio and Tony Hymas (Number 49, 1989) garnered the Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Crazy Legs, an homage to Gene Vincent's Blue Caps and rockabilly guitar legend Cliff Gallup, met with mixed reviews.
During the Eighties and Nineties Beck turned up on recordings by artists including Mick Jagger, Malcolm McLaren, Roger Waters, and Jon Bon Jovi. He finally recorded an album of new material (all instrumental) in 1999. On Who Else!, the guitarist got support from longtime collaborators Hammer (on one song) and Hymas and explored a more electronic environment; a tour followed.
The same year Beck was nominated for two Grammys: "A Day in the Life," his contribution to George Martin's album In My Life, was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, while the guitarist's own "What Mama Said" was nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Beck spent much of 1999 touring.
By the 2000s, Beck seemed content with his new electronic direction and continued putting out albums in that vein: You Had It Coming (2001), on which he reinterpreted Muddy Waters' "Rollin' and Tumblin'" and the Beatles' "Blackbird" as electronica, and Jeff (2003), on which he cranked up the hip-hop breakbeats, industrial rhythms and synthetic lyricism to a Chemical Brothers-like frenzy. Tracks on both albums won him Grammys for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. He returned with predominantly Wired-era pyrotechnics on his 2008 live album, Performing This Week...Live At Ronnie Scott's.
Scott Bennett ~ Brian Wilson ~ The Flaming Lips
Scott was a co-writer with Brian Wilson and George Gershwin on 2 unfinished Gershwin songs for the Brian Wilson Re-Imagines Gershwin album.
Co-writer, co-producer, mixer on Brian Wilson's best reviewed solo album, "That Lucky Old Sun", (**** MOJO, Uncut, Rolling Stone).
Won a Grammy for his work on Brian Wilson presents "Smile", and performed with the re-united Beach Boys, Maroon 5 and Foster the People at the 2012 Grammy Awards, followed by an acclaimed six month world tour.
Played several instruments, and / or did vocals on award winning albums for Brian Wilson, The Flaming Lips, Liz Phair, Greg Duli,, Drake Bell and many others.
Scott has performed on every major stage in the world, and has had the amazing fortune to share some of those stages with Sirs Paul McCartney, and Elton John, Sting, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, The Who, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Jeff Beck, Sheryl Crow and many other legends.
He performed with Wilson and/or the Beach Boys on Letterman, Leno, Conan, Kimmel, Fallen, Later with Jools Holland. He also promoted his own music on Jonathan Ross's radio show,
Won a BMI composer award for his work on Nickelodeon's "Zoey 101" as well as working on the scores for "Drake and Josh", Disney's "Shake It Up", ABC's "Karen Sisco and the director's cut of the Mel Gibson film, "Payback".
Nominated for an Emmy for his song "Y.O.U", from The Young and the Restless, and has placed many other songs on other shows such as, 90210, Charmed, Vegas, Providence, One Tree Hill...
Scott has composed and/or performed on countless commercials for Disney, Bud, Miller, McDonald's, Vidal Sassoon, Subway, Coke, Pepsi, etc. etc.
Played guitar and keyboards for the Pulitzer award winning "Rent".
His Chicago band, "The Falling Wallendas" debut was called "Breathtaking" by the Chicago Tribune, and his High School band "A Fine Mess" won a nationally televised Battle of the Bands, hosted by Sammy Davis Jr. His current project involves musicians who have worked with Smashing Pumpkins, Morrisey, Fiona Apple, Melissa Etheridge, Liz Phair, and Chris Cornell.
Scott has produced many artists, including his own bands, and is constantly, collaborating and developing new talent like Drake, Bell, Jamar Rogers (from NBC's The Voice), EZ Tiger, Aussie wonderkind, Joel Newman, and the impressive 15 year old band, The Suits.
Scott Bennett graduated from New Trier High School, consistently ranked 1st or 2nd in the USA and fine-tuned his excellent artistic skills at the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago.
Dickey Betts ~ Guitar ~ The Allman Brothers Band
Dickey Betts joined the Allman Brothers Band as second lead guitarist and singer in the late 60's. In addition to matching bandleader Duane Allman lick for lick, Betts also wrote such memorable songs as "Revival" (number 92, 1971) and the instrumental tour de force "In Memory ofElizabeth Reed." After Duane Allman was killed in a road accident in 1971, Betts and Allman's brother Gregg shared leadership of the band, with Betts writing and singing the group's biggest hit, "Ramblin' Man" (number two, 1973). Members of the band began solo careers in 1973, and Betts released his first solo album Highway Call, in 1974. The Allmans split up in 1976, and Betts formed Dickey Betts and Great Southern. The Allmans reformed in 1978, with Betts contributing "Crazy Love" (number 29, 1979), "Angeline" (number 58, 1980), and "Straight From the Heart" (number 39, 1981). But they split again, and both Betts and the Allmans were inactive for several years. Betts returned with the Dickey Betts Band and Pattern Disruptive in 1988, and in 1989 he and a couple of members of his backup band joined a second, more permanent re-formation of the Allmans.
Jack Blades ~ Vocals, Bass ~ Night Ranger and Damn Yankees
In addition to fronting rock bands like Night Ranger and Damn Yankees, bassist/singer Jack Blades has either recorded with, penned songs for, or produced albums for some of rock's biggest names. He has recorded with Tommy Shaw under the name Shaw/Blades, done work alongside TMG, and written for artists ranging from Ozzy Osbourne to Cher. His most recent efforts include a second solo CD, and Shaw/Blades is in the process of recording "Influence II".
Hal Blaine ~ Drummer ~ Everyone
Hal Blaine is one of the most prolific drummers in rock and roll history. He's played on 40 #1 singles and 150 that made the Top Ten. In 1961, Blaine drummed on "Can't Help Falling in Love With You," by Elvis and he would play on Presley's film soundtracks throughout the Sixties. Blaine worked with producer Phil Spector, as the percussive backbone of the "Wrecking Crew." which yielded such classic hits as "Be My Baby," by the Ronettes, and "Da Doo Ron Ron," by the Crystals. Blaine appeared on many Beach Boys hits, including "Surfer Girl" and "Good Vibrations." He also drummed for the Mamas and the Papas, the Byrds, Johnny Rivers, the Association, Sonny and Cher, the Grass Roots, Frank Sinatra and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass and the list goes on.
Blue Oyster Cult
Blue Öyster Cult (often abbreviated BÖC) is an American rock band from Long Island, New York, whose most successful work includes the hard rock and heavy metal songs "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Godzilla" and "Burnin' for You". Since the release of their eponymous debut album in 1972, the band has sold over 24 million albums worldwide, including 7 million in the United States alone. The band's music videos, especially "Burnin' for You", received heavy rotation on MTV when the music television network premiered in 1981, cementing the band's contribution to the development and success of the music video in modern pop culture.
Jack Bruce ~ Vocals, Bass ~ Cream
Jack Bruce, composer, bassist, singer and multi-instrumentalist was born in the industrial, Scottish city of Glasgow to working class parents. his love of music was stimulated by his mother (Scots folk music) and father (jazz). At age sixteen he won a scholarship in cello and composition to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama of which he now holds an Honorary Doctorate of Music. There is also the 'Jack Bruce Zone' at the RSAMD which features a wall sculpture by Hazel Blue depicting his life story.
He left home at seventeen to seek fame and fortune and travelled around Europe playing with many jazz bands before settling in London. There he played with Alexis Korner's Blues Inc., The Graham Bond Organization, John Mayall and Manfred Mann before forming the world's first super group, Cream with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker. He composed most of Cream's hits, including I Feel Free, Sunshine of Your Love, White Room and many others during the band's meteoric career. After the demise of Cream he began his dream of pursuing his personal goal of forging his own musical language and playing with many of the finest musicians in the world in his own bands.
In 1993 Jack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Cream, and the band had a tremendously successful reunion in 2005. The following year, Jack was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Grammy for his work with Cream.
He continues to be prolific musically and records and plays concerts all over the globe.
Gary Burr ~ Songwriter
After years of hard work and hard writing, Gary got his first break in 1982 with Juice Newton's "Love's Been a Little Bit Hard on Me." With a hit under his belt Gary got cuts from such talents as the Oak Ridge Boys and Conway Twitty. After a brief time on a solo career and album, Gary took over for Vince Gill as the lead-singer for the band Pure Prairie League. In the late 80's, Gary moved to Nashville. It didn't take long for Gary to become one of Country Music's most sought-after writers, having hits with Randy Travis, LeeAnn Rimes, Patty Loveless, George Jones, and many more. Burr has been awarded 'Songwriter of the Year' on three separate occasions by three different organizations: Billboard, Nashville Songwriter's Association International, and ASCAP. He has also received over twenty of ASCAP's recognition awards for radio play activity, and CDs featuring his songs have sold more than 50 million units world-wide. With his successes in Country Music, Gary's ventures in Pop have been equally stellar. He has written and performed with Ringo Starr, appearing on VH1's Storytellers series and many talk shows. He had a world-wide hit with Ricky Martin's duet with Christina Aguilera "Nobody Wants to be Lonely," granting him his first #1 on the Latin charts. Gary garnered a #1 on the pop charts with his collaboration on the platinum selling single "Before Your Love" by American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, and a #1 selling single with American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken's song "This Is The Night." Gary collaborated on Ringo Starr's album Ringorama, released on Koch Records in 2003, and continues in the pop world with his recent participation at a Desmond Child hosted "diva's camp" and by also attending a Sir Cliff Richards hosted writers camp for his upcoming album. Gary continues to write great music with great people: Desmond Child, Ringo Starr, Carole King, Mary Chapin Carpenter, John Levanthal, Richard Marx, Michael Bolton, and Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies just to name a few.
Taking the operatic vocal stylings of Judas Priest's Rob Halford and Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson to whole new levels, Queensrÿche's Geoff Tate remains one of heavy metal's most talented and technically accomplished singers. Born on January 14, 1959 in Stuttgart, West Germany, Tate and his family relocated to Tacoma, Washington soon after. Tate became interested in music at an early age, especially symphonic works (additionally, his family always sang around the house, while his aunt was a talented opera singer). But Tate initially focused on a career in football until a knee injury prevented him from pursuing it any further. Soon after, Tate began to sing in local high school rock bands, including one such group called Tyrant. After attending Tacoma Community College for a year, Tate took a job with the Washington State Search and Rescue Team, a group that was trained to assist in "the recovery of crashed planes and lost people," mainly in the Rocky Mountain region not far from Tacoma. Tate continued to sing with other bands during this time, including such local outfits as Myth and the Mob, the latter of which would become Queensrÿche by the early '80s.
Mixing progressive rock with heavy metal, Queensrÿche built a regional following, and even toured with such national acts as Quiet Riot, Twisted Sister, and Dio, solely on the strength of an independently released, self-titled EP from 1983. Tate and Queensrÿche soon signed on with EMI Records, which resulted in such further releases as 1984's The Warning and 1986's Rage for Order. It was also during this time that Tate lent his vocal talents to Ronnie James Dio's Hear N' Aid project, which featured many of the day's top names in heavy metal. The resulting song and album (both titled Stars) helped raise money to fight world-wide starvation. But it wasn't until 1988's sprawling concept album, Operation: Mindcrime, that the group broke through to the mainstream. Touring for over a year (and opening sold-out tours for such big names as Def Leppard and Metallica) led to the album enjoying a long life on the charts, eventually earning platinum certification. Queensrÿche scored an even bigger hit with their next release, Empire, which scored a Top Ten hit single with the ballad "Silent Lucidity."
Tate and Queensrÿche took a much-needed break from recording and touring in the early '90s, during which time musical tastes changed dramatically, thanks to (ironically) several younger bands that also hailed from Queensrÿche's hometown of Seattle. Queensrÿche never scaled the same commercial heights again, but still managed to retain a sizeable and dedicated following with such albums as 1994's Promised Land, 1997's Hear in the Now Frontier, and 1999's Q2K. The early 21st century saw Tate contribute vocals to a cover of the Queen classic "Somebody to Love," for the tribute album Stone Cold Queen: A Tribute, in addition to issuing his very first solo album in 2002, a self-titled affair that featured musical styles usually not associated with the Queensrÿche frontman. Tate was also rumored for some time to be involved in a new group, the Three Tremors, which would also include the aforementioned vocalists for Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, Bruce Dickinson and Rob Halford. Despite each singer confirming the project in the press, no word has been given as to when an album will surface.
Tate was fired by his Queensrÿche bandmates in June of 2012. He unsuccessfully sued the band to prevent them from using the name. While the judge ruled against him, she also ruled that Tate could legally use the name as well. To that end, he formed another band using the Queensrÿche moniker, with drummer Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), bassist Rudy Sarzo (ex-Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, and Whitesnake), former Megadeth and King Diamond guitarist Glen Drover, former Queensrÿche guitarist Kelly Gray, and keyboardist Randy Gane, who played in Tate's first solo band and toured and recorded with Queensrÿche. In the late fall of 2012, Tate released his second solo offering, Kings & Thieves.
In a society where every civilian is under constant surveillance, "Little Brother" has entered the lexicon as a synonym for the rapturous social media culture controlling the 21st century. No one is immune and nothing is sacred, "Little Brother Is Watching".
Guitar virtuoso, singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist, and producer Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal will be releasing his 10th CD entitled "Little Brother Is Watching" on February 24th. The album is an eccentric, upbeat collection of modern epic rock with haunting melodies, huge choruses and witty lyrics about life in the digital age and beyond. Specifically, his own life and coming to terms with what we all face - beginnings, endings, and moving on. The album was composed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Bunblefoot at his studio in New Jersey, and also features drummer Dennis Leeflang and a crowd of 100 fans stomping, chanting and singing backing vocals recorded at a listening party in New York.
Bumblefoot has over 20 years of releasing music, performing at international festivals, headlining solo tours, won many album of the month/year awards and has appeared on the covers of numerous music magazines as a solo artist. As lead guitarist of Guns N' Roses, Bumblefoot toured sold-out shows all over the world, headlining festivals with crowds up to 150,000 people. Bumblefoot's unique 'fretless guitar' can be heard throughout GNR's 2008 Chinese Democracy album.
Bumblefoot has current collaborations that include DMC from the iconic rap group Run DMC, and Scott Weiland in the supergroup Art Of Anarchy. His music is often heard in TV, film and video games including the theme song to VH1's "That Metal Show".
Studying music since age 7, he began teaching at age 13 and for the last 10 years has taught music production at SUNY Purchase College. He teaches master-classes at schools and venues around the world, and has been a guest music coach on MTV's "Made". Bumblefoot is continuously donating songs and performances to fundraising CDs, often making appearances and donating autographed items for charities. He has performed at events for the Red Cross, Navy Seals, juvenile diabetes, Operation Smile, men's & women's health issues, burn victims, The Grammy Foundation, Rays Of Sunshine, Music Rising "Icons of Music" for victims of Hurricane Katrina, Oxfam's Tsunami Relief & Global Emergency Fund, Earthquake Relief Fund, Humanitarian Water & Food Award, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Little Kids Rock and Rock Asylum for children's education, Dubai Autism Centre, NGO Wildlife Trust of India, a board member of the MS Research Foundation, spokesperson for iRock2Live providing schools with programs against bullying, texting while driving and obesity, a member of "Musicians On Call" and visits orphanages and children's hospitals all over the world with guitar in hand.
In 2013 Bumblefoot began working as a Cultural Envoy with U.S. Embassies around the world on programs to extend cultural diplomacy through music. He released his own line of award-winning hot sauces http://bit.ly/ bbfsauce and custom guitar cases http://bit.ly/bbfguitarcase. Upcoming plans include signature acoustic guitars, a Bumblefoot comic book series, a line of "BumbleBabe" merch, and the creation of an international music festival.
The essence of life lives in the elements of tragedy and beauty, light and darkness, silence and chaos. In a world where tomorrow is never promised, "Little Brother Is Watching".
Glen Burtnik ~ STYX ~ Beatlemania
Glen Burtnik has written and performed in bands since he was a teen growing up in New Brunswick NJ. After high school, he answered an ad in the Village Voice for Beatles sound-alikes and was hired to portray Paul McCartney in the Broadway show Beatlemania, performing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and on Broadway in NYC. While playing in the show, he forged a lasting friendship with singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw, who played John Lennon to Burtnik's McCartney. Still close friends, Glen often appears with Marshall on his recordings and live shows
Glen also performed in the Beatles tribute band 'Rain' for two years, after which he went on to record and release solo albums on A&M Records.
Glen's love for the Beatles manifests in his annual "Beatles Bash" series when he carefully replicates note for note recreations of entire Beatles albums, complete with orchestra, choir, Indian instrumentalists, bells, whistles and everything heard on the original recordings. Glen also appears nationally at the popular Beatlefest conventions annually though out the year.
In addition to having worked with ex-Wings members Denny Laine, Laurence Juber, Steve Holley, Denny Seiwell and Henry McCullough, Glen's also performed with Klaus Voorman, Donovan, Billy J. Kramer, Peter and Gordon, Peter Noone, Badfinger's Joey Molland, Spencer Davis, Norman Smith (Beatles' engineer), Mark Hudson, the Fab Faux and Classical Mystery Tour.
In 1989 Glen joined successful arena rock band STYX as guitarist, bassist and songwriter. He penned five songs on their 1990 album, Edge Of The Century, co-wrote all the music on their 2004 album Cyclorama and toured internationally with the band for 10 years.
As song writer, Glen's written songs recorded by many artists and including "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" recorded by Patty Smyth and Don Henley, which reached #1 on the pop charts and "Spirit of a Boy, Wisdom Of A Man" which Randy Travis took to #1 on the country charts.
He has appeared on recordings by Celine Dion, Meatloaf, John Waite, Jan Hammer and has performed live alongside Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Patti Smith and many others.
Glen plays left handed guitar, bass, piano and drums.
Nick "Evil Twin" Catanese is known as the rhythm/lead guitarist in Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society, for his work in the movie Rock Star and for his unique 2004 Washburn Signature guitar. Known for his unique ability to double Wylde's rippingly intense solos live and mimic them in the studio earned Catanese the "Evil Twin" handle from Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde himself.
In 1996, Zakk embarking on his solo project, "The Book of Shadows", found it necessary for the first time to work with another guitarist and Nick became the guitarist Zakk chose to fill that slot. The acoustic tour in support of Book of Shadows spanned from mid 1996 to early 1998 covering the U.S. and Japan. In Japan the pair opened for Steve Vai and Motley Crue.
In early 1999 Zakk ask Catanese to join his very "non-acoustical" project, Black Label Society. Capturing Wylde's style translated into a powerful live fusion in the tour that followed supporting of the debut album Sonic Brew released in 1999 and proved to be a magnetic combination for the years to follow.
After a year of national and international touring Catanese settled in Los Angeles for six months in the beginning of 2000 while working on the movie Rock Star (Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston). Catanese pulled double duty as Xander Cummings the guitarist in Wahlberg's character's first band and collaborating with several artists in the studio to record the movie's soundtrack. Along with cohort Wylde, Catanese had the honor of working with Jason Bonham, Jeff Pilson, Mike Matievic, Jeff Scott Soto and producer Tom Werman (Ted Nugent, Motley Crue) on the project.
No sooner was the Rock Star movie completed when Black Label Society's second album, Stronger Than Death was released and Catanese hit the road for both national and international tour support of the CD. The band also briefly jumped into a headliner spot on Ozzfest that year for the last quarter of the tour playing along side Pantera, Godsmack, and Ozzy himself. After the tour concluded in fall 2000 Catanese went back to LA to work in the studio on compiling Alcohol Fueled Brewtality, the band's live CD released in 2001. A short but intense international tour to plug the CD followed in early 2001 before Catanese returned home to the U.S. as the band landed a slot on next Ozzfest (this time for the full run of the tour) headlining with Slipknot, Disturbed, Marilyn Manson and Black Sabbath.
When 1919 Eternal was released in 2002, Catanese and company were joined by new bassist Mike Inez (formerly of Alice in Chains, Ozzy Osborne) for a six month touring stint of the west coast and international dates in support of the album. In the summer of 2002 Catanese and Black Label Society accompanied this time by bassist Rob Trujillo (currently with Metallica) returned as repeat headliners on the Ozzfest this time also sharing the stage with Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne, and Drowning Pool whom Catanese joined on stage for guest performances throughout the tour.
Catanese is captured performing in the Stillborn video (the first release from Black Label Society's 5th CD, The Blessed Hellride) where he had the unique experience of working with musician/director Rob Zombie and in 2003 released Boozed, Bruised, and Broken Boned DVD from total live feed and footage of a Detroit show in late 2002.
Catanese again joined Zakk and Black Label Society with yet another prestigious bassist, James Lomenzo (formerly of White Lion and David Lee Roth) stepping in for their fourth round of the Ozzfest, this time beside rock legends Judas Priest and Black Sabbath.
With more and more recognition for his guitar prowess, Nick will be featured in numerous ads for 2006.
CoCo Carmel has been playing music professionally since she was 17 years old. She is a multi instrumentalist (Saxophone, Bass, Guitar, Flute) as well as Producer and Engineer. Her career began in England where she played the London scene for years befriending the late Alexis Korner (known as the Godfather of the Blues, helped the careers of many greats like The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart etc..). For ten years she travelled extensively throughout Europe performing, including Italy, France, Germany and Brussels.
She moved back to the United States in the mid 80s residing in Los Angeles where she met and later married Delaney Bramlett, (Delaney & Bonnie fame & producer of Eric Claptons first solo record) where CoCo learned the art of songwriting, producing and engineering. Together thirteen years, they recorded hundreds of songs and made several records including "Sounds From Home", "Sweet Inspirations" and her own Solo Record "First Fruit" released in 2010.
She has gone on to record/engineer and produce many records with husband Bobby Whitlock which include "My Time" (Bobby Whitlock), "Vintage" (BobbyWhitlock", "Guilty" (6 song EP), "Lovers" Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel, "Metamorphosis" Live Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel, "Esoteric" and the latest "Carnival (Live in Austin).
In 2004 CoCo and Bobby travelled to Switzerland to headline a concert and perform for fifteen thousand Japanese executives of the Miki Corporation.
In 2007, with friend Stephen Bruton and a formidable band including David Grissom, Eric Johnson, Brannen Temple, Bobby and CoCo performed their smoking version of "Layla" and "Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad" for a crowd of twenty thousand at "The Road to Austin" along with Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson and a host of other hand-picked acts.
The Documentary of the Road to Austin which also features Willie Nelson, is scheduled for release in May of 2014.
In 2008 musical Icon Willie Nelson played guitar on CoCos song "True Love" for their live record Lovers and Metamorphosis.
From 2008 to 2012 CoCo and Bobby honed their live act by performing at the premiere listening room "The Saxon".
In 2012, CoCo and Bobby traveled to India to headline the "Puravanka Jazz and Blues Festival". And just recently October of this year (2013) saw the two travelling abroad again to the South of France to perform at the Villa Cap D'Ail in Monaco for a private party.
In 2013 CoCo produced the finest of the couples records, mastered by Rob Fraboni, "Carnival" (live in Austin), features many of the Dominos songs and Austin's finest musicians: Brannen Temple on Drums, Jeff Plankenhorn and Jimmy Pettit on bass. The record has been received great reviews and is available through Disk Union Japan, ITunes, Waterloo Records and Cd Baby.
CoCo is also a fine photographer her photography has landed her the cover and back of Bobby Whitlock's number one selling book "A Rock-n-Roll Autobiography" (McFarland Publishing) as well as gracing the cover of Keyboard Magazine, Hittin' the Note, Italy's "Buscadero", Uncut Magazine, Mojo,Delta Magazine and Where's Eric online e-zine.
2014 CoCo is writing for another possible solo record while Bobby concentrates on his upcoming solo record. They have written several songs together for his solo project.
Felix Cavaliere was trained in classical piano from the age of six. He formed his first band called The Stereos while in his teens which is when he started to perfect his vocal abilities. He left Syracuse University after only two years in order to pursue a career in music. He moved to New York City and got his professional start as a backup musician for Sandy Scott and later Joey Dee and the Starlighters. In 1965, he formed the group "Young Rascals," whose high-energy performances attracted Sid Bernstein and got them signed with Atlantic Records. Throughout the 70's Felix went on to a solo career and released five albums. In 1997, Felix along with his former Rascals band members were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Felix has three daughters and still travels the country, performing almost every weekend.
Manny Charlton ~ Guitar, Songwriter, Producer ~ Nazareth
Charlton played a huge part in Nazareth's worldwide success. His no-nonsense, fluid and bluesy style of playing, combined with the raw power of Dan McCafferty's vocals, first came to the attention of wider rock audiences when Nazareth toured in 1971 as the opening act for Deep Purple. But by 1973, they were headlining their own shows. Charlton also became the band's producer for many years, succeeding Deep Purple's Roger Glover, after the band decided they wanted to move in a new direction for the Hair Of The Dog album. Hair Of The Dog attained platinum in the U.S. and has to date sold in excess of two million copies. It is the band's most well known album, it contains their biggest ever hit "Love Hurts" which reached No.8 in the U.S., and also holds the record for the number of weeks spent on the Norwegian chart. Charlton also produced the self-titled Dan McCafferty debut LP around this time.
Cheap Trick (the entire band came to RRFC)
The band consists of members Robin Zander (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar, backing vocals), Tom Petersson (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Bun E. Carlos (drums, percussion). Their biggest hits include "Surrender", "I Want You to Want Me", "The Flame" and "Dream Police". The band was also ranked #25 in VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock
. None of Cheap Trick's first three albums made it into the Top 40 in the United States. In Japan, however, all three albums became gold records. When Cheap Trick went to Japan to tour the country for the first time in April 1978, they were received with a frenzy reminiscent of Beatlemania. During this tour, Cheap Trick recorded two concerts attended by their loyal Japanese fans at the Nippon Budokan. Ten tracks taken from both shows were compiled and released as a live album titled Cheap Trick at Budokan
, which was intended to be exclusive to Japan. Demand for the import album became so great that Epic Records finally released the album in the United States in 1979. heap Trick at Budokan launched the band into international stardom, and the album went triple platinum in the United States. The smash track was the live version of "I Want You to Want Me," which had originally been released on In Color
. It reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100
, and became Cheap Trick's biggest-selling single. The second single, "Ain't That A Shame," peaked at #35. 1988's Lap of Luxury
, produced by Richie Zito. Due to the band's commercial decline, Epic Records forced the band to collaborate with professional songwriters. "The Flame", a typical '80s "factory ballad," was issued as the first single and became the band's first-ever #1 single. The second single, a cover of Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" also reached the top 10.
Billy Childs ~ Bass ~ Britny Fox
Billy Childs is best known for his work as a founding member of the eighties rock band Britny Fox. Britny Fox is an American glam metal band from the Philadelphia area, initially active from 1985 to 1992 then subsequently reforming in 2001. They are best known for their music video for "Girlschool" (U.S. #81) and their hit "Long Way to Love" (U.S. #100). Britny's relative importance in the decade was best described by Eddie Trunk, on VH1, as ranked 17th of the most influential bands of the decade, sandwiched between Kiss and the Scorpions. The band's self-titled debut album, released in 1988, was one of the most successful premieres of the 1988-89 season, selling more than one million copies and bringing more than 625,000 fans to their 130+ shows. Billy has signed on to appear in the upcoming horror film "Incest Death Squad."
Mark Clarke (born 25 July 1950 in Liverpool) is an English musician, bass player and singer.
After seeing the Beatles and many other bands in Liverpool as a young kid at age of 12, he decided to be a bass player. In 1966 Mark Clarke played with The Kegmen, in 1968 with The Locomotif and late 1968 with St. James Infirmary. Liverpool Echo called him in an article "The Joe Cocker of Liverpool". After a year of local gigs, he moved to London, where he was introduced to Clem Clempson, who played that time in Colosseum.
After some time Mark was asked by Jon Hiseman to join the Colosseum in summer 1970 and played in the band until the split late 1971, and again from 1994 after the reunion of the band. After Colosseum split in 1971 he was briefly a member of Uriah Heep, performing (and co-writing) on one studio track, "The Wizard", on the 1972 album Demons & Wizards. In the beginning of 1973 he became a member of Jon Hiseman's Tempest and played bass on the two Tempest studio albums with Allan Holdsworth, Ollie Halsall and Paul Williams, and a live album issued later. He also played bass on Ken Hensley's solo albums.
In 1975 he formed Natural Gas with Joey Molland, Jerry Shirley and Peter Wood. He also played in Mountain, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, and in 1980 started working with Billy Squier and recorded Don't Say No, The Stroke, In the Dark and many other albums with him. In 1985 he toured with The Monkees, and until recently still worked with Davy Jones. Clarke has also worked with Mountain, Ian Hunter and Torque, recording albums with all of them.
In 2010 Mark Clarke released his first solo album Moving to the Moon, which was co-produced by Ray DeTone, who also played all guitars on the record.
Scot Coogan is regarded as a highly skilled and entertaining professional drummer, percussionist and vocalist with experience in all musical genres. Coogan is a well-rounded performer with proficiency in multiple instruments.
Scot grew up in Chicago and began drumming at age 5. In 6th grade, he formed his first band and started performing live shows. Always a lead member of his high school marching band, it was no surprise when after graduation at age 18, Scot was offered the prestigious position as featured soloist on drum kit with the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Jazz Ensemble and toured Europe for two months. Scot then relocated to Los Angeles to continue his education at Musician's Institute: Percussion Institute of Technology in Hollywood, CA, graduating with honors and receiving the coveted TAMA Rock Stylist of the Year Award.
Shortly thereafter, Coogan was signed to his first record deal with the band Violet's Demise on Atlantic. Proving his versatility, Scot was hired to drum for the Top 10 R&B band, All For One, touring the world for over a year. Upon his return, Scot continued to gain notice in the Los Angeles music scene, where he was signed to several record deals with various rock and pop bands, including Ednaswap, Pete Yorn and Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big), Sinead O'Connor, performing and touring the world many times, travelling to Europe, Asia and Japan.
Over time, Coogan gained an excellent reputation in the music community, well known for his accomplished drumming, spot on vocals and exciting live performance skills. A one off show at an LA nightclub turned into a weekly residency as Scot mesmerized audiences with his Led Zeppelin/Beatles cover band, 6 Foot Nurse which features Coogan singing like Robert Plant and drumming like John Bonham, concurrently, while ending each show with an array of classic and obscure Beatles and Lennon songs!
After watching a 6 Foot Nurse performance in 2003, Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) and Tracii Guns (LA Guns) hired Scot as the drummer for their heavy metal super group, Brides of Destruction, a critically acclaimed band that went on to record two albums and tour the world through 2006.
In 2007, Coogan was recruited by original KISS guitarist and fan favorite, ACE Frehley to be his drummer and lead vocalist, performing on the 2008 Rocket Ride World Tour, 2009-2010 Anomoly World Tour, 2011 No Regrets US Tour. Scot is also featured on Ace's 2009 release, Anomaly, with plans to contribute on Ace's next release, due out in 2014.
Since 2008, Scot continues to perform, record and tour with Lynch Mob, featuring George Lynch (Dokken). In the summer of 2012, Coogan was the drummer and backing vocalist for Lita Ford (The Runaways) on the Rock of Ages Tour, an extensive arena tour featuring Def Leppard, Poison and Lita Ford in support of the movie "Rock of Ages".
Besides performing at some of the world's biggest events like the Sweden Rock, the UK's Download Festivals and here in the USA at the M3 and Rocklahoma Festivals, Scot has been featured on over 30 albums, including the Multi-Platinum selling Spiderman soundtrack and most recently on Bret Michaels (Poison) 2013 release "Jammin' With Friends". Coogan has numerous television appearances under his belt including "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", "The Late Late Show" and "Good Morning America".
Scot currently resides in Las Vegas, NV where he is a performer at Blue Man Group and Rock Star Counselor at Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp. Scot continues to perform with his band 6 Foot Nurse as well as other popular local rock acts. When not on stage, Coogan tracks original drums and vocal sessions from his state of the art home studio, Break A Stick.
Peter Criss ~ Kiss
Peter Criss is a founding member and original drummer for the rock n' roll supergroup, KISS. In addition to playing drums in the band, Peter also provided lead vocals for a number KISS' most popular and memorable songs including Beth, Black Diamond, and Hard Luck Woman. Peter's Catman persona is an instantly recognizable icon in pop culture.
Peter was born Peter George John Criscuola on December 20th, 1945 in Brooklyn, NY. Influenced by the big band sound of the 1940s, Peter idolized the playing style of legendary drummer Gene Krupa, who eventually became instrumental in Peter's musical career. By the early 1970's Peter had established an active and successful career as a musician.
In 1973 Peter Criss formed a trio with fellow New York City musicians Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley who, with the later addition of Ace Frehley, would become KISS. When the bands fourth album, KISS Alive!, hit the scene, KISS began it's ascent to rock n' roll domination. Followed up by the mega-smash album, Destroyer, KISS fans were treated to an unlikely hit in the form of Beth. This song, written and performed by Peter Criss, set aside the drums and guitars of the bands typical sound for piano and a string section. Remaining one of the bands most popular songs, Beth went on to become KISS' highest charting single and a staple of the bands concerts.
After numerous world tours, platinum albums, and KISS merchandise, Peter Criss left the band in 1980. He later embarked on a solo career that led to the release of Out of Control, Let Me Rock You, and most recently One for All.
By popular demand, the original lineup of KISS reunited in 1995 for the years most successful tour. The Reunion Tour was followed up with the Psycho Circus album and tour, and finally the Farewell Tour. After the Farewell Tour, Peter briefly re-joined the band and appeared on the KISS Symphony: Alive VI album and DVD.
In October 2012, Peter Criss will release his autobiography, Makeup to Breakup, giving an up close and personal view of everything from his NYC upbringing, his bout with cancer, music, life, love, and all things Catman!
David Crosby ~ Crosby, Stills, & Nash
Bio Coming soon!
Roger Daltrey ~ Lead Singer ~ The WHO
Roger Daltrey is noted as the founder and frontman of the legendary rock band, The Who. After leaving London´s Acton County Grammar School in 1963, he formed a skiffle band called the Detours, and then displayed an early genius by putting together unusual elements into a world-class performing act. The unusual elements included Daltrey on vocals, John Entwistle on bass, and Pete Townshend on lead guitar. In 1965 they added drummer Keith Moon, and the fabulous line-up was complete.The band was quickly marked for the synthesis of personalities:Townshend´s art school sensibilities, Daltrey´s down-to-earth interpretation, and Entwistle and Moon´s skill as performers.
They were first noted for deafening shows and for smashing their instruments in ferocious displays of auto-destructive art, but they went on to considerable chart success through original songs written by Pete Townshend and the humor-oriented John Entwistle. Townshend wrote the first mini-rock opera for their second album, and after their first tour of America, the band presented the full-length rock opus Tommy, which shattered barriers and established The Who as a major artistic force in the world of music. Daltrey released his first solo album in 1973, and followed that up with a number of solo chart successes. He also established a stage and (somewhat off-beat) film career after starring in the movie production of "Tommy" (1975). He pursued films more steadily during the years after the death of drummer Keith Moon, and turned to production with the drama McVicar (1980).
The band continued to perform sporadically with different drummers and John "Rabbit" Bundrick on keyboard, but returned to full force in the nineties with the addition of Zak Starkey on drums. Though Townshend is noted as the songwriter and lead guitarist of The Who, Daltrey remains the genius that drives their performances. His energy and stage presence established The Who at the monumental Monterey Pop, Woodstock and Isle of Wight music festivals, and his instincts for production carved their path through the era of stadium rock. The filmography of musicalperformances stand as the best evidence of Daltrey's brilliance as both a musician and a stage performer.
Warren DeMartini is an American glam rock/metal guitarist, best known as a member of the group RATT. As the story goes, RATT helped pioneer Hollywood's legendary Sunset Strip sound and scene in the 1980s. Signed to Atlantic Records in 1984, the bands debut album "Out of the Cellar" went over 3 times Platinum in 1984 behind the hit single "Round & Round", "Back for More" and "Wanted Man". RATT would tour with Billy Squire and Ozzy Osbourne before going on to headline their own arena tours around the globe. World infestation had begun. Since 1983, the band has sold in excess of 15 million records in the US alone.
Ty Dennis ~ Drummer
Born the son of an accomplished jazz drummer, there's no wonder why Ty Dennis is receiving rave reviews. Ty was practically born with a pair of drumsticks in his hands and can't remember a time in his life when he didn't play. His early exposures to jazz, rock, and funk influences are major contributors to his unique voice on the drums today.
In 2003 Ty was hand picked to fill the drum seat for the departed drumming icon Stewart Copeland with rock and roll legends Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek in the band The Doors of the 21st Century. Numerous world tours and T.V. appearances helped to expose thousands of fans around the globe to his conviction and command behind the drums.
In addition to playing with The Doors of the 21st Century, Ty's musical diversity enables him to play with an assorted group of artists such as; Martha Davis from The Motels, Elephant Ride, Firebug, Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night), and many others.
From sold out concert dates in Argentina, Greece, and the famous Wembley Arena in England to live T.V. appearances including the Carson Daly Show, The Craig Kilborn Show, MTV Japan,VH1 Classics, and VH1's 'Decades Live', Ty continues to deliver world-class drumming on every occasion.
Selected discography credits include recordings with The Doors of The 21st Century, Firebug, Martha Davis (The Motels), alternative rockers Elephant Ride, Insulated, and Virgil, indy rockers Ultraviolet Eye and The Bloody Lovelies, pop/rock artists Larry Marciano and Tina Digeorge, modern country artist Rachel Stacy, and straight-ahead jazz guitarist Sam Graham to name a few. He can also be seen on the live concert DVD 'The Doors of the 21st Century 'L.A. Woman Live'
After responding to an ad in the Village Voice offering a program for recording engineers, Bronx-born producer Jack Douglas began his music business career just as the famed Record Plant Studio was opening its doors. Although Douglas started out as the studio's janitor, he quickly moved behind the control board as an assistant engineer on records by Miles Davis, The James Gang and Mountain. After a chance encounter led Douglas to act as the Who's engineer during the sessions for Who's Next, he was given a chance to engineer John Lennon's Imagine. The two formed a close bond and Lennon career often enlisted Douglas to be a part of his own recording ventures, as well as Yoko Ono's. Being a staffer at the Record Plant in the '70s allowed Douglas to work as both producer and engineer on several landmark albums such as Lou Reed's Berlin and the New York Dolls' debut. It was this latter association that led to Douglas' prolonged working relationship with Aerosmith. Admirers of The Dolls and their gritty sound and image, Aerosmith enlisted Douglas as producer of their breakthrough record Get Your Wings. Over the next several years Douglas worked closely with the group during Toys in the Attic and Rocks recordings. Douglas produced, engineered, counseled and often helped to write material when the group was short a song or two. Additionally, he worked on outside projects such as albums by Patti Smith, Cheap Trick and Blue Oyster Cult. With their creative run gone and the band spiraling out of control over drug use, Douglas' five-year run with Aerosmith ended in 1979 when they hired Gary Lyons to produce the Night in the Ruts album. In later years the producer occasionally re-teamed with the group, but never with the same creative or commercial success as their early work together. In 1980 Douglas was enlisted to produce Lennon's comeback albums, Double Fantasy and Milk & Honey, but Lennon's assassination cut short the sessions of the latter. With Lennon's death Douglas lost his only other lasting creative relationship and spent much of the '80s moving from project to project.
