Billie Joe Armstrong
He is a guitarist and vocalist for the punk rock band Pinhead Gunpowder and provides lead vocals for Green Days side projects Foxboro Hot Tubs and The Network. Raised in Rodeo, Armstrong developed an interest in music at a young age and he met Mike Dirnt while attending elementary school, and the two instantly bonded over their mutual interest in music, forming the band Sweet Children when the two were 15 years old. The band changed its name to Green Day, and would achieve massive commercial success, Armstrong has pursued musical projects outside of Green Days work, including numerous collaborations with other musicians. The record company has come under the management of Pat Magnarella. Billie Joe Armstrong was born in Oakland and raised in nearby Rodeo and his father worked as a jazz musician and truck driver for Safeway Inc. to support his family. He died of cancer on September 10,1982, when Armstrong was 10. The song Wake Me Up When September Ends is a memorial to his father and he has five older siblings, Alan, Marci and Anna.
His mother worked at Rods Hickory Pit restaurant in El Cerrito, Armstrong is of Scotch-Irish, Scottish, Spanish and Welsh descent. Armstrongs interest in music started at a young age and he attended Hillcrest Elementary School in Rodeo, where a teacher encouraged him to record a song titled Look for Love at the age of five on the Bay Area label Fiat Records. After his father died, his mother married a man whom her children disliked, at the age of 10, Armstrong met Mike Dirnt in the school cafeteria and they immediately bonded over their love of music. He became interested in punk rock after being introduced to rock by his brothers. Armstrong has cited Minneapolis-based bands The Replacements and Hüsker Dü as major musical influences and Mike Dirnts first live performance under the name Green Day was in Davis, a town approximately an hours drive northeast of the San Francisco Bay area. Along with Hillcrest Elementary, Armstrong attended Carquinez Middle School and John Swett High School, on his 18th birthday, he dropped out to pursue his musical career.
In 1986, aged 14, Armstrong formed a band called Sweet Children with his childhood friend Mike Dirnt, in the beginning and Armstrong both played guitar, with John Kiffmeyer, known as Al Sobrante, on drums, and Sean Hughes on bass. After a few performances, Hughes left the band in 1988, Dirnt began playing bass and they changed their name to Green Day in April 1989, choosing the name because of their fondness for marijuana. In 1989, Armstrong provided lead guitar and backing vocals on three songs for The Lookouts final EP IV and that same year, Green Day released their debut EP1,000 Hours through Lookout. They recorded their debut studio album 39/Smooth and the extended play Slappy in 1990, tré Cool became Green Days drummer in late 1990 after Sobrante left in order to go to college. Cool made his debut on Green Days second album, Kerplunk, in 1993, Armstrong played live several times with California punk band Rancid
Steve Asheim is an American drummer and primary songwriter for the death metal band Deicide. Asheim endorses Pearl, Vater, Axis and is known to collect guns, Asheim plays guitar on the album Till Death Do Us Part. On November 20,2007, Asheim joined the St. Petersburg, Asheim first instrument was the trumpet but after few months he started playing drums as self-taught at age 11 and began to play in small bands at 13. He did his first demo in a studio of one of his teachers in Freehold. In that period he developed his interest in extreme drumming and he left his former bandmates because they wanted to play Mötley Crüe while he was interested to play Slayer and Metallica. In 1985, he moved to Florida and joined Carnage, where he met Eric, Carnage covered Slayer, Celtic Frost and Dark Angel songs. After Carnage disbanded in 1986, Asheim and the Hoffman brothers started writing the early Amon songs, in 1987 they met Glen Benton and started demoing. Later they changed the name in Deicide. Asheim was inspired by such as Metallica, Dark Angel, Destruction.
Asheim plays lead and rhythm guitar, bass guitar and piano and he listens to classical piano to derive a better idea of what is possible in constructing songs and music. On 25 January 2007, when making a trip to a bank in Innsbruck, Austria to make a deposit from Deicide merchandise sales, staff were perplexed by his appearance and attire, as well as the fact he was handling money marked in red dye. He was released without further charge
Brant Bjork is an American musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from Palm Desert, California. He is perhaps best known as the drummer and founder of the influential Californian stoner rock band Kyuss, Bjork played in Vista Chino, along with former Kyuss vocalist John Garcia. Until October 2014 when Nick Oliveri announced that there was a falling out and he is one of the more notable figures in the stoner rock and Palm Desert scenes. While still in school, Bjork got together with friends Josh Homme. The band relocated to Los Angeles in 1990 and signed to Chameleon Records, releasing their debut album and they were picked up by the major label Elektra Records, becoming the first desert rock band to achieve international success. Bjork was a creative force in Kyuss, contributing a substantial portion of the bands songwriting. In 1994, Bjork left the following the release of Welcome to Sky Valley. Josh and I were the force of Kyuss. We had a deep understanding of the need for each other in getting the band to exist musically.
