Starship Starring Mickey Thomas
Get a festival of hits from the original singers of 4,5, or even up to 8 of your favorite bands in one show when you add the below artists to play with STARSHIP! With one backing band you get the music from supergroups like LOVERBOY, SURVIVOR, RICK DERRINGER, the ROMANTICS, ELO etc. all in one show without the extra costs of multiple backlines, countless hotels, flights and meals. The excitement never stops as there is a seamless transition from artist to artist with no wait ensuring a smoothly running show with back to back hit songs!
STARSHIP and Friends has thrilled audiences for some of the biggest corporations including Rolls Royce, AMGEM, Toyota, Yamaha, Firestone, REMAX, Pipefitters, Firefighters and Boiler Unions, and more!
Mickey Thomas has revamped his band and show with an expanded set list that includes the multiplatinum hits of Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and Starship! This along with the expanded band and addition of the beautiful, powerful female vocalist, Stephanie Calvert; they now deliver a show that includes all the hit songs and classics! With a vigorous launch, Starship starring Mickey Thomas is headed to new heights with a fresh new show!
Who is "the invisible man of rock 'n' roll"?
Mickey Thomas - that's who! Many music aficionados probably aren't aware that he sang the lead vocals for Elvin Bishop Band's 1976 hit "Fooled Around And Fell In Love."
Mickey Thomas is the owner of the soaring voice that propelled Starship through the decades of the 80’s and 90’s. With his soulful and compelling vocals, Mickey has established himself as one of Rock Music’s most recognizable stars.
Mickey made his mark in 1976 as lead vocalist on the mega-hit “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” with The Elvin Bishop Band. In 1979, Mickey’s joined the Jefferson Starship as lead vocalist, after the departure of Grace Slick and Marty Balin.
Backed by the power of Mickey's vocals, Jefferson Starship immediately scored a #1 hit with “Jane”. With this new sound and powerful new vocals, the group was renamed Starship and continued to record an amazing string of hits including:
- “No Way Out”
- “We Built This City”
- “Nothing Gonna Stop Us Now"
- “Find Your Way Back”
- “Laying It On The Line”
- “It's Not Over Till It's Over”
Moreover, every Starship album released since 1979 has gone Gold, Platinum, or Multi-Platinum. Mickey's stellar voice and video charisma on Starship's video classics such as “We Built This City” and “Sara” have become staples on MTV and VH1. Material covered in Starship's live performance ranges from Mickey's tenure with The Elvin Bishop Band and Starship, as well as songs from his two solo albums.
Mickey Thomas has revamped his band and show and is backed by the band Starship featuring:
Stephanie Calvert - Vocals
John Roth - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Adams - Bass, Vocals
Phil Bennett - Keyboards, Vocals
Darrell “Pelican” Verdusco - Drums, Vocals
All the good moments and his stunning voice can be experienced in a high energy 75 minute show packed with the Starship hits!
“Allow me to humblebrag for a moment,” says the one and only Mark McGrath, and well he might.
After all, the Southern California-native practically invented the oh-so-contemporary art of wry, self-deprecating modesty, backed up of course by a lengthy resume of popular success and artistic accomplishment. As lead singer/songwriter for Sugar Ray, McGrath can lay claim to a stunning string of top 10 hits, multiple multi-platinum albums (including the RIAA 3x platinum certified “14:59”), and countless sold out tours. Where that would be enough for most artists, McGrath has also proven an effervescent and ever-present pop culture personality, with a host of TV, film, and other extracurricular endeavors.
More than two decades since first stepping into the spotlight, the multi-talented frontman is busier than ever before. Leading the charge is his much anticipated solo debut as well as his role as co-host and founder of “Under The Sun,” the annual summer festival tour showcasing the biggest and brightest stars of the halcyon Nineties. Now blissfully married and father to twins, McGrath’s admirably debauched rock star lifestyle has given way to a laser beam focus on his own past, present, and future.
“I’m more lucid now,” he says. “I’m clearer. I’m not this maniac, going from city to city drinking twelve-packs of beer. I’m a father now, my craziness is behind me. The fog has cleared and I’m like, look what we did! It’s awesome!”
Indeed it is. Sugar Ray was groundbreaking from the get-go, including among their ranks a real live DJ – incredibly, unheard of in a rock band at that time. Kicking off with 1995’s “LEMONADE AND BROWNIES,” the Newport Beach quintet unleashed a series of albums that McGrath describes as “love letters to the music we loved, with no irony just pure enthusiasm.” 1997’s “FLOORED” saw the band refine its multi-faceted sound with the assistance of GRAMMY® Award-winning producer David Kahane (Sublime, Paul McCartney, The Strokes). The album proved Sugar Ray’s popular breakthrough, earning 2x platinum certification from the RIAA, fueled in part by the #1 hit single, “Fly.”
The track – which featured guest toasting from dancehall reggae pioneer, Super Cat – along with its candy-colored companion video (directed by McGrath’s childhood friend and longtime collaborator, McG), locked into place Sugar Ray’s trademark all-consuming vision. Melding hair metal and hardcore punk with sampledelic hip-hop, New Wave, disco, and dub, Sugar Ray made music “like kids in a candy store,” crafting an idiosyncratic and utterly distinctive groove as inventive and forward-thinking as any critics’ darling of the era.
The Rembrandts’ are adding the final touches on a brand new record titled “Via Satellite.” The duo’s newly recorded collection of gems is long anticipated by a fan base that remains strong 25 years after The Rembrandts’ first mega hit arrived at retailers.