Pat DinNizio ~ Lead Singer, Songwriter ~ Smithereens
In addition to the Smithereens' body of work, DiNizio has also released three solo albums, Sounds and Songs (1997), This is Pat DiNizio, a collection of cover songs arranged for piano and vocals (2006), and Pat DiNizio (2007). In 2000, DiNizio made an unsuccessful run for the New Jersey seat of the United States Senate, running on the Reform Party ticket. The campaign was chronicled in the 2001 documentary film Mr. Smithereen Goes to Washington. The same year, he launched the "Living Room Tour," a five-month jaunt where he performed solo, by request only, in the homes of fans. The tour was a success, and he still occasionally books similar concerts for a nominal fee. In 2001, he was one of the first musicians to throw his support behind XM Satellite Radio, becoming host and program director for the XM Radio Unsigned station. DiNizio was also an inaugural member of the Independent Music Awards' judging panel to support independent artists. In 2006, he was the focus of 7th Inning Stretch, an ESPN2 reality special. The special focused on DiNizio's recovery from a "life-threatening and debilitating nervous disorder" by training and attempting to try out for a Minor League Baseball team (The Somerset Patriots). DiNizio recently released an audio book, Confessions Of A Rock Star, and continues to perform both solo acoustic shows and with The Smithereens. DiNizio presents a condensed, live adaptation of the book (with storytelling and full band accompaniment), in nightly performances at the The Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Larry Dvoskin ~ Robert Plant, Sammy Hagar
LARRY DVOSKIN is a four-time Grammy nominated musician, songwriter, producer, music consultant who has worked with numerous Grammy winning artists. With over 25 gold and platinum albums, his songs have sold millions of copies worldwide.
In roles ranging from songwriter, producer to musician and A&R consultant Mr. Dvoskin's credits include MGMT, Sean Lennon, Bono, Matchbox-20, David Bowie, Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar, Meredith Brooks, Al Jardine of The Beach Boys, Ricky Martin, Tom Petty, Bad Company, David Charvet, Queen, Cheap Trick, Chicago, Alec Baldwin, Richie Havens, MTV, VH-1, Columbia, Arista, Epic, Warner Bros, Sony, RCA, Atlantic, Elektra, Capitol, EMI, MCA, Universal Records.
Mr Dvoskin has taught songwriting for 15 years at New York University School of Professional Studies. He has taught master classes around the world and according to Queensborough CUNY College of New York his 3 part songwriting video series there in 2009 is the most viewed video in the history of CUNY College.
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Elliot Easton ~ Guitar ~ The Cars
As lead guitarist for the legendary rock band "The Cars", Elliot has sold more than 30 million records, played sold-out arenas the world over, and contributed unforgettable hooks and memorable solos to the band's numerous chart-topping singles.
2011 was a landmark year for Cars fans: the band released their first new album in 23 years, "Move Like This," with all the surviving original members. It debuted at #7 on the Billboard album chart, and the tour dates sold out in 20 minutes.
In 2013, Elliot's new band, "Elliot Easton's Tiki Gods," released their first CD, "Easton Island." The band specializes in the instrumental form known as "Exotica". The band's music incorporates many different strains and influences: John Barry's spy music, Mancini's crime jazz, the exotic sounds of Les Baxter, Ennio Morricone, Jerry Goldsmith, surf music, martini lounge, and space age, merged with the lush, romantic sophistication of Hollywood 60's movie soundtracks. A tour will be coming your way soon!
Elliot has most recently recorded with Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Coachella breakout, Lissie, and has the lead track on the forthcoming "Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra & Friends play the rolling Stones songbook Volume 2" compilation.
Well respected in the guitar community,
Elliot is an enthusiastic fan of the instrument itself and has been honored with four different signature model guitars, first in the '80's with a Kramer EE Pro model, and in 2000 a beautiful signature model Gretsch guitar which he designed. This year, he's designed two incredible new models that are currently in production: a gorgeous new Gibson "Tiki" model SG Custom and a Martin acoustic guitar, which Elliot assures us are the finest he's ever played!
Over the years, Elliot has recorded and performed with many respected artists.
Here are but a few examples:
For 10 years, Elliot has toured and recorded as lead guitarist for "Creedence Clearwater Revisited."
Elliot toured in 1991 with "Hall and Oates" on their acoustic tour, and recorded "Philadelphia Freedom" with them for the Elton John tribute album "Two Rooms".
He also performed on the very first MTV "Unplugged" show, backing artists such as Jules Shear, Difford and Tilbrook (Squeeze), Syd Straw and others.
Elliot was part of the band for the "A tribute to John Lennon", concert at the Tokyo Dome, backing Linda Ronstadt, Peter Asher, Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon and many others.
Elliot Recorded with Jerry Lee Lewis on his "Youngblood" album for Elektra records.
Elliot has done much recording with the legendary Brian Wilson, playing on his first solo album as well as many other recordings. He has also performed in concert with Brian.
Elliot has delved into film work, providing the end title track for Quentin Tarantino's film "Jackie Brown". That song, "Monte Carlo Nights", was also used in a key scene in the film. He has also done music supervision for films, including a Sundance festival award winning film, "Corn Dog Man".
As a producer, Elliot has recorded albums with Amy Rigby, The Ziggens and others.
Elliot has contributed an "all acoustic orchestra" track for the upcoming cd "My Favorite Martin" to celebrate Martin Guitars' 175th anniversary, as well as several other CD's for Solid Air Records.
New for 2013, Elliot has designed yet another signature model for Gibson Guitars. The "TikiBird" is based on the Firebird model platform, but incorporates a few new twists that reflect Elliot's playing preference.
Spike Edney ~ Keyboards, Guitar ~ Queen
Spike's most notable collaboration has been with Queen since 1984, to the extent that he has sometimes been described as the fifth member of Queen. During the early 80s he worked with Duran Duran, the Boomtown Rats, Dexys Midnight Runners, Haircut 100 and the Rolling Stones. Spike's connections with Queen began in 1984, when he appeared on the European leg of 'The Works' tour, providing additional guitar and keyboards. He is the main keyboard/piano player for all Queen + Paul Rodgers concerts and collaborations.
Dave Ellefson ~ Bass ~ Megadeth
Other than Dave Mustaine, Ellefson was the only constant member of Megadeth from the time of their establishment in 1983 to the group's dissolution in 2002. To differentiate between the two Daves, Mustaine referred to Ellefson as "Dave Junior", which was often shortened to "Junior". He appeared on every album and tour from 1985's thrash record Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! up until 2002's Rude Awakening. Ellefson's original playing style involved using his fingers, however, as Megadeth progressed and the music became more complex, he tended to prefer playing with a pick/plectrum. He is currently active as a songwriter and performer with his own band F5, as well as a record producer and bass guitar clinician. David authored the book "Making Music Your Business...A Guide For Young Musicians" and continues to lecture and educate on the subject of business in the music industry, including his online YouTube series "David Ellefson's ROCK SHOP".
Originally from the East Coast, Jason Ebs has been a professional musician since attending college at Penn State University. His main instruments are Lead Vocals, Lead/Rhythm Guitar (both electric & acoustic), and electric Bass Guitar. He also plays Mandolin and Drums/Percussion. As a Producer, he's placed music in Television shows for both CMT & FOX.
Notable accomplishments include touring North America with Peter Criss' as Lead Vocalist and Guitarist in his band "CRISS" on the "Bad Boys of KISS Tours", which was a double billing tour with Ace Frehley's Band. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoELEoBAa1g
for live tour footage.
He's also played as guitarist with Terri Nunn's BERLIN and alongside Johnny Echols from the psychedelic band LOVE. His original band ECOTONIC, which features Chris Slade from AC/DC on the drums, just finished up up their first CD "Sound Bites" just released on iTunes. He's also playing around Vegas, Los Angeles, & Palm Springs in the band MISCHIEF that features Mugs Cain (Divinyls, Michael Bolton) on drums, often joined by rock & rollers in town such as Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon), Paul Phillips (puddle of mudd) and Jonathin Cain (Journey).
Also an Actor, he's appeared in shows such as VH-1's movie "Meatloaf - To Hell & Back", the tv mini series "Blackout", "True Blood", "Californication", "American Music Awards" and has been featured in Music Videos by artists such as Celine Dion, Babyface, Joe Cocker, and Collective Soul. Commercials include Tecate' Beer, Apple Computers, and Bud Light.
Though a Rock & Roller at heart, he has the ability to appropriately fill in what's necessary to whatever a musical situation or song requires. As team player, punctuality and preparation are fundamentals that are lived by.
Past & Present Music Endorsements include Fernandez Guitars & Bass', Ibanez Guitars, Greg Bennett Guitars & Bass' (Samick), Legator Guitars, Seymour/Duncan Pickups, and Gibson Strings.
-Mesa/Boogie Simul 395 Stereo Power Amp, Mesa/Boogie Stereo Studio Preamp, Marshall Cabs, Carvin 2x12 cab, Vintage MusicMann HD-130 2x12 amp, 2 Stocked Pedalboards full of Vintage & current Stomp-boxes (MXR flangers, MXR 134 Chorus', MXR Phase 90 & Phase 100, MXR Distortion II, Delays, Ibanez TS-808, POG II). Greg Bennett, Ibanez, and Fernandez Electric Guitars & Bass', (endorsement), 12 string Acoustic & electric, Variety of 6 string acoustics, mandolins), Galien/Kruger Backline 600 Bass head & 4x12 Cabinet, Custom 2x12 combo amp w/Mesa/Boogie 50/50 Stereo Power Amp & Mesa/Boogie Stereo Studio Preamp.
Mark Farner ~ Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter ~ Formerly of Grand Funk Railroad
A true rock 'n roll legend, Mark Farner found fame and success at 20 years of age as the leader of one of America's biggest bands of the 1970's - the original Grand Funk Railroad. The band recorded 17 albums with total sales of more than 25 million records. Mark Farner is the unmistakable voice, guitarist, and songwriter that powered the original Grand Funk Railroad to 12 platinum and 15 gold albums. Their hit singles include: "I'm Your Captain (Closer To Home)", "Foot-Stompin' Music", "We're an American Band", "the Loco-motion", "Mean Mistreater", "Bad Time" and "Some Kind Of Wonderful". His continuous touring schedule keeps him in contact with his longtime Grand Funk fans, and new fans he gains as a solo artist.
Richard Ian Faulkner (born 1 January 1980), is a British guitarist. Faulkner was born in London. In the early stages of his career, he played in bands such as Dirty Deeds, Voodoo Six, Ace Mafia and Lauren Harris' band. On 20 April 2011 he was appointed as the successor of K.K. Downing in heavy metal band Judas Priest.
His first performance with the band occurred on 25 May 2011 on American Idol, where the band played Living After Midnight and Breaking the Law with James Durbin. He has also arranged music for actor Christopher Lee's heavy metal album Charlemagne: The Omens of Death, which was released on 27th May 2013.
Lita Ford ~ Guitar, Vocals ~ The Runaways
In 1975 at the age of 17 she joined the all female rock band The Runaways, for whom she played lead guitar. After the group split in 1979, she began a solo career. Her most commercially successful album was 1988's Lita. With Sharon Osbourne as her manager, and produced by herself, the album featured the hits, "Kiss Me Deadly", and "Close My Eyes Forever". She has been honored with seven Metal Edge Readers Choice Awards and an installation into the Circus magazine Hall of Fame, in which she is the only female inductee. Ford appears in the 1992 film, "Highway to Hell" as 'The Hitchhiker'.
Robben Ford is one of the premier electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A five-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Claus Ogerman, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, Greg Allman, John Scofield and many others.
Robben began to teach himself guitar at age thirteen upon hearing the two guitarists from The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Michael Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop. In the late 1960?s, Ford frequented the Fillmore and Winterland Auditoriums in San Francisco to see Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Albert King, B.B. King and all of the progenitors of blues.
On his interest in jazz, Robben says," I fell in love with the sax-playing of Paul Desmond and The Dave Brubeck Quartet, and before long found Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp, Yusef Lateef, Roland Kirk, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, and of course, Miles Davis." These influences have stayed with Robben, playing a large part in his particular blend of jazz and blues that define him as a guitarist and allow him to play in a wide variety of settings.
After high school, Robben and his brothers Patrick (a blues drummer) and Mark (a blues harmonica player) formed The Charles Ford Band (named after their father), and recorded for the Arhoolie label. Robben (on sax and guitar) and Patrick went on to tour the U.S. with Chicago harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite, again recording for Arhoolie.
Robben's first attempt at forming his own jazz quartet was picked up by legendary blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon, which brought Robben to L.A. He toured the U.S. and Europe with Witherspoon and was seen by Tom Scott and members of The L.A. Express, who were about to begin a promotional tour with Joni Mitchell for her recording "Court and Spark." Robben was invited to play guitar on the tour and played on two recordings with Mitchell and The L.A. Express. "The two years I spent with Joni were the most formative of my musical life. Joni was just brilliant and very accessible, and the members of The L.A. Express became good friends and teachers. It was great."
Beatle George Harrison invited Robben to join him on his "Dark Horse" tour of the U.S. and Canada, raising his musical profile even further. Shortly after the two-month stint with Harrison, Robben moved to Colorado to take a much-needed break from music and to study with Buddhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa. In 1977, he was approached by Elektra Records, which produced his first solo recording "The Inside Story" with a group of musicians who went on to become The Yellowjackets.
Elektra closed their doors in the early 1980?s, leading to a time of uncertainty. Robben moved to San Francisco to be close to family and his early musical history. Soon his career would take another upward swing, recording and touring with Michael McDonald, securing a recording contract with Warner Brothers Records, and meeting his soon-to-be wife, actress Anne Kerry. After moving to New York with Anne, he was called to play with musical icon Miles Davis. "Producer Tommy LiPuma played Miles my work with the Yellowjackets, then three days later, Miles called me personally to join his band. Shocking!" Robben lamented having to leave Miles after only six months because of recording commitments with Warner Brothers, but was told by Miles that if he ever wanted to come back, "just come back."
Robben's 1988 release for Warner Brothers, "Talk to Your Daughter" brought his first Grammy nomination (Best Contemporary Blues Recording) and he started touring the world under his own name. Still based in New York, he backed David Sandborn on the television show "Night Music," in which Sandborn hosted a variety of musical acts. Robben toured with Sandborn in 1990, then moved back to southern California shortly thereafter to be closer to his own band.
After leaving Warner Brothers, Robben signed with Stretch/GRP records, where he finally found a real home for his creativity, recording three CDs for them with his band "The Blue Line" (Tom Brechtlein on drums and Roscoe Beck on bass). After a very fruitful eight years, Robben disbanded the group and recorded two more CDs for the label which had then become Stretch/Blue Thumb: "Tiger Walk" (an instrumental recording produced in New York with Keith Richard?s rhythm section) and "Supernatural," his most accomplished work up to that point as a songwriter.
In 2000 Robben was invited to tour with Phil Lesh and Friends on a co-bill with Bob Dylan, reuniting him with Billy Paine and Paul Barrere of Little Feat, as well as drummer John Molo. "This experience gave me new respect for Jerry Garcia as a musician and songwriter. The songs and musical context were pure pleasure--real guitar music!"
When his contract expired at Stretch/Blue Thumb, Robben signed with Concord Records, the largest independently owned record company at the time. In 2002, he released "Blue Moon" and in 2003 "Keep on Runnin," a recording full of the 60?s blues/R&B feeling with which he grew up. His third release for Concord was entitled "Truth." "I feel this is the best work I have done in terms of a solo recording. It is my most realized work as a songwriter, and I feel like I am reaching higher ground as a guitarist. "Truth" represents the blues as they are today; some of the songs are sociopolitical in essence, but not without humor, and the musical setting is fresh."
In 2007 Robben toured with the legendary guitarist, Larry Carlton, resulting in "Live in Tokyo" and an "unplugged" DVD, "The Paris Concert 2008."
Robben's fourth release for Concord, Soul on Ten" is a "live" recording performed in San Francisco (2009). "People had been requesting a live recording for years and I had the right band, music, and venue to pull it off." The CD also includes two studio tracks which feature Larry Goldings on B3 organ and John Button on bass.
In 2010, Robben and a group of musical friends who have played in different combinations and contexts over the years decided to focus on a project together recording for Mike Varney's Shrapnel label. The result was the formation of "Renegade Creation" with a self-named album. This is a rock band, Robben's first, and the results have people talking: "Dare I say everyone who hears it, loves it!" says Robben. The other members are guitarist Mike Landau, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Gary Novak.
After much critical acclaim for "Renegade Creation" RC returned to the studio and produced "Bullet" which was released in June, 2012. In the past year Robben has also played internationally with the Miles Davis tribute band, "Mile Smiles," featuring past Miles' alums, Omar Hakim, Darryl Jones, Wallace Roney and Joey DeFrancesca, as well as touring with Bill Evans and Randy Brecker's group, Soulbop. Robben also collaborates with his wife Anne on various musical projects including her CD "Weill" which Robben produced on their own Illyria label.
Jeff Foskett ~ Guitar/Vocals
Jeff Foskett is a guitarist and singer best known for his work with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. Foskett has also toured and recorded with many other luminaries in the music industry such as Paul McCartney, Heart, Roger McGuinn, Roy Orbison, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Ringo Starr, Chicago, The Moody Blues, The Everly Brothers, Christopher Cross and America to name a few. He has also been an occasional member of the surf-rock group Papa Doo Run Run since 1993 and continues to record his original music with New Surf, LTD label mate Jeff Larson, among others.
Known as the "Fretless Monster", Tony Franklin has played alongside some of the greatest names in music history. He got his big break in 1984 as bassist in stellar supergroup The Firm, with guitar legend Jimmy Page, vocalist Paul Rodgers and drummer Chris Slade (AC/DC, Manfred Mann's Earth Band). Franklin's signature fretless growl was a distinctive and instantly recognizable element of the band's first hit, Radioactive.
After two hit albums and extensive touring with The Firm, Franklin subsequently performed with Blue Murder (John Sykes, Carmine Appice), David Gilmour, Kate Bush, Whitesnake, Roy Harper, Pat Travers, Tony McAlpine, Gary Hoey, Donna Lewis, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Vasco Rossi, Eros Ramazzotti and many others. An in-demand session bass ace, he has appeared on more than 150 albums. Franklin has released two solo albums, and a bass instructional DVD.
In January 2006, Fender proudly introduced the Tony Franklin Signature Model Fretless Precision Bass guitar, a replica of the instrument Franklin has used throughout his career. 2006 also saw the Sony release of Tony Franklin: Not Just Another Pretty Bass, Franklin's first sample loop library.
In 2011, Franklin joined Kenny Wayne Shepherd's band, and has toured extensively throughout the world. Franklin can be heard on Shepherd's new album, "Goin' Home", released in Summer 2014.
With a bass instrumental album nearing completion, a groove sample library, an educational app and video series, constant writing, touring and recording, Franklin says: "I've only just begun!"
Oz Fox ~ Stryper
Oz Fox from a young age has spent countless hours honing his guitar and vocal skills landing him the position of co-lead guitar player for the rock group Stryper. Since 1983, Fox has performed around the globe and has a respectable fan base that is always on the lookout for what he is doing. Having been heavily influenced by single guitar groups like Van Halen and Ozzy Ozbourne, his style of playing guitar fills the room like the noise of a jet engine, attracting those ready to take flight on a rock-n-roll Concorde.
Ace Frehley ~ Lead Guitar ~ KISS
Known as the "Celestial One", "Mr. Excitement" or simply to the legions of KISS fans as the Spaceman, Ace Frehley with his impressive lead guitar riffs and stinging vibrato has been a major influence on rock guitar for over two decades. On January 17, 1973, Ace went to a loft on 10 E. 23rd. St. near Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York City where Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, and Gene Simmons were auditioning for guitarists to finish creating their ultimate band. He was answering an advertisement for a guitarist in the magazine "The Village Voice" which said, "Guitarist wanted with flash and balls. " He walks into the audition with an orange sneaker and a red sneaker, and a week later, he was in the band, which later named itself: KISS. Check out Ace's recent album, Anomaly.
Jay Jay French ~ Lead Guitar ~ Twisted Sister
Jay Jay French is a human enigma. His playing has inspired countless guitarists all over the world, and 30+ years after founding Twisted Sister, he is truly a living legend. As a manager, he has worked with such diverse artists as Sevendust, songwriters Andrew Fortier and David Forman, blues guitar legend Johnny Gale, jam band heroes The Sound Of Urchin, underground New York legends The Step Kings and Fred Sargolini - the FS of the world-famous new york DJ duo Ming & FS. Combined as a guitarist/manager/producer, Jay Jay has been responsible for the sale of over 12 million records worldwide and has 39 gold and platinum albums from eight different countries, reflecting the success. Jay Jay has been in the rock'n'roll circus for three decades, and knows both sides of the stage and the microphone.
After starting his musical career as a solo artist and member of various folk groups, RICHIE FURAY formed BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD in 1967 with Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer and Dewey Martin. Buffalo Springfield´s debut album included the hit single "For What It´s Worth." The band went on to record two more albums before disbanding in 1968.
And who would have thought that 2010 and 2011 would see a reunion of BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD. The R&R Hall of Fame band existed for just two years in the late sixties and its three primary songwriters gave birth to over 40 years of groundbreaking music upon the band´s demise. In October of 2010, the surviving founding members, Richie Furay, Stephen Still, and Neil Young reunited for a one off performance at Young´s annual Bridge School Benefit in Mountainview CA. What followed was an early 2011 run in California culminating with a stellar set at Tennessee´s Bonnaroo Festival.
In 1968, Furay formed POCO, one of the first "country-rock" hybrid bands with Jim Messina (who had replaced Palmer in Buffalo Springfield), Rusty Young, George Grantham, and Randy Meisner (quickly replaced by Timothy B. Schmitt) and Paul Cotton (Messina´s replacement after three albums). Poco recorded 6 albums with Furay at the helm, including the classics "Pickin´ Up The Pieces" and "A Good Feeling To Know." POCO´s unique sound set the stages for bands like The Eagles as well as the "rock" music that now dominates the modern country music market of the 21st Century.
While Furay would occasionally join with core Poco members Young and Cotton, a stellar lineup of Furay, Young, Cotton, Messina, Grantham´Schmidt reunited for a one-time performance at California´s Stagecoach Festival in 2009.
Soon after departing Poco in 1973, Furay participated in Souther-Hillman-Furay Band (with J.D. Souther and Chris Hillman (of The Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers). The SHF band´s hit single was Furay´s "Falling In Love."
After three solo albums in the ´s70´s, Furay headed home to Colorado where he is the pastor of the Calvary Chapel.
Furay has since released two excellent inspiration albums, "In My Father´s House" and "I Am Sure."
2006´s, "Heartbeat Of Love" was Richie Furay´s first general market album in 3 decades. Joining him on this collection are former band mates, Neil Young and Stephen Stills, Rusty Young, Paul Cotton, Timothy B. Schmitt as well as Kenny Loggins and The Turtles´ Mark Volman.
THE RICHIE FURAY BAND is currently performing material from his extensive catalog. Featuring the young rhythm section of Aaron Sellen and Alan Lempke, Jesse Furay Lynch and multi instrumentalist Scott Sellen. The live show spans Richie´s rich musical history and recreates some of the country rock legend´s best work, "Kind Woman," "A Good Feelin´ to Know," "A Child´s Claim to Fame," and "Crazy Eyes".... just to name a few.
Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford (born 25 August 1951) is an English singer-songwriter, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest. He is considered one of the most consistently powerful singers in rock, possessing a wide vocal range, and is particularly known for his trademark high-pitched, operatic, soaring screams. His vocal range currently spans nearly four octaves. In addition to his work with Judas Priest, he has been involved with several side projects, including Fight, 2wo and Halford.
Through his innovative work as a solo artist and his contributions as a sideman to Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, Stuart Hamm has firmly established himself as one of the most influential electric bassists of the past half-century. Extending the nontraditional function of the electric bass previously revolutionized by Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke in the 1970s, Hamm helped to reshape the contemporary concept of the bass guitar as an unaccompanied instrument with the utilization of polyphonic, two-handed tapping, slapping and popping techniques, chords, and harmonics. Although Hamm certainly wasn't the first bass player to debut during the 1980s and employ an unorthodox approach to playing the electric bass, he was undoubtedly at the forefront of the generation who effectively fused the application of these unconventional techniques.
As one of today's leading bassists, Hamm has released six critically acclaimed studio recordings. On Radio Free Albemuth (1988), Kings Of Sleep (1989), The Urge (1991), and Outbound (2000), Hamm showcased his unique style of playing the bass as a lead instrument both in a solo environment and within various ensemble formats on a genrespanning spectrum of repertoire that merged rock, jazz, fusion, classical, country, and urban sounds.
Live Stu X 2, the fifth solo project produced by Hamm, features a diverse compilation of classic tracks recorded by Hamm during his set on the first leg of the Bx3 tour in Philadelphia in 2006, as well as a few previously unrecorded pieces that were captured in San Francisco before a live audience in 2004.
2010's Just Outside of Normal was Hamm's sixth solo release, and his most diverse and best received CD. Featuring guitarists Joe Satriani, Robert Fripp and Frank Gambale, and drummer Stanton Moore, it has been hailed as "one of the more diverse and satisfying instrumental themed releases heard in some time."
In addition to his barrier-breaking solo sessions, Hamm has been hailed for his recording and touring stints with guitar icons Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. His long-time associations with Vai and Satriani garnered Hamm award-winning recognition on a global scale, and as a result, Hamm has received an extensive list of accolades such as being voted "Best Jazz Bassist" two years in a row and "Best Rock Bassist" three years in a row by Guitar Player magazine, becoming the only bassist to win the award in both genres and at the same time. On January 17th, 1993 Hamm was awarded a Distinguished Alumnus award for "Outstanding Achievements In Contemporary Music Performance" from his almamater, Berklee College of Music. He has been nominated for multiple Grammy Award for his recordings with Satriani and Mexican super group Caifanes.
Besides his projects with Satriani and Vai, other studio-related productions that have spotlighted Hamm's trademark style and technical facility include his three collaborations as a member of the trio dubbed GHS with guitarist Frank Gambale of Chick Corea's Elektric Band and former Journey drummer Steve Smith.
For the past two decades, Hamm has toured as one of the world's premier bass clinicians. He was the first bassist to have a Signature Model Electric Bass with Fender, and has helped design amps and instruments for the Hartke, Washburn and Korg musical corporations. He has also demonstrated his signature techniques and methodologies to avid students through his best-selling instructional videos, Slap, Pop & Tap For The Bass and Deeper Inside The Bass , and a book of transcriptions, Stuart Hamm—The Bass Book , which contains a collection of Hamm's greatest hits from his first three solo releases. He has also created an introductory course to bass guitar called Bass Basics with the folks at TrueFire, followed by his best-selling course Fretboard Fitness . 2012 saw his next two releases for them, courses in Slap Bass and Tap Bass , to complete their Stu U series of instructional courses.
Based on the highly successful G3 tours he was a part of in the1990s which featured guitarists Satriani, Vai, and Eric Johnson, Hamm founded the Bx3 tour in April 2006 that has subsequently taken him, along with fellow bass pioneers Billy Sheehan and Jeff Berlin, from the United States to Asia.
During 2010-2011 Stuart toured the world with guitarist Greg Howe and uber-drummer Dennis Chambers. Hamm was Program Chair of the Musicians Institute Bass Department from July 2011-July 2013, and is currently in Los Angeles teaching, recording and touring with the Carl Verheyen Band.
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Eric Gales grew up in a musical family with four brothers, two of them who learned to play the guitar upside down and left handed in the same fashion that Eric does. Eric's brother Eugene Gales played bass in the Eric Gales Band and his brother Little Jimmy King had a thriving career as a blues artist before his untimely death. Eric released his first record at Age 16 for Elektra records to an amazing response from the media and music fans around the globe. Guitar World Magazine's Reader's Poll named Eric as "Best New Talent," in 1991. After recording a second record for Elektra, all three brothers teamed up for The Gales Bros. "Left Hand Brand" which was recorded for the House of Blues label in 1996.
Through the years, it would not be unusual to look out in the audience and see artists like Carlos Santana, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, B. B. King, and Eric Clapton, looking on with interest as Eric took his God-given talent and worked crowd after crowd into a frenzy. The new Millennium presented new opportunities for Eric and he was signed to a deal with Nightbird Records which was affiliated with the Hendrix family and distributed through MCA/Universal. Under this deal, Eric recorded the critically acclaimed record "That's What I Am" in 2001 and hit the road, mesmerizing fans around the world with his uncanny connection to his guitar. In 2006 Eric recorded the critically acclaimed CD "Crystal Vision" for Blues Bureau and set the stage for his incredible Blues Bureau follow-up, "The Psychedelic Underground." in 2007. Eric followed sharply in 2008 with "The Story of my Life" and in 2010 hit a new stride altogether with the incredibly successful album "Relentless". That album combined with his latest studio album "Transformation" released in 2011 set the stage for his upcoming Double Live Album/DVD released in October of 2012. In 2013 Eric released his first ever completely instrumental album "Ghost Notes".
As both an African-American left-handed guitarist of extraordinary ability and an expressive vocalist, it is natural for people to compare Eric to Hendrix but Eric has developed a unique hybrid blues/rock sound that also draws upon influences as diverse as Albert King and Eric Johnson. A unique amalgam of styles, Eric Gales stands head and shoulders among other guitarists in his genre.
Sandy Gennaro ~ Drums
Sandy's drumming style can best be described as pop/rock and he is legendary for his extremely accurate timing, along with really loud playing. Sandy has toured and/or recorded with the following artists: Bo Diddley, Cyndi Lauper, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Pat Travers Band, Johnny Winter, Joe Lynn Turner, The Monkees, Michael Bolton, Benny Mardones, Craaft, and Jon Paris. Sandy has also made numerous TV appearances including The Tonight Show, The Grammy Awards, The American Music Awards, The MTV New Years Ball, and David Letterman among others. He currently also teaches drums in New York City.
Kelly Garni ~ Bass
Kelly Garni is an American Hard Rock Musician, accomplished Rock Star Photographer, and Author of the book, "Angels With Dirty Faces". He is best known for playing bass in the 80's hair metal band Quiet Riot.
In the early 1970's, after moving with his family to Burbank, CA, he met guitarist Randy Rhoads and they became best friends. Both went on to play in Quiet Riot. Kelly was the bass player with Quiet Riot for five years, and appears on their early MTV videos and in their 1977 self-titled album, as well as their second album, Quiet Riot II.
He currently lives in Boulder City, Nevada, and is in a band with Randy Rhoads' brother, Kelle Rhoads. He is also among the list of talented musicians on the Rock n' Roll Fantasy Camp, Rock Star, roster.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in LA's Laurel Canyon during its music halcyon days, Louise Goffin is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and producer who released her first album on Elektra/Asylum when she was 19. Along the way she's released six solo albums and produced a Grammy-nominated record for Carole King, "A Holiday Carole".
Her EP, Appleonfire, Louise's seventh studio recording, got its genesis following the June 19th 2014 passing of her father, lyricist Gerry Goffin. It comes only months after Louise's release Songs From The Mine, which was described by the San Diego Troubadour as "a masterpiece of reinvention," by The LA Times as "endearing folk-pop," and by American Songwriter as "a terrific return from an artist...whose best work is likely ahead of her." Appleonfire features Joseph Arthur singing a duet of a little known Goffin/King song "If I'm Late," and Jakob Dylan guesting on "Take A Giant Step."
Louise's songs have been recorded by artists that include Shawn Colvin ("Between Two Worlds" from the film Grace of My Heart), Paul Thorn ("Fabio and Liberace"), Terry Reid ("Fifth of July" -when The Yardbirds disbanded, Jimmy Page wanted Reid to fill the vocalist spot for his proposed new group which became Led Zeppelin), Lindsay Lohan ("Black Hole") and Carole King (over 5 of her daughter's songs). For many who grew up with hit TV show The Gilmore Girls, Louise's voice can be heard with Carole's on the duet in the opening theme"Where You Lead".
Louise has lived in England, travels to New York, Nashville, and the Mid-West, and is based in Los Angeles. She's also toured the world on electric guitar in Tears For Fears, and played banjo with Bryan Ferry.
Lawrence Henry Gowan (born 22 November 1956) is a Scottish-born Canadian musician. Gowan has been both a solo artist and the current lead vocalist and keyboardist of the band Styx, since May 1999. His musical style is usually classified in the category of progressive rock.
The following are Gowan's Juno nominations:
- 1983 – Nominated – "Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year"
- 1985 – Winner – "Best Video" for "A Criminal Mind" with director Rob Quartly Animation & Direction by Greg Duffell / Lightbox Studios Inc.
- 1985 – Winner – "Best Album Graphics" for Strange Animal (awarded to designers Rob MacIntyre and Dimo Safari)
- 1985 – Nominated – "Male Vocalist of the Year"
- 1985 – Nominated – "Album of the Year" for Strange Animal
- 1985 – Nominated – "Best Selling Single" for "A Criminal Mind"
- 1985 – Nominated – "Best Video" for "You're a Strange Animal" Animation by Greg Duffell / Lightbox Studios Inc.
- 1986 – Nominated – "Best Video" for "Cosmetics" (director: Rob Quartly)
- 1987 – Nominated – "Male Vocalist of the Year"
- 1987 – Nominated – "Album of the Year" for Great Dirty World
- 1987 – Nominated – "Canadian Entertainer of the Year"
- 1991 – Nominated – "Male Vocalist of the Year"
In 1995, Gowan was presented with the SOCAN award for songs that have won major airplay in 1995 for his song, "Dancing on My Own Ground".
On 16 November 1998, Gowan received the National Achievement Award from the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN).
In 2003, Gowan was presented with the SOCAN award (along with three other musicians) for songs that have surpassed the 100,000 radio airplay mark for his song, "Moonlight Desires".
Lou Gramm ~ Foreigner
Lou Gramm is an American rock vocalist and songwriter best known for being the original lead vocalist and co-writer of many of the songs for the rock band Foreigner. He also had a successful solo career. Gramm was the vocalist for many top-40 hits including "Cold as Ice", "Waiting for a Girl Like You", "I Want to Know What Love Is", "I Don't Want to Live Without You" and his solo hit "Midnight Blue". In 2009, the Lou Gramm Band released their self-titled album of Christian rock.
Tracii Guns ~ LA Guns
Tracii Guns is best known as the founder of glam metal group L.A. Guns, as well as the supergroups Brides of Destruction, Contraband and Devil City Angels. Tracii's first major adventure in music was in 1983 when he formed L.A. Guns. In 1985 Tracii formed a new band with Hollywood Rose frontman Axl Rose. They put the two band names together; Guns 'N' Roses was born, but they both finally went separate ways and Tracii rejoined L.A. Guns.
In 1993 Tracii participated in the supergroup Contraband with Michael Schenker (Scorpions, UFO), Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), Share Pedersen (Vixen), and Richard Black (Shark Island). The band released only one self-titled album in 1991.
In late 2002 Tracii decided to join Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx to create the project Brides of Destruction, signing on as lead guitarist.
Devil City Angels is a rock supergroup consisting of guitarist Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns), drummer Rikki Rockett (Poison), bassist Eric Brittingham (Cinderella) and vocalist and rhythm guitarist Brandon Gibbs (Cheap Thrill). The band's debut album is due in Spring 2015.
Tracii is currently in a new band GUNZO, featuring himself, Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Whitesnake), Keith St. John (Montrose) and Shane Fitzgibbon. On tour this summer with the BANG YOUR HEAD tour with Quiet Riot, Jack Russell's Great White, Enuff z'Nuff and Gunzo...
Sammy Hagar ~ Frontman ~ Van Halen and Chickenfoot
Sam Roy "Sammy" Hagar (born October 13, 1947), also known as The Red Rocker, is an American rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Hagar came to prominence in the 1970s with the hard rock band Montrose. He afterwards launched a successful solo career, scoring an enduring hit in 1984 with "I Can't Drive 55". From 1985 to 1996, and 2003 to 2005, Hagar was the singer for Van Halen. On March 12, 2007, Hagar was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Van Halen. Outside of music, he founded the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand and restaurant chain. He currently resides in Mill Valley, California, and also has a residence in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. His present musical project is as lead singer of Chickenfoot.
Ian Hill ~ Judas Priest
(born Ian Frank Hill, 20 January 1951, in Yew Tree Estate, West Bromwich, England) is a founding member and bassist for the Birmingham-based Grammy award winning heavy metal band, Judas Priest. His three songwriter credits for Judas Priest are "Winter" and "Caviar and Meths", both featured on the first Priest-album Rocka Rolla, and "Invader", featured on Stained Class. As of 2011, Hill is the sole constant member of Judas Priest following the departure of KK Downing.
Billy Hinsche ~ Beach Boys
Born in the Philippines and raised in Los Angeles, Billy began playing piano at the age of 5, violin at age 7, ukulele at 8 and guitar at the age of 12. He formed a successful musical group in the mid-sixties with friends Dino Martin, Jr. and Desi Arnaz, Jr. who were the original teen idol band. The trio was known as Dino, Desi & Billy and their audition for Reprise's Frank Sinatra lead to 4 successful albums, 6 songs on the Billboard and Cash Box singles charts with appearances on every local and national television show of the era including Shindig, Shivaree, Hullabaloo, Where The Action Is and the iconic Ed Sullivan Show in 1965 performing their back-to-back hits, "I'm a Fool" and 'Not the Lovin' Kind" written by their producer, the great Lee Hazlewood. DD&B appeared as themselves in the film Murderer's Row starring Dean Martin (as Matt Helm), Ann-Margret and Carl Malden, and they did a television commercial for Royal Crown Cola that can still be seen on YouTube. The young trio toured extensively as the opening act for The Beach Boys, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs and headlined their own tours throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Billy graduated from Loyola High School in 1969 and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Motion Pictures & Television from UCLA in 1974. He is a longtime teacher of music and a published writer for music magazines, fanzines, liner notes, periodicals and has contributed to several books written about The Beach Boys and their place in history.