At the time of Sky Valley, I was young, probably about 19 or 20, I exercised that with Blues for the Red Sun, but when it came time for Sky Valley, there was a conflict in direction between Josh and I. That never really happened before, and I didnt know how to handle it, after leaving Kyuss, Bjork would go on to play with several different bands, as well as founding the independent label El Camino Records. Through his label, Bjork would release albums that he was involved in, such as hardcore punk band De-Cons 1995 album Balls for Days. Bjork would release and produce stoner rock band Solarfeasts 1995 debut Gossamer, Bjork would go on to join former Kyuss bandmate, Josh Homme, in his Palm Desert musical collective series, The Desert Sessions. Bjork briefly moved to Santa Cruz to play guitar for punk band LAB in 1997, playing on their 1997 release. He would play guitar for Fatso Jetson during 1997–1998, including on their 1998 Jailbreak 7 split EP with stoner rock band Fu Manchu, Bjork was playing with another former member of Kyuss, Nick Oliveri, in Oliveris metal band Mondo Generator.
Joining in 1997, Bjorks drumming would feature on the 2000 LP Cocaine Rodeo, and he would tour with the band until leaving in 2004. Having produced their debut album No One Rides for Free in 1994, Bjork would continue to play on every Fu Manchu recording until his departure following the release of 2001s California Crossing, including the LPs Eatin Dust and King of the Road. Bjork began recording his first solo album, 1999s Jalamanta, in February of that year, Bjork performed all instruments, including guitar and vocals
Chris Berry is a master of both mbira and the ngoma drum, from the Shona people of Southern Africa. He has earned the title of gwenyambira, a distinction reserved only for those who have achieved the highest fusion of the technical and his record sales have reached platinum album sales in Zimbabwe and Mozambique for his work with the band Panjea. Grammy award winning Chris Berry is an singer and songwriter, multi-instrumentalist virtuoso. Chris was born and raised in California where he began his apprenticeship with Master Drummer Titos Sompa as a fifteen-year-old boy and this relationship led him into a ten-year journey through Africa. Eight of these years were spent in Zimbabwe during the Mugabe Regime, while studying in Zimbabwe, Berry became one of the first Westerners to be accepted among the elder mbira masters as one of their own. He became initiated by the village elders into their heritage and learned to speak their language fluently, immersed in the culture of all-night Mbira Ceremonies, Chris found his voice singing among the polyrhythmic harmonies commonly found throughout Zimbabwe and most of South Africa.
It was soon after that his career took off. Encouraged by his teachers to create his own compositions, he formed the band Panjea which fused Funk with elements of Hip-Hop, Afro-Pop and traditional African music. The band quickly had No.1 hits on the radio, toured all over Africa, from there, Chris has toured extensively around the globe including North and Central America, New Zealand, Russia and Africa as a frontman and bandleader. Based out of Brooklyn, NY and Hawaii, he is now collaborating with Maverick label Kanaga System Krush with whom he is releasing his newest album, Chris starts his new tour on June 14,2013
Richard Francis Rikk Agnew, Jr. is an American singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and visual artist. Agnews music career more than 30 years. He has previously been a member of some of the most influential bands of the Orange County hardcore punk genre, during his years with the Adolescents, Agnew became known as one of the best guitarists in the Southern California hardcore punk scene. Agnew has pursued a career and released his debut album, All by Myself. He released Emotional Vomit in 1990 and Turtle in 1992, richard Francis Agnew, Jr. was born on December 9,1958, in Newport Beach, California. He is half Irish and half Mexican-American and was raised in a neighborhood in Fullerton. He attended La Vista High School, because he was shy, Agnew gravitated toward music, and along with his younger brothers Frank and Alfie played various instruments that they found around the house. With Casey Royer, Agnew played in Social Distortion and the Detours in 1979 and he joined the Adolescents in 1980.