Danny Wilde and Phil Solem first began playing together as The Rembrandts’ in 1989. Each of their five albums before Via Satellite saw commercial and critical success. And, although “I’ll Be There For You,” “Just The Way It Is Baby” and “Johnny Have You Seen Her” are inarguably their biggest hits, their enduring popularity is more likely due to their compelling live performances, the universal themes expressed in their lyrics, and the vocal harmony that defines The Rembrandts’ unique sound. They have not missed a beat!
These fresh recordings will give new fans a chance to hear the band at their finest & adds a big treat for the older fans around the world who’ve been following them for many, many years. “We are a lucky couple of guys” says Phil. “There’s not a ton of artists that are fortunate to have radio success in as many Countries as we do. We can be heard on our very own gaming slot machine now in Las Vegas. Our career has so much to be grateful for, Danny and I look forward to the next 25!”
Stay tuned for more details on Via Satellite’s release as soon!
John Cafferty of John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band
An award-winning songwriter and recording artist with multi-platinum albums, John Cafferty could simply be known as "The Man Who Made Eddie Cruise"
Indeed, after playing together for more than 25 years, from the beachside haunts of their native Rhode Island to concert venues nationwide, John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band bring both passion and hard-won perspective to their musical careers. And those years have given Cafferty a story to tell which, like the best rock song-writing, is both personal and universal.
Cafferty, and Beaver Brown saxophonist Michael Antunes (who actually appeared as the saxophonist in the Eddie and the Cruisers movie) know much about winning and losing. By 1982, despite their status as one of the strongest club bands in the Northeast, they still had not won a recording contract.
So, they took the risk of writing and performing the music for a yet-to-be released movie. Of course, the film Eddie and the Cruisers became a blockbuster hit and Cafferty's rendition of Tender Years (which had been a poignant gem in the band's repertoire for years) and On the Dark Side flew to the top of the Billboard Charts.
As both of those tracks became hits the soundtrack of Eddie and the Cruisers was released by Scotti Bros/CBS in May 1983 and, bolstered by cable play of the film, sold more than three million copies earning triple platinum status. The risk paid off and Cafferty and Beaver Brown got their own record deal.
The resulting album, Tough All Over, was released by Scotti Bros./CBS in May 1985. With it's varied styles and realistic themes, it was the first chance for Cafferty and the band to display the scope and depth of their music. The album yielded two more Top 20 hits, the title track, Tough All Over and C.I.T.Y. It also included pointed vignettes like Dixieland, a gospel-flavored rave about Frost Belt refugees in the South; Small Town Girl, a doo-wop-tinged love tune Crystal Blue, a heartbreak ballad with a Tex-Mex feel; and the powerful rocker Voices of America's Sons, Cafferty's declaration of rock music's role for his generation, which also appeared on the Rocky IV soundtrack.
I wanted to have a sense of continuity," says Cafferty. "We're still trying to write songs that ring true to life -- that's what's important".
Eric Troyer of Electric Light Orchestra
Eric Troyer was one of ELO Part II's founding members, initially meeting Bev Bevan in April 1989. Eric's immediate influence on the band's sound could be heard on their 1991 album upon which he sang lead and harmony vocals and is responsible for writing several tracks, "Honest Men" and "1000 Eyes" becoming the band's single releases off that album. His contribution to all four albums, is also of great significance as a performer, solo writer and on collaborations with fellow band members.
Eric, a native of Elkhart, Indiana, USA, enjoyed a childhood rich in musical variety, embracing folk, classical, religious, Broadway shows and rock n' roll and developed a particular love of British groups of the Sixties. Following his college days in Indiana and California, Eric traveled east to New York City where he gravitated towards the music business and eventually earned a reputation as one of the most sought-after session musicians around. A friendship with leading producer, Jim Steinman led to prodigious amounts of work, not only on the latter's own recordings, but also on many of the world's biggest-selling singles and albums. Eric's talents are illustrated on records by John Lennon, Bonnie Tyler, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Julian Lennon, Sisters of Mercy, Billy Joel and Celine Dion (the first voice heard on Billy's No. 1 single, "Uptown Girl" is none other than Eric!). Meat Loaf has featured Eric on albums including chart topper, "Bat Out Of Hell II - Back Into Hell", whilst also using his vocal skills on tour. Eric can also be heard on Celine Dion's latest hit "Its All Coming Back To Me Now".
An interest in history and current affair shines through on Eric's solo CD "Model Citizen", where his intelligent lyrics are deep and incisive but also reveal a man who is certainly not without a sharp sense of humour. Ideas for his songs come from current and historical events or inspiration can even be found in snippets of conversation.
Eric's concern for his fellow man was clearly illustrated by his song writing involvement in memory of twelve school children killed in a road accident. Eric recorded the song, "Perpetual Light", with the classmates as part of a healing process and to raise money for the school's music department.
All this and Eric still finds the energy to be a full time member of THE ORCHESTRA, making records and touring the world. Emerging from his shadowy bank of keyboards, Eric leaps into the spotlight playing his "walkabout" keyboard and occasional guitar, thus enabling him to join the band's fine front line of musicians.
Alex Ligertwood of Santana
His voice is recognized literally the world over as the lead vocalist of Santana. Over 16 years with Carlos, Alex Ligertwood provided his unique sound and interpretation on 12 albums. He earned Gold Records for four of those Santana efforts, and scored Top 40 hits with six albums and/or singles. Alex shares Santana's soulful R & B style, which is clearly evident on the Santana hits "Winning" (Zebop), "All I Ever Wanted" (Marathon), and "Hold On" (Shango). His live rendition of the classics like "Black Magic Woman" and "Oye Como Va" scored Gold with Santana's "Sacred Fire: Live In Latin America Album."