He recorded and toured with The Beach Boys as a member of the band playing piano, guitar, bass and singing both background and lead vocals ("I'm Waiting For the Day" and "Sail On Sailor") during the '70s, '80s and '90s and has performed in every major venue in the world including The Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden and the Reagan White House. Over the years he has shared the stage with Ringo Starr, Jimmy Page, Elton John, Billy Joel and many other rock 'n' roll superstars. He has RIAA certified gold records for the work he did on "The Beach Boys In Concert," "15 Big Ones," "Still Cruisin'" and the "Good Vibrations Thirty Years of the Beach Boys" box set.
Billy toured with the Carl Wilson Band in the early '80s and the Brian Wilson Band in 2007. He is currently Musical Director for Beach Boy Al Jardine's Endless Summer Band as well as being a member of California Saga, a new vocal group consisting of second generation Wilsons, Loves and Jardines. The group opened for The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour most recently at Irvine, CA and Lake Tahoe, NV. The group also did a special performance for The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on July 10, 2012.
He has enjoyed success as a songwriter and his compositions have been recorded by Dino, Desi & Billy, Dean Martin, Nelson Riddle and Carl Wilson (Billy's brother-in-law). His songwriting credits include the theme song "Automan" (1984) for the television series of the same name, as well as a songwriting credit on the I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Television Special of 2002 for "Patria" featuring multi-Grammy Award winner Arturo Sandoval on accompanying trumpet. He co-wrote "Lady Love" with Brian Wilson, "Away" with Dennis Wilson, and "Let's Build a World" with Carl Wilson.
Billy's other credits include singing background vocals on the original recordings of Elton John's "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me," The Beach Boys' "Heroes & Villains," Warren Zevon's "Desperados Under The Eaves," America's "Hat Trick," Joan Jett's "Good Music" and many more.
In 2002 he Produced The Whisky A Go-Go's 35th Anniversary show featuring performances by Johnny Rivers, Roger McGuinn, Jan & Dean, The Doors, The Grassroots and many more.
In 2006 he hosted Rickenbacker International Guitar's 75th Anniversary at L.A.'s House of Blues showcasing RIC players including Chris Squire (Yes), Susanna Hoffs (Bangles), Paul Kantner (Starship), REM and others.
Since 1998, Billy has helped produce several events for and sits on the Board of the Carl Wilson Foundation (CWF) that is devoted to cancer research and improving the quality of life for those afflicted with this disease. Past performers for CWF events have included Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, Eric Clapton, Heart, Jackson Browne, Joe Walsh, Robert Lamm, Timothy B. Schmit, Wilson Phillips, Brian Setzer, Sugar Ray, The Righteous Brothers, Van Dyke Parks, Christopher Cross, and America.
Paul Hammond ~ Guitar
Rock Guitarist/Engineer. A founding member of "Get The Led Out" also known as "The American Led Zeppelin" - a band who's become very popular due to their painstaking recreations of the recorded works of "The Mighty Zep!" In addition to his concert performances, Paul's guitar playing has also been featured on numerous television commercials for brands such as Motorola, Time Warner, Comcast, and Verizon. Aside from Paul's musical abilities, he is also an accomplished engineer/technician who builds custom guitar amplifiers and effects pedals to use live. One of his latest projects was helping design a highly customized Martin acoustic guitar for Brian May of Queen.
Colin Hay ~ Singer, Songwriter ~ Men At Work
In 1967, Colin Hay was 14 years old, traveling by ship through the Suez Canal from Scotland to Australia. He played some acoustic guitar, sang a song, and told some stories. He did that then, and he does that now. This is the thread that runs through his work for the last 25 years, from the multi-platinum award winning Men At Work, to the solo acoustic release "Going Somewhere," and "Company Of Strangers". In 1978 Colin Hay and Ron Strykert formed the nucleus of what was to become Men At Work. No one could have predicted that this Australian rock band would sell 10 million copies of one album and win the 1982 Grammy Award for Best New Artist. From that album, Business As Usual, "Who Can It Be Now" topped the charts in Australia, Europe, Canada, Japan, South and Central America, and the USA. The single "Down Under" hit #1 in dozens of countries, and has become one of the most iconographic Australian pop songs of all time. This single and its album stayed at #1 on the American charts for 16 weeks. The success of Cargo, kept them in the spotlight through 1983-84. It spawned the hits "Overkill," "It's A Mistake," and "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive." Two Hearts, released in 1985, went gold in the US and included the hit "Everything I Need." In 1994 Men At Work were inducted into the ARIA Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In 1987 Colin released his debut solo album, Looking For Jack, inspired by a brief meeting with Jack Nicholson. The single, "Hold Me," hit the US Top 100. The music continued with Celtic-influenced Wayfaring Sons, featuring "Into My Life," which was a huge hit in Brazil, resulting in Colin being invited in 1991 to play at Rock in Rio, alongside Prince and Joe Cocker, to 150,000 people. Then came the record Peaks & Valleys. Colin formed his own label, Lazy Eye Records in 1994, and released his 4th solo CD, Topanga. The full band sound on Transcendental Highway, released in 1998, was nominated for an ARIA award, and supported by tours of the U.S., Canada, Germany and Australia. Songs from the 2001 acoustic CD Going Somewhere are featured on the TV shows Dawson's Creek, Judging Amy, and Scrubs. Both "Beautiful World" and "Overkill" are featured on the Scrubs soundtrack, set for a September 2002 US release (Hollywood Records). Of the acoustic CD Going Somewhere Colin says, "I received so many requests to record an album that's as close to my live show as possible. So here it is."
Warren Haynes is an American rock and blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, best known for his work as a long time guitarist with the Allman Brothers Band and his work with the Dead and his own Gov't Mule. Early in his career he was a guitarist for David Allan Coe and The Dickey Betts Band. Before he started playing guitar Haynes wanted to be a soul singer, and in his recently released album, Man In Motion, he is able to showcase his unique talents as a singer and guitarist. In Man In Motion, Haynes draws on his dynamic bluesy voice and stunning six-string syntax to create melodies that frame the past with the present, fusing enduring themes of love, desire and loss with bristling contemperary energy. His soul and blues influences help his album tell real stories about everyday people in an honest way. In addition to his three solo discs, seven albums with the Allman Brothers and Gov't Mule's 16 studio and live releases, Haynes had accumulated stacks of accolades for his efforts. These range from Grammy wins and nominations to his ranking at number 23 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time."
Gary Hoey ~ Guitar, Vocals
World renowned rock guitarist Gary Hoey takes on the Blues with his new album, "Deja Blues," to be released Nov 2012 on Wazoo Music Group. "This is an album of original blues songs I've wanted to record for a long time. The Blues has always been near and dear to my heart, I have so much respect for it. When I'm recording a blues song, it's a 5 minute journey and you can't take a breath, you can't keep punching in the recording button to fix stuff or it loses the vibe."
Hoey recently produced and co-wrote The Queen Of Metal Lita Ford's latest release "Living Like Runaway" for SPV records to rave reviews, "It was a thrill to work with Lita she is a true rocker a pioneer for woman in rock, and she's a kick ass guitar player".
With a collection of 18 albums and a #5 Billboard Rock hit with "Hocus Pocus" it's no wonder Gary Hoey is listed as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time. Gary's clients have included Walt Disney films, ESPN, New Line Cinema, and scoring the Roller Coaster "California Screaming" songs placed in "Office Space", "Deck The Halls" with Danny Devito, Beethoven III (The dog movie) Endless Summer II full score.
Hoey has toured and traded licks with the likes of Jeff Beck, Brian May of Queen, Ted Nugent, Joe Satriani, The Doobie Brothers, Foreigner, Styx, Steve Vai, Peter Frampton, and Dick Dale.
Vocalist/bass guitarist/songwriter Glenn Hughes is a true original. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes' calling card. He's known as a singer's singer. Stevie Wonder once called Hughes his favourite white singer.
Hughes, a native of Cannock, England, absorbed all kinds of influences, including early British hard rock, the Beatles and, most importantly, American soul and R&B. The sleek Motown sound fromDetroit and the gritty Stax/Volt sound from Memphis left their mark on him.
The first important band Hughes was a member of that achieved notable success was Trapeze. The band's early '70s albums included Medusa, Trapeze and You Are The Music... We're Just The Band.
In 1973, Hughes joined Deep Purple. The trailblazing hard-rock legends had just weathered the departure of vocalist Ian Gillan and bass guitarist Roger Glover, but guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice continued with the addition of Hughes and David Coverdale. Any skepticism was squelched with the 1974 release of Burn which has since been re-released on its 30th anniversary. This stunning album rejuvenated the band and stands tall among Deep Purple classics.
In the halcyon days, Purple headlined at the famous California Jam in 1974 in front of quarter of a million people. World tours via Purple's own jet plane, "The Starship" and two more studio albums later, (the Hughes influenced Stormbringer and Come Taste the Band), Deep Purple finally split in1976.
Now living in Los Angeles, Glenn's first solo album Play Me Out was released in 1977. He joined former Pat Travers guitarist Pat Thrall to form Hughes/Thrall, which released an acclaimed self-titled album in 1982. Throughout the '80s and '90s, Hughes made countless guest appearances (both credited and un-credited) as a vocalist, bass guitarist or songwriter on other artists' albums.
More commercial recognition came when the KLF dubbed Glenn Hughes "The Voice of Rock", proudly featuring him on their international best selling hit single America - What Time is Love?
Since 1992, Hughes has toured extensively in Europe, Japan and South America in support of solo albums such as Blues, From Now On..., Burning Japan Live, Feel, Addiction, The Way It Is, Return Of Crystal Karma, Building The Machine, Songs In The Key Of Rock and Soul Mover.
One of the most important collaborations in Hughes' career occurred two decades ago when he began working with Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi on the legendary guitarist's first solo album. The result, 1986's vastly underrated Seventh Star, was officially credited as 'Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi' to satisfy the record company's marketing desires. (Technically, this makes Hughes a former member of Black Sabbath too.) Hughes and Iommi remained friends and, in 1996, they began writing songs and recording together again. Those recordings were widely bootlegged, but they were eventually finished and released in 2004 as The 1996 DEP Sessions.
2005 saw the release of two albums that were greeted with commercial and critical success; Fused with Tony Iommi, and another solo album Soul Mover.
Soul Mover saw the continuation of the successful creative partnership with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith that began with Glenn's live DVD Soulfully Live in the City of Angels (2004). Soul Mover was voted 12th best album of the year by highly influential magazine CLASSIC ROCK.
Glenn's next album - Music For The Divine - was a rich tapestry of the soul, funk and rock, which have always influenced his music. Again, featuring Chad Smith on drums, (and fellow Chili Pepper John Frusciante on guitar for an incredible rendition of the perennial classic 'Nights In White Satin') it was commercially and critically well received, and the album again made Classic Rock magazine's Top 20 albums of the year.
After his successful Music For The Divine European tour in 2006, 2007 saw Glenn make successful tours of Russia, South America, Italy, Norway and Spain, along with solo dates in London - at the prestigious Shepherds Bush Empire - Bulgaria and Greece.
2007 also saw Glenn headline at festival appearances in France and Norway. Glenn also took part in the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp in New York, which was highly successful and he also appeared as a guest presenter at the Classic Rock Awards in both 2006 and 2007. Another highlight of a diverse and colourful year were the 2 sold out solo shows at the famous Whisky in Los Angeles and BB King's in New York.
2008 saw Glenn undertake another extensive European tour; including a month long trek across Russia, festival appearances, and his first live shows in Belarus, Estonia and Romania. Another highlight was Glenn's appearance in London at the Childline Charity concert in March 2008 where he performed a short set of Deep Purple classics with Purple drummer Ian Paice. This was particularly
poignant as it was the first time the pair had played together since the Purple days. Ironically, in June 2008, Glenn played in Liverpool, England for the first time in over 30 years; a triumphant and emotional return to the city where Deep Purple Mark IV played their final ever concert before disbanding in 1976.
Other highlights of 2008 include Glenn's live on air performance on the USA radio show Rockline, and his first appearance in New Zealand since 1975 with Deep Purple, when Glenn brought the house down at the G-Taranaki Festival in July.
Glenn's most current studio album, the 2008 release First Underground Nuclear Kitchen is the latest chapter in an extraordinary musical evolution, and is quite possibly the most compelling and positive musical statement in a distinguished career already abundant with highlights and milestones. Chad Smith again plays out of his skin on the drums, and Glenn has rarely - if ever - sounded more inspired, written with such grace, or sung with more passion.
Another world jaunt accompanied the release, carrying on into 2009 with tours of Europe, Russia, South America and selected shows in the States including sell out shows in LA and NYC.
2010 was one of the most exciting and prolific years in Glenn's career as it saw him recording and touring in a new supergroup project, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION with guitar star Joe Bonamassa, keyboard player Derek Sherinian (Dream Theatre) and drummer Jason Bonham, son of the late Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham. The band released their debut album on September 20th, 2010. The album went to #13 in the Official UK Album Chart and #1 in the Official UK Rock Album Chart. Produced and mixed by Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Black Crowes, Page and Plant, Journey etc), this is yet another world-class musical statement that raises the bar for rock singing.
In November 2010, Hughes was awarded the ChildLine Award at Classic Rock's Roll of Honour.
Glenn and BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION released their second album, "2", in 2011, followed shortly afterwards, by their debut live tour encompassing the USA, UK and Europe. Their third release, "LIVE OVER EUROPE", recorded live while on the European leg of their debut tour, reached the Top 5 spot world-wide with releases on DVD, CD, Blu-ray and Vinyl.
Glenn had his AUTOBIOGRAPHY published in 2011, in both hard and soft cover editions. The Number 1 best seller is available at all good retailers, both online and at traditional brick & mortar stores!
In November 2011, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION won the prestigious Classic Rock Breakthrough Artist of the Year award at the Classic Rock Awards in London, with Glenn collecting the award on behalf of the band.
2012 saw Glenn touring Russia as a solo artist and also South America as a member of the Rock and Roll AllStars, featuring his good friends Gene Simmons, Matt Sorum, and Joe Elliot amongst others. Glenn also did solo shows and guest appearances in the UK, Israel, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine, China and Armenia but his main focus in 2012 was the writing, recording and press promotion for the third BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION album, "AFTERGLOW". Released worldwide in late October 2012, and again produced by Kevin Shirley, the album was another huge success for the band, and is possibly the most Glenn dominated album of the three, with many of the songs written solely by Glenn.
In late 2013 he formed a new band called CALIFORNIA BREED with drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Andrew Watt and in May 2014, the band released their debut self-titled album, followed by Autumn tour dates in the USA (w/ Alter Bridge), Russia, Europe and UK (w/ SLASH).
So make no mistake. The Voice of Rock never left the building.
David Hull began his career in music performing with Buddy Miles, Joe Cocker, Ted Nugent, Arthur Lee & Lee's band Love.
In the 1970s, he was a member of the Connecticut band White Chocolate. Later, Hull founded the rock band The Dirty Angels and was a songwriter, bassist and co-producer on the band's three albums.
Since Hull's personal connection to members of Aerosmith date back to the late 1960s, Hull was asked to be the studio and touring bassist and background vocalist for the first two albums of The Joe Perry Project, a band formed by Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry. Several songs on the band's first two albums were co-written by Hull.
In 1986, he changed his name to David Heit and formed a rock trio with fellow Joe Perry Project member Charlie Farren, naming the band Farrenheit (also written as Farren/Heit). The band signed with Warner Bros. Records and their music went into regular rotation on MTV. They scored an opening slot on Boston's 75-stop sold-out American tour. Farrenheit's eponymous album spent 7 weeks on the Billboard200.
After Farrenheit, Hull was involved with several bands including rock bands Modern Farmer (with Reeves Gabrels) and Pete Droge And The Sinners, in addition to blues bands Kat in the Hat and Monster Mike Welch.
In 2006, Hull filled in on Aerosmith's Route of All Evil Tour for regular bassist Tom Hamilton who was absent while recovering from throat cancer.
In 2009, after filling in for Tom Hamilton again on another of Aerosmith's international tours, Hull reunited with The Joe Perry Project on the band's album Have Guitar, Will Travel. The re-formed band toured the United States in 2009 and 2010. In January 2010 they joined with Mötley Crüe on their tour of Canada. In April they joined Bad Company for a tour of the UK during which they performed shows at Wembley Arena and the legendary 100 Club.
In September 2010, David Hull released a solo CD Soul In Motion on which he performed guitar, bass and lead vocals. The album was produced by Brynn Arens, former leader of Minneapolis band Flipp. Guest musicians included Joe Perry, contributing lead guitar on the title song, and Charlie Farren on background vocals.
In January 2013, Hull was heavily involved in the album From Detroit to the Delta by the James Montgomery Band. He played bass, co-wrote three songs, produced, engineered and sang backing vocals.
In April 2013, Hull was asked for a third time to fill in for Hamilton on Aerosmith's tour.
Rami Jaffee ~ Keyboards
Rami Jaffee is best known for starting with the Wallflowers 20 years ago and playing with Foo Fighters today. His extensive recording career expands beyond those 2 bands all the way from Johnny Cash to Macy Gray and hundreds of others, most of them selling millions of records. Holding one Grammy and having played on a dozen Grammy winning records, Rami continues his career with composing and producing as well as his session and live work, and has also found time to create and tweak tracks for various video games.
Scott is the co-founder and rhythm guitar player of Anthrax. Scott, with Anthrax helped create thrash metal in the early 80's.
Scott and Anthrax have sold over ten million records worldwide, have multiple Gold and Platinum record awards, have been nominated for a Grammy five times, and have toured the world since 1984 on over ninety something tours.
Scott had the idea to cover Public Enemy's Bring The Noise back in 1990. Chuck D and Flav rapped on it and the two bands toured the world together kicking the asses of expectations and stereotypes. Scott takes no credit good or bad for any musical genre that came after.
Scott was very excited about the 25th anniversary of Anthrax's debut album Fistful Of Metal in 2009 and is even more excited about the 30th anniversary of said record in January 2014.
Scott was also very excited about the March 2012 25th anniversary of Anthrax's classic album Among The Living.
And while we're on anniversaries, Anthrax celebrated their 32nd on July 18, 2013.
Scott wrote Lobo: Highway To Hell for DC Comics in 2009. Scott is currently writing his second series for DC featuring The Demon scheduled for a 2014 release. Scott is still amazed that he was asked to do this.
Scott hosted "Rock Show" on VH1 for a year and got to interview Ozzy Osbourne while dressed as Gene Simmons for Halloween.
Scott and Anthrax were part of the Big 4 alongside Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth. Scott had the highlight of his career in Anthrax when The Big 4 played Yankee Stadium in NYC on Sept 14 2011. That day was also officially proclaimed Anthrax day in the Bronx. Suck that everyone in high school.
Scott and Anthrax spent the summer of 2012 on the Rockstar Mayhem tour with their friends Motörhead, Slayer and Slipknot. It was like camp with guitars and Jäger.
Scott just finished touring with Anthrax for Worship Music, the bands tenth studio record. Released September 13, 2011, Worship Music entered the Billboard charts at number twelve and has been a huge commercial and critical success. Anthrax played 207 shows in support of Worship Music ending at the Battle Of San Bernardino with Iron Maiden September 13 2013, two years to the day Worship Music was released. That's cool.
Scott hosts Blood & Guts for the Nerdist Channel and enjoys getting his face ripped off and/or brutally disfigured/maimed/killed on a weekly basis.
Scott and Anthrax are writing songs for the as yet untitled 11th studio album due out in 2014. The new shit is awesome. #modesty
Scott thanks everyone for being cool.
Samantha Cole-Sacchetti ~ Celebrity Voice Coach/ Artist Singer/Songwriter
When she's not performing selections from her HOT new repertoire or recording, Samantha Cole may be spotted everywhere from red carpet occasions to runway fashion events to clubbing in New York City, Miami, Los Angeles and beyond...
Samantha Cole realized she had a unique talent at an early age. She began taking vocal lessons at age 12. Following a number of singing engagements in New York and a whopping 30 appearances (with one performance) on MTV's "The Grind," Samantha Cole's talent and beauty could not be ignored. The young chanteuse was discovered by Universal Music's Doug Morris and Daniel Glass, and promptly signed to Universal Records. She co-wrote eight of the songs for her self-titled debut album, produced by an all-star team of hitmakers: David Foster, Nile Rodgers, Richard Marx and Rhett Lawrence. The album spawned the catchy Top 40 single "Happy With You." The follow-up single, "Without You," recently covered by "American Idol" stars Kimberly Locke and Clay Aiken, soared to #1 in Asia. This notoriety granted her touring opportunities with some of the biggest pop acts including Backstreet Boys, Shaggy and 98 Degrees.
Samantha Cole has since contributed "Bring It To Me" - and its remix - to the "Dark Angel" Original TV Series Soundtrack on Artemis Records, and sang the irresistible hooks on international superstar Shaggy's "Luv Me, Luv Me." Not resting on her singing laurels, Cole decided to take on acting as well. This past summer she starred in the popular WE Channel reality show "Single In The Hamptons." She also appeared on an episode of the highly acclaimed HBO series "Sex In The City" during its final season, and in the Damon Dash directed motion picture "Death Of A Dynasty."
Samantha Cole's smoldering looks have been captured by some of the world's best photographers and featured in spreads from FHM(US) and the UK's Loaded magazine, and among the pages of US Weekly, In Style, The New York Post, The National Enquirer, Globe, and even Animal Fair (with her beloved cat/pal, Smokey).
Samantha went on to release the dance hit intoxicating rendition of Animotion's 80's classic "Obsession".
Samantha also recently has appeared as a Celebrity Co- Host on the Maury Povich show as many as four times in one year.
Samantha is also very involved in multiple charities and lends her time as a celebrity playing and singing in many Celebrity golf Tournaments as well as even bowling and poker charity events. She has been in Hootie and the Blowfish Monday after the Masters as a player and a performer, she has been in Ahmaad Rashads Golf Charity event three times and even played recently in the Jimmy V and Ryan Styles Golf Charity events.
Three years ago Cole founded and started her Celebrity Voice Coach Company. She is an active Celebrity Voice Coach lending her knowledge in the music business and experience, she is focusing on teaching and mentoring all ages. Her student's age range from 10-60. All styles.
She currently resides in CT with her family and is actively doing showcases and lessons for her students year round. She also helps package and produce some of her students as well as work with them on their original compositions.
Samantha Cole grew up in Southampton, New York, but has managed to captivate the world with her immeasurable talent and stunning beauty. Whether she is singing, coaching , smiling, or dancing up a storm, Samantha is walking on HOT Cole!
The back cover of Renaissance Man — the first studio album by the sensational septet Jaimoe's Jasssz Band — includes a brief dictionary description of the phrase: "a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas." For more than four decades countless millions have been wowed by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jaimoe's drumming expertise with the mighty Allman Brothers Band but now, with the release of Renaissance Man, several new dimensions of this iconic musician's supersized talent emerge for the first time.
And that's just the way Jaimoe likes it. "No one thing determines what I am or who I am," says the world-class artist originally known to Allmans fans as Jai Johanny Johanson before changing it legally to Jaimoe. "Why stick yourself in one little hole? After awhile you get tired of it. When I go onstage, it's like the first time I've picked up a pair of drumsticks-there must be that challenge. When I don't feel like that anymore, it's time to find something else to do."
Renaissance Man exposes multiple new avenues of expression for the iconic sticksman that tie together his numerous musical interests. Its 10 tracks run the gamut from classic soul and blues to the sizzling Southern Rock that the Allman Brothers Band put on the map to the jazz referred to so cryptically in the band's name (historians will note that jazz was originally spelled jass in its infancy). Jaimoe's Jasssz Band consists of -in addition to Jaimoe on drums- the incredible Junior Mack on vocals, guitars and Dobro; David Stoltz on bass; Reggie Pittman on trumpet and flugelhorn; Paul Lieberman playing tenor and alto saxophone and flute; Kris Jensen on tenor, baritone and soprano saxes; and Bruce Katz working the Hammond B3 organ and piano. The band came together after Jaimoe was introduced to Mack at one of the ABB's legendary shows at New York's Beacon Theater.
"Gregg Allman's assistant was telling me one night that 'Junior Mack is a hell of a guitar player and singer,'" Jaimoe recalls, "but I'd never heard of him. I asked Junior if he had anything I could listen to and he handed me a CD. One day I called him and asked if he'd like to get together and play a gig, and I asked the guy who was doing the sound to record it." Jaimoe was so impressed with the results that he later released the set as a CD, Live at the Double Down Grill 1/28/06. Although the initial lineup was somewhat different than the horn-heavy band of today, the Jasssz Band's chemistry was already apparent on tunes ranging from the Meters' "Cissy Strut" to Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night in Tunisia" to a stunning reworking of the Allmans' "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed." A second live release, Ed Blackwell Memorial Concert 2/27/2008, continued to chart the band's progress as they burned through everything from John Coltrane's "Impressions" to Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come."
But Renaissance Man takes Jaimoe's Jasssz Band to a whole other level. Recorded in Hoboken, N.J.'s Water Music studio, the album features more well-chosen covers-this time Sleepy John Estes' blues staple "Leaving Trunk" and Tony Joe White's great soul ballad "A Rainy Night in Georgia"-but also showcases the songwriting skills of the Jasssz Band's members. Mack is responsible for no less than four of the album's songs, including the paint-peeling opener "Dilemma," while keyboardist Katz, bassist Stoltz and hornman Pittman each contribute a track. Allmans loyalists will also be stunned by the new arrangement that the Jasssz Band has given to the ABB's touchstone hit "Melissa." Says Jaimoe, "We wanted to do as much original music as possible but at the same time we wanted to do a few things to reach out and grab people, and Junior does that tune as a bossa nova. That's why I wanted to do it. It's got a good groove. Music is about getting an idea and seeing how many different things you can do with it."
For Jaimoe, that sentiment pretty well sums up his entire career. Born in Mississippi in 1944, Jaimoe came up, as did so many Southern musicians at the time, playing the soul music circuit. One of his first big breaks-and one of his most treasured recollections- was touring behind the legendary R&B trailblazer Otis Redding. "I learned so much from Otis," Jaimoe says now.
In 1969, a few years after his experiences with Redding, Jaimoe found himself in Macon, Georgia, where he was introduced to a young hotshot guitarist named Duane Allman by record execs Phil Walden and Jerry Wexler. "I guess they figured that a long-haired hippie and a strange-ass drummer would be good together," Jaimoe says. Along with Duane's younger brother Gregg on keyboards, second guitarist Dickey Betts, and an exceptional rhythm section that included bassist Berry Oakley and Jaimoe's 40-plus-year drum partner Butch Trucks, the Allman Brothers Band was soon on its way to immortality.
The Allmans' place in rock history is set in stone-in fact they will receive a special merit award from the Grammys this winter-but at the moment Jaimoe's excitement is directed toward the Jasssz Band. "We're not gonna guide it this way or that way," he says. "We're gonna let it go and we're gonna tag along for the ride. It's improvised music and it's American music. That's why it's Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, because improvised American music is jazz."
Memphis Commercial Appeal hails him, with his landmark million selling 1990 album Ah Via Musicom. Lauded as a "recording [that] has reached near-classic proportions within the guitar community" by All Music Guide, it was preceded by dedicated groundwork as a live performer that marked him as a talent bound for great things. And it's been followed by a diverse and fascinating musical journey that inspired The New Age Music Guide to rave that "Eric Johnson plays guitar the way Michelangelo painted ceilings: with a colorful vibrancy that's more real than life."
His many achievements include being enshrined in Guitar Player's Gallery of Greats and named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century by Musician magazine alongside numerous other awards. He also enjoys the admiration of many of his fellow players and has performed and/or recorded with such notables as Chet Atkins, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and others, and follows the release of Up Close with an acoustic Guitar Masters tour sharing the stage with six-string masters Peppino D'Agostino and Andy McKee. He was tapped by Eric Clapton to appear at the 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival and plays his second stint of the Experience Hendrix tour in fall 2010. He has paid homage in song to such players as Jerry Reed ("Tribute to Jerry Reed" on his album Bloom), fellow Texan Stevie Ray Vaughan (the Grammy-nominated track "SRV") and Wes Montgomery (who Johnson saluted in his Ah Via Musicom song "East Wes"), and boasts both a signature Fender Stratocaster electric and Martin MC-40 acoustic guitar. "Cliffs of Dover" is featured in the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock as the final winning challenge. And in addition to his recordings, tours and DVDs under his own name, Johnson also plays with his side project Alien Love Child, which released an in concert album in 2000, Live and Beyond, that earned an instrumental Grammy nomination for the song "Rain."
Even before his breakthrough with Ah Via Musicom, Johnson made his indelible musical mark with his 1986 first album release Tones. It landed him on the cover of Guitar Player magazine, which hailed the album as "a majestic debut," and earned him his first Grammy nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance with the track "Zap." Ah Via Musicom won Johnson a Grammy for "Cliffs Of Dover," which was one of his record three Top 10 instrumental hits from a single album alongside "Trademark" and "Righteous." Following three years of concerted touring that established him as a continuing popular concert attraction, Johnson recorded Venus Isle, which on its release in 1996 garnered him another Grammy nomination. In 1998, his previously unreleased first album recording from 1976, Seven Worlds, was finally issued. A limited-release collection of demos, outtakes and live tracks, Souvenir, hit the streets in 2002. His most recent studio album, 2005's Bloom, yielded a fifth Grammy nomination.
Johnson's success over the last 20 years was presaged by a grassroots rise in which he made his bones and burgeoning reputation as a formidable musical talent and player since he first became a local sensation in the Austin clubs as a teen with the psychedelic rock band Mariani. Trained on classical piano as a youth, he switched to the guitar after the stateside arrival of the Beatles in 1964. As a young player he delved deeply into blues, jazz, country and other styles that inform his music. By the mid-1970s, Johnson began touring and sparking a buzz about his astonishing talents in the jazz-rock outfit Electromagnets, whose recordings and a live TV performance from that era were released in the 1990s to critical acclaim. He cut his teeth in the studio on sessions for Cat Stevens, Christopher Cross and Carole King, and by 1984 his stature in Texas and beyond was so strong that the unsigned artist was tapped to make his first appearance on the prestigious PBS concert show "Austin City Limits." At the urging of such stars as Cross and Prince, Johnson was signed to a major label deal with Reprise Records and emerged onto the international recording scene.
His dynamism as a live performer is captured on the 2008 DVD Anaheim as well as the 2005 DVD/CD release of his second "Austin City Limits" show in 1994, Live From Austin, Texas. His 1996 G3 tour with fellow guitarists Joe Satriani and Steve Vai yielded a best selling album and platinum DVD, G3: Live in Concert.
Johnson's eminence as a musical artist goes well beyond just his stunning guitar mastery. His keen compositional sense and lyrical playing create instrumentals that speak to listeners and convey thoughts, emotions and imagery, and Up Close also spotlights his singing and sure way with words. "It really boils down to the music and the song at the end of the day," he explains. "If it doesn't have that it gets boring for me."
On his new release, "I wanted to bare myself a little further and show myself more," says Johnson. "As you evolve as a person and artist, you reach forks in the road where you look at what it is you really want in life and to bring out in yourself and thereby affect other people. What's most important to me is to grow as a person, and because of that, I want my music to also grow and have more of a profound meaning and impact." And Up Close finds Eric Johnson continuing to expand his artistry with compelling and enriching results.
Tommy James ~ Songwriter
The music of Tommy James is played continuously, everyday, in every country in the world, and has been for more than a generation. His songs are so ingrained in modern culture, it's difficult to go for more than a day or so without hearing one of them on the radio, TV, or a film soundtrack. To date, Tommy's sold over 100 million records and has been awarded 23 gold singles, and nine gold and platinum albums. In 1959, at the age of 12, he formed his first rock band, "The Tornadoes", and began playing local gigs around the area, developing a sizable following along the way. In 1964 a local DJ asked Tommy and the group to sign with his new regional label, "Snap Records". Among the four sides they recorded was an obscure song written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich called Hank Panky
. The group changed their name to "The Shondells" and released it as a single. It was an instant local hit but didn't break nationally and was soon forgotten. Amazingly, two years later, the record was found in a record bin by a Pittsburgh nightclub DJ who played it at his weekend dances. The response was so overwhelming that the local radio stations started spinning it and an enterprising record distributor bootlegged it, selling 80000 copies in ten days. By May of 1966, Hanky Panky
was the number one record in Pittsburgh. Tommy was quickly tracked down and asked to come to Pittsburgh. Unable to put the original group back together, he went alone and hired a local band to be The Shondells. Two weeks later the new group signed a record deal with Roulette Records in New York and Hanky Panky
became the biggest hit of the summer of '66. Thus, began one of the longest strings of non-stop hits in recording industry history. The hits that followed over the years include I Think We're Alone Now, Mony Mony, Crimson and Clover, Crystal Blue Persuasion, Gotta Get Back To You, Sweet Cherry Wine,
and many others. Tommy has also enjoyed success as a solo artist and is a best-selling author.
Sarah "Sass" Jordan (born December 23, 1962) is a British-born Canadian rock artist. In 1992, Jordan performed a duet with Joe Cocker for the soundtrack of the motion picture The Bodyguard, starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, which sold more than 27 million copies worldwide. Her songs have been featured on numerous television shows, includingMelrose Place, Party of Five, Baywatch, Flashpoint and Knight Rider.
Jordan played the lead role of Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway hit, Love, Janis. Jordan has guest starred on NBC's Sisters and was featured in the Toronto and Winnipeg productions ofThe Vagina Monologues.
In 2003, she became a judge on Canadian Idol, and remained so for the show's entire run. Juno Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year 1989
Five-time Grammy winner and New York Times bestselling author, Wynonna has always revolved her career around telling stories. Whether performing alongside her mother as one half of the legendary duo The Judds, or pushing the boundaries on her own mega-successful solo path, Wynonna's ability to reach the heart of the human spirit through her bold and unflinching honesty, is the entertainer's true gift.
Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and her undeniable talent, Wynonna's rich and commanding voice has sold over 30 million albums worldwide spanning her epic 30-year career. Charting countless singles including 20 #1 hits and over 60 industry awards, the iconic performer was once dubbed by Rolling Stone as "the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline."
Joined in the studio by her husband, bandleader and producer, Michael "Cactus" Moser, Wynonna's highly anticipated eighth studio album is scheduled for release next year. This effort, known as a true labor of love, features her new single "Something You Can't Live Without" released by Curb Records.
Most recently, with her stint on ABC's juggernaut show "Dancing With the Stars," her novel Restless Heart in stores and The Judds docu-series debuting with enormous television ratings on the Oprah Winfrey Network in 2011, you can bet Wynonna's fans will be watching very closely as she writes this next chapter of her legendary career.
With the release of his new "Metal Cowboy" solo album and his autobiography "Even Keel: Life On The Streets Of Rock & Roll," hosting the "Streets Of Rock & Roll" radio show & TV show, and appearing in as well as consulting for the documentary film "Hair I Go Again," Ron Keel's career in the entertainment business is experiencing yet again another climax.
After selling millions of records and touring the world as both a heavy metal screamer (KEEL, Steeler, etc.) and a country music artist (Ronnie Lee Keel, The Rat'lers, Country Superstars Show), Ron has combined both styles with this new release. "The music sounds just like the title - Metal Cowboy," Ron declares, "hard & heavy with a southern side. Kind of like if AC/DC made a Skynyrd album - gritty screaming vocals, powerful rock riffs, but with some classic southern rock elements like Frank Hannon's slide guitar." All drum tracks were performed by Y&T's Mike Vanderhule; other special guests include Travis Toy (Rascal Flatts), Brent Muscat (Faster Pussycat), Geno Arce & Bryan Jay from KEEL, Stacey Blades from L.A. Guns, and a "live in-studio" recording with the Sin City Sinners.
Confirmed upcoming concert appearances include the 2014 Monsters Of Rock Cruise, and 2013 festival events in Nebraska, Ohio, Colorado, and Maryland.
The "Streets Of Rock & Roll" radio show is currently broadcast on 37 FM/AM/internet radio stations, and features interviews with rock stars, TV stars, and industry insiders as well as news, commentary, and new & rare music as well as the classics. The show is featured programming in all the Scion 2013 internet-ready automobiles.
The radio show spawned the "Streets Of Rock & Roll" TV show, which included all of the above as well as live acoustic performances and a focus on Ron's adopted home town of Sin City - Season One consisted of 12 episodes filmed at Club Fortune Casino and aired on The CW cable station in Las Vegas).
2013 marks the 30th anniversary of Keel's legendary debut album with Steeler on Shrapnel Records. He went on to cement his place in rock history with KEEL, who notched three albums on Billboard's Hot 100 (two of which were produced by Gene Simmons), as well as MTV and radio hits such as "The Right To Rock," "Because The Night," "Tears Of Fire," "Somebody's Waiting," and "Rock & Roll Outlaw."
As a songwriter, Ron has dozens of TV and film credits - major movies like "Men In Black II," "Dolphin Tale," "The Messengers" and many more - and his songs have been featured in hit TV shows like "Desperate Housewives," "The Simpsons," "X-Files," "King Of The Hill," and the Daytona 500 broadcast.
In addition to all his other projects, he serves as a counselor at Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp, the newest attraction at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, as well as consulting on the upcoming "rockumentary" film "Hair I Go Again." Ron also continues to star in the Las Vegas show "Country Superstars," where he portrays Ronnie Dunn from Brooks & Dunn; the show, which Ron helped create and produce, is currently at the V Theater at Planet Hollywood.
Ron also endorses, uses, and promotes quality instruments and products such as Legator guitars, Godin Electro-Acoustic guitars, Electro Voice microphones, Rock-N-Roll Gangstar Apparel, Ultimate Ears in-ear monitors, Sfarzo strings, In-Tune guitar picks and Re-Axe products.
Jim Keltner ~ Drummer
In drumming circles, his name is spoken with the same reverence as Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa or Ringo Starr. Yet it's somehow possible you're not familiar with the name Jim Keltner. Rest assured, you have certainly heard him. In case you don't think so, here are a few names to jar your memory. John Lennon, Manhattan Transfer, Delbert McClinton,the Traveling Wilburys, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Mick Jagger, Joe Cocker, George Harrison, John Lee Hooker, Randy Newman, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Pink Floyd, James Taylor,Boz Scaggs, Linda Ronstadt, Ringo Starr, Indigo Girls, B.B. King, Rickie Lee Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, Brian Wilson, Fiona Apple, Neil Diamond, the Bee Gees, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Rita Coolidge and Harry Chapin. Famed session drummer Jim Keltner has played and recorded with Bob Dylan since the early 1970's. Jim has participated on recording sessions for Warren Zevon and was the drummer for George Harrison's album "Brainwashed. He did an album for a band called "Little Village" in the early 90's with John Hiatt, Nick Lowe, and longtime pal Ry Cooder. Keltner has also collaborated with Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts. The "Charlie Watts Jim Keltner Project" features Watts on drums, Keltner as sonic alchemist with a multitude of electronic and acoustic instruments, and appearances by the likes of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Blondie Chaplin, creating nine description-defying musical auras which take their titles from the names of seminal jazz drummers like Art Blakey, Elvin Jones and the late Tony Williams.