His guitar style and writing dominated the Adolescents Blue Album, released in May 1981 on Frontier Records, Agnew left the band soon after the albums release due to personal and creative differences. In 1981, Agnew attended a performance by Christian Death in Pomona, attracted by their style and sound, he approached them after the show and asked if they needed another guitarist. Agnew joined Christian Death soon after leaving the Adolescents and playing guitar on the seminal Only Theatre of Pain album, issued by Frontier in March 1982. He performed on the bands Deathwish EP, recorded before the album during the sessions for the compilation Hell Comes to Your House but not released until 1984. He joined D. I. in 1983, playing on their 1983 debut EP Team Goon as well as their first two albums before deciding to leave the band in 1987, when the Adolescents reunited in 1986, Agnew rejoined the band until its hiatus in 1989. He rejoined Royer and Tony Adolescent to record Where Were You. with ADZ in 1992, in 1982, Agnew released his first solo album, All by Myself, on which he played all the instruments.
Agnew went on to two more solo albums, Emotional Vomit in 1990 and 1992s Turtle, both on Triple X Records. About the album Emotional Vomit, Agnew said, A lot of I wrote while I was in a bad state. It was a way of letting it out, in 2000, Agnew again regrouped with the Adolescents and continued to play with them until 2003. Agnew toured with the reunited 45 Grave, in place of original guitarist Paul B and he played guitar in Poop and the reunited Detours
He was a prolific singer-songwriter who could play as many as 100 musical instruments, some simultaneously. His career, beginning in 1934, spanned four decades, including a role on CBS-TVs Petticoat Junction in the 1960s. Lester A. Burnett was born in Summum, Illinois, on March 18,1911 and he began singing as a child and learned to play a wide variety of instruments by ear, yet never learned to read or write music. In his teens he worked in vaudeville and, starting in 1929, at the states first commercial station, WDZ-AM in Tuscola. Burnette came by his nickname while creating a character for a WDZ childrens program and he was reading Mark Twains The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County at the time, which included a character named Jim Smiley. He named the radio character Mr. Smiley and soon adopted the moniker as his own and his break came in December 1933, when he was hired by Gene Autry to play accordion on National Barn Dance on Chicagos WLS-AM, on which Autry was the major star. Burnette sang and played accordion, and the included two of his compositions.
He had other parts until a secondary but more prominent role in the 1935 serial The Adventures of Rex. That same year, Levine gave Autry his first starring role in the 12-part serial The Phantom Empire, with Burnette playing Oscar, mascot was soon absorbed by Republic Pictures Corp. and Republic enjoyed enormous success with its musical western features starring Autry. In each of the films Burnette played Autrys comic sidekick, Frog Millhouse, with his trademark black hat. Their association produced 62 feature-length musical westerns, burnettes movie horse, white with a black-ringed left eye, became famous, first as Black-eyed Nellie, as Ring-eyed Nellie, and finally as just Ring Eye. After leaving Republic in June 1944, he became the sidekick to Charles Starrett at Columbia Pictures in the new Durango Kid series and Burnette were paired in 56 films, from 1945 to 1952. When Starrett retired, Burnette was still under contract so Columbia teamed him with Jock Mahoney for a new series of westerns.
A pilot film with Mahoney and Burnette was completed but never released, Columbia reassigned Burnette to its Gene Autry series, Smiley Burnette wrote more than 400 songs and sang a significant number of them on screen. His Western classic, Ridin Down the Canyon, was recorded by Willie Nelson, Riders in the Sky. He composed scores for such films as The Painted Stallion. His songs were recorded by a range of singers, including Bing Crosby, Ferlin Husky. His performance of Steamboat Bill appeared on The Billboards country chart in 1939, Burnette devised and built some of his unusual musical instruments in his home workshop
William Butler (musician)
William Pierce Will Butler is an American multi-instrumentalist and composer who is best known as a core member of the indie rock band Arcade Fire. Will plays synthesizer, bass and percussion and he is known for his spontaneity and antics during performances. He is the brother of Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler, Butler received his first Academy Award nomination for his work on the original score of the film Her in 2014. Born in northern California and raised in The Woodlands, Will is the son of Liza Rey, a musician, and Edwin Farnham Butler II. His maternal grandfather was guitarist Alvino Rey and he graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 2001, where he lived in Abbot Hall, and subsequently attended Northwestern University, majoring in Poetry and Slavic studies. While at Northwestern he worked as a DJ for the WNUR Rock Show and he served as the poetry editor of Northwesterns literary magazine, Helicon. An excerpt of a poem from his thesis is quoted in Brian Bouldreys book, Honorable Bandit.