There's something deep in the soul of Scotland that produces great blues and R & B singers. Some of music's top vocalists over the years -- from Rod Stewart to Maggie Bell to Alex Ligertwood -- have come out of that musically fertile land. Alex Ligertwood grew up in the rough and tumble city of Glasgow. For him, it was a place just east of Detroit or Memphis. He loved American music, especially Motown, Rhythm and Blues, and Soul. R & B was raw, electric, and didn't hold anything back. His musical idols included the legendary Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye -- good company for a budding vocalist.
Alex began his musical path by performing with local R & B groups in his native Scotland. In the mid-sixties he was a member of the critically acclaimed R & B group, The Senate. This group included the late drummer Robbie Mcintosh, who would later be known for his work in the Average White Band which toured Europe as the supporting band for Ben E. King.
It didn't take long for others to recognize the Scotsman's natural talents. One of the first to spotlight Alex's big soulful voice was Jeff Beck. He promptly made Alex lead vocalist for the Jeff Beck Band in the early seventies. Next up was a stint with another legendary British band, Brian Auger's Oblivion Express. Over the years, Alex recorded several albums with Auger's jazz-rock unit, singing and co-writing with Auger. During the same period, Alex performed and recorded with fellow Scottish soulmates, the Average White Band.
In the late seventies, Alex served as vocalist/guitarist and co-writer with the Narada Michael Walden Band and the David Sancious & Tone Band before joining Santana in 1979. Alex brings a vocal intensity that feeds the volcanic playing of Carlos Santana. He has recorded and co-written numerous albums for Santana, including: "Marathon", "Zebop!", "Beyond Appearances", "Viva Santana", "Shango", "Spirits Dancing in the Flesh", "Milagro", and "Sacred Fire".
Alex has been musically associated with Santana for more than eighteen years. This clearly exhibits the regard that Carlos Santana holds for Alex's musical talents. A perfect showcase for Alex's vocal power is "Somewhere in Heaven", a ballad from "Milagro", co-written by Alex that brings both sides of Alex and Santana together -- the lyrical and the fiery -- in a passionate, spiritual tour-de-force.
His vocal talents have also been featured on the Spyro Gyra album "Dreams Beyond Control", an honor considering that Spyro Gyra is strictly an "instrumental band". Alex has also recorded on albums with Ben E. King, Didier Lockwood, Carly Simon, The Dixie Dregs, Michelle Colombier, Jeff Lorber, Billy Squier and many others.
Alex currently resides in Southern California. He is currently working on solo projects, as well as performing with his band Metro. He is also working on side projects with various other bands,´including live performances with the David Garfield and Friends Band, Billy Cobham and Friends Band, and with Jason Scheff in the bands Painted Rhythm and Border Patrol.
Bobby Kimball of Toto
Bobby started playing piano at the young age of 4 years old. His Mother had the rare gift of "Perfect Pitch", and could play just about anything she heard. This was an inspiration to Bobby and his oldest brother, and soon both of them started their own bands when Bobby was only 8 year old. The members of Bobby’s band were the younger brothers of his oldest brother’s band.
Growing up in Louisiana was truly a gift for Bobby, due to such a wide variety of music styles and fantastic musicians to play with. Living about 10 miles from the Texas border played a big role in his music career, because there were so many 5000 seat clubs stationed along the Texas border inside Louisiana. The drinking age in Texas was 21 years old, and in Louisiana it was 18 years old. This leaves little doubt as to why these 5000 seat clubs were completely packed on the weekends, and it was a huge influence on Bobby’s decision to become a musician instead of a Medical Doctor. After 5 years of University studies in the medical field, Bobby decided to follow the path that made him the happiest, and he became a full-time musician.
After playing and singing with about 15 different bands in Louisiana and Texas, Bobby ended up in a band called "The Levee Band", which became a high watermark of musicianship and talent. In the middle of a tour with The Levee band, Bobby received a call from a long time musician friend, Jon Smith, who asked him to come to LA and sing with the musicians who had made up the band "Three Dog Night", one of Bobby’s favorite bands ever. He had to make a very hard decision to leave, not only one of the best bands he had ever played with, but also his native Louisiana home.
After arriving in LA to meet the band, things changed drastically for Bobby. He was finally in the city where the music industry thrived, and most of the great musicians and singers who had created the hit songs that drew him into the fold to become a musician were living and working. After this band got together, they signed a contract with CBS Records under the name "S.S. Fools", which was the title of the first and only LP recorded by them. This band lasted for about 18 months before Bobby decided to leave them for better opportunities. During the rehearsal stages of "S.S. Fools", Bobby first met, and became friends with Jeffery Porcaro (then, the drummer with "Steely Dan"), and David Paich (who had just co-written the Grammy winning "Silk Degrees" LP with Boz Scaggs). Jeff and David were at most of our rehearsals, because they loved the music of "Three Dog Night" as well. A few months after leaving S.S. Fools, Bobby was asked by Jeff and David (the initial founders of Toto), to become the lead singer. There were no questions, nor hesitation about his decision to join this band. They were the best musicians Bobby had ever heard, and a perfect platform for his voice.
The very first LP Toto released, entitled "Toto", broke out with the massive hit single, "Hold The Line". The band was nominated for a Grammy as "Best New Band" that year, but lost to "A Taste of Honey".
Toto’s music was very well received and the band built a huge following of very loyal fans. Bobby was in the band for the recording of the first 4 records ("Toto", "Hydra", "Turn Back", and "TotoIV"). It was the "Toto IV CD" that absolutely defined the band, and it’s future. At the 1982 Grammy Awards, The "Toto IV" CD was nominated for a "record breaking" NINE Grammy Awards. Out of these nine nominations, the band won SIX Grammy Awards, based on the strength and popularity of the song, "Rosanna". Also, Steve Lukather, co-writer of "Turn Your Love Around", with Jay Gradon and Bill Champlin, won a 7th Grammy. Altogether, the band brought home 7 Grammy Awards that evening, ...which set a precedent for the number of Grammy Awards ever won by a single band in one year.