Lemmy Kilmister ~ Bass ~ Vocals ~ Motorhead
Lemmy saw The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club when he was 16, and learned their chords on guitar. In 1971, Lemmy joined the space rock band, Hawkwind. He had little experience as a bass guitarist, but quickly developed a distinctive style that was strongly shaped by his early experience as a rhythm guitarist, often using double stops and chords rather than the single notes preferred by most bassists. He went on to form a new band called Motorhead, one of the most influential bands in the heavy metal music genre, still performing and releasing records to this day. A documentary on Lemmy has been announced for release in 2010. Entitled simply "Lemmy".
Simon Kirke ~ Drummer ~ Free and Bad Company
Drummer Simon Kirke kept the beat for two of the 70's most popular bluesy hard rockers -- Free and Bad Company. Born July 28th 1949 in London, Simon began playing at age 14. He left school at 17 and was determined to become a drummer full-time. He joined a blues outfit called The Black Cat Bones featuring aguitarist called Paul Kossoff. After six months both Simon and Paul left and formed a new group called Free with Paul Rodgers and Andy Fraser.The band formed in 1968 and toured the summer of 1969 with Blind Faith. Over the next five years, Free released several albums and singles, the most famous one being "Allright Now." "Allright Now" was a top ten hit for Free in the United States and Europe. Even though they were relatively young as a group, Free left a musical legacy which lasts until today. In 1973, Paul Rodgers and Simon disbanded Free and formed Bad Company with Mick Ralphs and Boz Burrell. They signed a record contract with Swan Song Records, the record company started by Led Zeppelin and their manager Peter Grant. To this day, Bad Company is the only Swan Song act, with the exception of Led Zeppelin, to have any lasting impact. Five of the six albums Bad Company released with Paul Rodgers are multi-platinum or gold. Their debut record includes the hit singles "Can't Get Enough" and "Movin' On." The band's string of hit songs continued with "Good Lovin' Bone Bad," "Feel Like making Love," and "Rock and Roll Fantasy." A great live act, they did several successful stadium tours during the 70's. Paul left the band in 1982. Simon and Mick put the band back together in 1986 and continued to release more gold and platinum albums. Hits for Bad company during this period include "If You needed someone" and "Holy Water." In 1996 the band released Stories Told and Untold. With the combined successes of Free and Band Company, you can turn on any rock station in the world and you are likely to hear Simon's drumming. As well as being a well respected drummer, Simon is an accomplished songwriter and producer. He co-wrote the song "Bad Company" with Paul Rodgers and wrote "Anna" and "Weep No More" for the Straight Shooter album.
Peter Klett ~ Candlebox
(Founder/Owner/Guitar player for CANDLEBOX, LOTUS CRUSH & REDLIGHTMUSIC. Writer/Producer for THE LALA MANSION.) - If you were listening to rock music in the mid '90s, you undoubtedly have some familiarity with Candlebox, the group that became a household name with such hits as "Far Behind" and "You," Candlebox sold well over five million copies of its self-titled debut, on the strength of extensive radio airplay and high-profile tours opening for Living Colour, Rush, Metallica, and Aerosmith. He is still making music with Candlebox and his other group, Lotus Crush (featuring 2012 "The Voice" runner up Terry McDermott).
2013 Inductee into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, three Grammies, thirteen ASCAP Awards.
Holly Knight has had a wild 37 year ride in the music business that ignited when she first met songwriter/producer Mike Chapman with her band Spider in 1982. Together, they penned Spider's single, Better Be Good To Me, which music icon Tina Turner recorded six months later on her 1984 multi platinum album, Private Dancer. It won a Grammy for Record of The Year.
Knight's meteoric rise to success continued as she penned iconic hits such as Love Is A Battlefield and Invincible for Pat Benatar, The Warrior for Patty Smyth, Change for John Waite, Baby Me for Chaka Khan, Never for Heart, and Pleasure and Pain for Divinyls. All together, she has written ten songs for Turner, including, The Best and Wildest Dreams, both signature songs for the legend. Knight's songs have appeared on records totaling over 530 million in record sales.
A New York City native, Knight started studying classical piano at age four, continuing her studies for ten years. Even at a young age she recognized what mattered most to her, her love of music. By the time she reached her teens she was performing classical recitals by day, and sneaking out of the house at night to see rock bands perform. "I loved the elegance and grace of classical music, but I was also drawn to the outrageous lifestyle and rebelliousness of rock and roll. They both suited my personality, but rock music proved to be more of a creative outlet for me, something I was looking for where I could scream from the rooftops, and the louder the better". So scream from the rooftops she did.
At 18 she played keyboards on the Kiss Unmasked record, while at the same time recording her first record with Spider.
Always driven by some internal force, Holly continued writing hits such as, Love Touch for Rod Stewart, Obsession for Animotion, Hide Your Heart for Kiss, Rag Doll with Aerosmith, Space for Cheap Trick, and many more.
Her songs have appeared in movies as varied as Thelma and Louise, Mad Max Beyond The Thunderdome, Stewart Little, Thirteen Going On Thirty , What The Bleep, Hot Tub Fantasy, Anchorman ll, Dallas Buyers Club, The Other Woman and on TV shows such as American Idol, The Voice, 30 Rock, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Oprah Winfrey, Nip Tuck, South Park, and most recently, Glee, The Mysteries Of Laura, Necessary Roughness, and The Following. In 2002 Holly produced and co-wrote the title theme song for the hugely popular cult TV show, Angel. She then went on to write and produce the title theme song for the CBS hit sitcom, Still Standing, which received an ASCAP award for one of the top TV music themes of 2003, and again in 2004.
Not one to sit back on her laurels and be content with all her success and accolades, Holly is still as passionate about music and as driven as she was in her early twenties. "We all know that the music business has changed drastically from what it used to be. What this calls for is a new plan, and a redefining of how to get the music out there. There are several projects I am working on right now, one is a Broadway musical in particular that is very close to my heart -an edgy, rock musical featuring 20 of my songs, all of them recognizable hits, along with one or two new ones, and a great storyline to pull it all together. I'm really excited to be doing all this."
Holly continues to write songs, and this summer she is teaching two master songwriting classes in Los Angeles.
For a complete discography and more, please go to her website: www.hollyknight.com
Richie Kotzen ~ Guitar, Vocals
Touted as one of the best guitar players in the world, while possessing a voice on par with some of the greatest rock/soul singers and a gift for songwriting, Richie Kotzen has had an incredible journey into the world of music. With styles ranging from rock, blues, jazz and fusion to pop and soul, Kotzen has built a remarkably diverse 20 year career. During that span, he has not only built an incredibly successful solo career, but has also found himself writing, recording and playing live with a variety of different artists, ranging from Pop/Rock bands like Poison and Mr. Big to Jazz/Fusion groups like Vertu, which featured Kotzen and Jazz legends Stanley Clarke and Lenny White. Working with these artists has provided Richie with a great deal of in-studio experience, as well as the opportunity to tour the world many times over, making him an international sensation.
Danny Kortchmar ~ James Taylor, Don Henley
Through his extensive work with artists including Carole King and James Taylor, ace session guitarist Danny Kortchmar helped create the signature sound of the singer/songwriter era. A native of New York City, he first emerged during the mid-'60s in local bands including the Kingbees and the Flying Machine, the latter featuring a then-unknown Taylor. In 1967 Kortchmar joined the Fugs, appearing on their Tenderness Junction LP before following bassist Charles Larkey to California, where they teamed with King in the short-lived trio the City. Though the group disbanded after the commercial failure of their 1969 debut Now That Everything's Been Said, both continued backing King on her subsequent solo career; in 1970, Kortchmar also reunited with Taylor for the latter's breakthrough album, Sweet Baby James, and with his subsequent work on King's landmark Tapestry, he established himself among the top West Coast session guitarists of the period.
Amidst this flurry of activity, Kortchmar and Larkey also reunited in the band Jo Mama, debuting with a self-titled 1970 LP; J Is for Jump followed a year later. In 1973, Kortchmar made his solo debut with Kootch; a second effort, Innuendo, appeared toward the end of the decade, but for the most part, he remained best known as a backing musician, lending his talents to records from artists including Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon, Harry Nilsson, and Jackson Browne. In 1982 he co-wrote a number of tracks on Don Henley's solo debut I Can't Stand Still, most notably the smash "Dirty Laundry"; around the same time Kortchmar began moving into production as well, helming material for a variety of motion picture soundtracks as well as recordings from Neil Young, Jon Bon Jovi, and Billy Joel. By the mid-'90s he was also producing a new generation of performers, including Freedy Johnston and the Spin Doctors.
Eddie Kramer ~ Engineer ~ Everyone
In the course of a production and engineering career that has spanned 30 years, Eddie Kramer has been behind the boards for the biggest names in music - The Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton, Joe Cocker, Johnny Winter, David Bowie, The Beatles and Bad Company, just to name a few. But he is perhaps best known for three long-term associations in which he not only helped create some of the most important music of the rock era, but also set standards for rock production that set him aside as a true innovator. His work with Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Kiss produced music which continues to influence rock musicians and producers today.
Bruce Kulick ~ Lead Guitar
Bruce Kulick has been with Rock and Roll Fantasy camp since the beginning. Bruce Kulick has been playing professionally since 1975. He first gained notoriety as a member of the touring band for Meat Loaf's classic Bat Out Of Hell. Shortly after, Bruce formed the band Blackjack with then aspiring singer Michael Bolton. Bruce was asked to join KISS, where he remained as their lead guitarist for twelve years, joining the band for the Animalize tour in 1984 and continuing until the 1996 Reunion Tour. Bruce performed around the world with KISS, and received many Platinum and Gold awards. He is heavily featured on KISSOLOGY II and III, the band's DVDs spanning their historic 40 year career. After leaving KISS, Bruce continued his career by forming UNION with John Corabi in 1997. UNION released three albums between 1998 and 2000. In early 2001, Bruce released his debut solo album, Audio Dog, which was followed in 2003 by Transformer. His third solo effort titled BK3, was released in 2010, featuring Gene and Nick Simmons, Steve Lukather and others. Kulick's solo albums showcase many different facets of his talent as a performer, with a great mixture of instrumentals and vocal tracks. In 2001 he joined Grand Funk Railroad as their lead guitarist after receiving a personal invitation from drummer Don Brewer. He's been touring every year with them and enjoys the music and the band. He gets a tremendous thrill every time he is involved with the RNR Fantasy Camp!
Russ Kunkel ~ Bob Dylan, Neil Young
Famous drummer Russell Kunkel, better known as Russ, has been a part of the music world for more than two memorable decades. Serving as drummer, and sometimes even as producer, Kunkel has appeared and performed with top musical artists in almost every genre and style known to fans, including Sydney Forest, Stevie Nicks, Wynonna Judd, Aaron Neville, Dan Fogelberg, James Taylor, the Bee Gees, Dolly Parton, Jimmy Buffet, B. B. King, Bob Segar, Carly Simon, and many, many others. Kunkel has also been featured in, and been on the cover of, magazines such as Modern Drummer.
Sixteen years ago, at the age of 16, Jonny Lang found incredible success with the release of his major label debut album Lie To Me. Fame does not seem to have impacted him from being the same country farm boy from Fargo, ND who got his start in the local clubs of Minneapolis. He survived the passage of youth to adulthood, fell in love, began a family, and in the process passed through the life lessons we all endure. He has a keen sense of what he aims to achieve creatively, what music means to him, and is focused on the impact that his songs bring to the lives of those that encounter his repertoire. For Lang, with the release of Fight For My Soul, he is entering a chapter wherein he has found his true voice.
When asked what he would tell his younger self if he was afforded the opportunity to share advise, he wisely answers, "I would say all of those voices steering you away from questionable decisions, listen to them. They are right." He has encountered many in the public eye through his career that approaches two decades. With those experiences, and the personality traits he has witnessed, he has a clarity of how he wants to be, and how he wants to treat others.
This sense of who he wants to be is the core of the album. Lang shares, "The inspiration for the songs on the record vary widely. Some are about personal struggles, some are focused on injustices I have seen. Some are random fictional stories that hopefully can relate to people in some way that is a blessing to them. I've wanted to make this album for a long time. Creatively, I think there is a lot more going on inside of me than I've been sharing on recordings."
The album defies categorization by a single genre. The textured arrangements, broad worldview, gorgeous vocal melodies, and expressive guitar playing are what defines Fight For My Soul. It is unequivocally what Lang aimed to achieve over the long period he has been working on reaching a realized vision. He offers, "Much of what I've experienced through music and life in general is in these songs. I really like reaching out and connecting with people. For me, this is what it's all about. It keeps it fresh with different experiences every day."
Lang has been working on the release for three years with Producer Tommy Sims, who co-wrote Eric Clapton's Grammy winning "Change the World." The duo collaborated on the project from the ground up. The first step was fine-tuning the soulful numbers Lang demo'd at home. He relates, "Sometimes I write music that I could never imagine putting on a record, and thanks to Tommy's ability to see the continuity in these songs, where I might not have, they are on the album. Sims also brought in one number, the acoustic-electric soul-rocker "Blew Up (The House)," and played several instruments the album that include resonator guitar on that tune, and contributing world class bass guitar performances on select others.
This grass roots approach was new to Lang, whose four earlier studio albums were written and crafted under the watch of his previous record labels. It was a welcome change. After Lang released his Grammy winning Turn Around in 2007, he made the decision to forego the major label route and became an independent artist. The first result was 2009's Live At the Ryman, but Fight For My Soul, by its nature, is his first fully realized artistic achievement through his own label SayRai Music, featuring his own touring band: drummer Barry Alexander, bassist James Anton, rhythm guitarist Akil Thompson, keyboardist Dwan Hill and background vocalist Missi Hale. "Recording with the band for the first time was really gratifying," says Lang. "They're all amazing musicians and we've grown together musically and personally by playing hundreds of live shows. This served us well in the making of Fight For My Soul. Because of them, I have grown musically in ways I never thought I could, and it really is an honor to have them on this record."
Lang's full touring schedule as well as making his family a priority in his life, are the primary cause for the length of commitment it took to deliver this album. He reflects, " Between being with my family, and being out on the road touring, the last thing you want to do when home is to go and make a record. We have had to pick our spots to fit in recording time. In the last year, we've been able to work on it more consistently, and to finally wrap this thing up. And with the delivery to label partners Mascot in Europe and Concord for North America, he achieved what he set out to deliver offering, "I'm really happy with the body of work we have for this one. It's kind of hard to be excited and know what the record was going to be like when the process is extended over such a long period of time. Today sitting here I am really proud of the recordings."
As an artist he has evolved since he began the writing process. The sound of that evolution is all over Fight For My Soul. "What You're Looking For" carefully layers banjo, guitars, spacey keyboards and a percussion sample to create a sonic dreamscape for its story of searching for life's essentials — faith, love, hope. The arrangement of "We Are the Same" evokes the freewheeling spirit of Motown's Psychedelic Shack era.
The path Lang has been on has brought him the opportunity to interact with some of the most respected legends in music. On the way up, he shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Aerosmith, Sting, and Buddy Guy, who he continues to tour with today. As a 12-year-old, he began a journey in Fargo, ND that has brought him to points across the Globe, and as he looks on the upcoming near-term future, he shares, "With this album, I really look forward to bringing our music to people in places where I've never been before. Music is one of the greatest conveyers of ideas and emotions, and in a sense that doesn't have as much to do with the individual performing, but the power of the connection. One of my goals is the music can be a blessing to the people listening to it in some way. And if Fight For My Soul can help somebody by making them feel better or that they're not alone, that's my idea of success for this album."
Thomas Lang ~ Drummer
A native of Vienna/Austria, Thomas took up drumming at the age of 5. In addition to lessons at local music schools and years of private tuition, Thomas was formally educated at the Vienna Conservatory of Music.
After leaving the conservatory, Lang began working professionally - working his way through the European Pop, Rock and Jazz scenes.
In addition to his work as a session musician (Thomas has played with Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big/Racer X), John Wetton (UK, King Crimson), Robert Fripp, Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Tina Turner, Robbie Williams, Kelly Clarkson, Sugababes, Geri Halliwell (Spice girls), Emma Bunton ("baby spice'), Victoria Beckham ("posh spice"), Ronan Keating, Steve Hackett, Boyzone, 911, Falco, Nina Hagen, Steve Jones, Mick Jones (the Clash), The Commodores, George Michael, Doogie White (Rainbow), Bill Liesegang, Gianna Nannini, Sertab Erener, Vienna Art Orchestra, Bonnie Tyler, the Vienna Art Orchestra, Save the Robots, Stork, Terabite, Schwarzenator and many more) Lang's 1995 solo release, "Mediator" topped the charts in Europe and garnered rave reviews for its innovative Jazz/Dance/ProgRock sound. Thomas has performed at every major international drum festival and has toured the world many times over as a sideman as well as solo performer. Thomas has appeared everywhere from "Top of the Pops" to the Eurovision Song contest, from sold-out football stadiums to the Modern Drummer Festival.
Lang's original practice regime eventually became the basis for his 2-part series of instructional videos, "Ultimatives Schlagzeug I & II" which were originally released in 1995. Due to overwhelming demand, these videos were re-released on DVD in 2004 by Hudson Music (www.hudsonmusic.com
In 2003 Lang released the multi award-winning instructional DVD and book "Creative Control" which was an instant hit with drummers and drum teachers around the world.
His highly anticipated follow-up DVD and book, "Creative Coordination & Advanced Foot Technique" (www.halleonard.com
) was released in November of 2006.
This ground-braking DVD has also won worldwide awards and and marks a milestone in modern high-end drumming concepts and technique.
All of Thomas Lang's DVD's and books remain Best-sellers and are also available through his offical merchandise site: www.muso-mart.com
In his quest to, "play the unplayed," Thomas has worked cooperatively with the research and development team at Meinl Cymbals to create, "Tom's Becken" - a pitch-matched range of contemporary crash cymbals that provide acoustic and electronic drummers with modern sounds that resemble artificially engineered cymbal samples. Launched in 2002, "Tom's Becken" were so well received that in 2004 Thomas Lang worked with Meinl once again to design the "Fast Hats" , and a whole series of "Filter Chinas" (www.meinlcymbals.com
In 2002, the Remo Corporation approached Thomas to produce the "Thomas Lang Practice Kit" (www.remo.com
Other Thomas Lang signature products are Vic Firth's "Thomas Lang signature model" stick (www.vicfirth.com
) and the "Thomas Lang signature Bigfoot bassdrum beaters".
Thomas Lang endorses DW drums and pedals, Meinl cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, Remo drum heads, Roland electronics, Gibraltar hardware, Hardcase road cases, Puresound snare wires, Bigfoot beaters, Hansenfutz practice pedals, E-pad and Audix microphones.
For a few months at the height of the British invasion, Denny Laine was one of the most recognizable voices on the entire British music scene. As the lead singer on the Moody Blues' recording of "Go Now" -- a worldwide multi-million seller -- he stood out in a large pack, and did so splendidly. His soulful, agonized lead vocal performance, coupled with Mike Pinder's chiming piano, proved irresistable on the radio. Within a year, however, the band fell by the wayside.
Denny Laine was born Brian Hines and grew up in Birmingham, England. As a boy he took up the guitar, not under the influence of Chuck Berry or Buddy Holly, or even Scotty Moore, but rather jazz legend Django Reinhardt. His first band of any significance was Denny and the Diplomats, formed in Birmingham in the early '60s. The group's line-up also included future Move and Electric Light Orchestra drummer Bev Bevan and guitarist-singer Roy Wood. By 1964, Laine had abandoned Denny & the Diplomats and -- with four members of the city's other top bands -- formed the group that became the Moody Blues. Laine's tenure with the band was highlighted by one monster hit ("Go Now"), a brace of superb R&B-styled sides ("From The Bottom of My Heart," "Lose Your Money," etc.), and a string of commercial failures that left the band languishing by the end of 1965. Laine exited the group, to be replaced by Justin Hayward, whereupon the reconstituted Moody Blues adopted an increasingly adventurous sound that ended up making them the premiere progressive rock band of the late '60s.
Ironically, Laine himself went in a similar direction with his next major project, the Denny Laine String Band, an electric psychedelic outfit that featured an amplified violin and cello, remarkably similar in many ways to the configuration that the Electric Light Orchestra would adopt more successfully three years later. The Electric String Band failed to attract serious public attent
Michael Lardie ~ Keyboards ~ Great White
Michael Lardie is multi-platinum and Grammy nominated American musician and producer, known for his memberships in Great White and Night Ranger. Michael is a self-taught musician having taken only a handful of lessons as a child. He plays guitar, bass, sitar, mandolin, piano, harmonica and flute, respectively. Michael spent most of the early to late eighties learning the craft of analog recording. Although he is well known for producing and engineering Great White records, most would be surprised to know he had a solid career recording other artists long before joining Great White. He was worked on records by artists as diverse as Black Flag, Kajagoogoo, Dokken, Saint Vitus to name a few in his early career. Lardie joined Great White in 1986 as a session and touring rhythm guitarist/keyboardist/backing vocalist and would eventually become a permanent band member, as well as the band's producer and engineer. The group broke up officially in 2000, and their final concert was recorded and released under the name Thank You...Goodnight!. Michael joined Night Ranger in 2003 as keyboardist/backing vocalist, replacing original keyboardist Alan Fitzgerald. He remained with them until 2007, performing in both Great White and Night Ranger concurrently. When Great White disbanded, Michael returned to his first love. Production. In recent years he has worked on records by Jake E. Lee, Leslie West, Colin Blades (son of Jack Blades, Night Ranger), Shaw Blades and Jizzy Pearl.
Tommy Lee ~ Drummer ~ Motley Crue
Thomas Lee Bass (born October 3, 1962), best known as Tommy Lee, is an American musician and founding member of glam metal band Mötley Crüe. As well as being the band's long-term drummer, Lee founded rap-metal band Methods of Mayhem, and has pursued solo musical projects. Tommy received his first drum when he was four and his first drum kit when he was a teenager. Mötley Crüe quickly built a strong fan base and they released their debut album, Too Fast for Love in 1981, on their own independent label (Leathür Records). Elektra Records decided to sign the band shortly thereafter, reissuing their debut in 1982. The band then began a string of hit releases throughout the decade-1983's Shout at the Devil, 1985's Theatre of Pain, 1987's Girls, Girls, Girls, and 1989's Dr. Feelgood-establishing the quartet as one of the biggest hard rock/metal bands of the '80s. During this time, Lee used several memorable gimmicks during his drum solos at concerts, such as having his entire kit revolving and spinning, or having the entire kit float above the crowd while he continued to play. In 2004, Lee reunited with the original Mötley Crüe line-up to release the double-disc album of hits entitled Red, White & Crüe, which went quad platinum and launched a monumental reunion tour to support it, The Red, White & Crüe Tour 2005: Better Live Than Dead, the band's first in six years. They also finished the year number 8 on the top concert money earners list. They played 81 shows and grossed $33 million US (Billboard Boxscore). Lee released his autobiography, Tommyland and his second solo album, Tommyland: The Ride in 2005. Tommy Lee is a supporter of animal rights and PETA. He made a donation to support PETA's campaign against Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Howard Leese ~ Guitarist, Producer
Leese studied music theory and classical music at Los Angeles City College, opting to leave when an opportunity arose for him to have full use of a recording studio, later to become Mushroom Studios. In 1974, a local band called "Heart" came in to record a demo, which Leese ended up producing. Mushroom signed the band and they began production of Heart's first album "Dreamboat Annie." Leese was Assistant Producer, writing charts, conducting the orchestra, playing guitars and keyboards. The Wilson's asked Howard to join the band, which he did in '75. Leese was Heart's guitarist, backing vocalist, keyboard player and song arranger for 22 years and has received 4 Grammy nominations and sold 40 million records worldwide. In 1998 Howard Leese joined "The Paul Rodgers Band" and has been touring internationally as a guitarist and Musical Director ever since.
Planet Rock is a scorched and blessed earth resonated by searing and soothing riffs, chords and noddles, from face melting to soul sending. Countless talented axe warriors over the past hundred years have grabbed their weapons of mass enchantment and rose to the challenge of transcendence; crafting deft melodies, cultivating six-string mythologies whilst laying ecstatic waste and jubilant joy to music worshipping audiences from sea to shredding sea. Masters, legends, prodigies, players. Names like Beck, Satriani, Vai, Hammett, Petrucci, and Malmsteen conjure images and resonate vibrations in our cranial tomb of musical memories. If the name Kiko Loureiro doesn't create a pulsating kaleidoscope of symphonic imagery, then let me introduce him to your orbit of guitar heroes.
Weaned on Bossa Nova, Brazilian pop rhythms, and Rock and Roll, Kiko has become internationally revered as a multi-dimensional composer, arranger, and instructor, as one of the most accomplished axe-wielders in contemporary rock. If Loureiro's career has been a whisper on the raucous rock scene, his dedicated fans and admirers hear him loud and clear. They remember Angra, the innovative, heavy group Kiko joined in 1992 that fused Latin rhythms, metal guitar, and progressive rock into an explosive force, amassing thousands of life long devotees. Of particular interest was their emblazoned opening for AC/DC before an audience of 45,000, which subsequently secured their place along side Sepultura as Brazil's preeminent metal band.
Forging from the deep well of rock's collective consciousness, Kiko bestowed upon us in 2012 his fourth solo album, Sounds of Innocence. An amalgam of his earlier solo projects, Innocence transports the listener through a melodious blending of elation, despair, retaliation, surrender, fortitude and bliss, as exemplified by "Conflicted", a six-minute sonic opus, world-within-an-aurally explosive-world, monster prog-metal ballad that rivals the best Dream Theater. Not a word is spoken, but the emotions are clean and clear as the perfect notes bouncing gleefully off the neck of Kiko's fret board. Elation, despair, retaliation, surrender, fortitude, and toe tapping bliss -listen and you'll hear and feel the vibrations. This is what makes this 40-year-old South American wave-riding alien both exceptional and important. He gets it. Deeply. That's why he's so fucking good. We want to see and feel what he's feeling. To Kiko, songs aren't just songs. They're miracles to be joyfully shared.
"The songwriting process demands a lot of work,"according to Burnn Magazine's Best Guitarist in the World 2009. "Inspiration doesn't come if you don't put a certain amount of pressure on yourself to create. You sit down in front of your computer or hold your instrument in your hand. That's part of it. But you have to have the other part of it, the shower moment, the walking moment, where there are no gadgets and you're just singing or imagining a melody. I hear it in my head before I feel it in my fingers."Kiko also feels it in his heart. His gifts are genuine, as is his confident humility and Latin candor. Angra's 1993 debut, Angel's City, recorded in Germany, went gold in South America and Japan. Not a bad start for 21'-year-old. Several more LPs, significant touring, a decade of devotion to band and plan, it was time to fly. Happens to the best. Peter Gabriel left Genesis after the watermark, Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Do the math.
No Gravity (2006) was a mind-blowing solo debut. The album opens with the incendiary but groovy, "Enfermo"and simply soars from there. Like Satriani's Surfin' with the Alien, it's as good as a rock guitar solo debut as any that happened to drop from the sky in the past 20 years. Then, displaying the explorative spirit inherent into every visionary artist, Kiko took the unlit off ramp and in three recording days birthed the jazzy, delicious fusion masterpiece, Universo Inverso. Calling upon venerable Latin American session players like Cuban Pianist Yaniel Matos and drummer Cuca Teixeira, Kiko revealed the galactic width of his musical sensibilities. Universo Inverso took him on a creative adventure, which planted his focus and challenged his acumen. "While in the studio, my car was stolen, computer with the songs, files recorded, acoustic. Everything gone,"he remembers. "So I forgot about the project and decided to do another Angra album,"he remembers. "We already had the studio time locked in. Our manager then books a show on the same day of recording. Great internal communication, huh? We had to use the studio because it was the only day available. So I did the Angra performance at a Sao Paulo fun park in the afternoon and returned to the studio to track the record that same day. Did the metal show, came back and recorded a jazz LP. You know, Instrumental music gives you whatever you want to feel, without need for lyric or verse to orient you. It's whatever you want or need it to be. "
Full Blast arrived in 2009, a post apocalyptic progressive nuclear power plant of a long play featuring dazzling tracks like "Corrosive Voices"and "Whispering."Here, Kiko shape shifts from Dimebag to DiMeola and never abandons the groove. But "Mundo Verde (Green World)"is the track that reflects the balance and unseals the matrix. Acoustic, whimsical, ecological - Kiko's sound palette hearkens earth tones and birthing groans. The evolution of an artist is a beautiful thing to behold. All truly enduring careers are grass roots manifestations. The Taoist ten thousand mile journey begins with that first step, lick, note or chord. Kiko's trip has been steady and stunning.
Celestial case in point, 2012's acclaimed, Sounds of Innocence, the eclectic, melodic, magical culmination of Kiko Loureiro to date. From the angelic acoustic to the maniacal metallic, Sounds is absolutely audible. If "Twisted Horizon"rightfully finds its way onto summer play lists, it will ride the charts like Satch's surfing extraterrestrial, right to the ecstatic top. Either that or open a big budget water soaked action flick. Which brings us back to where we started. Whether he ends up on stage at the Wiltern or the Troubadour, one thing is pretty clear - this immensely gifted musician/magician knows exactly where he's going.
"I've wanted to live in California for a long time,"smiles the recent immigrant and resident of Hollywood. "There is so much great rock history in this music Mecca. I believe as a guitarist this is a good place to be."
Rest assured that you'll be seeing, hearing and feeling Kiko Loureiro, wherever you are, on this planet or another, very soon.
-- Lonn Friend 2013
Multi-platinum and Grammy-award winning artist Meat Loaf is notable for some of the largest-selling albums of all time and breaking several records for chart duration (selling over 70 million albums world-wide and is one of only two artists with an album never to have left the music charts). Bat Out of Hell, the debut album that had been four years in the making, has sold over 37 million copies. After almost 30 years, it still sells an estimated 200,000 copies annually, and stayed on the charts for over 9 years. Each of the seven tracks on the album eventually charted as a single hit. Sixteen years later, lightning struck twice with Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, which included the international chart-topper "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" and earned Meat Loaf a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Solo Performance. Bat Out Of Hell II went to #1 in the US and UK and has sold in excess of 20,000,000 copies. Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose more than lives up the standard of excellence set by its two predecessors, and stands as one of Meat Loaf's most symphonic, emotional and personal journeys yet. Meat Loaf has also appeared in over 50 movies or television shows, sometimes even as himself, or as characters resembling his onstage personality, such as Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He appeared in the acclaimed feature film Fight Club. Other notable roles: appeared opposite Samuel L. Jackson in "51st State" and "Crazy In Alabama" with Melanie Griffith. On Broadway roles include "Hair", "Shakespeare In The Park" and "The National Lampoon Show".
Nils Lofgren ~ Guitar, Vocals ~ E Street Band
Nils Lofgren is a rock music recording artist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. At age 17, Lofgren joined Neil Young's band playing piano and guitar on the album After the Gold Rush. He used his experience with the Neil Young album to land his band Grin a record deal. Along with his work as a solo artist, he has worked for over 25 years as a member of Bruce Springsteen's "E Street Band" as well as a former member of "Crazy Horse."
It's no wonder The New York Times raves: "Darlene Love's thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton's guitar or Bob Dylan's lyrics." Through the years, Darlene Love continues to captivate audiences worldwide with her warm, gracious stage presence and sensational performances.
Since the early sixties, as part of Phil Spector's wall of sound hit factory, this great lady has done it all...from major motion pictures like the highly successful Lethal Weapon series to Broadway hits like Hairspray and Grease. She even starred as herself in Leder Of The Pack, credited as Broadway's first 'jukebox musical.' Darlene has appeared on numerous television programs, running the gamut from her weekly appearances on Shindig to a recent guest spot on the PBS special entitled Women Who Rock. An autobiographical film is currently on the drawing board and another recent film that prominently features Darlene just landed a distribution deal at the Sundance Festival.
Darlene's background vocals for The Blossoms, Tom Jones, The Righteous Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, and Elvis Presley (to name but a few) set the stage for her emergence as a star in her own right. Her Billboard hits include: He's A Rebel, The Boy I'm Gonna Marry, Wait 'Til My Bobby Gets Home, He's Sure the Boy I Love and the #1 holiday classic Christmas Baby Please Come Home, a song that she performs annually with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Symphony Orchestra on The Late Show With David Letterman (December marks her 27th appearance).
In 2011, Darlene Love received her industry's highest award when Better Midler, a great fan of her work, inducted her into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During the celebration, the two ladies enjoyed performing "He's A Rebel" together. As part of the festivities, Darlene also sang "He's A Fine, Fine Boy" backed by another distinguished fan, Bruce Springsteen.
Rolling Stone Magazine has proclaimed Darlene Love to be "one of the greatest singers of all time" and that certainly rings true, but perhaps Paul Shaffer says it even more concisely: "Darlene Love is Rock N' Roll!"
George Lynch ~ Guitarist ~ Dokken
George Lynch is one of the most recognizable names in the world of heavy metal guitar. With a career spanning more than thirty years, George has recorded more than twenty albums, toured the entire globe many times, and is the one of the most recognizable endorsees of the world's finest guitars and equipment.
In 2012 George released 3 successful albums via Rat Pak Records, "Legacy" an all instrumental EP, Lynch Mob "Sound Mountain Sessions" and T&N "Slave To The Empire" that featured original Dokken members Jeff Pilson and Mick Brown along with a host of other guest singers including Sebastian Bach, Tim "Ripper" Owens, dUg Pinnick and Warrant singer Robert Mason.
In 2013 George released Lynch Mob "Unplugged – Live From Sugar Hill Studios" (Rat Pak Records) an all-acoustic performance of their classic hits and George formed KXM a super-group trio that featured King's X front man dUg Pinnick and Korn drummer Ray Luzier. Their debut album released in March on Rat Pak Records and landed #31 on the Billboard top 200. Later that year in December, George hit #6 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart with the critically acclaimed Lynch Mob "Sun Red Sun" (also on Rat Pak Records) that featured Oni Logan, Robbie Crane and Scot Coogan.
George is currently in mid-production of his documentary called ShadowNation www.shadowtrainmovie.com
Lynch came to fame in the 1980s through his work as the lead guitarist in the band Dokken. Dokken had a string of successful platinum albums including Under Lock and Key and Back For The Attack, both of which featured Lynch's inventive and intricate guitar work, including his signature instrumental track "Mr. Scary".
Yngwie Malmsteen was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on June 30, 1963. Yngwie originally had no interest in music. However, on September 18, 1970, Yngwie saw a TV special on the death of guitar iconoclast Jimi Hendrix. Seven-year-old Yngwie watched with awe as Hendrix blasted the audience with torrents of feedback and sacrificed his guitar in flames. The day Jimi Hendrix died, the guitar-playing Yngwie was born.
Applying his intense curiosity and tenacity to first an old Mosrite and then a cheap Stratocaster, Yngwie immersed himself in the music of such bands as Deep Purple and spent long hours practicing to learn their songs. His admiration for Ritchie Blackmore's classically influenced playing led him back to the source: Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Mozart. As Yngwie absorbed the classical structures of the masters, his prodigious style began to take shape. By age 10, he began to focus all his energies into music. In his early teens, Yngwie saw a television performance of Russian violinist Gideon Kremer, who performed the highly difficult 24 Caprices of 19th century virtuoso violinist Niccolo Paganini. The effect was profound, and Yngwie understood at last how to combine his love of classical music with his burgeoning guitar skills and onstage charisma.
By age 15, Yngwie's trademark style had begun to emerge. He worked for a time as a luthier in a guitar repair shop, where he encountered a scalloped neck for the first time when a 17th century lute came into the shop. Intrigued, Yngwie scalloped the neck of an old guitar in similar fashion and was impressed enough with the results to try it on his better guitars. The scalloped fret board was somewhat more difficult to play than a normal neck, but his control over the strings was so improved that Yngwie immediately adopted it as a permanent alteration to his equipment.
About this time, Yngwie began playing in a number of bands built around his explosive guitar style, with long instrumental explorations. Around age 18, Yngwie began sending demo tapes to record companies and music contacts abroad. One such tape found its way into the hands of Guitar Player contributor and Shrapnel Music. Yngwie was invited to record with a new band Steeler--and the rest, as they say, is history.
From Steeler, Yngwie moved on to Alcatrazz, a Rainbow-style band, but it became clear that to fully develop his talents, Yngwie would have to go solo. Yngwie's first solo album, Rising Force (now considered the bible for neoclassical rock) made it to #60 on the Billboard charts, an impressive feat for a mostly instrumental guitar album with no commercial airplay. The album also gained Yngwie a Grammy nomination for best rock instrumental performance. He was voted Best New Talent in several readers' polls, Best Rock Guitarist the year after, andRising Force became Album of the Year. Rising Force blazed a trail on the concert circuit that established Yngwie as one of rock guitar's brightest new stars and added a new genre to the music lexicon: neoclassical rock.
With his place in guitar history firmly established, Yngwie's neo-classical compositions fueled the ears of fans and the ambitions of aspiring guitarists worldwide for over a decade with such powerhouse classic albums as Marching Out, Trilogy, Odyssey, Live in Leningrad / Trial By Fire (gold-selling concert video of Yngwie's 1989 sold-out concerts in Moscow and Leningrad), Fire & Ice (which debuted in Japan at #1 and sold over 100,000 copies on the day of its release), The Seventh Sign, Magnum Opus, Inspiration (covering the music of Deep Purple, Rainbow, U.K., Kansas, Scorpions, Rush, and Jimi Hendrix), Facing the Animal, Alchemy, and Attack!!
In 1997, Yngwie proved that he was much more than a rock phenomenon. After months of intensive work, Yngwie produced his first completely classical work, Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra in Eb minor, Op. 1. This groundbreaking album was recorded in Prague with the prestigious Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and famed symphony conductor Yoel Levi. Several years later, in 2001,Yngwie found his first opportunity to perform the critically acclaimed Concerto Suite with the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra in Tokyo. The DVD/CD/VHS package of this groundbreaking performance became Yngwie's first release of the year in January 2002.
In 2003, Yngwie joined the famous "G3" Tour in a lineup many guitar fans saw as the ultimate dream combination (Satriani, Vai, Malmsteen). The CD and DVD of the tour became instant classics and hot sellers throughout the year. Once the G3 tour ended, Yngwie took to the road again in support of his Attack album.
Taking most of 2004 to rest, recharge his creative batteries, and work in his studio at his leisure, Yngwie produced a highly acclaimed new album titled Unleash the Fury. Featuring some of his most impressive playing and songwriting in years, the album garnered rave reviews from fans and critics alike.
By 2006, Yngwie's career resurgence was in full gear. He attended the annual NAMM music-industry convention to promote his new strings endorsement with Dean Markley, then toured the U.S. a second time, then Asia, Australia, and Finland by the end of the year, igniting fans as never before.