In January 2008 Butler married dancer Jenny Shore, in January 2014, Butler and Owen Pallett were nominated for Best Original Score at the 86th Academy Awards for their work on Her. Butler is currently a student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he is pursuing a Mid-Career Master in Public Administration, on March 3,2015, Butlers debut solo album Policy was released under Merge Records, accompanied by an international tour alongside Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara. According to Butler, Policy is intended to reflect his omnivorous musical taste, Butler wrote five songs for the Guardian, based on news headlines, with each song created and shared within a day each. They were mixed properly and released on Policy Deluxe in May 2015
James Joseph Brown was an American singer, record producer and bandleader. The creator of music and a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance. In a career spanned six decades, he influenced the development of several music genres. Brown began his career as a singer in Toccoa, Georgia. He joined an R&B vocal group, the Gospel Starlighters, in which he was the lead singer. His success peaked in the 1960s with the live album Live at the Apollo and hit singles such as Papas Got a Brand New Bag, I Got You and Its a Mans Mans Mans World. During the late 1960s he moved from a continuum of blues and gospel-based forms, by the early 1970s, Brown had fully established the funk sound after the formation of the J. B. s with records such as Get Up Sex Machine and The Payback. He became noted for songs of social commentary, including the 1968 hit Say It Loud – Im Black, Brown continued to perform and record until his death from congestive heart failure in 2006. Brown recorded 16 singles that reached number one on the Billboard R&B charts and he holds the record for the most singles listed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart which did not reach number one.
Brown has received honors from many institutions, including inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in Joel Whitburns analysis of the Billboard R&B charts from 1942 to 2010, James Brown is ranked as number one in The Top 500 Artists. He is ranked seventh on the music magazine Rolling Stones list of its 100 greatest artists of all time, Rolling Stone has cited Brown as the most sampled artist of all time. Brown was born on May 3,1933, in Barnwell, South Carolina, to 16-year-old Susie and 22-year-old Joseph Joe Gardner Brown, in a small wooden shack. Browns name was supposed to have been Joseph James Brown, Jr. however, his first and he legally changed his name to remove Jr. His parents were black, in his autobiography, Brown stated that he had Chinese and Native American ancestry. The Brown family lived in poverty in Elko, South Carolina. They moved to Augusta, when James was four or five and his family first settled at one of his aunts brothels. They moved into a house shared with another aunt, Browns mother left the family after a contentious marriage and moved to New York.
Brown spent long stretches of time on his own, hanging out in the streets and he managed to stay in school until the sixth grade
LeRoy Bell, at times Leroy Bell, is an American singer and songwriter. Later Bell became a member of the trio Only Friends, in 2011, Bell applied for the American The X Factor and was chosen for the Final 16 and went on to the live shows being mentored by Nicole Scherzinger. He was eliminated after the live show finishing 8th overall in the inaugural season of the American The X Factor when he was in bottom three with Marcus Canty and Lakoda Rayne. Bell and James was a duo soul group formed by LeRoy Bell and they both had played for a while in the band Special Blend, before they decided to team up together as Bell and James. The duo released three albums and James, Only Make Believe and In Black and White, and had a number of singles and it reached #15 on the U. S. LeRoy released his own EP Spending Time on his own label, Martez Music Group, LeRoy Bell co-wrote many songs for others in partnership with Casey James. They were encouraged by LeRoys uncle Thom Bell who owned Mighty Three Music, the latter were a famous composing duo collaboration Gamble and Huff to whom Bell and James provided some of their composition.
One was Mama Cant Buy You Love and the other Are You Ready for Love, the songs, a LeRoy Bell-Casey James co-composition appeared in the The Thom Bell Sessions in 1977. His song Are You Ready for Love was even a bigger hit, in addition to Mama Cant Buy You Love and Are You Ready for Love, it featured three additional songs, including Country Love Song co-written by LeRoy Bell. Mama Cant Buy You Love 5, are You Ready for Love 6. Three Way Love Affair In 2003, Fat Boy Slim mixed Elton Johns single version making it to the British Singles Chart, the song charted in many European charts. 2005, The Freemasons, Love on My Mind that appears on albums Shakedown and Shakedown 2 He has written for Phyllis Hyman Starting in the 2000s, he worked solo and toured extensively. In the process, he released albums including his debut solo EP Spending Time, followed by Two Sides to Every Story in 2006, A Change Is Coming in 2008. In 2011, he was part of a project United in Song affiliated to USA For Africa to bring the best in World Music to celebrate peace and unity.