It was in the middle of the recording of the 5th CD that some differences broke out amongst the members of the band, and Bobby was asked to leave Toto. The band went through several singers, Fergie Frederikson & Joseph Williams, to name a couple of really great vocalists.
Bobby moved to Germany for 6 years, and recorded his first CD there with Frank Farian called “The Far Corporation”. This is where he met Simon Philips, who played drums on the CD. The CD did very well in the charts in Europe, and a 2nd CD was in the works by then.
Bobby ended up recording 3 more CDs in Germany:
1. “Rise Up”
2. “Tribute to Ray Charles”
3. “The Toto Classic Hits”
After several vocalist changes with Toto, in 1998, Bobby was asked to rejoin the band, which put the band back to it's most original form, and he remained the lead vocalist for the next 10 years until the band dissolved in 2008.
Not long after his departure from Germany, Bobby met, and began co-writing his next CD work with his friend John Zaika. The CD was entitled “All I Ever Needed”. Now, John and Bobby are starting on their 2nd project, but this time, they have started their own Record label called:
“Future Memories Music”
Bobby and John’s next CD work will be the first thing to be released on that new label, and then, other artists will be considered to join the label. John and Bobby are writing the new CD now (May 2011).
Bobby spent about 2 weeks, beginning may 8th, 2011, touring in Kuwait & Iraq for the US Troops. “It was one of the most interesting tours I’ve ever done. I learned so much about what was going on in the Middle East, that most people have no clue about.”
Since the dissolution of Toto in 2008, Bobby has been touring the world over, non-stop. At this time, he has 6 major tours lined up, and more on the way. “I’ve never been this busy in my whole career in music. I love touring, and I always have fun on the road with the fans.”
“I’ve been working on a Solo CD for several years now, and now I’m finally getting some time to finish it. I’m using some of the best musicians around the LA area, and this is a CD which will surely not disappoint the fans.”
“I’ve just completed a Duets CD with Jimi Jamison from “Survivor”, which will be out at the end of the Summer of 2011. It’s a great Rock CD, and so fun to make it.”
“At the moment, I’m working on a new CD with Robert Säll from the band ‘Work of Art’ from Scandinavia. We’ve just begun this project, and it should be done within a few months. I love the songs Robert writes, and I’m sure this CD will be very interesting for many people.”
“I have so many projects going at the same time, it’s keeping me busier than ever. I love my work, and I’m having more fun now than I’ve ever experienced in music.”
Wally Palmar of The Romantics
Wally Palmar, lead singer and founding member of The Romantics, is one of the most recognized vocalists of the 80’s. Singing, playing rhythm guitar, bass guitar and harmonica, Palmar’s unique and memorable musical contributions, have helped The Romantics remain one of the most influential bands emanating from this important period.
A hard working street kid from the East side of Detroit, Palmar was born in Hamtramck, Michigan, the son of deeply religious, blue collar Ukrainian immigrants. Graduating from Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic High School, the Church not only educated Palmar, it gave him his first experience singing during liturgy. Growing up in the ’60’s, Palmar says, “I was very fortunate. We had AM/FM radio which was partial to Motown and Detroit rock and roll. And on TV, there were girls screaming at the Beatles and Stones.” His dad bought him his first guitar and amp in ’67. He quickly became bored taking guitar lessons and went home to learn songs on his own. With natural musical aptitude, teaching himself to play the harmonica was next. Some of Palmar’s early influences were that of British Invasion rock, most notably the music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, The Pretty Things and The Yardbirds. The Romantics music reflects this important time in Rock History.
After signing with Nemperor Records in 1979, The Romantics released their self-titled debut LP in 1980. Recorded in only three weeks, and propelled by “What I Like About You," and "When I Look In Your Eyes," the album, earning a total of 9 gold and platinum records worldwide, took them around the world touring. It is an exemplary pop-rock piece which carries on throughout the decades and across all cultures.
In 1983 the Romantics released “In Heat” their best-selling album, going platinum shortly after its release. On the strength of such Top Ten international hits as "Talking in Your Sleep" and "One in a Million" as well as “Rock You Up", The Romantics appeared often on classic American television shows such as “American Bandstand” and “Solid Gold,” and were the first “Rock” band to appear on “Soul Train.” Popular worldwide, they also appeared on many television shows across Europe, Australia and Japan.
In 1994, The Romantics received an award for Outstanding Pop-Rock Recording Artists from the Motor City Music Awards and in 1999, they were presented with the Distinguished Achievement Award at the Detroit Music Awards.
The Romantics are continuously being re-introduced to new generations today via the extensive airplay on contemporary rock radio, satellite radio, various artist compilations, commercials and movie soundtracks. Some of which include: Ritchie Rich, Stuart Little 2, Freaky Friday, 13 Going on 30, Shrek 2 and Surf’s Up, as well as some of the more notable commercials with sponsors such as Budweiser, Burger King, Papa John’s Pizza, Esurance, Hampton Inn, TGI Fridays and Toyota.
Wally is a huge believer in giving back to the community and donates his time and voice to helping charities such as: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Special Olympics, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, The Humane Society, The Sheila Witkin Foundation and many other Michigan Children’s Hospitals, as well as being a contributor to several orphanages in the Ukraine.
Today Palmar continues to write, record and tour the world with The Romantics. A hard working musician never content to simply rest on his red-leathered laurels, Wally Palmar continues to work on various side projects and studio sessions and will be touring with Ringo Starr and His All-Starr band this summer 2010. With an ever evolving career, his music and style are as much in demand as they have been for the last 30 years and have proven to stand the test of time.