2008 marked Yngwie's 25th year in the U.S.! Yngwie signed several endorsements, with Austrian acoustics company AKG, makers of top-of-the-line microphones and acoustic equipment, and Boss/Roland. That same year, Yngwie learned he'd been chosen to be in the exclusive NAMM Oral History program. Begun in 2000, NAMM's Oral History Project documents through videotaped interviews some of the greatest contributors to the music products industry, including Herbie Hancock, Maynard Ferguson, Les Paul, blues legend B.B. King, and now, Yngwie Malmsteen.
2008 also saw an amazing testament to Yngwie's resurgence on the rock music scene - he scored the cover ofGuitar World's "Kings of Shred" issue, appearing alone on the cover instead of sharing it with other musicians. About his newfound visibility, Yngwie said, "There are a lot of new, younger fans who are just discovering the joys of playing with speed, power, and articulation and they're coming to my shows and places like NAMM and guitar shows." Throughout 2008, Yngwie scored other magazine covers, including All Access, Crusher Magazine, Fuzz,Guitar Player, Roadie Crew, and Vegas Rocks. But perhaps the biggest recognition of 2008 came in October, when Yngwie was inducted into Hollywood's Rock Walk of Fame on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.
Also in October, Yngwie released his new studio album, Perpetual Flame, on his own newly established label, Rising Force Records. The album also marked the debut of Yngwie's new singer, ex-Judas Priest front-man Tim "Ripper" Owens. To coincide with the festivities surrounding Yngwie's first album in several years, the Fender Custom Shop unveiled the new Yngwie Malmsteen Tribute Series Stratocaster guitar, the reproduction of Malmsteen's beloved "Duck" (also called the "Play Loud" guitar). Touring to support the new album began in earnest, with a full schedule of dates starting in the U.S., and the momentum of Perpetual Flame kept rolling right on into the new year.
Early in the 2009, Yngwie contributed three tracks to the video game Rock Band, for both Xbox and PlayStation. Still promoting Perpetual Flame, Yngwie and the band played a series of killer concerts in Japan with rock icons Deep Purple. By mid-summer, Yngwie astonished fans and critics alike by releasing an album completely off the beaten path for him, an entirely instrumental collection of ballads from Yngwie's earlier works, performed on acoustic guitar with orchestral arrangements. To everyone's surprise, Angels of Love (inspired by Yngwie's wife April) hit the top of Amazon.com's New Age music list.
Recognition of Yngwie's place in music history continued to come in. In Time Magazine, Yngwie found himself included as one of the "10 Greatest Electric Guitar Players." Near the end of the year, Yngwie and his management company decided to begin releasing rare archival concert footage. The first was Yngwie in Korea, shot during his 2001 War to End All Wars Tour, in Seoul, South Korea. And that, asserts Yngwie, is just the tip of the iceberg of things to come!
Dave Mason ~ Guitar, Vocals, Songwriter ~ Traffic
Dave is one of the most critically acclaimed musicians to date and a co-founder of rock super-group Traffic. In his long career, Mason has played and recorded with many of the era's most notable musicians, including Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, and Fleetwood Mac. Mason's best known song is "Feelin' Alright", recorded by Traffic in 1968. For Traffic, he also wrote "Hole in My Shoe", a kind of psychedelic satire that became a classic in its own right. "We Just Disagree", Mason's 1977 solo hit written by Jim Krueger, has become a staple of on radio playlists. He is currently performing about 100 shows a year with the Dave Mason Band across the U.S. and Canada.
Nick Mason ~ Drummer ~ Pink Floyd
He has been the only constant member of the band since its formation. Nick met Pink Floyd band mates, Roger Waters, Bob Klose, and Richard Wright in 1964 at the Regent Street Polytechnic (now the University of Westminster), where Pink Floyd's predecessor, Sigma 6, was formed. Mason has played drums on every Pink Floyd album, and has done some work with other people, notably as a drummer and producer for Steve Hillage, Robert Wyatt, The Damned and Gong, and Michael Mantler.
Kirk McKim ~ Pat Travers Band
Born in 1965 in Pasadena, Texas across the street from the famed "Gilley's" nightclub. Kirk McKim began playing guitar at age 14 during the height of the 70's hard rock guitar era. Early influences and inspiration came from his older brother. The sounds of Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top and Pat Travers Band filled the house pumping from the Pioneer Stereo. A typical day at the McKim household.
In 1983, Kirk moved to austin to attend college. In Austin, he was exposed to local music there. His first show after being there 2 days was Eric Johnson. Living in Austin was a great place to grow musically, playing BBQ stand parking lots and college backyard parties for beer.
In 1988, he decided to hit the road playing with anyone and every kind of band. From the backwoods of Mississippi to Atlantic City.
In the early 90's , Kirk moved back to Texas and began to play steadily around the Houston and southeast Texas region. It was there he met Mark May (Dickie Betts and Great Southern) and played 2nd guitar in his band. They toured with the Allman Brothers Band in the summer of 1997-98.
In 1998, Kirk felt he needed a change. It was at this time he got a call from Nashville to come work with some upstart acts. He played radio tours with Julie Reeves (Virgin Nashville, CMA nominated artist) and Redmon Vale (Dreamworks Nashville).
In the early 2000's, Kirk moved to LA and worked with Ken Karman and Rick Garcia. Top composers and music editors in Hollywood. In 2005, Kirk got a call from Pat Travers, whom he had met at a gig in Florida. He made the jump and joined the band. He has recorded 2 records with the Pat Travers Band, "stick with what you know" live in 2006 and "fidelis" on Alexus records in 2008.
Kirk continues to bring his musicality to the table and is a great fit to the Pat Travers Band.
Vince Melamed ~ Songwriter, Keyboards
Vince Melamed is a four-time BMI Millionaire Award, five-time SAI Award, NAMMIE Writer of the Year nominee, and two-time Music Row Song of the Year recipient. Melamed's career spans as far back as the 60's, when he and his group The Mugwumps released 3 singles and appeared on two soundtrack lp's for Capitol Records and Mike Curb. Since then, he has had record deals with CBS, Arista and MCANashville with Run C&W. As a keyboard player, Vince has toured or recorded with the Eagles, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Dan Fogelberg, Jimmy Buffett, Rosanne Cash, JD Souther, Bobby Womack, Danny O'Keefe, Rita Coolidge, and more. Melamed came to Nashville in 1985 to play in Rosanne Cash's band and has been a resident ever since. In 1989 he signed with Pat Higdon as a writer and later with Tracy Gershon/High Seas Music/Warner Bros. Melamed has penned many hits, including "Walkaway Joe" (Trisha Yearwood), "What Mattered Most" (Ty Herndon), "Tell Me What You Dream" (Restless Heart), "She'd Give Anything" (Boy Howdy), "I'd Give Anything" (Gerald Levert), "Too Cool To Fall In Love (Jill Sobule) and "She Ain't The Girl For You" (The Kinleys). Additionally his songs have been recorded by Tina Turner, Jimmy Buffett, Tiffany, Rosanne Cash, Randy Travis, Pam Tillis, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Anderson, Mary Wells and others.
Bret Michaels ~ Lead Singer ~ Poison
Bret Michaels is one of the three co-founders of Poison and the main songwriter. He also released a solo album in 1998, along with his first film, A Letter from Death Row, that he wrote, directed, and played the starring role. Poison exploded out of the LA club scene and onto the national stage in 1986. After years of paying their dues, the controversial glam metal punks, whose stage show was hailed by one critic "as the Sex Pistols meets Kiss on acid", could not be ignored. Combining streetwise, catchy songs which lead vocalist Bret Michaels called "the soundtrack to our lives" and a strong video image, helped to make their 1986 independent debut album, Look What The Cat Dragged In a multi-platinum Top Ten smash. Poison's outrageous image and attitude caused as many people to hate the band as fans who loved them. With the MTV and radio success of the singles "Cry Tough," "Talk Dirty To Me," "I Want Action," "I Won't Forget You," and an opening act slot on the Ratt tour, Poison had become a household name by the summer of '87. Poison was, and still is, one of the few bands who, because of constant touring and having over the top, no-holds-barred stage shows, has formed one of the most loyal fans bases in the world, allowing them to tour arenas for the last 16 years, as many of their peers fell by the wayside. In 1988, Poison released their second album, Open Up And Say...Ahh! The record quickly went platinum and its single, "Nothin' But A Good Time" raced up both the MTV and Billboard charts. The band opened for David Lee Roth, but it became obvious that they were capable of selling out arenas on their own. They found themselves as headliners with three more hit singles: "Fallen Angel," "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" (their first #1 single), "Your Mamma Don't Dance" and an album that would ultimately go on to sell eight million copies worldwide, and were featured in Time Magazinealongside Metallica as one of the largest grossing touring acts of that era.
In the 90's they released their third album, Flesh And Blood, and embarked on another World Tour. Flesh & Blood reached #2 on the charts, and went multi-platinum, and spawning three more gold singles ("Unskinny Bop", "Ride the Wind" and the mega-hit, "Something To Believe In"). Michaels' television show "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels" has been an enormous ratings winner for Vh1. The series has became the highest rated series on Vh1 and consistently won its time slot when aired. Michaels has also been in the cast of Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump.
Joey Molland ~ Guitar ~ Badfinger
Joey Molland played in various bands in Liverpool around the time the Beatles took off and made history. Some of these bands played the same circuit and string of clubs as the Beatles, like the Cavern and The Blue Angel. Joey played in The Merseybeats, The Masterminds, The Fruit Eating Bears, The Cryin' Shames, and Gary Walker And The Rain. Then in 1969, he was asked to join Badfinger. He moved down to London to live with the band and record their third album for Apple Records, The Beatles' own label. The first album was made under the name of the Ivey's, and the second was a reissue of songs from the first record and some new songs written for a movie, starring Ringo and Peter Sellars, called The Magic Christian
. Joey appeared on the first 'new' album done under their new title Badfinger, (given to them by Neil Aspinall of Apple). He added some super rhythm and gave them a different direction with his rock'n'roll. He wrote more tunes than anyone else in the band and played almost all the lead guitar on the hit singles created by Badfinger in the 70's. They had four top ten singles on the charts and they wrote one of the most famous hits of all time, Without You
(done by Harry Nilsson in '72 and Mariah Carey in '94). Their hits include Come And Get It
(which was given to them by Paul McCartney), No Matter What
, Day After Day
, and Baby Blue
.While in Badfinger, at Apple, he played on George Harrison's All Things Must Pass
album and played at the Bangla Desh concert in 1972 at Madison Square Gardens and on the album that followed. He also played with John Lennon on his Imagine
album. Joey is currently touring and recording with his trio Joey Molland's Badfinger.
Rod Morgenstein ~ Winger, Dixie Dregs
Rod Morgenstein is an original member of the multi-platinum heavy metal band Winger, six-time Grammy nominated fusion band Dixie Dregs, prog power duo Rudess Morgenstein Project, jam band Jazz Is Dead, and muso power-pop group The Jelly Jam. An avid believer in music education all his life, Rod is a professor of percussion at Berklee College of Music. His most recent creation is ´Rock Drums´, the first ever on-line college course in rock drumming, available through Berklee Music. Additionally, Rod has authored several books including Drumset Warm-ups and The Drumset Musician, an instructional video, and has written over two hundred articles for Modern Drummer Magazine, Rhythm Magazine(UK) and Sticks Magazine (Germany). With over 50 recordings to his credit, and having performed hundreds of clinics and thousands of concerts around the world in some 30 countries, all of these activities continue to be an active part of Rod´s professional life.
Steve Morse ~ Deep Purple
Steve Morse is an American guitarist and composer, best known as the founder of the Dixie Dregs; and since 1994, the guitar player of Deep Purple. Morse's career has encompassed rock, country,funk, jazz, classical, and fusion of these musical genres. In addition to his successful solo career, he was briefly a member of Kansas in the mid 1980s.
Jamie Moses ~ Guitar, Vocals
Jamie is one of Britain's busiest free-lance guitarist/singers. Jamie has worked with a variety of artists and bands including Merlin, Broken English, The Hollies, Olivia Newton John, Mike & The Mechanics, Paul Young and the Pretenders, and SAS (Spike's All Stars). Since 1993 Jamie has been playing second guitar and singing with Brian May and Queen. From 2005 on he has spent the majority of his time touring the world with Queen and Paul Rogers including UK, US, European and Japanese tours. Jamie also works regularly with Mike Rutherford and Mike & The Mechanics playing guitar and bass and covering vocal duties. He is also "house guitarist" for the 46664 Nelson Mandela shows, supporting artists such as Bono, Beyonce, Anastasia and Eurythmics.
John Moyer ~ Bassist ~ Disturbed
John Moyer is the bassist and back up vocalist for the alternative metal band Disturbed. Since the band formally signed in 1999, they have sold over 11 million albums worldwide. Behind the success of singles "Stupify" and "Down With The Sickness", Disturbed has become one of the largest grossing hard rock bands in recent years. The band has released four consecutive studio albums that have debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Inside The Fire," a song from their 2008 album Indestructible. Moyer's bass playing can be heard on Disturbed's third studio album Ten Thousand Fists, their fourth album Indestructible and Disturbed's fifth studio album Asylum. Moyer was formerly part of the Texas hard rock act The Union Underground. Prior to his stint in The Union Underground, he was the bassist of the popular band Soak, also hailing from Texas. Moyer has a signature line of basses with BC Rich. He and the company produced his signature BC Rich Havoc. He also has a signature line of speaker cabs and practice amps with Kustom featuring his own design printed on the front of a skull engulfed in flames. When not on tour with Disturbed, he teaches at Natural Ear Music in Austin, Texas, where he works with young bands, works in partnership with Silver Tongue Management where he helps discover and develop upcoming artists/bands, and is currently working on video game and tv scoring having recently completed 4 songs for the upcoming topware release of the sci fi shooter Scivelation.
Brent Muscat ~ Faster Pussycat, L.A. Guns
Hard rock guitarist Brent Muscat began his professional career in 1986 as a founding member of the band FASTER PUSSYCAT appearing on three albums that appeared in the Billboard 100, selling over four million albums. The smash single "House of Pain" was a #1 video on MTV and cracked the Billboard top 30. Brent has toured on stages the world over performing with artists including Guns N Roses, KISS, Motley Crue, Poison, Alice Cooper & Whitesnake.
Brent was also a member of L.A. Guns and Adler's Appetite with G n'R drummer Steven Adler.
Vince Neil ~ Lead Singer ~ Motley Crue
Neil was discovered while performing with his band, Rockandi in 1980, and joined Mötley Crüe in 1981. Mötley Crüe was looking for a lead vocalist at the time and were impressed by Neil, after hearing him through Lee. Mötley Crüe released its first album, Too Fast for Love the same year. In 1983, Mötley Crüe released Shout at the Devil, a blockbuster success that has established the band as a big act at the time in rock and roll. In 1985, Neil regrouped with Mötley Crüe to record Theatre of Pain. The band subsequently recorded the hugely successful Girls, Girls, Girls (1987). The band then released their highest-selling album, Dr. Feelgood, in 1989. In 1992, Vince left Mötley Crüe to pursue a solo career. In 1997, the band got back together to release the album Generation Swine and go on tour. The band came back into the spotlight after their, "Behind the Music" episode aired on VH1 in December 1998. The episode became the highest rated in the series. Motley Crue released the new studio album album "Saints of Los Angeles" in 2008. Vince released his third solo album Tattoos & Tequila in 2010. The album is a soundtrack to the book Vince released in the same year "Tattoos & Tequila: To Hell and Back with One of Rock´s Most Notorious Frontmen". Each song on the album corresponds with a chapter in the book.
American Guitarist/Producer/Song Writer/Music Director/Arranger/Performer
Paul Nelson began his recording career with the ground breaking group Liege Lord gaining national attention as their lead guitarist and song writer on "Burn to my Touch" and "Master Control on Metal Blade records. A hired gun with countless worldwide touring acts Nelson is credited as composer and performer for the music heard on international and national television broadcasts such as NBC, TNN, UPN, for the WWF. Nelson, who studied with Steve Vai and both jazz fusion greats Steve Khan and Mike Stern, released his first highly acclaimed all instrumental rock/fusion solo release, "Look" in early 2000. He then went on to appear on Warmth in the Wilderness - a Tribute to Jason Becker - 2001 Lion Records, Beyond Inspiration: Tribute to Uli Jon Roth - 2003 Lion Records,guitarist and songwriter on Rock/Blues legend Johnny Winter's Grammy-nominated "I'm A Bluesman" Virgin/EMI 2004, Halifax's "Anthem for Tonight" Inevitability of a Strange World - Drive Thru Records featured on XBox 360's "Prey" voted Top 10 Video Game of the Year by Time Magazine - 2006, Tribute to Uriah Heep (a return to Fantasy) - Century Media 2008, Johnny Winter "Live from Japan" DVD, MVD - 2010 and Blues Conspiracy - Stony Plain records 2012. A permanent member of Johnny Winter's worldwide touring band Nelson would go on to perform on and produce Winter's next two releases "Roots"2011 and "Roots 2" 2013 - Megaforce/Sony performing with Winter on CBS's "Late Night with David Letterman" show in 2012.
Ron Nevison ~ Producer
Ron Nevison's career highlights include many of the record industry's highest distinctions, including his being recognized as Billboard Magazine's Top-5 Producer of the Year 4 separate times, garnering countless Grammy-nominated and winning hit records/albums, and producing well over 100 Million Albums sold in the course of his almost 4-decade career. Here is a partial list of the bands Ron has worked with: Bad Company, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Chicago, Jefferson Starship, Ozzy Osbourne, and Heart.
Rodney O'Quinn ~ Pat Travers
Hailing from Melbourne, Fl., Rodney O'Quinn started his musical journey at the age of 11. The choice to play Bass, was as simple as a friend saying,"Hey, we need a bass player, you should get one!" It was obviously the right move. Thirty-seven years later, countless years on the road with numerous acts, the last seven successfully years touring and recording with the Pat Travers Band, Rodney is at home onstage and behind the scenes, handling the business affairs of the PTB.
Over the years, he has had the opportunity and privilege to share the stage (whether for a jam or full show) with Ronnie Montrose, Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad) Derek St Holmes (Ted Nugent) Gary Hoey, Sass Jordon, Neil Schon, Jimmie Page, Marshall Tucker Band, among many others. Aways there......Laying it DOWN!!!
Stephen Perkins ~ Jane's Addiction
Stephen Perkins was born 1967 and raised in Los Angeles.
Janes Addiction in 1986,Porno For Pyros in 1993,the electric jazz band-Banyan in 1996. The punk band -HELLRIDE in 1998 and melodic rock outfit -The Panic Channel in 2003.
Drummer for Infectious Grooves and Tommy Lee's - Methods of Mayhem in the 90's.
Numerous sessions and special appearances with NIN, NO DOUBT, RAGE AGAINT'S THE MACHINE, CHILI PEPPERS,SUBLIME,LOVE and ROCKETS and many others.
Working and performing drum circles / music therapy sessions , drum clinics / educational seminars, DVD's and hosting drum events worldwide.
Invented the percussion instrument "GO-JO Bags" made for drummers and used by music therapists everywhere.
Father, husband and dog lover.
Nick Perri is a professional lead guitarist, platinum selling songwriter, producer-engineer, and business owner. He is a founding member of Silvertide and SINAI, and has also played for Shinedown, Perry Farrell, Matt Sorum, sister Christina Perri, and countless other via session work.
Nick spent the majority of the 2000's on tour all over the world playing in over 40 countries, and touring with some of the world's biggest acts including Aerosmith, Van Halen, Kid Rock, Motley Crue, Velvet Revolver, The Foo Fighters, and MUSE.
In 2009 Perri launched "PERRI INK. LLC" as a parent company for his future endeavors off stage, and later that year debuted his own line of boutique custom guitars. In 2011 he opened the doors to the PERRI INK. Cartel, his 1st retail store. The company now lives online exclusively, and has become a true lifestyle brand, with Nick & wife Misi both heavily involved in the custom guitar, custom motorcycle, and tattoo industries.
Joe Perry ~ Aerosmith
As co-founding member, principal co-songwriter, electrifying lead guitarist and co-producer of Aerosmith, America's Greatest Rock & Roll Band, JOE PERRY has achieved permanent iconic stature in the pantheon of rock. He has driven his band, over the course of three decades, to sales of more than 150 million albums, four Grammy Awards, 12 MTV Video Music Awards, two People's Choice Awards, eight American Music Awards, an Academy Award and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Joe's fourth solo album, 2005's Joe Perry, not only received universal praise from journalists across the country, it earned him his first solo Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Song ("Mercy"). "Perry applies his craft with an ear for atmosphere and a respect for nuance," proclaimed USA Today at the time. "This is his most virile and free work of his non-Aerosmith career," said the New York Daily News. One Boston-based journalist perhaps summed it up best. "The power and the craftsmanship of his playing are transfixing."
Joe's new and fifth solo CD Have Guitar, Will Travel, named by Joe Piscitelli, one of nearly 2,000 names given as part of a Twitter search, reveals even more intriguing layers of the guitarist who was immortalized in 2008 when Activision released the Guitar Hero®: Aerosmith, sales of which broke records and further solidified another generation of fans for Joe and Aerosmith.
Have Guitar Will Travel, follows self-produced solo releases including Let The Music Do The Talking (1980), Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker (1984) and I've Got The Rock 'N' Rolls Again (1981). Recorded this past Spring at the BoneYard, Perry's state-of-the-art home studio, where Aerosmith's Honkin' On Bobo and Just Push Play were recorded, Have Guitar, Will Travel is a ten-song CD written and produced by Perry, complete with his trademark rock and blues ferocity.
The CD's blazing first single "We've Got A Long Way To Go," showcases the voice of a young German singer known as Hagen, found completely by chance on YouTube by Joe's wife Billie. "I first called him from Cleveland when I went to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Jam with Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Ron Wood, Flea and Metallica," said Perry. "It took several minutes to convince him that it wasn't a prank call, but a true invitation to audition to sing on the CD." Hagen mans the microphone for five tracks, while Perry sings lead on four. The remaining tenth song is an instrumental entitled "Wooden Ships."
"Freedom," a hard-driving signature Perry track, was written during an election year. "On this record, as opposed to my last solo CD, I thought that I'd write a bit more about what is going on outside instead of inside, and freedom is a really good example of that," said Perry. "It's musically inspired by Hunter S. Thompson's book "Fear and Loathing" that I read during the seventies. Those images have always stuck with me. In fact, I think I lived a bit of it."
Still as scorching hot on guitar as he is preternaturally cool in his persona, Perry attracted an eclectic blend of musicians with whom he recorded. Drummer Ben Tileston, a Boston University percussion graduate, who plays drums with two of Perry's sons in TAB The Band, joined an esteemed roster of some of the best that the music world has to offer; Bassist David Hull, who played with The Buddy Miles Band at 19 and was in the Joe Perry Project in the 80s, Paul Santo, whose played Hammond Organ/Pipe Organ with the likes of Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Ozzy Osbourne, drummers Scott Meeder and Marty Richards and Willie "Loco" Alexander, Boston's "Godfather of Punk," who was part of the Bostown sound of the band "the Bagatelle."
It was Alexander who helped Perry pay tribute to the legendary Gene Vincent on the track "Head Kicked In Tonight." "If Elvis was the "Dom Perignon," Gene Vincent is the "White Lightening Moonshine" with a stiletto in his boot," said Perry. "With the Boogie Woogie played by Willie (Alexander), we had a great time recording this song. It turned out to be quite a party."
Perry is planning a "short, fast, hard tour" with the Joe Perry Project after Have Guitar, Will Travel is released. "That's what I'm really looking forward to - getting back out there with some old friends and some other musicians and doing it like it used to be done."
Perry's solo credits include composing the theme song for the "Spiderman" animated TV series, as well as the instrumental music for the independent movie "This Thing of Ours," which starred James Caan. In late 2006, at the personal invitation of Chuck Berry, Perry jammed with Mr. Berry and his band at his 80th birthday celebration at Blueberry Hill in St. Louis. Joe also lent his guitar virtuosity to Mick Jagger's Goddess in the Doorway and played guitar on Les Paul & Friends: A Tribute To A Legend, amongst many others.
In fact, Perry's guitar prowess was documented in a version of James Moore's "I'm A King Bee," performed with Aerosmith band mate Steven Tyler and seen on the 2005 Martin Scorsese-produced concert on the blues, Lightning In A Bottle.
On July 1, 2007, Perry joined Tom Jones and his band at the historic "Concert For Diana" at Wembley Stadium on the classic "Ain't That A Lot of Love" (with Joss Stone on guest vocals) and covers of Prince's "Kiss" and the Arctic Monkeys' "I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor." Between this appearance, viewed by more than 500 million worldwide, and his special guest performance with Kelly Clarkson on the 2007 season finale of "American Idol," Perry and his fiery signature guitar sound were a part of two of the year's biggest TV events.
In June 2006, Perry and his wife Billie hosted a concert for the town of Woodstock, Vermont, where they have a home, by the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars. Later that year, Perry joined the All Stars on stage for a medley of Bob Marley's "War" and "Get Up Stand Up." The couple also ensured that the band would continue to pursue their music by providing them with instruments, along with a MAC computer for the youngest member.
In 2003, Perry launched his own food company. With the first products being BoneYard Brew™ Hot Sauce, later followed by Mango Peach Tango™; Perry is planning to release his Mac and Cheese "Joe Perry's Rockin' Roni™" later this year. It will have two flavors: White Cheddar and Shells and Spicy Buffalo Cheddar and Elbows.
Perry and his family are well-known animal lovers and helped to fund the building of a new animal shelter in their community. They were also instrumental in bringing awareness to the Friesian Horse. Twenty years ago, Joe and Billie were the first in the New England area to own a pair of the once endangered breed, a cause Billie is very involved with. In that time, the Friesian Horse has gone from the endangered list to rare breeds list and now numbers in the tens of thousands in America alone.
May Pang, world-renowned confidant and companion of John Lennon, has been in the public eye for over three decades. Her career in the music industry spans 40 years, beginning with Allen Klein's company, ABKCO Industries, the firm which
managed the Beatles Apple Corps. Ltd and the Rolling Stones.
In 1970, Lennon and Yoko Ono hired Pang as their personal assistant. She would eventually become their production coordinator -- playing a key role in records by Lennon, Ono and Harry Nilsson. In 1974, Pang was awarded an RIAA Gold Album Award for her work on Lennon's Walls and Bridges, the #1 hit album which included his first and only #1 single in his lifetime, "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night." She can also be heard singing on "#9 Dream," the second single from the album.
In the late 1970s working for Island Records, Pang coordinated all activities related to the release of albums by Robert Palmer, Third World, and Bob Marley and the Wailers. By the early 1980s, she was one of the leading professional managers in the music publishing industry, working with several unknown songwriters and successfully obtaining coverage by such artists as Diana Ross, Judas Priest, The Four Tops, Ullanda McCullough and Air Supply.
During this period, Pang decided to set the record straight about her relationship with Lennon. Warner Books published her memoir, Loving John, in 1983. The book detailed her liaison and working association with the late Beatle and shed light on his relationships with his first son, Julian, as well as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.
During the last two decades, Pang has appeared in every major news and magazine publication worldwide (NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post, Marie Claire, People, etc.) and has been a guest on such national TV shows as Howard Stern, CBS Sunday Morning, Entertainment Tonight and Good Morning America.
Pang has also designed a unique collection of stainless steel Feng Shui jewelry and accent furniture, and founded a webzine called May Pang's Asian Media Internet News (AMIN), which caters to Pan-Asian pop culture. Pang also continues her consulting work on music for films and is still an advisory board member of Women In Music. She also serves as an advisory board member at the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) organization. ACT deals with saving the rainforest and its indigenous people. This was started by world known ethnobotanist Dr. Mark J. Plotkin and conservationist Liliana Madrigal.
In 2008, St. Martin's Press released Instamatic Karma, a collection of Pang's personal photographs of John Lennon. Fine art prints of these portraits have been exhibited in major galleries across the country.
Pang has lectured at various events including public libraries and most recently at Berklee College of Music in Boston sponsored in part by the Liberal Arts Dept. She also lectured the John Lennon Songwriting class.
In this age of "social awareness", Pang was asked to participate as an artist on a CD called: ALL ABOUT BULLIES�BIG AND SMALL. The CD won a Grammy for The Best Children's CD category in 2012.
Stephen Pearcy is the founder, lead singer and songwriter of the popular rock band RATT, who has gained critical praise and multi-platinum success. During the bands fifteen year span with Pearcy, RATT released 10 platinum and gold albums, has played over a thousand shows and sold over 20 millions records worldwide. In 1995, Pearcy founded Top Fuel Records and continues to evolve as a musician and businessman. He just completed a tour this past summer and his 4th studio album. 2012 promises to be a successful year with the release of his book and RATT begins work on a new record.
Slim Jim Phantom ~ Drums ~ Stray Cats
Slim Jim Phantom is the drummer for Stray Cats. Alongside band mates Brian Setzer and Lee Rocker, he spearheaded the neo-rockabilly movement of the early 1980s. He often performed with The Stray Cats using only a snare drum and a crash cymbal on stage, rather than a full drum kit. Most recently he has been involved with three main projects; his own roots-rock trio, Dead Men Walking with Kirk Brandon, Mike Peters and Captain Sensible and The Head Cat starring Lemmy and Danny B. Harvey. He currently owns and operates the nightclub, The Cat Club, on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Jeff Pilson ~ Bass ~ Dokken
Jeff Pilson wears many creative hats. Recognized worldwide from as the bassist of the hard rock band Dokken and a major contributor to its gold and platinum-selling albums over the last 21 years, Pilson's career is now at an exciting peak, whether it is producing new artists, playing with legendary bands like Foreigner orcontinuing with his ongoing melodic rock group, War & Peace. In 1983 he joined Dokken, which rode the 80's hard rock wave to international success with albums like Under Lock and Key and Back For the Attack, playing to huge stadium crowds on the Monsters of Rock tours in Europe and the U.S. and opening for such bands as Aerosmith, Metallica and AC/DC. The band achieved platinum sales and a 1989 Grammy Award nomination. Pilson served as Music Director for the movie Rock Star in addition to appearing on screen as Jorgen Wolf, the Icelandic bass player in the fictional band Steel Dragon. For the last several years, Pilson and his partner Tommy Henriksen have been consumed with producing several acts including Brooks Buford, Melissa Manchester, Kazzer, Revis, and new modern pop band Clear Static. The two have embarked on a new production company called ZuZuRecordings, Ltd., which is dedicated to finding, developing and signing new talent with the goal of transcending musical trends and fashions.
Mike Pinera ~ RIDE CAPTAIN RIDE
Founding Member, Lead guitarist, Singer, Songwriter, Producer from such legendary bands as BLUES IMAGE also with IRON BUTTERFLY and ALICE COOPER.
Multi-Platinum awarded recording artist and producer Mike Pinera and the groups he has beenin have collectively sold in excess of 100 million albums.
Mike Pinerasignature songs include rock anthems and hits,
"RIDE CAPTAIN RIDE"
"IN A GADDA DA VIDA"
Currently Mike Pinera has several new releases out including "ANTHOLOGY OF THE CLASSICS" "GARDEN OF EDEN" and is featured on a star studded album"WHO'S NEXT? THE TRIBUTE TO THE WHO."
Pinerawho resides in Southern California with wife Valerie is currently completing a new solo album entitled "THE PRESENT." The 20 song set combines Pop, Blues, Rock, Latin and Acoustic.
Long considered the "wild man" of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Artimus Pyle's powerful and distinctive double bass drumming helped define the legendary Skynyrd sound.
Born at St Joseph's Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky on July 15, 1948, Thomas Delmar Pyle, the only son of Clarence and Mildred Pyle, weighed nearly 8 pounds. Almost from his earliest memories, Artimus recalls being fascinated by rhythm and sound. Even his first love -- horses -- came from the rhythmic clopping as they moved. Tommy and his two sisters were always around horses and animals as they grew up spending a lot of time with their grandparents. Artimus' first memory involves falling off a horse at age seven. When asked if he was OK after picking himself up, the confident Tommy replied, "Yep, it's a long way down though."
All of the Pyle kids worked a great deal for their family while growing up. One of his earliest jobs -- at the age of eight -- was running a bulldozer with his grandfather. Again, Tommy noticed the constant rhythm of the machine and was soon tapping his feet and patting his hands in time with his work. Artimus' natural sense for time and rhythm made his mother buy him a set of bongos when he was nine years old. Then when Tommy turned twelve, his dad bought him a real set of drums -- a used Slingerland rig that he treasured. This gift soon led to the formation of his first band, The Thom Thumbs.
arti3.gif - 27400 BytesAfter graduating high school, Tommy entered the Marine Corps where he performed extremely well. He was selected the best honor recruit in 1968, which netted him the award of a full-dress Marine uniform from the Leatherneckmagazine. His career in Marines, although short, was rewarding and an influence that remains to this day. When he left the Marines, Tommy enrolled at Tennessee Technical College in Cookeville, Tennessee. Here Tommy was transformed into Artimus. Still "baby-faced" despite the years in the Marines, his buddies at the school renamed him in honor of the virgin Artemus. As college friends met hometown friends, Artimus stuck.
Although he had developed other interests and jobs, music continued calling Artimus and he returned to the drums. His first real break came with the Charlie Daniels band's Volunteer Jam. His first recording lists -- Artimus Pyle, percussion. Then with other work for the Marshall Tucker Band, Artimus became known as a powerful session drummer.
Using his connections with Charlie Daniels and Marshall Tucker, both acts that toured often with Skynyrd, Artimus met with Ronnie VanZant and Ed King at Studio One in Doraville, Georgia. The results of that meeting -- Saturday Night Special -- greatly impressed Ronnie. Artimus' live debut with the band took place in Jacksonville's Sgt Pepper's Club in October 1974. The gig, a show to raise money and awareness for Jacksonville's food bank, was hot. Everyone remembers the band walking through the front door and into a crush of people that doubled the legal occupancy of the club. Playing under the hot lights in an over-packed club with an underpowered air conditioner made for a memorable night. When Bob Burns left the band permanently following Skynyrd's first European tour in December 1974, Artimus quickly got the nod as Skynyrd's new drummer.
pyle.gif - 4543 BytesThe years Artimus played with Skynyrd were the years that solidified the legend behind the band. Quickly developing into one of the nation's top touring draws with a grueling schedule of 300 shows a year, the constant work and touring paid off. By October 20, 1977, Skynyrd's songs had become radio staples. Their latest album, Street Survivors, had just been released to critical and popular acclaim. Their ambitious new tour, just days underway, saw sellout crowds. Then it all fell away at 6000 feet above a Mississippi swamp.
At 6:42 PM, the pilot of Lynyrd Skynyrd's chartered Convair 240 airplane radioed that the craft was dangerously low on fuel. Less than ten minutes later, the plane crashed into a densely wooded thicket in the middle of a swamp. The crash, which killed Ronnie VanZant, guitarist Steve Gaines, vocalist Cassie Gaines, road manager Dean Kilpatrick and seriously injured the rest of the band and crew, shattered Skynyrd's fast rising star as it cut a 500 foot path through the swamp. Lynyrd Skynyrd had met a sudden, tragic end.
When the time came for the crash survivors to continue their musical careers with the Rossington Collins band, Artimus was originally slated to resume his duties on drums. Shortly before the recording project got underway though, he was involved in a serious motorcycle crash in South Carolina. His injuries prevented Artimus from joining Rossington Collins, but the following year he released his own album, A.P.B. with the Artimus Pyle Band. Followed with Nightcaller in 1983.
art.gif - 21697 BytesAt the time of the ten year anniversary of Skynyrd's plane crash Artimus was living and studying in Jerusalem. When the call came about reforming Skynyrd for the 1987 Tribute Tour Artimus returned to the States the next day. What was originally set up as a one-time event, stretched into a three year tour across the country. Then in 1991, Lynyrd Skynyrd '91 released the first new recordings in 14 years. The tour supporting the album was a tense and grueling one for Artimus, and resulted in his leaving Skynyrd in August. Since leaving the band Artimus has always remained active in his own musical projects. In the past he took an active role in promoting Freebird... The Movie by appearing for television and radio interviews across the country. Click this link for up-to-date information onArtimus Pyle
The award-winning, hard-touring, guitar slinger blends smoking electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and a tight blues groove with soulful, feminine vocals. Add to the mix her incredible stage presence, all of which makes her an irresistible force in the world of contemporary blues music.
During '13 Ana has appeared on the cover of Vintage Guitar, Guitar Player's Gear Guide and American Blues Scene. Her album 'Can You Stand The Heat' was a "Pick Of The Week" by USA Today and featured on NPR Music. Nearly all of Ana's albums made it the Top 5 of the Billboard Blues Charts and are being played regularly on US radio.
For 2014 Ana is already confirmed at the prestigious Experience Hendrix Tour. An amazing event that celebrates the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix. Line-up includes Billy Cox (Hendrix), Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and William "Bootsy" Collins.
Ana Popovic was born in Belgrade (formerly Yugoslavia). All throughout her youth her father would invite friends over for nightly jam sessions. In this atmosphere, she quickly learned her father's impressive blues and soul record collection, grabbed his guitar and started playing at the age of fifteen. Since then, Ana has developed into an phenomenal guitarist/vocalist with a growing legion of fans throughout the world.
Ana and her band are tirelessly touring, playing major blues, jazz and rock festivals around the world. She is endorsed by Fender, Mesa Boogie, Ovation and DR strings. Ana has shared headlining stages with B.B. King, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang and many others. When not on tour, she resides in Memphis, TN.
John Popper ~ Blues Traveler
Growing up he originally wanted to become a comedian but when he and a friend performed a routine as The Blues Brothers, he found that his really passion was music. Popper played trumpet in his high school jazz band, and convinced the teacher to let him play harmonica instead, after an in-class solo on the song "She Blinded Me With Science".
He formed several garage bands with friends in Princeton, New Jersey, one of which evolved into Blues Traveler in 1987. After graduating high school, the group's members all moved to New York City, where Popper enrolled in The New School for Social Research. Popper attended for three years but devoted himself to the band full-time once they signed A&M Records in 1990.
With the release of Four (1994) Blues Traveler spawned one of the biggest hits of 1990s - the Grammy-winning "Run-Around" - which spent nearly a year on the charts and along with the hit single "Hook" drove the album to sell over 5 million copies. Over the course of their career the band has released 8 studio albums, six of which have been certified either gold or platinum and have collectively sold over 10 million units worldwide. John is currently on tour with Blues Traveler celebrating their 25th
Mike Portnoy ~ Drummer ~ Dream Theater
Mike Portnoy is one of the founding members of Dream Theater with whom he was with for 25 years. He also is the drummer in Adrenaline Mob, Flying Colors, Transatlantic & Liquid Tension Experiment...he has also recorded &/or toured/performed live with Avenged Sevenfold, Neal Morse, OSI, Hail!, Stone Sour, Fates Warning, Overkill, G3 and his 4 tribute bands with Paul Gilbert: Yellow Matter Custard, Hammer Of The Gods, Amazing Journey and Cygnus & The Sea Monsters.