Morgan had played with Dee Daniels, Pat Wright & The Total Experience Gospel Choir, Dave Lewis, Thelma Houston and others, in 2011, he applied for the American version of The X Factor, singing the song Lean on Me at his audition. During the live shows, he had the following performances, On November 22,2011 and he chose to sing The Beatles song Dont Let Me Down
Philip Hansen Phil Anselmo is an American heavy metal musician who is best known as the lead vocalist for Pantera. He is the owner of Housecore Records and has been involved several other bands. Anselmo was born in New Orleans, and is of Danish, Italian and he attended many schools, the last of which was Grace King High School located in the suburb of Metairie. Anselmos father, Phil and operated a restaurant in Metairie called Anselmos, Anselmo has said in various interviews that he was very quiet and secluded as a child. He spent some time working on fishing boats as a young man, as a teen, Anselmo accidentally started a fire in his parents house while pulling a prank on his sister. The incident resulted in damage to most of the furniture. While a teenager, Anselmo joined the band Samhain, from the early to mid-1980s, Anselmo was a member of the band Razor White. While they did have some material, they played mainly Judas Priest covers. Pantera was a metal band, with three self-released albums to their name.
In 1986, the decided to replace singer Terrence Lee. Seeking a new frontman to continue on this path, the band was led to 19-year-old Anselmo. In 1987, after meetings, Anselmo was added to the Pantera lineup. The band was so impressed with Anselmo that they re-recorded some of Terrence Lees vocals for their latest release, Anselmo relocated to Texas to record Power Metal, which was released in 1988 on the bands own record label, Metal Magic Records. Following the release of Power Metal, the band dropped its glam image, Pantera recorded the album Cowboys from Hell in 1990, and a long tour began. The band documented portions of tour on their first home video, Cowboys from Hell, The Videos. In 1992, Pantera released Vulgar Display of Power and that same year, the band released a promo titled Hostile Mixes that contained four songs, three of which were remixes. The first two remixes were done by Justin K. Broadrick of Godflesh and the last by J. G. Thirlwell of Foetus, in 1994, Pantera released Far Beyond Driven, which debuted at No.1 in the U. S.
In late June, Anselmo was charged with following a altercation with a security guard when fans were prevented from getting on stage
Aside from his tenure with Fleetwood Mac, Buckingham has released six solo albums and three live albums. As a member of Fleetwood Mac, he was inducted into the Rock, in 2011, Buckingham was ranked 100th in Rolling Stone Magazines 2011 list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Buckingham is known for his guitar style. Fleetwood Mac, the band that gave Buckingham his greatest exposure, had been around since the late 1960s, after Green left the group, they experienced several tumultuous years, without a stable frontman. Buckingham and Nicks became the face of the group during their most commercially successful period, highlighted by the multi-platinum Rumours album, though highly successful, the line-up experienced almost constant creative and personal conflict, and Buckingham left the band in 1987 to focus on his solo career. Buckingham has remained in the band ever since, Lindsey Adams Buckingham was born in Palo Alto and was the third and youngest child of Rutheda and Morris Buckingham.
He had two brothers and Greg. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area community of Atherton, though Buckingham dropped out of athletics to pursue music, his brother Greg went on to win a silver medal at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Buckingham attended San Jose State University but did not graduate, Buckinghams first forays into guitar playing took place on a toy Mickey Mouse guitar, playing along to his brother Jeffs extensive collection of 45s. Noticing his talent, Buckinghams parents bought their son a $35 Harmony guitar, Buckingham never took guitar lessons and does not read music. By age 13, he interested in folk music and, influenced by banjo methods. From 1966-1971, Buckingham performed psychedelic and folk rock with the band Fritz in the San Francisco Bay as a bassist and vocalist, shortly after joining Fritz, Buckingham invited friend Stevie Nicks to join Fritz as a second vocalist. Their romantic relationship would begin after both left Fritz five years later, in 1973, Polydor Records signed the pair.
To help make ends meet, Buckingham toured with Don Everlys backing band, while investigating Sound City recording studio in California, Mick Fleetwood heard the song Frozen Love from the Buckingham Nicks album. Impressed, he asked who the guitarist was, by chance and Nicks were in Sound City recording demos, and Buckingham and Fleetwood were introduced. When Bob Welch left Fleetwood Mac in December 1974, Fleetwood immediately contacted Buckingham, Buckingham told Fleetwood that he and Nicks were a team and that he didnt want to work without her. Fleetwood agreed to both of them, without an audition. Buckingham and Nicks began a tour to promote the Buckingham Nicks album