Young guitar great, vocalist and entertainer Rick Derringer was just 17 when his band The McCoysTM recorded the No.1 hit "Hang On Sloopy" in the summer of 1965, knocking "Yesterday" by The Beatles out of the top spot. The McCoys had enjoyed four years of successful touring, when Rick merged his talents with Johnny Winter in 1969 forming Johnny Winter And (And referring to The McCoys).
Rick was the only producer of all gold and platinum Winter Brothers recordings. In '71 Rick was featured on three records, "Johnny Winter And", "Johnny Winter And-Live" and "Edgar Winter's White Trash". "And" featured the first version of Derringer's "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo" which was also released as a single, then selected again for "And - Live". Eventually, the busy Derringer joined Edgar Winter's White Trash full-time and produced the gold LP, "Roadwork". Derringer's solo album, All American Boy was released in '73 with the now already popular "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo", this time as a 'hit' single.
Rick was writer/producer of Johnny Winter's Still Alive and Well album and player/producer of the hit album, They Only Come Out At Night. The latter featured the No. 1, Grammy nominated monster hit, "Frankenstein" and "Free Ride".
In 1976 Rick created the Derringer Band. He released four albums and in '83 returned to his solo career with the LP, Good Dirty Fun.
Throughout the 70's and 80's the popular Derringer appeared on numerous albums with artists Alice Cooper, Richie Havens, Todd Rundgren and Steely Dan. The list also includes Cyndi Lauper, Barbra Streisand, Kiss, Mason Ruffner and Madam X. In the mid-80's, Derringer discovered Weird Al Yankovic, producing music for Grammy-winning albums and videos. Derringer's productions of the Michael Jackson parodies, the No. 1 hit "Eat It", and "Who's Fat", have been Yankovic's most successful recordings.
It was also in the 90's that Rick was selected to be producer/writer/performer of the World Wrestling Federation LP's. Hulk Hogan's theme song, "I Am A Real American" was written and performed by Rick as a part of these projects.
Derringer was once again sought after by Edgar Winter and in 1990, performed for the LP, Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer Live in Japan. Then in 1999 Rick and Edgar were back together again for their collaboration on his Winter Blues CD.
Derringer also recorded four blues CD's starting in '93 with Back To the Blues followed by Electra Blues, Blues Deluxe and his 2000 release Jackhammer Blues. At about that same period Derringer, who seems to be constantly in motion, released his destined-to-be-classic Tend the Fire in Europe to rave reviews and is eagerly expected by his loyal fans here in the US.
The year 2001 was another busy one for Rick. His venture back into Rock & Roll with Vanilla Fudge superstars Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert produced a recording of intense synergy - D B A (for Derringer, Bogert & Appice) with vocals, writing and instrumentals shared by all three. 2004 promised a reprise for Derringer and Appice, with the release of D-N-A.
After D B A, the next project was truly a work from the heart and soul of Rick and his wife Brenda Jean (Jenda Hall). Entitled Aiming 4 Heaven, it brought forth their devotion to God and put it into song with help from their children, Lory & Martin. That project opened the doors for a worldwide release on Reborn Records
We can't forget the Winter of 2002, where Rick ventured into a whole new musical world - Smooth Jazz. Interest in Rick Derringer - Free Ride grew quickly at radio, and the second single "Hot And Cool" (in the 'Radio and Records' top 20 for 5 months, and number 42 for the year) showed Derringer right at home in the format. It might come as a surprise, but as he explains, it's the kind of music he's been waiting to do his whole life. His wife Brenda is featured as co-writer on three songs, and arranger/singer on the title cut.
It seems like almost too much story to take in at one sitting, but the most surprising part is, after more than four decades he's still going strong!
Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night
From a humble Bronx, New York apartment to success and wealth far beyond anything he could imagine, the Chuck Negron story is an amazing saga. For what could have ended on a deadly downbeat is today a wonderful story that gives us all hope and faith that miracles do happen.
Rock-n-Roll first made a difference in Chuck’s life in the late 1950’s. By the age of 15, he had recorded his first single record and performed at the world famous Apollo Theater with his vocal group “The Rondells.” A stone cold dead silence ensued as the curtain rose on the Rondells. “We were not just the only white group on the bill,” Negron recalls, “we were the only white people in the building. But by our second verse, something magical happened. The audience started to cheer us on.” That night Negron learned an important lesson, that music transcends all barriers and differences that people might have. “That’s the power of music.” Soon after his Apollo triumph, the teenage Chuck Negron and the Rondells began haunting Manhattan’s famous Brill Building. “I came to believe that the difference between a good singer and a great singer was the songs they sang. I looked to see who was writing the great hits of the early rock-n-roll years. The same names came up over and over again; Leiber and Stoller, Goffin and King, Mann and Weil, Bacharach and David, among others.” They would go from office to office in hopes of meeting some of these great writers to sing for them. They performed 10 to 20 times a day for publishers as well as record companies.
COLLEGE OR MUSIC
By 1961, it was decision time for his future. Chuck had received several scholarships to play college basketball. In addition, he had a desire to pursue a music career. Chuck decided to do both. He accepted an athletic scholarship from Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California, which was just a few hours from Hollywood. Chuck was later recruited by Bill Sharman, coach at Cal State, Los Angeles, a “stones throw” from Hollywood and the recording industry. Now in California, attending college and playing basketball, obtaining a recording contract was next on Chuck’s agenda. Columbia records came calling after Chuck and the Sorenson Brothers had radio success in central California with two single releases, “Sharon Lee” on the Marlinda Records and “I Dream Of An Angel” on the Heart Van Label. In 1965, Columbia Records signed Chuck Negron-Rondell to a recording contract. With his hoop life now behind him, Negron arrived in Hollywood to make a reputation as a recording artist and performer. “I learned a great deal while on Columbia. The producers and A&R people had total control. They picked all my songs, the arrangements and ultimately how the world would see me. I learned you must be more than just a singer. You must be able to define yourself in some special way. A unique vocal style, image or presence, through your song writing, or ability to pick great songs, arrange and produce them.”