Mike was born on April 20th 1967 in Long Beach, Long Island, New York.
He grew up learning to play the drums primarily self-taught by listening to his early biggest influences: Ringo Starr, Keith Moon and John Bonham.
As he developed a taste for more challenging progressive music, his biggest influences were Neil Peart and Frank Zappa.
He attended the Berklee College Of Music on a scholarship in 1985 which is where he formed the band Dream Theater with whom he sustained a successful career for 25 years, developing a tremendously devoted fan base and record sales of almost 10 million copies worldwide.
Mike's long list of Awards include 26 Modern Drummer Magazine Reader's Poll Awards including Hall of Fame Inductee in 2004, MVP of the Year in 2010, Best Progressive Rock Drummer (for the magazine's record of 12 years in a row), Best Clinician (twice), Best Educational Video/DVD for Liquid Drum Theater, and Best Recorded Performance of the Year (7 times) for Dream Theater's Awake, A Change of Seasons, Falling Into Infinity, Scenes From A Memory, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, Score and Avenged Sevenfold's Nightmare. He also holds the distinction being the 2nd youngest drummer ever inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame (while age 37) and is currently the youngest in the Hall of Fame.
He also is the recipient of 12 Drum! Magazine Drummie Awards including "Drummer Of The Year" two years in a row in 2011 & 2012.
Mick Ralphs ~ Lead Guitar ~ Mott The Hoople and Bad Company
Mott The Hoople experienced several years of struggle before the group hit it big with David Bowie's "All the Young Dudes" in 1972. The more popular Mott became, the more they emphasized Ian Hunter's songwriting over the other members'; Hunter's increasing ambition was more and more at odds with Ralphs' taste for simple, riff-driven hard rock. In 1973, after the release of Mott, Ralphs left the band to form Bad Company with two ex-members of Free. His composition "Can't Get Enough," which Mott was unable to record because of the vocal register in which it was written, became an immediate hit and pushed the group's 1974 debut album to number one in the U.S. A string of hugely successful albums followed up to 1982, making Bad Company one of the top arena rock acts in the world. After the initial lineup disbanded, Ralphs recorded a solo album, Take This!, which was released on the small Rock Machine label in 1984. In 1986, the first of several Bad Company reunions took place, which have continued to the present day (Ralphs was present for all of them, and plays guitar on every one of the group's albums and singles). In 2001, Ralphs released his second solo album, the all-instrumental effort It's All Good, on the Angel Air label.
Marky Ramone ~ Drummer ~ The Ramones
Marky Ramone (born Marc Steven Bell; July 15, 1956) is an American musician. He is best known for being the drummer for the Ramones, but has also played in other notable bands like Dust, Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, and the Misfits. Although he is not the original drummer (Tommy Ramone), Marky is the only living member of the longest running Ramones line-up (15 years) which featured Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, and himself. In October 2001, Marky appeared on MTV accepting a lifetime achievement award presented by Bono of U2 to the Ramones. Marky Ramone's hand prints are on the Hollywood Rock Walk. In March 2002, Marky was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, at New York's Waldorf Astoria as a member of the Ramones. Marky's hand prints are on the Hollywood Rock Walk in Hollywood. In September 2004, Marky served as Executive Producer and released a Ramones DVD entitled Ramones Raw, which featured footage of the band while on tour all over the world along with other various rare, vintage footage. Much of the candid footage is courtesy of Marky Ramone's personal video library. Ramones: Raw is the only certified Gold selling Ramones DVD and one of only two US gold selling releases in the Ramones entire catalog. The other being the greatest hits double LP Ramonesmania released in 1988. Ramones: Raw is also the highest charting release in the Ramones history. Marky has a DVD coming out next year called The Job That Ate My Brain - the Marky Ramone Story. He teamed up with Tommy Hilfiger's, Hilfger Denim, in 2009 to launch his own clothing line consisting of leather jackets, jeans and t-shirts. He also has his own line of pasta sauce, "Marky Ramone's Brooklyn's Own Pasta Sauce." Marky continues to carry the torch for the Ramones as he tours the world with his band called Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg, which plays a 32-song set of the Ramones with former Misfits frontman and lead singer Michale Graves. Marky also won the lifetime achievement award from the Grammy's for 2011.
Phil Ramone ~ Producer
Phil is one of the most respected and prolific music producers in the recording industry. With 34 Grammy nominations, 14 Grammy Awards, including a Technical Grammy for his lifetime of innovative contributions to the recording industry, an Emmy, and numerous honors and accolades to his credit, Ramone is often described as one of the world's top creative producers. Ramone's unique skills make him invaluable to the artists with whom he works. His impeccable list of credits includes collaborations with artists such as: Burt Bacharach, Bono, Ray Charles, Chicago, Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, BB King, Madonna, Paul Simon, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Dixie Chicks, Michael Buble and many more. A passionate fan of all forms of entertainment, Ramone has numerous concert, film, Broadway and television productions to his credit to include A Star is Born, August Rush, Beyond the Sea, Flashdance, Midnight Cowbody, Simon and Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park, and Ghostbusters.
Rich Redmond is an influential touring/recording drummer/percussionist, whose versatile, dynamic, and rock solid drumming is the sound behind many of today's top talents.
As Nashville's answer to Gene Krupa, Rich has toured/recorded/performed with:
Jason Aldean, Lit, Ludacris, Kelly Clarkson, Bryan Adams, Joe Perry, Jewel, Miranda Lambert, The Pointer Sisters, John Eddie, Pam Tillis, Susan Ashton, Deana Carter, Kid Rock, Lauren Alaina, Luke Bryan and many others. Rich has recorded 12 #1 singles with the Grammy nominated country rocker Jason Aldean and 2 #1 singles with country pop duo Thompson Square. With over 7 million albums sold and 13 million single downloads, Rich is on the forefront of the "new" Nashville. As a high-energy live showman, Rich plays sold out shows of 25-30,000 fans nightly on Aldean's "Night Train" Tour. Rich has appeared on the trail of late night shows such as The Grammy Awards, The Tonight Show, Conan O' Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, Good Morning America, Bonnie Hunt, Ellen, The CMA Awards, ACM Awards, CMT Awards, and many others multiple times.
Rich now leads a production team known as 'NV' which is constantly developing new talent such as Thompson Square, whose first single "Are you Gonna Kiss Me Or Not"? was a #1 single and the most played song on radio in 2011.
Always looking to help others and make a difference, Rich brings his "CRASH Course For Success" motivational event to drum shops, music stores, high schools, colleges and corporate events across the country.
Rich began playing drums at age 8 and eventually played in the prestigious 1:00 Lab Band at The University of North Texas. Receiving his Master's Degree in Music Education and percussion, Rich now combines his classical training and 'street smarts' musicianship to bring his passion filled drumming to the world.
Kane Roberts ~ Guitarist ~ Alice Cooper
Kane was discovered by Bob Ezrin (Kiss. Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd) and became Alice´s guitarist/writing partner for two albums and two world tours including the infamous "The Nightmare Returns" tour. Kane´s experience in the entertainment industry includes recording for high profile companies that include Geffen, Capitol, A&M and MCA. As a solo recording artist he´s landed Top 40 hits at Geffen Records and MCA records and his varied musical background includes recording, writing and touring with artists such as Alice Cooper, Rod Stewart, Kiss, Desmond Child, Diane Warren, Alice ´n Chains, Berlin, Guns n´ Roses, Garland Jeffries. He´s also written or recorded music for films like Light Sleeper, Penelope Spheeris´ Decline of Western Civilization, Friday the 13th IV Jason Lives, Shocker, Roswell, John Carpenter´s Prince of Darkness and more. In addition Kane has acted in films such as Wes Craven´s "Shocker" and John Carpenter´s "Prince of Darkness" and has written and produced films including "EMBRYO", an award winning 30 minute short film. Kane is currently recording a new collection of songs scheduled for release in 2012.
John JR Robinson
John Robinson (born 1954, Creston, Iowa, also known as John "JR" Robinson or John "J.R." Robinson) is an American drummer and session musician. He is most known for his work with Quincy Jones, including Michael Jackson's multiplatinum Off the Wall album and the charity single "We Are the World".
Robinson is a prolific studio drummer, having played for other popular groups including Chaka Khan's Rufus (1983 Grammy win for "Ain't Nobody"), Lionel Richie (No. 1 singles "All Night Long (All Night)", "We Are the World"), Eric Clapton, Natalie Cole, John Fogerty, Madonna, Quincy Jones, Wilson Phillips, Pointer Sisters, David Lee Roth, Barbra Streisand, Steve Winwood and Daft Punk
Robinson was inducted into the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame in 2005. The group said Robinson is "the most recorded drummer in history, even surpassing the great Hal Blaine."
Robinson has recorded on dozens of motion picture soundtracks and has released two solo albums Funkshui (2004) and Platinum (2007).
rick is a from los angeles, started playing in the mid 60's.... eventually hooked up with joe walsh, neil young recording on over 20 l.p's for them..and touring extensively through out the world.
rick has appeared with paul mc cartney on stage 2009
recorded with ringo starr 2012
and here is a partial list of artists he has recorded and or played with:
ronnie wood, jerry lee lewis, tom jones, emmy lou harris, dan fogelberg, jackson browne,
crosby stills nash and young, kris kristofferson, willie nelson, nora jones, john fogarty, buddy guy, chris isacc, don henley, tim mcgraw, keith richards, mick jagger, sheryl crow, etta james, albert collins and many others....
one of ricks greatest achievements was to be apart of the re formed buffalo springfield. w the three original members
richie furay, stephen stills, and neil young.
David Rosenthal ~ Keyboardist
David Rosenthal toured the globe as a keyboardist, synthesizer programmer, producer and songwriter. David graduated from Boston´s prestigious Berklee College of Music, completing a highly rigorous triple-major in Piano Performance, Electronic Music, and Audio Recording. David´s career has taken him to the studios and stages of Bruce Springsteen, Enrique Iglesias, Robert Palmer, Whitesnake, Steve Vai, Ritchie Blackmore, Cyndi Lauper and Little Steven. His work with Billy Joel has led to extensive world tours, including the Face-to-Face Tour with Elton John. For the Tony-winning Broadway Show, "Movin´ Out", David scored and arranged the keyboard parts. The Czech Philharmonic and New Japan Philharmonic recorded his orchestration of Yngwie Malmsteen´s "Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra."His recent DVD, "Building your Music Career" (Berklee Press) furthers his dedication to the next generation of musicians. Accordingly, Berklee has honored David with its Distinguished Alumni Award for "Outstanding Achievements in Contemporary Music." He also earned high honors from Keyboard Magazine, where he was voted "Best Hired Gun" in their reader's poll.
Share Ross ~ Bass ~ Vixen
Formerly Share Pedersen, she was the bassist for platinum femme rockets Vixen and "All Star" group Contraband with Michael Schenker, Tracii Guns, and Bobby Blotzer. Widely known for her prowess as a player in both bands she's gone on to blaze a trail as a guitar player, songwriter, and singer with her indie rock band, Bubble, which won Song of the Year in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and toured throughout the US, UK and Japan. Share won Best Female Guitarist twice in LA, produces bands our of her recording studio and currently hosts and online video show, "Rock n Roll TV."
Jordan Rudess (born November 4, 1956) is trained Julliard keyboardist best known as a member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater
Jordan admitted her second grade teacher as an exceptional pianist and was immediately given professional tuition to enhance his immense talent At the age of nine he entered the prestigious Juilliard School of Music Pre-College Department of classical piano training, but by his late teens he had become increasingly interested in synthesizers and progressive rock music against the advice and wishes of his parents and tutors, he decided to turn away from classical piano and try his hand as a solo Prog Rock keyboardist
After performing in various projects in the 1980s he received national attention in 1994 when he publishedwas seen as "Best New Talent" in Keyboard Magazine readers' vote after the release of his Listen solo albumTwo of the band who cared about the up and coming young star was The Dixie dregs and Dream Theater both invited him to join their respective bands Jordan chose the Dregs, mainly due to being a part time member of the band would have less impact on his young family, a choice he was not given with Dream Theater
During his time with the Dregs Jordan formed a so-called "power duo" with drummer Rod Morgenstein genesis of this pairing occurred when a power outage caused all dregs' instruments to fail except Jordan's so he and Rod improvised with each other until power was restored and the concert could continue chemistry efforttween the two was so strong during this jam that they decided to perform together on a regular basis (under the name Rudess / Morgenstein Project or higher RPM) and has since released a studio and one live record
Jordan encountered Dream Theater again when he and Morgenstein received support slot on one of Dream Theater in North America Tours 1997, when Mike Portnoy was asked to form a super group of Magna Carta Records, Jordan was elected to fill the keyboardist spot in the band, which also consisted of Tony Levin and Mike's Dream Theater colleague John Petrucci During the recording of Liquid Tension Experiment's two albums, it became clear that Mike and John who Jordan was what Dream Theater needed and requested from Jordan to join the band and when he's accepteradeyl�ppte his former keyboardist Derek Sherinian to make way for Jordan
Jordan has been a full-time keyboardist in Dream Theater since the recording of the 1999 Metropolis Pt 2: Scenes from a Memory He has recorded five second studio album since then, in 2002's Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence 2003's thought 2005's Octavarium 2007 Systematic Chaos and 2009's Black Clouds & Silver Lining In addition, he has appeared on the live albums Live Scenes From New York Live at Budokan and Score-20th Anniversary Tour.
Mitch Ryder ~ Founder ~ Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
Mitch Ryder is most notably known for his group, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels. The group recorded several hit records on DynoVoice Records label, most notably "Devil With A Blue Dress On", their highest-charting single at #4, as well as "Sock it to Me-Baby!", a #6 hit in 1967, and "Jenny Take A Ride!", which reached #10 in 1965.
Robert Sarzo ~ Guitar ~ Hurricane
Robert Sarzo is a Cuban-American guitarist. His career has spanned 40 years. He has worked with an array of notable and iconic people in the entertainment industry. As a bit of trivia, he was hired by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, as the original replacement for Randy Rhoads.
Robert has worked with Interscope/Universal Record's Jimmy Iovine and legendary metal producers, Bob Ezrin and Mike Clink. He also worked with Robert Stigwood of "Saturday Night Fever" and Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts" fame on numerous soundtracks such as "Times Square", D.L. Byron the writer of Pat Benatar's hit "Shadows of the Night", Reggae artist Garland Jeffreys, and the late Sam Kinison on his "Leader of the Banned" album. Robert formed his band Hurricane in the early 80's and went on to have hits such as "Over the Edge" and their #1 hit "I'm Onto You."
In the early 1980s, Robert was introduced to bassist Tony Cavazo by Los Angeles heavy metal band Quiet Riot's lead vocalist Kevin DuBrow. Both Robert's brother Rudy and Cavazo's brother Carlos were in Quiet Riot at the time. He later joined with Cavazo, singer Kelly Hansen and drummer Jay Schellen to form the Glam Metal band Hurricane.
He remained with Hurricane from 1985 until 1989. Although Hurricane released a reunion album (Liquifury) in 2001, Sarzo did not participate in this project. After many years in the studio, Sarzo worked to reform Hurricane in 2007.
Not just a heavy metal/rock and roll guitarist with a classical background, Robert Sarzo has branched out to become a producer and movie music composer. His current projects include the movies, "The Hiss", written and produced by David Lynch's daughter, Jennifer, and the 2009 wide-release "The Collector" written and produced by Marcus Dunstan writer of Saw 4, 5, & 6. Robert will be working on "The Collector" sequel in 2011.
Rudy Sarzo ~ Bass
Rudy Sarzo has been a professional recording and performing artist worldwide for over 25 years. As a member of Ozzy Osbourne's band, he toured the world in support of the "Blizzard of Ozz" and "Diary of a Madman" records. As a member of Quiet Riot, Rudy recorded the multi-platinum albums "Metal Health", the first Heavy Metal debut to reach #1 on the Billboard charts. During this period he headlined worldwide tours, appeared on numerous MTV videos and was voted #1 Bassist in Circus Magazine in 1983. Rudy was also a member of Whitesnake, from April of 1987 to September of 1994. Rudy reunited with Quiet Riot, from May of 1997 to August of 2003. His recordings with all of these artists combined have sold over 30 million copies. Rudy is currently touring with AniMetal, a hugely popular Japanese novelty heavy metal band who specialized in metal covers of theme songs from Japanese anime TV series.
Elliot Scheiner ~ Producer
When you think of legendary pop engineers who are simply the absolute best at what they do, the list is a very short one. A single handful at the best.
When Elliot Scheiner first took a job working for Phil Ramone many years ago, he probably never imagined that decades later he would be one of the most successful producer/engineers in history. Elliot actually began as a musician playing percussion in various bands including Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band but his heart was always in the studio.
From the early days at 48th Street, Elliot has gone on to produce and engineer an eclectic selection of talented artists such as Foo Fighters, Beck, Nine Inch Nails, Faith Hill, Steely Dan, Van Morrison, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Sting, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Toto, B.B. King, Aerosmith, Jackson Browne, Eric Clapton, Dan Fogelberg and many others. On the film side, Elliot's worked on such films as The Godfather, The Godfather II, Tarzan and Meet The Robinsons.
Elliot is honored to receive 25 Grammy nominations and humbled to earn 7 wins, an Emmy, and 3 TEC Awards as well as induction into the TEC Hall of Fame alongside George Lucas! Elliot won Grammys for Best Surround Album for Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek and the Dominos and Morph The Cat by Donald Fagan and Album of the Year/Best Pop Vocal Album/Best Engineered Album for Steely Dan's Two Against Nature as well as two Engineer of the Year Grammys for two of the most recognized Pop albums in rock history: Aja and Gaucho by Steely Dan.
He's been nominated for a 2013 Emmy as Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming as Music Mixer for History of The Eagles Showtime special.
Elliot's also considered the best surround mixer in the entertainment business handling studio and 'live' mixes for such varied artists as Foo Fighters, Beck, O.A.R., Flaming Lips, Phish, Queen, Elvis Costello, The Eagles, Faith Hill, Steely Dan, R.E.M., Donald Fagen, Fleetwood Mac, ELO, Roy Orbison, Dream Theater, Jimmy Buffett and countless others. In fact, two of the most well received live DVDs are ones that Elliot mixed: Roy Orbison - A Black and White Night featuring Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, T-Bone Burnett, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits and Roy Orbison himself as well as The Eagles' amazing live concert Hell Freezes Over.
Elliot just finished mixing Beck's extraordinary rendition of David Bowie's "Sound and Vision". It's truly one of the most fascinating musical projects you'll ever see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnOmrDzRrGQ.
Additionally, he mixed the brilliant four hour documentary, The History of The Eagles. Elliot also recorded and mixed The Crossroads Guitar Festival featuring Eric Clapton appearing in New York's Madison Square Garden in early April of this year. Specifically, Elliot is mixing the Allman Bros. set as well as Warren Haynes/Derek Trucks set.
Prior, he recorded new music for Paul McCartney, mixed Lynryd Skynyrd's Greatest Hits in 5.1 surround sound, mixed the new Glenn Frey release, After Hours, recorded and mixed Joe Jackson's 2012 The Duke CD and mixed the DVD release of the smash Broadway musical, MEMPHIS.
Elliot mixed tracks for Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010 DVD, recorded and mixed Sting Live In Berlin DVD and Sting's Symphonicities---the companion CD to accompany Sting's well-received world tour featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Elliot also did the surround mix for the 3D Phish concert film and the surround mix for Band of Horses' Infinite Arms.
Elliot continues to be one of the most sought after producers and engineers in the industry and his love for his craft hasn't diminished one db.
Michael Schenker was born on January 10, 1955, in Sarstedt near Hanover. At the tender age of fifteen he joined his brother Rudolf's band, Scorpions, with whom he produced his 1972 debut album Lonesome Crow. Once the British rock act UFO had discovered Schenker's amazing talent during a joint tour with the Scorpions, they invited the exceptional guitar whiz-kid to team up with them after the tour had finished. His first recording with UFO became an international masterpiece: Phenomenon (1974), featuring the classics 'Doctor Doctor' and 'Rock Bottom', is still considered one of the most important releases in the history of rock music. Schenker stayed with UFO for eight years, releasing further impressive rock albums like Force It (1975) and No Heavy Pettin' (1976) – recordings that made UFO international stars and set new standards in rock music. The two subsequent studio albums Lights Out (1977) and Obsession (1978) are still among the most significant releases of the genre. A year after the arrival of Obsession, the band decided to record a live album, Stranger In The Night, which is justly considered one of the most successful live cuts ever. At the same time, the record marked the end of the legendary line-up that had caused a stir for well over a decade. Michael Schenker left UFO and temporarily teamed up with his former band Scorpions again to record the fabulous Lovedrive with them. His manager Peter Mensch also arranged an audition with Aerosmith, which came to nothing in the end due to vocalist Steven Tyler's bad state of health.
Instead he returned to the public eye with the debut album by his own Michael Schenker Group, featuring musicians like Simon Phillips, Gary Barden and key-boarder Don Airey. "Peter finally found me Simon Phillips and Mo Foster who were currently recording with Jeff Beck and seemed to be the perfect choice for MSG's first recording," Schenker recalls. "Roger Glover heard about it and offered himself as the producer. It all turned out well and we called it the Michael Schenker Group." On subsequent albums like MSG II (1981), One Night At Budokan (1982), Assault Attack (1983) and Built To Destroy, he continued to present talented band members, like the two former Rainbow musicians Graham Bonnett and Cozy Powell (R.I.P.), as well as Ted McKenny and Chris Glenn, two former members of the Alex Harvey Band. In the mid-Eighties, Schenker formed the McAuley Schenker Group together with former Grand Prix vocalist Robin McAuley, its abbreviated name remaining MSG. "I wanted a singer as a partner and found Robin McAuley in 1986," he tells. "Realizing that Robins Sir Name McAuley starts with an M while looking for a new band name I offered him the M for MSG in order to keep MSG." The musical direction leaned increasingly towards the American mainstream, which didn't seem to affect the band's great success. Albums like Perfect Timing (1987), Save Yourself (1989)and MSG (1992) met with unanimously positive reviews world-wide. MSG continued to tour all over the world, playing with renowned acts like Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, and Scorpions. During a creative hiatus, Schenker got involved with Contraband (featuring Bobby Blotzer of Ratt and Tracii Guns of L.A. Guns) and contributed numerous licks to their album. 1992 marked the end of the McAuley Schenker Group with Unplugged Live, and Schenker returned to the UFO fold.
Their commercially extremely successful US comeback tour convinced the experts, as did the first joint release in fifteen years, called Walk On Water. The album arrived at the Japanese stores in 1995, while Europe had to wait another two years, in fact until a few weeks after the release of Thank You, Schenker's first acoustic solo recording.
Following the US tour with UFO, he reactived MSG and produced Written In The Sand with a new line-up. Autumn 1997 saw the start of an extensive European tour with UFO and a celebrated G3 tour alongside Uli Jon Roth and Joe Satriani, presenting his album The Michael Schenker Story – Live at the same time. In summer 1998, Schenker ensconced himself in a recording studio near San Francisco with producer legend Mike Varney to work on his next offering The Unforgiven, an album that was the basis for the subsequent tour, during which The Unforgiven World Tour – Live was also recorded. With Adventures Of The Imagination, he allowed his band a break to realize his long-standing ambition to record an instrumental rock album, and the subsequent success encouraged him to follow with another, similar offering called Dreams And Expressions. Be Aware Of Scorpions was recorded by a new MSG line-up, which could also be seen live during the following European tour. The solo album, Thank You 3, and the MSG release, Aracnophobiac (2003), followed. "I carried on with my new album which I started two years ago as a concept album for UFO," Schenker explains. "When I got Jari's demo tape I knew what to do. He was the perfect singer for this concept album and it happened to be 25 years since MSG recorded their first album. So I decided to make it a 25 Years Celebration album. I contacted all the original MSG singers one by one to sing a new song. It worked out and I am very happy with the result." Now the members of the reformed band are on their marks with Tales Of Rock'n'Roll - 25 Years Celebration, ready to embark on their next tour in May 2006.
Al Schmitt ~ Producer
Seven-time Grammy-winning engineer Al Schmitt has a career that spans four decades. He received seven Grammys for Best Engineering (for work with Henry Mancini [two releases], Steely Dan, George Benson, Toto, Natalie Cole, and Quincy Jones) and two Grammy nominations (for Toto's Tambu and Dr. John's After Glow). Schmitt also engineered and produced one of the final recordings of Sam Cooke (Sam Cooke at the Copa). Schmitt's engineering and mixing skills are showcased on over 150 gold and platinum albums.
As a child living in New York City, Schmitt would catch the subway on weekends to spend the day at his uncle's recording studio, observing different engineering techniques. At 19, Schmitt began working with Tom Dowd at Apex Studios in New York City. He later worked at Atlantic Records and Prestige Records, and after moving to California, he started working at Radio Recorders. RCA Records hired Schmitt as a staff producer for their label and a staff engineer at their Hollywood studio. This let Schmitt develop his wide-ranging engineering skills by working with the various pop, jazz, classical, and country artists that were signed to the label as well as other artists who recorded at the studio. He produced Sam Cooke, the Jefferson Airplane, the Limelighters, and Eddie Fisher, among others, before going into independent production in 1966.
Sam Cooke at the Copa, a 1964 RCA Records release engineered and produced by Schmitt, is a relatively forgotten treasure of Cooke's catalog. Originally released in mono (since most consumers of that day owned one-speaker phonograph players), the live recording of Cooke's performance at the famed Copacabana in New York City is a startling testament to both the talents of Cooke, Schmitt, and others, and the musical direction of arranger Rene Hall. Schmitt's policy of non-embellishment (no distracting audio effects, just capture the performance) serves to make the stereo version almost a transitory experience as you not only hear Cooke and the musicians, but the responsive audience as well.
The number of sessions Schmitt has been involved in could probably fill an encyclopedia, and includes his work with Al Jarreau, Diane Schuur, David Benoit, Diane Krall, Joe Sample, and Yasuka Agawa. His engineering talents are displayed on releases by Ray Charles, David Grusin, Natalie Cole, Luther Vandross, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Vanessa Williams, Toni Braxton, Madonna, Anita Baker, Frank Sinatra, and John Raitt. Schmitt was a 1997 inductee into the Technical Excellence and Creativity Awards Hall of Fame. With the help of studio designer Vincent Van Haaff, Schmitt refurbished the classic recording studio the Village (formerly the Village Recorder) in the summer of 1998.
Matt Scurfield, veteran powerhouse rock drummer from the Boston area has spent the last 10 years touring and recording with world renown guitarist Gary Hoey. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Matt has also lent his talents to recordings and live performances from Metal queen Lita Ford, Ozzy guitarist Gus G, and Berklee faculty Joe Stump. As a touring artist an music educator Matt endorses Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Evans drumheads.
Danny Seraphine ~ Drummer ~ Chicago
In 1967, Danny Seraphine was one of the architects of the band 'Chicago Transit Authority', soon afterknown simply as 'Chicago'. As the original drummer for the group, Danny performed and contributedhis songwriting talents for over twenty-two years until he was abruptly dismissed in 1990. During histenure, 'Chicago' was the leading singles-charting group of the 1970's. Collectively, the band generated sales over 130 million units in the U.S., with 22 gold, 18 platinum, and 8 multi-platinum albums. During the course of their career, they charted five No. 1 albums and 21 top ten hits. Chicago is historically one of the longest-running and most successful U.S. pop/rock and roll groups, second only to the Beach Boys in terms of singles and albums. Danny has been recognized as one of the world's most highly-respected and influential jazz-rock/rock drummers of all-time. Not only was he rated by the legendary Buddy Rich as one of his favorite young drummers, but Danny also earned a rank on Rolling Stone's" All-time Top 100 Drummers". Following his departure from 'Chicago', he went on to produce recording artists, Broadway and off-Broadway shows, and an independent movie and soundtrack. In 2006, he formed his new band CTA (California Transit Authority) which he continues to tour and record with today while carrying on the jazz/rock legacy Chicago Transit Authority started in 1969. Danny recently received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the Cape Breton Drum Festival and was recognized for "Songwriting of the Year" in respect of his songwriting contributions as a co-writer for Pitbull's "I Know You Want Me" by ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) during the 27th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards.
Billy Sheehan ~ Bass
Billy is an American bassist known for his work with Talas, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, and Niacin. Sheehan has won the "Best Rock Bass Player" readers' poll from Guitar Player Magazine five times for his "lead bass" playing style. Guitar Player has likened his soloing on the four-string instrument to Eddie Van Halen's on the six-string guitar. Sheehan's repertoire includes the use of chording, two-handed tapping, right hand "three finger picking" technique and controlled feedback. However, Sheehan is also noted as a steady "true" bassist, fulfilling the traditional supportive role of the electric bass in the rock rhythm section. He was recruited by David Lee Roth (when Roth left Van Halen in '85), for the legendary "Eat 'Em And Smile" album & tour.Billy continues to work as a solo artist releasing albums and touring worldwide.
Jerry Shirley ~ Drummer
Jerry Shirley is an English rock drummer, best known for his work with the rock band Humble Pie. He began playing drums at an early age and was recruited to by Steve Marriott to join the newly-formed group, Humble Pie, at the early age of 17. He remained the band's drummer throughout the group's entire career and also worked on Steve Marriott's solo projects. In the 1980s he co-founded the popular group Fastway. Shirley co-wrote Fastway's biggest hit, "Say What You Will." When Fastway disbanded, Shirley reformed Humble Pie as the only original group member and they performed for 10 years. He has also worked as a disc jockey at a classic rock station in Cleveland, Ohio.
Gene Simmons was born in Haifa, Israel in 1949, and is the only child of his mother, a German Nazi Concentration Camp survivor. He has always attributed his ethics, morals and drive to his mother's notion's about life. "Every day above ground, is a good day." He came to America when he was 8. Gene got a Bachelor of Education degree and taught sixth grade in Spanish Harlem in New York City. He then became the Assistant to the Director of the Puerto Rican InterAgency Council. He worked at Glamour and then at Vogue, as the assistant to the editor. Gene Simmons co-founded KISS 38 years ago!!! KISS continues to be the juggernaut of licensing/merchandising, with over 2,500 licenses. KISS has broken BOX OFFICE RECORDS set by the Beatles and Elvis and continues stronger than ever. KISS has been AMERICA'S NUMBER ONE GOLD RECORD AWARD WINNING GROUP of all time. (RIAA).
Gene discovered VAN HALEN and produced their 15 song demo. His TV Show, GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS, is now filming it's 9th Season and is seen in 84 countries around the world. Gene has written two New York Times Best Selling Books, KISS AND MAKEUP (Crown), SEX, MONEY, KISS (Simmons Books/New Millenium) and LA Times Best Seller, LADIES OF THE NIGHT. Gene speaks a few languages: English, Hungarian, Hebrew, German and is getting better at Japanese every day. At present, he is becoming fascinated by Mandarin Chinese and has every intention of becoming fluent in it. A Gene Simmons US Postage Stamp is available at your local Post Office.
When the music is great, and the artists at play are the tops in their field, Denny Seiwell is there! In a career that has travelled from the intimacy of New York's most respected jazz clubs, to Rock's biggest stadiums to countless sessions in the studio, Denny has proven himself one of the most respected musicians at work today.
Denny was 5 years old when his father introduced him to the drums; he turned professional musician while barely a teenager. A stint with the Navy Jazz Band after high school led to a year's assignment in Chicago under the tutelage of the great Roy Knapp, legendary teacher to such masters as Buddy Rich and Louie Bellson.
Then came New York where Denny's first job took him to the famed Half Note Jazz club playing with the Zoot Sims/Al Cohn Quintet. From there a string of studio work which established him as the Big Apple's Premiere session Drummer.
Having played with the creme de la creme of the Jazz elite, Denny's Rock-n-Roll resume is no less envious, beginning with an invitation from Paul McCartney to move to London and become a founding member of the post-Beatles phenomenon "WINGS." Denny also toured with Wings playing on many of that era's biggest hits, "My Love" and the Oscar nominated "Live and Let Die" to name a few. Other Highlights of Denny's London years included work with Joe Cocker, Donovan, and The Who with the London Symphony Orchestra in their ground breaking version of the Rock Opera "Tommy."
Denny's Signature Drumming can be heard on records by Art Garfunkel, James Brown, Astrud Gilberto, Deniece Williams, Janis Joplin's posthumus Farewell Song album, Billy Joel's "Cold Spring Harbor" and McCartney's "Ram", "Wildlife" and "Red Rose Speedway" albums.
While playing on some of LA's most prestigious TV and Film dates, his passion for music, his human spirit, his training and abilities have earned him the reputation as one of the industry's most respected drummers.
Leland Sklar ~ Phil Collins, Jackson Browne
Leland Sklar has been a prominent figure among Hollywood session bassists dating back to the 1970s and ever since. Sklar (born Leland Bruce Sklar, May 28, 1947, Milwaukee, WI) has more than 2000 albums to his credit (and still counting), and is considered to be one of the "A" players in the highly selective L.A. rock music community where the competition for recording dates is fierce, and where only the strongest will survive. His very recognizable bass playing style has been heard on hits by Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Hall & Oates, Jackson Browne, Phil Collins, Clint Black, Reba McEntire, and George Strait, to name just a few. And never one to remain idle, Sklar has entered the new millennium with a vengeance, taking on new projects with Willie Nelson, Steven Curtis Chapman, Nils Lofgren, Lisa Loeb, and many more.
The reputation of a fine session player is not held exclusively to the record industry. Television and motion picture musical directors have called upon Sklar for his expertise countless times. He has played on TV shows such as Hill Street Blues, Knight Rider, Simon and Simon, and also on many motion pictures, including Forrest Gump, Ghost, Kindergarten Cop, and My Best Friend's Wedding. The list is virtually endless.
Sklar moved from Wisconsin to Southern California when he was very young and started playing piano at age four. When he entered Birmingham Junior High in Van Nuys he fully intended to continue as a pianist in the school music program but found that there was an overabundance of piano students, but no string bass players. His instructor, Mr. Ted Lynn, asked Sklar if he would consider playing bass and, if so, he would teach him. As Sklar stated it, "...my life changed. Piano took a back seat and bass was it!"
It was toward the end of the '60s and after completing his education at California State University, Northridge, as a music/art major that Sklar met James Taylor and they started doing some gigs. They thought they might be playing together for about a month, but then Taylor's "Fire and Rain" became a huge hit record and Sklar's career began to gain steam. Sklar's first sessions were with Taylor. The buzz surrounding this new bass player didn't take long to spread around Hollywood, and suddenly there was an icon in the making.
Over the years Sklar has worked with nearly all of the top session players in Hollywood, but on the backs of album covers his name seems to pop up more frequently alongside drummer Russ Kunkel, guitarist Dan Kortchmar, and keyboardist Craig Doerge. This quartet would come to be known as the Section and they would record three of their own albums between 1972 and 1977 with the participation of additional select sidepersonnel. Occasionally the Section would give a subtly announced live performance, much to the delight of their esoteric followers who would seek them out and feast on their mastery.
Chris Slade ~ Drummer
Chris Slade is a rock drummer who has enjoyed a long and varied career, which can be traced back to 1963. Chris toured with Tom Jones and played on Tom's hit single, 'It's Not Unusual.' Chris recorded albums with Tony Hazzard and Tom Paxton in 1971 and then went on to become a founding member of Manfred Mann's Earth Band in 1972. The Earth Band recorded 8 albums and achieved 3 UK top 10 singles. After the Earth Band, Chris went on to record with Frankie Miller, Kai Olsson, Gary Numan, Mick Ralphs, Jimmy Page and many more. In 1989, he was asked to play with AC/DC and toured and recorded with them over the course of the next 5 years. Chris continues to pursue other musical ventures and is currently rehearsing for a new album with English power trio 'Damage Control.'
Slash ~ Lead Guitar ~ Guns N" Roses and Velvet Revolver
Saul Hudson (born July 23, 1965), known by his stage name Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the former lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. During his later years with Guns N' Roses, Slash formed the side project Slash's Snakepit. He then co-founded the supergroup Velvet Revolver, which re-established him as a mainstream performer in the mid to late 2000s. In 2010, Slash released his eponymous debut solo album, featuring an all-star roster of guest musicians.Slash has received critical acclaim as a guitarist. Time named him runner-up on their list of "The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players" in 2009, while Rolling Stone placed him at No. 65 on their list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" in 2011. Guitar World ranked his solo in "November Rain" No. 6 on their list of "The 100 Greatest Guitar Solos" in 2008, and Total Guitar placed his riff in "Sweet Child o' Mine" at No. 1 on their list of "The 100 Greatest Riffs."
Glen Sobel ~ Drums ~ Alice Cooper
Currently on tour with rock legend Alice Cooper, Glen Sobel has played in a variety of genres including rock, hip hop, pop, metal, punk, and fusion. Recently he has played, toured, and/or recorded with gigs ranging from hard rock (SIXX A.M.- featuring Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue), pop/r&b (tour with ELLIOTT YAMIN- American Idol finalist who topped the Billboard Hot 100), instrumental fusion (Glen played on guitar great PAUL GILBERT's new DVD), stadium/arena rock (Glen toured in 2010 with VASCO ROSSI- Italy's biggest rock super-star, playing to crowds in excess of 40,000), to studio TV work (Glen plays drums on the new version of the MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL theme on ESPN).
Recent live events have found Glen playing behind such heavyweights as Steven Tyler, Rob Halford, Weird Al, Pat Simmons & Michael McDonald of The Doobie Brothers, Robie Krieger of The Doors, Ke$ha, Orianthi, Johnny Depp, Mike Meyers and many more.
Other touring/recording credits for Glen include Chris Impellitteri, Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson's guitarist), Tony Macalpine, Gary Hoey, Warner Bros recording act Beautiful Creatures(Ozzfest tour), Cypress Hill, and many others.
In 2013 Glen placed 1st runner up in DRUM Magazine's Drummies Readers Poll in both the Rising Star and Rock/Metal categories.
Glen has also conducted and appeared at CLINICS AND DRUM FESTIVALS internationally for Mapex drums, Regal Tip Sticks and Sabian Cymbals. In addition he has established establish himself as a respected player and teacher in LA being hired on as instructor at MUSICIANS INSTITUTE (Percussion Institute of Technology or PIT).
A seasoned pro with world tour experience, Glen has developed a reputation for being a quick study, known to learn an entire set of material in a day or record a CDs worth of songs on short notice. He spends much of his time in Los Angeles doing sessions for some of the music industrys top producers. His performances are dynamic and visual and his track record as a session player is impressive.