REACHING BACK TO HIS ROOTS
In 1967, Chuck Negron became a founding member of Three Dog Night. A vocal trio whose roots would be in R&B, rock-n-roll and urban doo wop, but, whose music would be totally new and unique. Chuck felt one thing might be missing. Great Songs! Chuck went back to the publishers who represented the great writers he loved as a teenager. These publishers would also introduce Chuck to new, up and coming writers. Chuck brought Harry Nilsson’s “One” (Is The Loneliest Number) to the group. Chuck also selected and sang lead on Elton John’s first song to be released in the U.S., “Lady Samantha.” He also picked and sang Paul Williams’ “Old Fashioned Love Song” and “Out In The Country,” Laura Nyro’s “Eli’s Coming,” David Loggins’ “Pieces of April” and Hoyt Axton’s, “Joy To The World.” Chuck also discovered many other new writers as well. Built around the pop soul vocals of Negron and Wells, great songs, brilliant musicians and a powerful three part harmony – few bands were as consistently popular in concert or on the music charts. In an era when Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and Motown were competing for chart position, TDN dominated the charts and sold 50 million records by 1975 – 90 million records sold to date.
A CAREER WITHIN A CAREER
The world was introduced to Chuck Negron and Three Dog Night in 1969 by the breakthrough – and the band’s first million seller “One.” Driven by Chuck Negron’s solo lead vocals on 4 million selling singles, three #1 records , (one which topped the charts for six weeks, “Joy To The World,”) five top 5 hits and seven top 40 hits, Negron put and kept Three Dog Night on the charts for six years. His soaring, soulful, four octave range and unique vocal styling became a part of the American landscape. His gut wrenching performance on the band’s follow up hit to “One”, “Easy To Be Hard” is now a pop classic, as is his beautiful and smooth vocal on “Old Fashioned Love Song.” Chuck’s unmistakable voice exclaiming “Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog” on the multi-Grammy nominated and 1971 Record Of The Year, “Joy To The World” is today a part of Americana, securing a place for Chuck Negron as one of the great singers in rock and pop.
While Chuck was with Three Dog Night they had a phenomenal 18 consecutive top 20 hits, 21 top 40 hits, 8 top 10 hits and 4 number one hits - not to mention 5 top 10 albums and 11 top 20 albums. “We were a self-contained band who performed all the music on our records,” Negron explained. “We picked all the songs, arranged them and were totally involved in production. We never had an A&R person or any record company interference. The band contractually had artistic control.” Few bands were as popular in concert. They pioneered stadium extravaganzas, prompting Rolling Stone Magazine in its 1972 cover story to exclaim “More Gold Than The Stones!” “Bigger Crowds Than Credence!” “Fatter Purses Than Elvis!” Some of their opening acts were the likes of Rod Stewart, Aerosmith, ELO and co-headliner billing with Led Zeppelin.
BEGINNING TO END
By 1975, two original members were unable to continue and had to be replaced. In fact, the sex, drugs, rock n roll existence, had taken its toll. Soldiering on after their last million selling single, ironically titled “The Show Must Go On,” the band released their last top forty hit “Til The World Ends” which reached number 32 on the pop charts. Both recordings were selected, arranged and sung by Chuck.
Chuck Negron had a great career within the band’s career. He gave the group their first million seller and fittingly their last. Three Dog Night called it quits in 1976.
THE LONG ROAD BACK
Chuck’s best selling book “Three Dog Nightmare” and his second book "Three Dog Nightmare: The Continuing Chuck Negron Story" chronicles his personal life and death struggle with addiction and the miracle that saved his life on September 17, 1991. Chuck has remained clean and sober ever since.
“In 1992, I studied voice for the first time in my life! I wanted to learn and be better than I had ever been. I discovered a new and wonderful passion for life and my music.” Chuck dedicated himself to a strenuous training regimen that made him stronger than he has ever been. “Live performances can often be like an athletic event, if you’re giving the audience everything you have.” Negron explains with a laugh, “I still train and utilize my vocal coach whenever necessary.” Negron performs upwards of 70 shows a year giving audiences the opportunity to hear his impressive volume of hits plus an exciting repertoire of new songs from his 4 solo CD’s. “Am I Still In Your Heart” was his first solo release in 1995. Then came a beautiful Christmas CD “Joy To The World” released in 1996. Chuck spent over two years writing his book “Three Dog Nightmare” and recorded the accompanying soundtrack CD entitled “The Long Road Back.” His fourth solo effort “Chuck Negron – Live In Concert” recorded at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas was released in 2001 in which one of Chuck's original songs "Took Me Under" was nominated in 2002 for a PRISM Award for Best Song. In 2005, Chuck released two DVDs "The Chuck Negron Story: Biography of an Entertainer" which won several awards including the 2006 PRISM "Video to Production" Award and also includes classic unseen footage of Three Dog Night live in concert. His second DVD, "Chuck Negron: Live and in Concert" Chuck sings his famous Three Dog Night hits as well as several songs from his four solo CDs.
GIVING IT BACK
“I would have nothing without the people who cared for me and helped me find my way,” Negron says. Chuck remains active with several of the organizations whose aim is to keep drugs out of the music industry. Chuck also spends time helping the addicted. Cri-Help in North Hollywood, California has been most important to Chuck’s ongoing recovery. “I’ve been singing, performing and recording for 50 years. I’ve always been grateful for my voice and my life as a musician. I look at it as a gift from God. It has afforded me the opportunity to touch so many people in such a beautiful way. Music has brought me joy, inner peace and comfort that I thrive on. I feel very blessed to be in the game again.”
1 As reflected on "The Billboard, "Cashbox" and "Record World" Charts.
2 Chuck Negron is no longer a part of Three Dog Night’s current line up who continues to tour today.
3 St. Martins Press – Released 1999
4 Literary Architects - Released 2008
5 The Annual PRISM Awards are part of the entertainment industry's growing commitment to fighting substance abuse and addiction through accurate depictions of drug and alcohol use and addiction in film, television, video and music.
Mike Reno of Loverboy
In 1980 LOVERBOY introduced themselves to the world with their self-titled debut album. They quickly became one of America's and MTV's most popular rock bands. From 1980 through 1987 LOVERBOY garnered four multi-Platinum albums and numerous international Gold albums. Their tours sold out arenas and stadiums nationwide. Their hit singles came one after another, and went on to become the anthems and party songs of an entire generation of rock concert going fans. LOVERBOY's red leather pants, bandannas, and big rock sound defined the band's trademark image and high-energy live show.
LOVERBOY, driven by the powerful vocals of Mike Reno, the relentless rock groove of lead guitarist Paul Dean, bassist Scott Smith, keyboardist Doug Johnson and drummer Matt Frenette, built its reputation on-stage, bringing the energy from their radio hits to coliseum rousing excitement.
LOVERBOY's inception began in Calgary, Canada, when Mike Reno was introduced to Paul Dean at The Refinery Night Club. Dean was rehearsing a new band out back in a warehouse with a friend of Reno’s and Mike
stopped by to jam. Dean heard him sing a couple of songs and that was that! Over the next few weeks, Dean and Reno began writing songs on guitar and drums. Doug Johnson who at the time was in another Canadian recording band began to hang out and jam with Dean and Reno. It was during one of those jam sessions with Reno on drums and Dean on bass that Turn Me Loose and LOVERBOY was born.
After being rejected by all the major U.S. record companies LOVERBOY signed with Columbia Records Canada. On March the 20th, 1980, LOVERBOY went into the studio with producer Bruce Fairbairn and engineer Bob Rock to record their self-titled debut album -- LOVERBOY. The summer of 1980 saw the record fly out of the stores setting record sales for a debut album -- over 700,000 records in Canada. Columbia U.S. had no choice but recognize that 700,000 people could not be wrong. The U.S. released the album
in November 1980 and by April 1981, it had gone GOLD. LOVERBOY's debut album went on to sell more than 2 million albums in the U.S. and 4 million worldwide.
Soon the band found themselves playing on mega tours with Journey, Bob Seger, Cheap Trick, ZZ Top, Kansas and Def Leppard, to name a few; they quickly became MTV darlings, being one of the first bands ever featured on the music channel. Between dates,( over 200 shows in 1981) the band wrote and recorded their second multi-platinum selling album. In 1981, GET LUCKY was released. It featured Working For The Weekend, When It's Over, Take Me To The Top, Only The Lucky Ones, Jump, etc. GET LUCKY, and the band's enormous touring success, led LOVERBOY in 1982, to an unprecedented six Juno Awards, Canada's highest music award. This record still stands today.
In 1983, LOVERBOY released their third album KEEP IT UP, and launched another extensive eight-month world tour. With Hot Girls In Love and Queen Of The Broken Hearts burning up the airwaves they were soon recognized as one of the hardest working bands with a must-see live show. LOVIN' EVERY MINUTE OF IT, the band's fourth album it hit the airwaves, and landed them as one of the Top Five grossing touring acts, performing in over 100 cities across the U.S. and Canada. Their success earned them the title of becoming the first
Canadian group to earn Columbia Records' exclusive Crystal Glove Award, celebrating the sale of over five million albums outside their native country.
In 1986 LOVERBOY recorded Heaven In Your Eyes, for the soon to be blockbuster movie TOP GUN. The single went Top 5 on Billboard's chart. This was followed by the 1987 release of WILDSIDE -- LOVERBOY's last studio album of the 1980's. After nine years of being ruled by LOVERBOY's agenda of recording, touring, television appearances, videos, and hoards of interviews Paul, Mike, Matt, Doug and Scott decided to take a rest from the band and each other. The year was 1989.
In the late fall of 1992, LOVERBOY re-united to join Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi and other stars to help raise money for cancer-stricken friend and fellow recording artist Brian 'Too Loud' McLeod. Unrehearsed, and three years since their last performance, the band hit the stage running. The music industry-dominated crowd loved what they saw and were reminded of why LOVERBOY was such a great live band. Mike, Matt, Doug, Scott and Paul felt they this was the most fun they had had in years. They wanted to do it again. This time LOVERBOY decided to have some fun. They got into their own cars and
drove around Western Canada doing selected dates. They were back doing what they loved -- performing live.
In 1993 the band decided to go back into the U.S. with some trepidation -- LOVERBOY did 64 concert dates. There was no reason to be nervous. The fans came back out and brought new ones with them. Sony/Legacy released a new greatest hits album entitled, LOVERBOY – CLASSICS. By now, the band had been touring every year since 1993 doing shows with old friends such as Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Night Ranger, Eddie Money. In 1998 they performed over 95 concerts in the U.S. alone.
Skip Martin of Dazz Band Kool & The Gang
Positive and passionate about life, is the best way of describing Grammy Award winner Skip Martin – lead vocalist, trumpet player, songwriter, artist and producer…
Originally from the Bay Area, California and now based in Las Vegas, Skip has a string of impressive professional achievements and performances to his name.