Phil Solem ~ Singer, Songwriter ~ The Rembrandts
Phil Solem is one half of the duo, The Rembrandts. best known for their hits, Just The Way It Is, Baby, Someone, Johnny Have You Seen Her, and I'll Be There For You (theme song from the sitcom 'Friends'.)
For more than thirty years now, songwriter, bassist and solo artist Phil Soussan has been laying down the foundation upon which some of the greatest rock and roll has been built. From rock and metal to commercial and mainstream, Phil has worked with the biggest names in the music business. His early years were spent building his foundation through classical violin and composition and harmony studies. After a chance meeting with an electric guitar at the age of 11 - he was hooked on Rock'n'Roll!
Phil started his Rock career around the clubs of London in the late 70's He found himself involved in very short stints with Peter Frampton and even the Climax Blues Band. In the early 80's Phil was selected by Simon Kirke of Bad Company, for his band "Wildlife". After releasing a self titled debut album on Swan Song Records Phil ended up meeting Jimmy Page and shortly thereafter started work with him on a band that would later become the Firm, however after a few months Phil was spotted by Ozzy Osbourne and asked to audition for his band. Out of a great number of hopefuls, Phil was selected for the gig and started work on the Ultimate Sin album. He ended up contributing a song that would later become Ozzy's biggest selling single to date - "Shot in the Dark". The Ultimate Sin was a huge sell out tour that went all over the world, but halfway through the follow up album Phil left to work with Billy Idol on his Charmed Life album. At that time he had now relocated to Los Angeles.
In California, Phil began to work with many different artists; his own band on Atlantic titled Beggars and Thieves released an album to great critical acclaim. He was then asked to help put a band together for Vince Neil, who had recently left Motley Crue. He ended up writing most of his record album "Exposed" that put Vince on the map as a solo artist. He then crossed the Atlantic back to France, where he spent the next five years recording and performing on 4 albums with the French legend Johnny Hallyday.
In 1997 he returned to Los Angeles and began working with Toto's Steve Lukather on his third solo album "Luke". Phil wrote half of that record, following that up with tour dates as far as the Far East and Europe. As a result of that collaboration Phil wrote the opening cut on the "Mindfields" album for Toto, entitled "After You're Gone", the song was nominated for a Grammy.
Phil spent the next few years recording many projects and touring with various artists including John Waite, Edgar Winter and, after three tours with Richie Kotzen, in 2005 he released his first solo album, "Vibrate".
In 2007 Phil was asked to join in the formation of the classic rock supergroup "Big Noize" featuring Joe Lynn Turner, Carlos Cavazo and Vinny Appice, and in 2008 they started touring, traveling worldwide - from Spain to South America. They even managed to complete a tour of duty entertaining troops in Iraq and Kuwait. Today Big Noize has become a well known "revolving door" celebrity supergroup and most recently featured Sebastian Bach as vocalist and George Lynch on guitar. This year 2014, Big Noize will feature Eric Martin on vocals and Doug Aldrich on guitar.
Outside of the immediate music scene Phil wanted to get more involved in his industry's representation and put himself up for election to the Grammys as a Board Member. He was elected and went on to serve until the present time. He became very passionate about advocacy and became Chairman of the Advocacy committee, traveling frequently to Capitol Hill to lobby Congress on many issues including the Performance Rights Act, that seeks to compensate artists for their performances on public radio, something done all over the world but not in the USA. In 2011 he was elected to the prestigious position of Vice President of NARAS, the Los Angeles Grammys and position that he holds to the present day. He considers this the finest way to give back to an industry and community that has been good to him, but that needs so much help.
In 2009 he also began working in the film industry as a Music Editor and Re-recording mixer completing 3 feature films with more to come. He finds that working as a music editor is perfect for amalgamating his skills of audio engineering together with music. He has had his songs placed in major motion pictures featuring some of the biggest actors and actresses in the film business.
Phil is also a key member of the famed Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp where he has served as Musical Director and counselor for the last 4 years, working alongside such key artists as Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Def Leppard, Steven Tyler, Warren Haynes and many others.
in 2011, he started writing his new solo album entitled "No Protection". He wrote all the songs within about a year and started recording them. This time he felt like playing all the instruments on the recording himself, citing the inspiration of Paul McCartney. The album has been released to great critical acclaim, and so far has performed a few limited shows to promote it.
Phil has numerous endorsements with companies such as Music Man guitars, RotoSound strings, Jim Dunlop, Carl Martin Effects and MarkBass amplification.
Matt Sorum speaks through the drums. Each hit or kick that Sorum has recorded or knocked out on stage can be felt by everyone. Whether it's the epic percussive backdrop behind Guns N' Roses' "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," or the propulsive punked-out beat fueling Velvet Revolver, Sorum's playing remains unique, undeniable and unforgettable. While touring with Velvet Revolver, Sorum recorded his first solo record, Hollywood Zen, a pensive, poignant and poetic offering that saw Matt singing as well as playing guitar and drums, he also joined an LA cover band, Camp Freddy, with Dave Navarro. Right now, he is producing The Darling Stilettos' highly anticipated debut and spearheading his unique Global Sound Lodge project as well as a host of non-profit and charity gigs.
Paul Stanley ~ Lead Singer ~ KISS
Paul Stanley is the charismatic front man, lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist for hard rock super group KISS. He is best known for his wailing vocals and high-energy, on-stage antics. He had a keen interest in music from a young age and has been playing the guitar and writing his own songs since he was a teenager. After a chance meeting with another aspiring young musician, Gene Simmons, the two of them formed their idea of how their "ultimate group" should look and sound. Thus, KISS was born and went on to be one of the hottest groups of all time. Kiss has been awarded 24 gold albums to date, the most of any American rock band. The band has sold more than 40 million albums in the United States and their worldwide sales exceeds 100 million albums. Paul is the writer or co-writer of many of the band's highest-charting hits. Stanley himself established the "Starchild" character for his Kiss persona.
Apart from Kiss, Paul creates works of art which are exhibited and sold. He still tours with KISS and performs to sold out arena's across the globe.
Juma Sultan ~ Percussionist
Percussionist Juma Sultan shot to international fame when he stepped onto to stage of the 1969 Woodstock Festival as a member of Jimi Hendrix's short-lived band, Gypsy Sun & Rainbows. He wrote and recorded with Hendrix from late 1968 until the guitarist's death. His work appears on numerous Jimi Hendrix recordings that were released posthumously. He has also served, and continues to serve, as an in demand studio musician having recorded with the likes of Vinny Martell (Lead Guitarist for Vanilla Fudge), Noah Howard, Kalaparusha Maurice Mcintyre, among others. Mr. Sultan is also a noted archivist and has received grants from the National Endowments of the Arts to have his films, sound recordings, and oral histories memorialized at Clarkson University (http://web2.clarkson.edu/projects/jumasarchive
). Further, Mr. Sultan has produced concerts, managed artists, and continues to perform and record. He currently is a member of the band's Sons of Thunder, Asha Nan, and the African performance ensemble, Sankofa. Mr. Sultan also plays bass guitar, piano, guitar, and various wind instruments.
Joe Stefko ~ Drums ~ The Turtles
Joe Stefko's first tour was with John Cale (The Velvet Underground) in 1975. Joe walked off the stage in London and into a loft in Manhattan to audition for Meat Loaf, becoming his drummer during the Bat Out Of Hell blitz that lasted for three years. "It was funny because Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman literally auditioned about six hundred musicians. I don't know if they knew what they were hearing anymore but they had read about my leaving Cale in Rolling Stone Magazine and were impressed. Joe has played with Ian Hunter & Mick Ronson, Todd Rundgren, Hot Tuna, Edgar Winter, Jim Steinman, Ellen Foley and The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie. He was also in the original cast of the off-Broadway play Love, Janis for it's two year run in Greenwich Village. Joe has always endorsed Slingerland Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Tripp clothing from Trash & Vaudeville, NYC. Joe is also an award winning book publisher. His prestigious Charnel House press has designed and published lavish limited editions for Dean Koontz, Tim Powers, Harlan Ellison, Keith Reid, Christopher Moore and Stephen King. www.charnelhouse.com
Steve Stevens ~ Guitarist ~ Billy Idol
Steve Stevens is one of the most gifted guitarist to emerge from the 80's music scene. He first picked up the guitar at the age of seven and quickly immersed himself in the great early 1970's Brit guitar heroes like Beck, Page, and Clapton, eventually becoming an avid progressive rock fan. In the early 80's Steven joined Generation X singer Billy Idol, who was working on launching his solo career. Combining Idol's punk and Steven's hard rock backgrounds with dance music, Idol became one of MTV's early video stars. Stevens remained an in-demand hired gun as he played on recordings by Michael Jackson, Ric Ocasek, Robert Palmer, and others. Stevens also appeared on the mega-selling 1986 soundtrack Top Gun, in which he earned a Grammy Award for Pop Instrumental Performance of the year. In 1989, he formed his own group the Atomic Playboys, and then got signed on to work with Vince Neil on 1993's Exposed album. Stevens and Neil opened for that summer's Van Halen tour. Eventually Stevens reunited with Idol and the duo celebrated a 30-year partnership in 2011.
Bill Szymczyk ~ Producer
One of the great rock producers of his time, Bill Szymczyk first became interested in sound production when he worked with sonar in the Navy. After leaving the Navy, the producer drifted to New York where he took a job at Dick Charles Recording, the firm that handled all the Screen Gems demos. Being surrounded by the likes of Carole King and Gerry Goffin, it is doubtless that the merits of a good song were not lost on Szymczyk. Like many producers of the era, he worked at a four-track studio where everything was cut live and by the seat of the pants. Cutting his teeth with the likes of Quincy Jones and Jerry Ragavoy, Szymczyk thought he was ready for production and signed on to do former Electric Flag bassist Harvey Brooks' first LP. The record didn't do much to further the career of either party, but a year later, Szymczyk caught his first major break when he went to work for ABC. His first major success came when he convinced B.B. King to cut a contemporary-sounding album and the result, Live & Well, made the charts. Even better the follow-up, Completely Well, spawned B.B.'s first major pop crossover, "The Thrill Is Gone." The producer went on to have great success in the '70s as both an A&R man and behind the board, signing and producing the James Gang and producing several J. Geils albums, including the great party record Morning After. His biggest success, though, was the Eagles, who hired Szymczyk when they wanted more of a rock & roll sound. On the Border, One of These Nights, and Hotel California were the result, and the unprecedented chart success made both parties millions. The money allowed Szymczyk the luxury of relaxing a bit from the industry, and like many of his contemporaries, he spent much of the next two decades recovering from the drug fog of the '70s. Even in his absence, though, Szymczyk remains a class act whose work is felt through the younger producers and engineers he has inspired.
Jack Tempchin ~ The Eagles
You may have seen Jack Tempchin's featured interview in the new 'History of the Eagles' documentary or heard his name referenced from the stage by Glenn Frey on the 2014 'History of the Eagles' World Tour...
As the Eagles celebrate over 40 years of American music history, a multi-platinum mystery man celebrates alongside them.. Jack Tempchin is a legendary hit songwriter whose two compositions, "Peaceful Easy Feeling" and "Already Gone", are now synonymous with the Southern California Sound. Both songs are on 'Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975', awarded *Best-Selling U.S. Album of the 20th Century* by the RIAA, with over 42 million units sold.
Jack Tempchin has five Eagles contributions total, also including "The Girl From Yesterday" from the 'Hell Freezes Over' reunion release, plus "It's Your World Now" and "Somebody", both on the Eagles 2009 double disc set 'Long Road Out Of Eden'.
Jack Tempchin solely composed the Billboard Top 10 track "Slow Dancing (Swayin' To the Music)" for chart topper / retro-rocker Johnny Rivers in 1977. In the 1980s, Tempchin co-wrote a dozen radio hits for Glenn Frey's solo career including "True Love", "The One You Love", "Sexy Girl", "Party Town", "I Found Somebody", "Soul Searchin", "Livin' Right" and "Part Of You, Part Of Me" the end title theme song for the Oscar-winning film, 'Thelma & Louise'. Tempchin also co-wrote Frey hits "Smuggler's Blues" & "You Belong to The City" for the 'Miami Vice' TV show soundtrack. (sampled by platinum rappers Coolio and Jay-Z, respectively). And famously, Tempchin's tune "Peaceful Easy Feeling" was featured in a notorious taxi scene in the Cohen Brothers cult classic, 'The Big Lebowski', starring Jeff Bridges as The Dude.
Tempchin's songs have also been performed and/or recorded by George Jones, Emmylou Harris, NRPS, Glen Campbell, Chris Hillman, Jackson Browne, Dwight Yoakam, Linda Ronstadt, Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood, Tanya Tucker, Johnny Duncan, Richie Havens, Randy Meisner, Sammy Kershaw, Kate Wolf, Tom Rush, The Paladins, and Jim James of My Morning Jacket. And Jack Tempchin enjoys co-writes! He's had them with Tom Waits, J.D. Souther, Jim Lauderdale, Beth Nielsen Chapman, John Brannen, Bobby Whitlock (Derek and the Dominos), Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Alex Woodard, Kim Richey, Joel Piper, Joe West, Clay Mills, Chris DuBois, Dennis Morgan, Gary Nicholson and more. Another Tempchin co-write was the title track for Glenn Frey's 2012 solo release, "After Hours".
Jack Tempchin has recently returned to his roots, delivering his multi-platinum songs on solo acoustic guitar and performing his hits live at large radio festivals, performing arts centers, house concerts, churches, libraries and series concerts. He's recently shared the stage with songwriting greats J.D. Souther, Jimmy Webb, Dave Mason, Tom Rush, Barry McGuire, and Al Kooper. He's also opened for Eagles solo sets by Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit and for Jackson Browne, Chicago, Poco, Karla Bonoff, Dolly Parton among others. In 1995, Jack toured as the opening act for Ringo Starr and his All Star Band at major venues like The Hollywood Bowl.
On December 1st, 2012, Mayor Jerry Sanders of San Diego, California, Officially Proclaimed a 'Peaceful Easy Feeling Day' for America's Finest City, commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Tempchin's song having been released as a single by the Eagles in 1972.
Jack Tempchin released a new DVD/CD that same year. Titled 'LIVE AT TALES FROM THE TAVERN', this concert was filmed at the Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez, CA by famed rock photographer Henry Diltz, it contains several of his original hits performed by the man who composed them, including 'Peaceful Easy Feeling',' Already Gone', 'The One You Love', 'You Belong To The City' and 'Slow Dancing' all available now on iTunes, CDBaby, eMusic, and Amazon.
In 2013, Jack Tempchin took his solo acoustic show on the road for his 'Peaceful Easy Feeling 40th Anniversary Tour'. He also had several songs and co-writes featured in the 'History of the Eagles' documentary, the new HBO hit comedy 'Hello Ladies' and his George Jones song (written with Derek and the Dominos' Bobby Whitlock) was featured on #1 television drama NCIS.
For 2014, Jack continues to perform live at venues around the U.S. He's been making personal appearances to autograph bottles of his new 'Peaceful Easy Feeling Cabernet Sauvignon'. Created in association with South Coast Winery of Temecula, CA Jack's new wine is now available at Whole Foods, Sprouts and Costcos in Southern California. Expect a Peaceful Easy Feeling Chardonnay white wine to be out this summer!
Jack Tempchin is known as a 'songwriter's songwriter' within the music industry. Here's a select sampling of his songs that have been recorded and/or performed live by others:
- "Peaceful Easy Feeling" - Eagles, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Dwight Yoakam, Kate Wolf, Little Texas, B.W. Stevenson, Olivia Newton John (also featured in The Big Lebowski)
- "Already Gone" - Eagles, Tanya Tucker, Wilson Philips
- "Somebody" - Eagles
- "It's Your World Now" - Eagles
- "The Girl From Yesterday" - Eagles
- "You Belong To The City" - Glenn Frey (Miami Vice), sampled by Jay-Z
- "Smuggler's Blues" - Glenn Frey (Miami Vice), sampled by Coolio
- "The One You Love" - Glenn Frey
- "I Found Somebody" - Glenn Frey
- "True Love" - Glenn Frey
- "Sexy Girl" - Glenn Frey
- "Soul Searchin" - Glenn Frey
- "Part Of You, Part Of Me" - Glenn Frey (Thelma & Louise)
- "Someone That You Used To Know" - George Jones
- "White Shoes" - Randy Meisner, Emmylou Harris
- "To Feel That Way At All" - Patty Loveless
- "Rollin" - Glen Campbell
- "Your Tattoo" - Sammy Kershaw
- "Somebody Trying To Tell You Something" - Tanya Tucker
- "One More Song" - Randy Meisner, Kate Wolf, Linda Ronstadt & Jackson Browne (duet)
- "Slow Dancing" - Johnny Rivers, Johnny Duncan
- "You Can Go Home" - Chris Hillman & Desert Rose Band
- "15 Days Under The Hood" - The Paladins, New Riders Of The Purple Sage
- "Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed" - Glenn Frey, Candye Kane, Phantom Blues Band
- "East Of Eden" - Tom Rush
- "Tijuana" - Tom Waits
Zachary Throne (born April 3 in Hollywood, California) is an American actor and musician who has appeared in a wide number of productions and on numerous rock albums. Throne is a self-taught, musician who plays guitar, bass, drums, and piano – and is self-taught on all instruments. He is the son of actor Malachi Throne and Judith Merians and is the brother of producer Joshua Throne. He earned a Gold record in 1992 for his work with his band, The Heights.
Their self-titled album (on which Zachary played guitar, bass, piano and vocals) yielded a #1 hit single, "How Do You Talk To An Angel". This song stayed at #1 on the Billboard charts for two weeks in November of 1992. From 2012-2014, he was the lead singer/lead guitar player/ bass player/songwriter for the Las Vegas band, Sin City Sinners, a group that also features former Faster Pussycat guitarist and co-founder Brent Muscat. With the group, he recorded two albums, "DIVEBAR Days Revisited" and "A Sinners Christmas 2", both released in 2013. In 2014, Throne joined the group, Bow Wow Wow as their lead guitar player and is currently tours with them. In 2014, he formed the band, "Red White And Black" with guitarist Jeff Duncan of Armored Saint. He resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, where, when not touring, he performs in many local shows as guitarist/bassist or vocalist.
Brian Tichy grew up in New Jersey on a healthy dose of hard rock. He's had an obsession with drums and loud guitar since he was a kid. The fire was lit by Kiss records and his dad showing him the riff to 'Day Tripper'.
After many years of dedication and practice by incessantly playing along to his favorite records as well as being in high school metal bands and taking years of private lessons, Tichy refined his drum and guitar skills by attending Berklee College Of Music, sweating it out for 3 years in the dormitory practice "sheds".
In the midst on playing in a multitude of bands over the past 20 years, Tichy also had his own band, BALL, in which he played guitar, sang and wrote the tunes. They released their debut CD in Japan in 1999 but the US CD never came out due to distribution problems that sunk the label.
Since 1990, Tichy has also has managed to tour and/or record with the likes of: Geoff Tate's Queensryche (2013-2014) Whitesnake (2010-2013), Foreigner ('98-'00, '09-10), Billy Idol ('01-'09, also was Idol's writing partner from '04-'09), Ozzy Osbourne (2000), Lynch Mob (2010), Tooth And Nail, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, The Guess Who, Michael Schenker, Velvet Revolver, Seether, Zakk Wylde's Pride & Glory, Slash's Snakepit, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Glenn Hughes, Sass Jordan, Gilby Clarke, Nicklebag (Stevie Salas, Bernard Fowler, Carmine Rojas), Vinnie Moore and Zebra frontman Randy Jackson's 2nd band China Rain.
Since Sept. '08, Tichy has gone on to become a speed bag guru and one of the world's only Speed Bag-punch drummers.
Tichy is also the creator of the ever growing and ever popular "Celebration Shows" he thought up back in 2010 with the Bonzo Bash. These Celebration Shows now include Randy Rhoads Remembered
Tichy put together the ultimate John Bonham Tribute show on 9.25.10, the 30th anniversary of the passing of his biggest influence and rock's most influential drummer. "Bonzo: The Groove Remains The Same" featured 28 of rock's top drummers all playing a their favorite Led Zeppelin song on a replica John Bonham kit front and center stage along with the house band The Moby Dicks. The Bonham family was in attendance and Jason, Deborah and Zoe all performed at the sold out show. Due to the popularity from fans and the performing drummers, two more "Double Encore" shows were added Jan 12th an 13th, 2011 which brought back 16 of the 18 drummers and included 7 more.
Tichy's 2012 Bonham tribute, held on Bonzo's exact 64th birthday, May 31st , 2102, was called "Bonzo's Birthday Bash. It had 22 drummers, and many other guest stars making it one of the most exciting shows of the year.
In May, 2010, Tichy joined up as the new drummer for rock icons Whitesnake and recorded their new record, 'Forevermore'. He gladly followed in the footsteps of his idols Ian Paice, Cozy Powell and Tommy Aldridge and completed a 100 date/50 country tour all throughout 2011.
Tichy has also been one of Mastersource Music Catalog's main rock writers since 1999. His songs have been featured in movies such as 'The 40 Year Old Virgin', 'Balls Of Fury' and many more as well as countless TV shows ranging from CSI and Law And Order to The Osbournes and Punk'd.
In Dec., 2010, Tichy also recorded drums for ex-Eagle Don Felder's next upcoming record. And in March '11, Tichy recorded drums for Steven Tyler's first ever solo single, "Feels So Good".
In March of 2012, Tichy became the first drummer to ever incorporate the Speed Bag as a percussion instrument into the drumset. He did this on national tv on VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" hosted by his buddy Eddie Trunk who asked him to be the first drummer on the show. Tichy performed 10 segments over 2 episodes; 5 of which utilized the speed bag.
In 2012, TIchy was voted 5th in Modern Drummer's readers poll for the "Rock drummer" category. He was also voted #5 in That Metal Show's "Top 5 rock drummers of all time."
Tichy also has a new band with Juno award winning/ Billboard "Best Female Singer" Award Winner, and 6 year Canadian Idol judge, Sass Jordan. This new power rock band, called S.U.N. (Something Unto Nothing) has Tichy on guitar and writing. Their record came out November 15th on Robo Records/Fontana Distribution. It has been receiving rave reviews and the band is booking tours now.
In January, after susataining a broken collarbone due to a mountain bike accident on Dec. 30th with surgery on Jan 1st, Tichy opted to quit Whitesnake and devote full attention to S.U.N.
Tichy has put on the 5th Bonzo Bash John Bonham Tribute show during the 2013 NAMM weekend in Anaheim, CA. This show was sold out and the biggest one yet. It was sponsored by Natal Drums, Marshall Amps, Regal Tip Sticks, Paiste Cymbals, and Remo Drumheads. It included 30 drummers and 15 guests for a total of 52 performers that night.
He then did 3 more on on May 30, 31, and June 1st in NYC, Long Island and NJ. These shows have proven to be the ultimate tribute to John Bonham.
In March this year, Tichy received a phone call from Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler asking him to play a set of classic Aerosmith tunes with he and Joe Perry at a John Varvatos benefit show.
TIchy also toured with Queensryche all of June 2013 as they played their Operation Mindcrime album in its entirety. S.U.N. opened these shows as a duo, performing their "Acoustic Stomp" set.
In addtion to his successful signature line of Regal Tip sticks, "TISH STIX", Tichy also has his signature snare coming out very soon; the Thunder Master by Natal Drums.
Tichy was called in Sept., 2013 to drum for the new supergroup The Dead Daisies.
During Namm 2013 Tichy brought back the ever popular Bonzo Bash with 32 drummers as well as an appearance for the Bonzo Bash Legend award by Black Sabbath's Bill Ward! Tichy also created the first ever Randy Rhoads Remembered show with the family's blessing and 15 of the world's leading guitarists playing every song from The Ozzy Osbourne/Randy Rhoads records "Blizzard of Ozz" and "Diary of a Madman." Both shows sold out!
Tichy rejoined Queensryche for a US run in March 2014. Then he put on yet another hugely successful celebration show for John Entwistle and Keith Moon of The Who. "The Ox & The Loon" featured 10 drummers and bassists, as well as Bass Legend Award winner Lemmy and a 3 song set by Ace Frehley.
Tichy now takes Bonzo Bash and Rhoads Remembered to the East Coast in June before hitting the road for all of July and August with The Dead Daisies as the open for Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS and Def Leppard.
And most recently updated, Tichy has produced the biggest rock shows at NAMM this January 2015. Bonzo Bash, Randy Rhoads Remembered, Entwistle/Moon: The Ox & The Loon; 3 highly popular Celebration shows featuring some of the world's top musicians celebrating rock's greatest legends.
His band with Sass Jordan SUN is working on their 2nd record. And he will be taking RRR on the road this May.
Tichy still remains an active teaching , teaching all levels of student when he can...
Tommy Thayer ~ KISS
Tommy Thayer is the lead guitarist of the legendary rock band KISS. His 12 year tenure in the group has seen KISS scale new heights as one the most influential and iconic rock bands of all time. Tommy wrote and co-wrote many of the new songs on KISS's most recent album releasesSonic Boom (2009) and Monster (2012). Tommy is involved in many philanthropic causes including hosting Pacific University's annual Legends fundraiser in Oregon, raising over $3 million for the University's athletic programs.
A familiar name with an original sound, Simon Townshend is straight from the lineage of one of British music´s most famous families. The son of England´s top big-band reed man and baby brother of Who legend Pete Townshend, Simon has been recording and performing since the age of nine, when he was brought in to add vocals to The Who classic Tommy. He went on to successfully self-produce six well received solo CDs on the Stir Music label, including Among Us (1997), Animal Soup (1999), Bare Bodies Bare Assets (live acoustic)(2000), Ages (2000) and simontownshendis (2002). In 2002 Simon added to his musical arsenal by creating a stylistic alternative to his distinctive rock sound with an alter ego, .bom, for live performances in New York, Los Angeles and Boston. In 2005 Simon joined Bruce Foxton (The Jam/Stiff Little Fingers) and Mark Brzezicki (Big Country) in forming The Casbah Club, releasing Venustraphobia (2006). Simon is back in 2011 with the EP entitled Something New. The 4 track sampler is a preview of material from what may be his best and most impactful solo recording to date, the forthcoming 2012 release, Looking Out Looking In.
In addition to his own music, Simon has produced artists both in London and New York. He has performed with numerous established acts ranging from Jeff Beck to Pearl Jam, and including elder brother Pete Townshend, with notable song writing and vocal contributions to Iron Man and Psychoderelict. Other credits include 15 years as guitarist and vocalist in The Who, playing sold out tours of Europe, Asia and North America, and a monumental performance at the 2010 Super Bowl. He was referred to by one U.S. newspaper as The Who´s "secret weapon." In 2004 Simon served as producer for The Who´s first new, original studio recordings in more than 20 years and in 2006 contributed his talents to their highly anticipated album, Endless Wire. Since 2009, Simon has accompanied Roger Daltrey on tours of the United Kingdom and North America, including a stint with Eric Clapton. A highpoint of these shows features Simon´s electrifying performance of The Who classic, Goin´ Mobile, which consistently brings the cheering crowd to their feet.
Scott Travis ~ Drummer
Scott Travis (born September 6, 1961) is a Grammy Award winning American rock musician, best known as the drummer for the English heavy metal band Judas Priest and the American heavy metal band Racer X.
Walter Trout's backstory is a page-turner you won't want to put down. Five decades in the making; it is equal parts thriller, romance, suspense and horror. There are musical fireworks, critical acclaim and fists-aloft triumph, offset by wilderness years and brushes with the jaws of narcotic oblivion. There are feted early stints as gunslinger in bands from John Mayall's Bluesbreakers to Canned Heat, and the solo career that's still blazing a quarter-century later.
The veteran bluesman has seen and done it all, with just one omission: he's never made a covers album, until now. "Luther Allison's Blues is my first," Trout notes. "I've thought about doing this album for years. It was just time."
Of all the peaks in Trout's trajectory, his abiding memory of the late Chicago bluesman is perhaps the most literal. It's 1986, and high above Lake Geneva, at the palatial Alpine chalet of late Montreux Jazz Festival Svengali Claude Nobs, lunch is being served. "So we're up at the top of the Alps," Trout recalls, "in this big room with John Mayall, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Robert Cray, Otis Rush, and as we're eating, Dr. John is serenading us on acoustic piano. I was sat there with Luther Allison, and we had a great talk.
"Luther was one of the all-time greats," Trout continues, "and it was just an unbelievably potent thing to watch him perform. Just the energy and commitment that guy had, he was one of a kind. We played together once, at the Jazz Fest that year, and just as we walked offstage, somebody pointed a camera and we hugged and smiled. And that photo is on the cover of the CD."When he died [in 1997], the idea of this album was planted in my brain.
Released June 10, 2013 on Provogue Records, this latest collection was bottled at Hollywood's Entourage Studios alongside producer Eric Corne: the same combination that birthed 2012's acclaimed solo release, Blues For The Modern Daze. The atmosphere, remembers Trout, was one of spit, grit and seat-of-the-pants energy: "Spontaneity is so important with this sort of music. Everybody was saying, 'Well, aren't you gonna get together and rehearse?', but you don't want to over-analyse or get too sterile. This album was all pretty much first or second takes. It's gotta have warts on it. It's gotta have a bit of grease in it."
None of which should imply Luther Allison's Blues was a throwaway project. "At times, it was, like, have I taken on too much here?" admits Trout. "Like, am I actually capable of doing justice to this? To me, Cherry Red Wine is one of the all-time greatest blues songs ever written, and Luther's original version is so unbelievably passionate and emotional that even to sing it was a daunting task. If I had my way with this album, it would reignite interest in the man and his work, make people go back and check out the originals."
Trout knows all about the life-shaping power of a great record. Rewind to the mid-Sixties, and he was put on his path by an older brother with a habit of blasting the family home in New Jersey with seminal blues-rock platters from Paul Butterfield's 1965 debut to John Mayall's seismic Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton. "He brought home John Mayall, and told me, 'You gotta hear this guy!'" reflects the 62-year-old guitarist, who was soon inspired to buy his first Gibson Les Paul while on a day trip to Philadelphia. "I have fond memories of all those records. I still listen to them."
Local bands never got the breaks, and in 1973, Trout made the death-or-glory move to LA, where he slept on couches and scrabbled for work. "I came out here and it was a overwhelming thing," he says, "because I didn't know anybody. I just started going around to clubs where there were bands playing and asked if I could sit in. My first gig, I was stand-up lead singer in a country band, singing Merle Haggard tunes. And with my third paycheque, I went and bought that Strat that's still on the cover of all my CDs."
In a city of Hicksville hopefuls, Trout's ferocious talent on lead guitar and gift-of-the-gab soon marked him out. "I went to a party and that's where I met Jesse Ed Davis, who was the first really famous guy I played with," he remembers, of the sideman era that also saw him work alongside Big Mama Thornton, Lowell Fulson and Joe Tex. "I just weasled my way into his band, and I was with Jessie for two years.
By 1981, Trout had switched to West Coast boogie-blues titans Canned Heat for a period he diplomatically recalls as "turbulent", but even this gig was topped three years later by a fantastical phone call from John Mayall, dangling the revered guitar slot in his iconic Bluesbreakers outfit. "As far as being a blues-guitar sideman, that gig is the pinnacle," states Trout. "That's Mount Everest. You could play with B.B. King or Buddy Guy, but you're just gonna play chords all night. This guy features you. You get to play solos. He yells your name after every song, brings you to the front of the stage, and lets you sing. He creates a place for you in the world. Where do you go from there...?"
Trout would answer that question in emphatic style on March 6, 1989. As guitarist, his tenure had brought thrilling flammability to the Breakers' sound and produced stone-cold classics including One Life To Live, but as the newly sober guitarist played a lavish show at a Gothenburg symphony hall on his 38th birthday, he sensed the hand of destiny. "To walk away from the Bluesbreakers," he admits, "a lot of people thought was completely crazy, because I could have stayed with John as long as I wanted. I mean, John to this day is like a dad to me. He was behind me when I was all screwed up, kept me in the band, believed in me, and gave me the opportunity to progress and grow up in a certain way. So that was a huge decision, and it was scary, but I had to do it, because I knew I had more, y'know?"
Quarter of a century later, what seemed like career suicide has been vindicated by a thrilling catalogue of 22 solo albums, a still-growing army of fans and accolades including a nod as "the world's greatest rock guitarist" in legendary DJ Bob Harris's autobiography The Whispering Years, and a #6 placing on BBC Radio One's countdown of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time. Meanwhile, Trout's most recent original album, Blues For The Modern Daze, was heralded by titles like Classic Rock Blues as perhaps his finest to date. "I feel like with Modern Daze," he nods, "I found the style I've been searching for over 20 albums. It's working, it comes out good, and I can play it well."
A lesser artist might rest on such laurels. As Walter Trout powers into his 25th year as a solo star, there's no whiff of the ennui or creative autopilot that hobbles the later output of most veterans. On the contrary, there's a sense of growing momentum, perhaps even of a little surprise. "It's hard to believe I'm still alive, to be honest," he smiles. "I should have been dead by 30, with the life I was leading. But I still have a career, and at 62, I'm still climbing the ladder, which keeps it exciting, instead of trying to rekindle past glories. I feel like I play with more fire than when I was 25. I'm still reaching, y'know...?"
Eddie Trunk ~ That Metal Show
Eddie Trunk was born in New Jersey on August 8th 1964. A lifelong Jersey resident, Trunk was into music at a very early age. It started like any young kid in the early 70s, with the Partridge Family and various top 40 radio hits on the close and play (remember those?). Then in the mid 70s Trunk was introduced by a friend to a band called The Raspberries, and was instantly drawn to the sound of "power pop," a style of music that had the pop hooks, but also heavy crunching guitar riffs. This quickly became his favorite band, and even though the Raspberries only had moderate mass success, Trunk had to have every record and know everything he could about the band. At that point, Eddie was only 11 years old, and was way too young to ever see his new found heroes live (something he finally did on the bands 2005 reunion, not only did he see them, he intro'd them and interviewed them for TV on VH1 Classic).
Then came 1976 and walking home from Jr. High School Trunk made his usual stop at the local record shop he passed every day with a friend. It was there that he was introduced to a record by a band called Kiss. Their brand new album at the time was called Rock & Roll Over. However, since his buddy hadn't heard that one yet, he recommended the previous Kiss LP called Destroyer. Needless to say, like any other kid growing up in the 70s, the Kiss obsession began (and still continues!). From there it led to other hard rock favorites such as Aerosmith, UFO, Black Sabbath, Billy Squier (whom Eddie had seen open for Kiss with his old band Piper at his first concert ever in December of '77 at Madison Square Garden), Rush, Y&T, and countless others. Trunk never cared about trends and if bands were considered "cool," and was often made fun of for the bands and music he liked (there was no band considered more un-cool than Kiss in the very early 80s). As a result, he never spent much time with the "in crowd" in high school, and spent time listening to records and reading about his favorite bands. As a senior in high school (where he never had good grades), Trunk was asked to write a record review section for the high school newspaper. It was there that he could earn school credit, while also doing what he loved, listening to music. A music career was born.
Steven Tyler ~ Lead Singer ~ Aerosmith
Known as the "Demon of Screamin'", due to his high screams and his wide vocal range and on-stage acrobatics. Steven Tyler is the iconic songwriter, composer and voice of Aerosmith - one of America's greatest rock-and-roll bands - and is considered one of rock's most recognizable and dynamic frontmen. Rolling Stone has named him one of the greatest singers of all time. Aerosmith played its first gig together in 1970, and by 1975, emerged as one of the world's leading rock bands. Forty years later, the "Bad Boys from Boston" continue to excite fans in stadiums and arenas worldwide. Aerosmith came full circle when they played to a sold-out crowd in August 2010 at Fenway Park, a few blocks from where they had their humble beginnings as a band. Closing out the show, Tyler appeared atop the famed Green Monster in the outfield projecting his classic smash "Dream On" on a white baby grand piano in what can only be described as one of the greatest moments in recent rock-and-roll history. The band has sold over 100 million records and has won numerous prestigious awards, including Grammys, American Music Awards, Billboard Awards and MTV Awards. Aerosmith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Many of the band's greatest hits have topped the Billboard charts throughout the years: "Dream On," "Walk This Way," "Sweet Emotion," "Toys In The Attic," "Janie's Got A Gun," "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing," "Livin' On The Edge," "Cryin," "Crazy," "Amazing," "Pink," "Love In An Elevator," "Dude (Looks Like A Lady) and "Mama Kin." Their trendsetting videos defined the video era, and the band has infiltrated rock history with their memorable film and TV appearances, including "Wayne's World," THE SIMPSONS and the Super Bowl XXXV Halftime Show in 2001, as well as with their own version of Guitar Hero, the smash hit video game. Tyler remains a relevant rock icon. As a result, he has since embarked on several solo endeavors including guest appearances on other artists' music, film and TV roles (including as a judge on American Idol
), authoring a bestselling book, "Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?," and solo work (including a Top 40 hit single in 2011). However, he has continued to record music and perform with Aerosmith, after more than 41 years in the band.
Growing up on Led Zepplin and progressive rock, Vai had always had a penchant for the conceptual side of rock. While many of his albums revolve around a specific thematic axis, Vai considers his 2001 record, "Alive in the Ultra World," the high point of his conceptual efforts. Steve Vai's unique musical vision continues to use unbridled guitar virtuosity and soulful artistry to explore the spectrum of human emotion. He is driven by an addiction to create sounds that are unique and to create a sound all his own by striking a balance between technical ability and poetic phrasing. Vai's first step into the spotlight was in 1980 as a guitarist in Frank Zappa's band. But Vai's indelible contribution to music came during his solo career, which includes a combined sales of nearly six million albums. Vai continues to be inspired by a deeply-held spiritual commitment to improving the world through his music and actions.
Jimmie Van Zant
Jimmie was born in Jacksonville, Florida - a city known mostly in the music circles as "the home of southern rock royalty." Jimmie's father: E.C. Van Zant and his brother, Lacy Van Zant is Ronnie, Donnie and Johnny's father, linking this famous family together. Jimmie recalls his mother having an upright piano at home where she spent countless hours playing gospel tunes. Jimmie began taking piano and guitar lessons back at age 6. Later, in his teen years, he watched and listened to Ronnie Van Zant and the boys' rehearse in his living room. He became amazed, mesmerized and drawn to their musical perfection. At this time, this musical pairing was known as "One Percent", but would later evolve into the legendary Lynryd Skynyrd band.