To date Skip has entertained millions of people around the world as a former lead vocalist for Kool & the Gang and lead vocalist for the Dazz Band, (which won them a Grammy Award for the song “Let It Whip”).
Other achievements include Platinum & Gold Records recipient with the two major recording groups, a total of twenty-seven albums (seven with Kool & the Gang and fourteen with The Dazz Band), music publisher, producer of both pop, R&B and jazz albums to name a few.
His tenor voice has a warm eclectic style developed through the years under the guise of maestro Stevie Wonder. Skip lists Miles Davis, Sammy Davis and Donny Hathaway as major influences on his musical development.
Skip is also involved in three all star bands featuring the lead singers of top selling bands performing as one band - from the classic rock era - Starship & Friends (Starship’s Mickey Thomas, Survivor’s Jimi Jamison and Toto’s Bobby Kimball ...) as well as Rock & Pop Masters (Larry Hoppen - Orleans, Joe Bouchard - Blue Oyster Cult, and Alex Ligertwood - Santana...) and from the funk era - Masters of Funk (ConFunkShun’s Michael Cooper, Bar- Kays’ Larry Dodson, Ohio Player’s Sugarfoot...) to name a few.
Skip’s new jazz CD ’Formal Dining’ and hip-hop CD ‘SkipHop’ are currently available at iTunes.com and cdbaby.com.
Terri Nunn of Berlin
For fans of electronic music – and the far-reaching wave of style and pop culture that followed in the wake of the 80s – Berlin vocalist Terri Nunn is an icon. As the charismatic vocalist for a band that virtually launched electronic dance rock in the U.S., Terri earned the No. 11 spot on VH1’s list of the “100 Greatest Women in Rock.” It might come as a surprise then to hear that Terri (who inspired legions of modern female rockers) was first inspired by male role models like Robert Plant and David Bowie. “The first artists that changed my brain about what I wanted to do were men,” Terri confesses. “On stage they were really loud, powerful, sexy and irreverent. The guys seemed to have a lot more fun than any of the girls I saw.” But Terri’s perception shifted when she discovered the artistry of three very distinct women in rock: Grace Slick, Anne Wilson and Stevie Nicks. “Grace Slick was really like a guy on stage, and she showed me the role I wanted in a rock band,” Terri explains. “Anne Wilson also had an incredible vocal power and presence, because she was very influenced by Robert Plant. Stevie Nicks was femininity and mystery in the midst of the rock world, and I wanted that, too.”
Still performing and recording more than 20 years after the release of the groundbreaking debut, Pleasure Victim, Terri and Berlin are currently touring in support of 4Play, the group’s impressive 10th release. An eclectic and ambitious album, 4Play is comprised of new material along with both electronic and alternative rock covers from a first rate selection of artists – David Bowie, Depeche Mode and industrial-Goth icon Marilyn Manson, to name a few. With a mix of both studio and live recordings, 4 Play is everything you’d expect from Berlin, a band that continues to explore and perfect a sound they pioneered over two decades ago. “Although we didn’t realize it at the time,” Terri recalls, “Berlin’s early sound was the start of modern electronic music. That sound has morphed into industrial, trance and now electroclash. Bands like Interpol, Fisherspooner and Goldfrapp are actually direct descendents of what we were doing in the ‘80s.”
Eddie Money was born Edward Joseph Mahoney on March 21, 1949, in Brooklyn, New York. Although he dreamed of being a musician, after high school, Eddie decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a police officer.
In 1968, after serving as a New York City Police Officer for two years, Money put his law enforcement career on hold to pursue music. He moved to Berkeley, California and began performing at local clubs. Then, in 1976, after changing his surname from Mahoney to Money, Eddie’s fate changed when he was introduced to legendary promoter Bill Graham while performing at one of Graham’s events. The two quickly became close, with Graham serving as both a mentor and manager to Money. Said Graham of Money, “Eddie Money has it all…not only can he sing, write and play, but he is a natural performer.”
After signing a recording contract with Columbia Records, Money burst onto the scene with his eponymous debut album in 1977. Fans immediately fell in love with Money’s sound, and the album, which went double platinum, featured hits like “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” Money followed the success of his debut album with a stream of Top 40 hits, as well as some of the era’s most creative videos for songs like “Think I’m in Love” and “Shakin.” In 1986, Money releasedCan’t Hold Back, which featured the classic, Grammy-Nominated duet with Ronnie Spector, “Take Me Home Tonight.” The song reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album went platinum and also featured the hit “I Wanna Go Back.”
These days, Money continues to delight new and old fans alike at venues throughout the country. Having opened the summer concert season at the famous DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit for nearly 20 years, Money draws fans from all over who are eager to see the legendary musician. Ask any concert attendee and they’ll tell you he retains his signature style and performs with the same passion today as he did more than 30 years ago.
In addition to maintaining a busy touring schedule, Money has featured on hit television shows like “The King of Queens,” where he performed for his good friend Kevin James, and “The Drew Carey Show,” where he played Mimi’s ex-husband.
In recent years, Eddie has been joined on tour by his daughter, Jesse Money. Jesse, who was on MTV’s “Rock The Cradle,” is a talented and charismatic vocalist who has chosen to follow in her father’s footsteps. While on tour with Eddie, Jesse sings back-up vocals and adds an exciting twist to the duet “Take Me Home Tonight.” Eddie and his wife Laurie also have four sons – Zachary, Joseph, Desmond, and Julian.
As the years have passed, Money’s blue-collar brand of Rock n Roll has managed to transcend generations and continues to move audiences today. Along with having sold more than 28 million records, Money’s songs have appeared in dozens of movies and television shows, and have recently been included in hit video games like “Grand Theft Auto” and “Guitar Hero.”
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