Throughout his later teen years, Jimmie was sidetracked from music and took an interest in fast cars, professional bowling tournaments, and other hobbies. The tragedy of the fateful plane crash of 1977 of the Lynyrd Skynyrd band and loss of Ronnie Van Zant brought Jimmie back to his musical roots. This pushed him to make his own mark in the industry, guided by the lessons he learned from his cousin, Ronnie. He formed his own group and later was signed by a record label, and recorded his first album: "Southern Comfort", where he dedicated the song he co-wrote: "Ronnie's Song" as a tribute to his beloved cousin, which he is still demanded to play on tour. Jimmie never looked back and continued to tour with his dedication and drive for the music, performing over 200 shows a year, delivering each performance with a vengeance.
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Visconti has been called one of the most important producers in the history of rock by some of the most influential music critics. And for once, the critics are right. Consider just a few of the classic musical moments Visconti's helped to create. T. Rex's "Get It On (Bang A Gong)" is a true cornerstone of rock and roll. David Bowie's "Young Americans," "Heroes" and "The Man Who Sold The World" are masterpieces. The Moody Blues' "I Know You're Out There Somewhere" and "Your Wildest Dreams" are indelibly etched into our memory. And there are so many more.
Tony is enjoying worldwide success as producer of David Bowie's first new album of music in a decade: The Next Day (Iso/Columbia). This is Visconti's thirteenth CD he has produced for David Bowie.
For the upcoming holiday season, David Bowie is releasing The Next Day Extra. This set includes the original 14-track CD, a 10-track CD of bonus tracks and a DVD of the four promotional films made for the album: "Where Are We Now?", "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)", "The Next Day" and "Valentine's Day". The 10 track bonus CD includes four previously unreleased tracks, two new mixes and "God Bless The Girl," the track that was only released on the Japanese issue of The Next Day. The remaining tracks gather up the bonus tracks from the deluxe version of the album.
In 2012, Tony produced Big Station (Concord), his third straight album for legendary rocker Alejandro Escovedo. Prior to that he produced six songs on The Future is Medieval for The Kaiser Chiefs.
Alejandro Escovedo recently said "Tony, historically, is an iconic producer. He brings a lot of great things to a recording session. Not only his vast vocabulary of music and arrangement on rock n' roll records that he's made, but he's a great guy. Passionate. And I think he's there for the right reason, he's there for the songs. I love how he makes music."
At the 2011 Music Producers Guild Awards - an annual event that recognizes the skill and talents of music recording professionals - Tony won The Joe Meek Award for Innovation In Production. Tony was shortlisted up against Bjork and Trevor Horn.
? For Warner Bros./Germany, Tony's produced the debut album by Debbie Clarke, an artist he discovered in Wales, for her debut release.
Tony produced Alejandro Escovedo's 2010 critically-acclaimed release entitled Street Songs of Love (Concord) featuring special appearances by Bruce Springsteen and Ian Hunter, produced and mixed Lucy Woodward's debut release Hooked! (Verve) and produced and mixed Kristeen Young's sixth long player V For Volcanic.
In 2009, Tony arranged several tracks for the #1 Fall Out Boy release, Folie A Deux (Island) and "Belle of the Boulevard" from Dashboard Confessional's After The Ending CD. This year also saw the release of Australian singer/songwriter Danielle Spencer's Calling All Magicians. Earlier in the year, Tony produced Kristeen Young's upcoming fifth CD release, Music for Strippers, Hookers and the Odd On-Looker. Previously, Tony produced and mixed Anti-Flag's The Bright Lights of America (RCA) and Alejandro Escovedo's critically-acclaimed Real Animal (Backporch/Bluenote). Tony also produced and mixed, "Mercury Jim," off the Razorlight CD, Slipway Fires (Vertigo/Mercury). Tony produced and mixed Angelique Kidjo's Djin Djin, with guest artists Alicia Keys, Josh Groban, Peter Gabriel, Carlos Santana, Joss Stone and Ziggy Marley. Djin Djin (Razor and Tie) won Tony his first Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music Album. It is her best selling album ever!
Tony released his autobiography, Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy (Harper Collins UK), written with Richard Havers.
Tony enjoyed a #1 release with the Morrissey release, Ringleader of The Tormentors, which he produced and mixed in Rome at Ennio Morricone's famed Forum Studios.
One of Tony's most lauded productions is David Bowie's critically acclaimed Reality (Iso/Columbia) CD. During its first week of release, Reality debuted at #1 on the Billboard Euro Charts. This comes on the heels of David Bowie's platinum-plus Heathen release.
Tony, who did the original mixes for the T. Rex concert film, Born To Boogie, was called upon to remix the soundtrack to the seminal T. Rex film in both stereo and 5.1 for its DVD release. In 2006, this DVD release won Best Overall DVD/Creative at the HEW (Home Entertainment Week magazine) Awards in London. In the 5.1 realm, Tony's completed eleven (11) 5.1 mixes including six titles for David Bowie (Young Americans, David Live In Dublin, Stage, Heathen, Reality and Live At The Tower) and T. Rex' landmark rock masterpiece, Electric Warrior.
Previously, Tony produced tracks for The Manic Street Preachers' Lifeblood (Sony/UK), The Dandy Warhols' Welcome To The Monkey House (Capitol), L'Avventura (JetSet) for Britta Phillips and Dean Wareham of Luna, arranged and produced tracks for The Finn Brothers' Everyone Is Here (Nettwerk) and arranged "Never Deny You" on Ziggy Marley's Dragonfly (Private Music).
Most successful rock producers can be easily pigeonholed. They offer distinctive sonic styles that, while exciting, can also make everything they work on sound similar. Not Tony. From Thin Lizzy to Luscious Jackson, The Strawbs to U2, Gentle Giant to Mercury Rev, this underground legend consistently produces music that sounds as unique as the artists themselves. Complimentarity is Visconti's highest goal; he never allows his own personality to overwhelm the task at hand. For proof, listen to Sparks. Or Badfinger. Or The Alarm. Or Ziggy Marley. Or D-Generation. Or Kristeen Young.
Producer, arranger, musician, mixer, exemplary collaborator-Tony is all of these. He is also among the greatest and most genuine musical souls of our industry.
This year will mark Joe Vitale's 45th year of touring and recording with Hall of Fame artists
The Eagles, Joe Walsh, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Peter Frampton, Dan Fogelberg and Ted Nugent, just to name a few. He has recorded with Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Bill Wyman, John Entwistle, Zakk Wylde, Keith Richards, Rick Derringer and many more. Joe Vitale has over 50 gold and platinum albums that he has performed on.
In 2011, Joe Vitale played drums for the historic Buffalo Springfield reunion tour.
His drumming encompasses all styles of music and his songwriting includes co-writing and recording Joe Walsh's classic "Rocky Mountain Way" (recently awarded 5 million plays from BMI) and from The Eagles Hotel California album, "Pretty Maids All in a Row." He's also written songs for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
He continues to tour, record and write and has no plans of retirement !!!
Detailed discography credits:
Waddy Wachtel ~ Keith Richards, James Taylor
"People would hire me," Waddy Wachtel told Musician magazine in February 1999, "because they needed that rock & roll element." At that point, Wachtel's clean, direct, rock guitar-playing had been 'putting an edge,' as he as he phrased it, into the sound of soft-rock Los Angeles singer-songwriters for nearly a quarter of a century, and he had even gotten to record with such legends as Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones.
Wachtel was born Robert Wachtel and raised in the Jackson Heights section of the borough of Queens in New York City. His unusual nickname was adopted at a young age. His first break in the music business came in the early '70s, when Warren Zevon, musical director for the Everly Brothers, hired him as a guitarist in the duo's backing band. He played guitar on the Everlys' 1972 album Stories We Could Tell, his first major credit. His next one came three years later with Kenny Rankin's Inside. But 1976 was his breakthrough year, as he appeared in quick succession on four chart albums: Maria Muldaur's Sweet Harmony; John David Souther's Black Rose; James Taylor's In the Pocket; and Zevon's Warren Zevon. Also appearing as an onstage backup musician, Wachtel cut a distinctive figure, a thin electric guitarist with a head full of long blond corkscrew curls wearing wire-frame glasses. In 1977, his credits included Linda Ronstadt's chart-topping Simple Dreams and Randy Newman's acclaimed Little Criminals. In 1978, he played guitar on another Ronstadt number one, Living in the USA, as well as Grateful Dead member Bob Weir's solo project, Heaven Help the Fool, and he earned a production credit on Bryan Ferry's The Bride Stripped Bare. But his most notable work released that year was on Zevon's Excitable Boy, which he helped produce and for which he co-wrote the Top 40 hit "Werewolves of London." Continuing to work with the cream of Southern California performers and other singer-songwriters in 1979, he appeared on Taylor's Flag, Newman's Born Again, Souther's You're Only Lonely, and Bonnie Raitt's The Glow.
In 1980, in a bid to get beyond being a sideman, Wachtel formed the group Ronin with Dan Dugmore, Rick Marotta, Don Grolnick, and Stanley Sheldon, and he wrote songs, sang, and played guitar on the band's self-titled debut album, released on Mercury Records. It flopped, but Wachtel had not given up his day job, and that year he also appeared on Zevon's Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School and Ronstadt's Mad Love. In 1981, he again participated creatively on a hit, co-writing "Her Town Too" with Taylor and Souther for Taylor's album, Dad Loves His Work; the single reached the Top Ten. The same year, Wachtel appeared on Kim Carnes' number one album Mistaken Identity and forged a long-term commitment with Stevie Nicks, playing on her debut solo album, Bella Donna, another number one hit, and joining her touring band. Nineteen eighty-two found him playing on such albums as Karla Bonoff's Wild Heart of the Young, the Motels' All Four One, Don Henley's solo debut I Can't Stand Still, and Ronstadt's Get Closer. His work with Nicks in the mid-'80s took up much of his time, but in addition to touring with her and appearing on 1983's Wild Heart and 1985's Rock a Little, he managed a few other sessions each year, notably Joe Walsh's You Bought It - You Name It and the Motels' Little Robbers in 1983, Steve Perry's Street Talk (his lead guitar work on the Top Ten hit "Oh Sherrie" was particularly characteristic of his playing) and Henley's Building the Perfect Beast in 1984, Walsh's The Confessor and Rosanne Cash's Rhythm & Romance in 1985, Jackson Browne's Lives in the Balance and Graham Nash's Innocent Eyes in 1986, and Zevon's Sentimental Hygiene, Cher's self-titled comeback album, and Dolly Parton's Rainbow in 1987.
With Nicks off touring with Fleetwood Mac, Wachtel was able to expand his outside work in 1988. Among other projects, he produced the Church's gold-selling Starfish album and developed an important new relationship by working on Keith Richards' debut solo album Talk Is Cheap. (He also appeared onstage with Richards and can be heard on the belated release of Live at the Hollywood Palladium, recorded in 1988 but not released until 1991.) In 1989, he played guitar on albums by several familiar names, including Nicks' The Other Side of the Mirror, Henley's The End of the Innocence, Cher's Heart of Stone, and Zevon's Transverse City. But 1990 brought a raft of new clients. In addition to producing the Church's Gold Afternoon Fix, Wachtel played on Iggy Pop's Brick by Brick, Bob Dylan's Under the Red Sky, and Hall and Oates' Change of Season. Nineteen ninety-one brought a mix of old friends like Walsh (Ordinary Average Guy) and Zevon (Mr. Bad Example) and new ones like Bob Seger (The Fire Inside) and Rod Stewart (Vagabond Heart).
As the '90s went on, Wachtel worked steadily in the studio, and among his many credits over the next few years, the following represent only a sampling: in 1992, Tracy Chapman's Matters of the Heart, Richards' Main Offender, Ringo Starr's Time Takes Time, and Tom Waits' Bone Machine; in 1993, Browne's I'm Alive, Melissa Etheridge's Yes I Am, Bruce Hornsby's Harbor Lights, and Nicks' Street Angel; in 1995, Aaron Neville's Tattooed Heart, Newman's Faust, John Prine's Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings, and Brian Wilson's I Just Wasn't Made for These Times; and in 1996, Browne's Looking East and Neil Diamond's In My Lifetime. Another notable credit in 1996 was Wachtel's participation on comedian Adam Sandler's What the Hell Happened to Me?, for which he served as arranger and musical director. He also went on the road as Sandler's musical director and eventually began to work on Sandler's films, notably The Waterboy (1998), for which he co-wrote the song "New Year's Eve" with Walsh.
Wachtel reached something of a peak as a session musician in 1997 by playing on the Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon, the same year appearing on Sandler's What's Your Name, George Thorogood's Rockin' My Life Away, the Bee Gees' Still Waters, and the self-titled album by the Wilsons. Among his 1998 credits were Johnny Rivers' Last Train to Memphis and Ronstadt's We Ran (which featured his song "I Go to Pieces"). In 1999, in addition to appearing on Michael Hutchence's posthumously released solo album, Wachtel concentrated on working with up-and-coming artists such as Janice Robinson, playing on her first album, The Color Within Me. He also found time to cut some solo tracks of his own for distribution on mp3. com, which has made available half-a-dozen of them under the title WW1 Unfinished Business.
Joe Walsh ~ Singer, Songwriter, Guitar ~ The Eagles
Joseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh (born November 20, 1947) is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He has been a member of three commercially successful bands, the James Gang, Barnstorm, and the Eagles, and has experienced notable success as a solo artist and prolific session musician, especially with B.B. King and Dan Fogelberg. On December 20, 1975 he joined the Eagles as Bernie Leadon's replacement. His addition steered the band toward a harder-edged sound and away from their early country-style work, and he was featured prominently on their multi-million-selling album Hotel California, co-writing the Top 20 hit "Life in the Fast Lane" (with Don Henley and Glenn Frey) and "Pretty Maids All in a Row" (co-written with former Barnstorm drummer Joe Vitale). As the Eagles struggled to record the follow-up to Hotel California, Walsh re-ignited his solo career with the well-received album But Seriously, Folks...
(1978) which featured his hit comic depiction of rock stardom, "Life's Been Good". Joe also contributed "In the City" to The Warriors
soundtrack (1979), a song penned and sung by Walsh that was later rerecorded for the Eagles The Long Run
album.Walsh sang the US National Anthem at the beginning of game four of the 1995 World Series. Walsh has a lifelong hobby of amateur ("ham") radio with the callsign WB6ACU. Walsh ran for President of the United States in 1980 on top of his music career as a mock campaign. He promised to make "Life's Been Good" the new national anthem if he won, and ran on a platform of "Free Gas For Everyone." Though Walsh was not old enough to actually assume the office, he wanted to raise public awareness of the election. He then ran again for vice president in 1992. Look out for Walsh's first solo album since 1992 with Jeff Lynne producing.
Bill Ward needs no introduction. As the drummer of one of the most influential heavy metal bands in history, Ward was an integral force in the creation of the heavy metal genre. Known as the Godfather Of Heavy Metal Drumming, he has inspired and influenced countless drummers who have followed. A Grammy Award winner and Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Ward infuses immense power and immeasurable passion into every track he plays on.
Of his self-described heavy and orchestrational playing style, Ward explains, "In order to support the guitar and bass, I needed to play heavy and hard and loud. The band was turning out some of the most intense, unbelievable riffs, and I went where I needed to go to support where they were. I react to sound in a musicality that supports the depth of the music's emotions.
"I have always loved dark chords. First influences, for me, were classical music parts. As I developed, I was constantly drawn to the flat 5's - dark sounds. I could weave in and out, and create crescendos and flat-out force to accompany a lyric, or a bass note, or guitar riff. The dark, heavy, menacing music we started to produce as a young band – I had found to be my home as a drummer and collaborator."
Today at 66, Ward still loves to play drums – and play them hard. He still loves to learn and is constantly trying to improve. Inspired by the younger drummers that idolize and imitate him, he is a teacher, but always a student. "Drumming keeps me alive," says Ward. "It's my center. I have to go to my primal scream, as I did when I was younger."
Currently, in addition to writing and recording as a solo musician, Ward also co-hosts "Rock 50," an internet radio show (billward.com/rock50), once a month, where he predominantly features his favorite heavy metal and hardcore bands. Going strong for well over a decade now, "Rock 50" provides Ward with the opportunity to "pay it forward" by highlighting many unknown and up and coming bands.
Last year, Ward began to incorporate a "featured drummer" segment into the show, which has been extremely well received. Designed by Ward to be a teaching tool for all the drum students who tune in every month, Ward not only plays several tracks by the featured drummer of the month, but also offers details of their background, his personal comments on their playing style, his personal experiences with the drummer when applicable, as well as insight directly from the drummer himself when possible. So far Ward has spotlighted a variety of drummers, from Charlie Benante of Anthrax to Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones.
In addition to making music with rhythm, Ward also made art out of rhythm with "Absence of Corners," a stunning collection for which Ward utilized an array of drumsticks and rhythmic accessories that produce light, much like a painter utilizing brushes and oils. The special collaboration with Los Angeles art team SceneFour produced 15 stunning canvases, which capture the power and passion of Ward's drumming. To view the collection, please visit: www.billwarddrumart.com
Born in Aston, Birmingham, England in 1948, Ward was playing on a kit by age five, learning his craft by listening to jazz and swing drummers such as Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, and Louie Bellson. In the 1950's when he discovered Elvis' "Jailhouse Rock," Ward became "solid-gone" with rock-n-roll, and by age 15, he was playing professionally in clubs.
From 1962-1967, Ward played in a number of bands, honing his skills in blues, jazz and rock, gigging as much as possible; watching and working with many different musicians. Ward refers to this time as his first apprenticeship in music. It is during these years that he began to develop his own style, which emerged in 1968, when he and his new band mates began to produce some of the most intense and enduring tracks in rock-n-roll.
Between the years of 1980-1983, Ward, suffering from severe alcoholism, battled to get and stay sober. He went in and out of rehab many times until January 1984. He has remained sober now for 31 years. In 1986, he formed his own Bill Ward Band, as an outlet for his talents as a singer, songwriter and musician. Ward and the Bill Ward Band released their first album in 1989. Titled "Ward One: Along The Way" the album featured various guest musicians, including the legendary Jack Bruce, Lori Perry, Zakk Wylde and Bob Daisley. Ward's second solo album "When The Bough Breaks," an introverted look at self, transparent and well-crafted, was released in 1997.
After 9/11, Ward released a special edition CD single, "Straws," a political song that he shared with politicians and musicians alike. "Straws" will appear on Ward's newest album "Accountable Beasts," release date still to be announced.
"I want to write. I love writing lyrics, poems; I love making melodies," offers Ward. "I want to continue interacting with other musicians and bands. Being creative with multiple artists feels very natural and endearing to me. And I want to continue playing drums, live and in studio settings, for as long as I can - until I become ash."
Lez Warner, growing up in London, became interested in pursuing a career in drumming at an early age, acquiring his first drum set at the age of only 13. Warner began playing with various local bands, sometimes playing 3 or 4 gigs a night. By the time the punk rock movement was gathering steam, Warner found himself in high demand. His "steam hammer" style, described as a mixture of "Stewart Copeland's handiwork and John Bonham's pedal power", fit in perfectly with the raw and volatile seventies punk sound, and began earning Warner a reputation.
After being a noted session player, and after returning from an extensive tour with Spirit's Randy California, Warner got word that the band The Cult was auditioning drummers. Having gone through 150 candidates, he was awarded the position. Eventually becoming the "rhythm powerhouse" of the band, Warner played with The Cult for three years, ushering in what has been called "The Cult's golden age." After playing drums on albums "Electric" and "Manor Session" (recently released), touring the world on the Love/Electric tour, and playing a host of television shows including SNL, Joan Rivers, and Top of the Pops, Warner and The Cult parted ways.
Leslie West ~ Guitar, Vocals ~ Mountain
Leslie West first gained recognition as the lead guitarist for the Vagrants, a locally popular 1960s Long Island group. One of that group's singles was produced by Felix Pappalardi, a bass player who also produced Cream. After the Vagrants and Cream split up, Pappalardi played bass on and produced West's debut solo album, Mountain (July 1969). Following its release, the two teamed up with drummer Norman Smart (soon replaced by Corky Laing) and keyboard player Steve Knight to form the band Mountain, which cut the albums Climbing! (February 1970; a gold-selling LP featuring the Top 40 single "Mississippi Queen"), Nantucket Sleighride (January 1971; which also went gold), and Flowers of Evil (November 1971). In 1972, Pappalardi left Mountain to return to being a producer. (Posthumous record releases included Mountain Live (The Road Goes on Forever) [April 1972] and The Best of Mountain [February 1973].) West and Laing joined with former Cream bassist Jack Bruce to form West, Bruce & Laing. The trio recorded two studio albums, Why Dontcha (October 1972) and Whatever Turns You On (July 1973). (A live album, Live 'N' Kickin', was released in April 1974.) Bruce quit in the summer of 1973, and West and Laing briefly formed Leslie West's Wild West Show. Then West, Pappalardi, Alan Schwartherg (drums), and Bob Mann (keyboards) re-formed Mountain, recording a double live album, Twin Peaks (February 1974), in Osaka, Japan, in August 1973. This was followed by a Mountain studio album, Avalanche (July 1974), made by West, Pappalardi, Laing, and Knight. Then Mountain split again, and West formed the Leslie West Band, releasing The Great Fatsby (April 1975) (which featured Mick Jagger) and The Leslie West Band (1976) (which featured Mick Jones, later of Foreigner). Bedeviled by substance abuse problems, West retired from music for a time, then cleared up and again re-formed Mountain with Laing and bassist Mark Clarke (Pappalardi had died in 1983) for Go for Your Life (March 1985). The group broke up again, and West made Theme (1988), again teaming with Jack Bruce. West then participated in the Guitar Speaks (1988) and Night of the Guitar (1989) recordings of legendary rock guitarists for IRS Records' Illegal subsidiary. His next solo album was Alligator (August 1989), followed by Dodgin' the Dirt (1994). In 1994, West and Laing teamed with ex-Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding in another edition of Mountain, recording two tracks for the compilation Over the Top (1995). The solo As Phat as It Gets followed in 1999. After an album for Voiceprint, Guitarded, in 2004, West released two blues-inflected albums for Blues Bureau International, 2005's Got Blooze and 2006's Blue Me. West lost a leg due to complications from type 2 diabetes in June of 2011, but it didn't slow him down much. He released Unusual Suspects, which featured guest spots from guitarists Billy Gibbons, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Joe Bonamassa, and Steve Lukather three months later in September.
Alan White ~ Drummer ~ YES
Alan White is considered by many to be one of the greatest drummers of all time. With forty-plus years of performance experience and appearances on over 50 albums, Alan's dossier reads like a who-s who of rock legends. With his consummate professionalism and easy-going nature, Alan continues to be an inspiration to fellow musicians as well as fans. Alan is most known as the longtime drummer in YES, where he has been the driving force behind the band since 1972, having recorded and toured for every Yes release for the past 40 years. In addition to his tenure in Yes, White has worked with John Lennon, Yoko One, Joe Cocker, and Eric Clapton, to name a few. Alan's association with Lennon included recording his landmark album 'Imagine', with Alan performing the title song, 'Jealous Guy', along with Lennon's hit single 'Instant Karma'. This work led to an introduction to George Harrison, who asked Alan to perform on the album 'All Things Must Pass', including the single 'My Sweet Lord', released in 1970. In addition to being a legendary drummer, Alan lends his talents to the piano and has composed and recorded pieces for Yes as far back as 1974. Alan spent most of 2012 on tour with Yes, performing the band's most current release 'Fly From Here', and he continues to contribute musically to this day. Alan's other projects include the band 'White', who record and perform locally, and 'The White Sox', along with bass player Bernt Bodal. Alan enjoys mentoring as a band counselor for Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, working with young musicians performing for the annual 'Moore Music at the Moore' concert, and occasionally performing as a guest artist with Blue Thunder drum core at Seattle Seahawks games. Alan has served on the Board of Governor's for the Pacific NW Chapter of the Grammy Association; he currently serves on the Centerstage Council for Seattle Theater Group and is a founding member of Music Aid Northwest, a non-profit organization supporting music education in schools throughout Washington State.
Mark White ~ Bass ~ The Spin Doctors
Mark White - is a bass guitarist who is a founding member of the 90's mega rock group The Spin Doctors. In August 1991, the Spin Doctors released their full-length debut album Pocket Full Of Kryptonite
, co-produced by Peter Denenberg and Frankie LaRocka. Relentless touring and a wave of positive press kept the album alive into the next year, when sales began to increase dramatically....Kryptonite
was certified gold in September 1992 and received an additional boost from the band's October appearance on "Saturday Night Live." Reaching the one million mark in January 1993,...Kryptonite
entered the Billboard Top Ten one month later. By June 1993, the album was triple platinum and had breached the Top Five among Billboard Pop Albums while spinning off two major hit singles: "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" and the No. 1 Rock radio song of 1993, "Two Princes." Ultimately, Pocket Full Of Kryptonite
sold over five million copies in the US and another five million overseas.
Born in Memphis, March 18 1948, Bobby Whitlock represents the true southern blues/soul singer. As a child life was hard. The son of a poor Baptist hell fire brimstone preacher who was never home, he and his mother were forced to do what they could to make a living. They chopped and picked cotton, toted water in the fields and sold iced cold pepsi to the other workers.
"Little Bobby" they called him, learned to play the guitar sitting on his "Big Mama's" lap while she held the dobro playing and showing him how at the same time, and his mother taught him a little on the organ in church. But most of all, he was passionate about singing, and he sure could sing.
He was the first white artist to be signed to the Stax Hip label at the tender age of 16. In the eyes of Stax, Bobby was destined to be a star. Taken under the wings of Steve Cropper and Donald (Duck) Dunn, Bobby was heading in the right direction from an early age.
In 1969 Bobby went to California to become the first "friend" in the group Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, who at the time had Jim Gordon on drums, Carl Radle on Bass, Texas' own Bobby Keys on horn, Rita Coolidge singing backgrounds, and Bobby on Hammond organ. For a short time in Europe, the guitar line up consisted of Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Dave Mason. It was during this time that Bobby became friends with Eric Clapton.
After leaving Delaney & Bonnie, Bobby joined Eric, living at his home in the country-side of Surrey, Hurtwood Edge. There they began to write, becoming a formidable writing team writing songs like "Tell the Truth", "Keep on Growing", " I Looked Away", "Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad", "Anyday", "Roll It Over" and more. In the forward of Bobby's newly released book, Eric tells how he learned the art of songwriting from Bobby.
George Harrison made a call to Eric asking if he and Bobby would like to play on his new record (All Things Must Pass) and they agreed. Unbeknownst to them at the time, Derek & The Dominos were being formed.
The rest is of course music history. "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs" is now celebrating its 40th year and is considered to be one of the most influential and great records in the history of rock-n-roll.
In 1998 Derek & the Dominos' "Layla" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and in 2000, Derek & the Dominos were inducted for their record Layla and Other Assorted Love songs. This year, 2012 the record is Grammy Nominated once again. After 40 years their legacy continues.
In March's 2011 Rolling Stone, receiving a five star review for the re-mastered record is a testament to its staying power.
Bobby has continued to write songs that have been hits for the likes of Ray Charles (Slip Away), George Jones (Someone You Used to Know), Sheryl Crow and many others. The Allman Brothers continue to play many of the Domino's songs and Bobby was invited recently to play his own "Anyday " with Derek Trucks and his band here in Austin.
In 2001 while promoting his CD "It's About Time", Eric joined Bobby again to play a few numbers on the popular television show Later with Jools Holland, it was exciting for the two and there is constant talk of a reunion.
In 2004 CoCo and Bobby travelled to Switzerland to perform for fifteen thousand Japanese executives for the Miki Corporation.
In 2008 Bobby and Marc Roberty (writer of over a dozen books on Eric Clapton and noted music historian), collaborated on Bobby's autobiography "Bobby Whitlock A Rock-n-Roll Autobiography" which was released in early 2011 and has been number one top rated book in rock music on Amazon for over a year. The book covers Bobby's life story as an abused child to his great success and demise and success as an artist. One would really have to read the book to get an idea of the incredible life this one man has had.
In 2012 Bobby and CoCo traveled to India and headlined the Puravaka Blues Festival.
2013 has been equally exciting with the release of not only a live record Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel "Carnival", but also the re-release (June 24 2013) of Bobby's long lost first two solo records (ABC Dunhill) on Future Days Records. This includes the final recordings of Derek and The Dominos. The records have been doing extremely well, being cited twice by the media as a top re-release in 70's Rock.
In October 2013, Bobby and CoCo traveled to the south of France to perform at the Villa Cap D'Ail in Monaco for a private party.
December 2013 Bobby was presented with a six time platinum award commemorating the sales of more than six million copies for his contribution on George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass" record.
2014 The latest news on the roster is a Bobby Whitlock solo record, to be produced by the famed Rob Fraboni (Stones, Dylan, The Band, The Last Waltz, John Lennon, Joe Cocker and more).
Today Bobby and his wife and musical partner CoCo Carmel are settled in Austin. They have their own label "Domino Records" and continue to play live, write together and release records each year.
Jane Wiedlin ~ Guitar ~ Go Go's
Jane has been the guitar player and songwriter of the Go-Go's, "We Got The Beat," "Our Lips Are Sealed," "Vacation." With the hallmark 60's surf sound, girl-group influence, punky guitar, rich vocal harmonies you've seen on VH1's the Behind The Music, chronicling Rock 'n Roll's first and foremost Bad Girls. The first ever all-girl group to write their own songs and play their own instruments, they became immensely popular doing it. Our first hit album was released in 1981, Beauty and the Beat and we got lucky again with 1982's "Vacation," and its 1984 follow-up "Talk Show." They toured the world, selling out Madison Square Garden, the Hollywood Bowl and appearing twice on the cover of Rolling Stone. After seven years, the Go-Go's split up Jane moved on to a solo career, releasing six albums including the hits "Rush Hour," "Blue Kiss" and "Tangled" (a song featured in the movie Pretty Woman). Jane has acted in several movies including Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Star Trek IV, Clue and Sleeping Beauty. As a voice actor, Wiedlin had a lot of fun doing unique voices for animated projects such as Tom & Jerry, Batman the Animated Series, King of the Hill, Pinky and the Brain and two of the Scooby Doo movies, amongst other shows.
Brian Wilson ~ Singer, Songwriter ~ The Beach Boys
Within The Beach Boys, Wilson played bass and keyboards, also providing part-time lead vocals and, more often, backing vocals, harmonizing in falsetto with the group. Besides being the primary composer in The Beach Boys, he also functioned as the band's main producer and arranger. After signing with Capitol Records in mid-1962, Wilson wrote or co-wrote more than two dozen Top 40 hits including "Surfin' Safari", "Surfin' USA", "Shut Down", "Little Deuce Coupe", "Be True to Your School", "In My Room", "Fun, Fun, Fun", "I Get Around", "Dance Dance Dance", "Help Me Rhonda", "California Girls" and "Good Vibrations". These songs and their accompanying albums were internationally popular, making The Beach Boys one of the biggest acts of their time. In the mid-60's Wilson used his increasingly creative ambitions to compose and produce Pet Sounds, considered one of the greatest albums of all time. At this point his music was considered to rival that of "Lennon-McCartney". In 2008, Rolling Stone magazine published a list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time", and ranked Wilson number 52. He is an occasional actor and voice actor, having appeared in television shows, films, and other artists' music videos. On December 16th 2011, a 50th Anniversary Reunion was announced and Brian returned to The Beach Boys. Brian Wilson remains a member of the Beach Boys corporation, Brother Records Incorporated.
Kip Winger ~ Guitar, Vocals ~ Winger
C F Kip Winger, the multi-platinum recording artist, may be known best for his success with Winger and his early days as a bass player with Alice Cooper. However the range and scope of his musical journey can be more fully experienced in his solo albums, This Conversation seems like a Dream, Songs from the Ocean Floor, From the Moon to the Sun and his most recent composition Ghosts, for string orchestra. Aside from his powerful solo acoustic shows and touring with Winger, Kip was the lead singer for the Alan parsons live project. Kip's latest project is to record a new ballet at Oberlin College.
Voted one of the top 100 guitarists of all time in Rolling Stone Magazine Johnny Winter is a guitar hero without equal. Signing with Columbia Records in 1969, he immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues with a powerful combination of authentic Texas funk and his own high energy interpretation for the legions of fans just discovering the blues via the likes of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. Constantly shifting between primal country blues in the vein of Robert Johnson to scorching electric slide guitar, Johnny has always been one of the most respected singers and influential guitar players in rock and the clear link between British blues rock and American Southern rock ala the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Throughout the 70s and 80s he was the unofficial torch bearer for the blues, championing and aiding the careers of his idols like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. The Johnny Winter story is the stuff of legend. Born in Beaumont, Texas, in a rough and tumble oil town he grew up listening to and then playing Blues and Rock 'n' Roll at a very early age. His inclusion in a story about Texas music in Rolling Stone in 1968 ignited a bidding war among record labels for his phenomenal talent. Since 1969 and his self-titled debut, Johnny has recorded almost 40 albums of classic rock and blues and was one of the top arena rock acts in the mid-70s. In the late 70s he produced and played on a stunning series of Grammy award winning albums with Muddy Waters, who affectionately referred to Johnny as his "son." The recordings served as a "comeback" for his idol while also refreshing his own deep and unwavering love of the blues.
Today Johnny Winter is enjoying an unparalleled resurgence performing to sold out shows worldwide even after a long life full of honors and accomplishments such as a triumphant appearance at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival with Derek Trucks, Buddy Guy and Clapton that has been immortalized on the Emmy award winning DVD. In a ceremony with Slash presenting in Nashville, Gibson Guitars released the signature Johnny Winter Firebird guitar that has been his beloved trademark for years. His Live through the 70s, 80's, Rockpalast and Live in Japan concert DVDs are a hit as are his Live Bootleg Series CDs which all entered the Top 10 on the Billboard Blues charts. Two unique instructional DVDs and I-Pad App. have been produced by Cherry Lane/Hal Leonard to the gratitude of players around the world.
Always one for special appearances he recently performed with the Allman Brothers at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan on the 40th anniversary of their debut. In addition Winter has been headlining such prestigious events as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Swedish Rock Fest, Warren Haynes X-mas jam and Europe's Rockpalast viewed by millions just to name a few. Warner Bros. has now released a 40th anniversary DVD of Woodstock: 3 Days of Love and Peace the Director's cut featuring, for the first time, Johnny playing his smoking classic "Meantown Blues." His latest highly acclaimed release "Roots" (Megaforce/Sony) and recent performance on The David Letterman Show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIpmUroL2D4
; has only added to his Texas-sized reputation. Joining him on this CD is his scorching road-tested touring band consisting of guitarist Paul Nelson, bassist Scott Spray, and drummer Tommy Curiale. Performing now with a renewed vigor and fire to say that he is "back" would be an understatement. In fact, he never left. He is just better than ever.
Zakk Wylde is best known as the former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society. He began studying music at an early age and formed his first band, Stone Henge in 1984. In 2006, Wylde was credited on the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame in recognition of his successful career as a musician and his contribution to the music industry. Osbourne has praised Wylde for lending a high level of energy and passion to performances and Wylde was the official guitarist for Black Rain, which was released in 2007. Wylde has also made some appearances in many television shows and has had characters in video games like Guitar Hero. Wylde is known for his signature Gibson Les Paul custom model guitars with a "bulls-eye" graphic.
Bill Wyman ~ Bass ~ The Rolling Stones
Bill Wyman (born William George Perks; 24 October 1936) is an English musician best known as the bass guitarist for the English rock and roll band the Rolling Stones from 1962 until 1992. Since 1997, he has recorded and toured with his own band, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings. He has worked producing both records and film, and has scored music for film in movies and television. Wyman has kept a journal since he was a child after World War II. It has been useful to him as an author who has written seven books, selling two million copies. Wyman's love of art has additionally led to his proficiency in photography and his photographs have hung in galleries around the world. Wyman took piano lessons from age 10 to 13.Wyman's lack of funds in his early years led him to create and build his own fretless bass guitar. In 1960 he bought a Burns electric guitar for £52 on hire-purchase, but was not satisfied by his progress. After hearing a bass guitar at the Barron Knights' concert, he fell in love with the sound of it and decided this was his instrument. He created what may have been the first fretless electric bass by removing the frets from a bass guitar he was reworking and played this in a south London band, the Cliftons. He used the stage name Lee (later Bill) Wyman, taking the surname of a friend with whom he had done national service in the Royal Air Force from 1955 to 1957. He became an amateur archaeologist and enjoys relic hunting; The Times published a letter about his hobby (Friday 2 March 2007). He designed and markets a patented Bill Wyman signature metal detector, which he has used to find relics in the English countryside dating back to the era of the Roman Empire. As a businessman, he owns several establishments including the famous Sticky Fingers Café, a rock & roll-themed bistro serving American cuisine first opened in 1989 in the Kensington area of London and later, two additional locations in Cambridge and Manchester, England.
Phil X has recorded with Alice Cooper, Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne and Chris Cornell, and performed with Tommy Lee, Stewart Copeland, Rob Zombie/Lionel Richie (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2006) and Bon Jovi, filling in for Richie Sambora in May 2011 and April-December 2013. This is the short list of many more listed on philx.tv
His band, Phil X & The Drills, have released 3 CDs, bringing the ROCK to a rapidly growing worldwide fan base. Phil hosts a YouTube vintage guitar show, Fretted Americana, boasting over 40 million views, and travels as a clinician (4 countries in Asia in November 2012 and UK, Germany and France in 2014).
In 2015, Fretted Americana videos keep rolling out, Phil's session career continues to bloom, THE DRILLS prep for a 4th CD release and a "behind the scenes" documentary featuring some of the worlds greatest drummers, gigs continue with Jon Bon Jovi & the Kings Of Suburbia and his endorsements grow with Framus Guitars, Friedman Amplifiers and Jim Dunlop Guitar Products.
Chip Z'nuff ~ Enuff Z'nuff
Chip Znuff is the bassist and guiding force of Enuff Z'nuff, a power pop outfit that was formed by Z'nuff and singer Donnie Vie in 1984. Born in Blue Island, Illinois, and raised on the radio rock of Cheap Trick and the Raspberries, Znuff kept these influences alive with kindred spirit Donnie Vie on vocals in their band Hollywood Squares, rising to the top of the Chicago scene. With hotshot Derek Frigo on guitar, and pretty boy Vikki Foxx on the sticks, the newly christened Enuff Z'nuff landed a label deal and enjoyed a brief fling with the hair metal market with "New Thing" and "Fly High Michele." Znuff's brief liaison with Madonna was fodder for admitted fan Howard Stern, and everything seemed to work for the quartet. Enuff Z'nuff held on through personal and personnel problems, releasing early material, and recording at a surprisingly consistent pace. Znuff even started his own label, Stoney Records. Znuff appears to be the only original member in the new millennium, as Enuff Z'Nuff has continually recorded and toured throughout their career of more than 25 years, releasing 12 studio albums and a total of 20 CDs to date. Their songs have been recorded by several other musicians, some of which include Paul Gilbert, The Wildhearts, and Nelson.
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