Mike Pont is a singer who has sung for several bands, including Hotshot, The Mike Pont Band, Danger Danger, the Gangsters Of Love. He sang for the band Hotshot both after singing for Danger Danger; the 1983 pre-Danger Danger incarnation of the new wave cover band Hotshot featured future Danger Danger members Bruno Ravel and Steve West. The post-Danger Danger incarnation of Hotshot featured former Danger Danger guitarist Al Pitrelli. After the first incarnation of Hotshot, he went on to form the short lived band Trouble, from which he went on to form The Mike Pont Band... featuring guitarist Tony "Bruno" Rey. After the Mike Pont Band, he co-founded the band Danger Danger with Steve West, he was replaced in Danger Danger by Ted Poley. After leaving Danger Danger Mike moved to Los Angeles, formed the Gangsters Of Love, performed as opening act on a few shows for LA Guns on their first tour in 1988 After the Gangsters Of Love, Mike Pont moved back to NY and reformed Hotshot, this time featuring his former Danger Danger bandmate Al Pitrelli, as stated above.
In 2005 Mike released the Hotshot CD. Demos demos demos demos Hotshot Hotshot website
Robert Marcello is a neoclassical metal and jazz/fusion guitar player who replaced Andy Timmons as the lead guitarist of the band Danger Danger in 2003. He has played in the bands Ironhorse, Twenty 4 Seven, Marcello-Vestry. In late 2009 he was a stand-in guitarist in the 1980s band House of Lords. Rob plays Caparison Guitars and is sponsored by Boss Corporation, he is featured as the guitarist for many of their pedal demonstration videos. Iron Horse Destination Everywhere Live and Nude Revolve Marcello-Vestry Laney's Legion Live at decadencia drive Self titled - With Bruno Ravel and Paul Laine. "Caparison guitars Rob Marcello". Archived from the original on 2010-07-09
Al Pitrelli is an American guitarist, best known for his work with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Alice Cooper, Joe Lynn Turner and Savatage. Pitrelli attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston in the early 1980s. While at Berklee, Al formed an original 1980s metal band with classmates that included Venom guitarist Mike Hickey. After dropping out of Berklee, Pitrelli worked as a session musician during his early days, taught guitar lessons in Manhattan, his first major label gig was performing with Michael Bolton, helping him support his single "Fool's Game". Pitrelli said of the single, "This was when Michael Bolton was still trying to be Sammy Hagar and not Engelbert Humperdinck."Pitrelli was Alice Cooper's guitarist and musical director from 1989 until 1991 on the Trashes The World tour. He joined Dee Snider's band Widowmaker for two albums in the early/mid–1990s, briefly played with Stephen Pearcy in a band called Vertex. Around this time in 1992 he joined forces with bassist Randy Coven and drummer John Reilly to release a Shrapnel Records-type CD titled "CPR".
Pitrelli joined Asia, appearing on their albums Aqua and Aria. He would go on to be featured on many New York sessions, including for Kathy Troccoli, Taylor Dayne, Randy Coven and Exposé, his songs have been covered by Lita Ford and Derek Sherinian. For a month he substituted in Blue Öyster Cult. Widowmaker albums "Blood & Bullets" & "Standby For Pain" Al joined Savatage in 1995, joining at the same time as Chris Caffery returned to the band. Pitrelli played guitar on the albums Dead Winter Dead and The Wake of Magellan, performed some lead guitar work on Poets and Madmen, despite being a member of Megadeth at the time. On that album, Pitrelli was responsible for the outro of "Stay with Me a While", the main solos of "Morphine Child" and "The Rumor", the first part of the main solo in "Commissar" and its outro. During his time with Savatage, he was asked by their producer Paul O'Neill if he was interested in joining his side project, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Pitrelli has played a role in all of their albums to date.
Pitrelli has been a core member of the group since their first album. As well as being the main lead guitarist, he is the live musical director. TSO's 2007 tour program credits his "edgy playing and vast musical lexicon" with making him a perfect fit for the band's constant boundary-pushing progressive rock stylings. Pitrelli's leads are notable on "Tracers" and the instrumental "Toccatta – Carpimus Nocten", the latter being a piece he co-wrote. Both songs form part of the group's fifth rock opera, on their 2009 album Night Castle. Pitrelli was a member of Megadeth from 2000–02, replacing Marty Friedman. Megadeth bandleader Dave Mustaine asked him to join after hearing good reviews from their then-current drummer Jimmy DeGrasso, with whom Pitrelli played during his days with Alice Cooper in the early 1990s. Pitrelli joined the band after an impromptu "audition" in front of a live crowd in Vancouver on January 16, 2000. Two nights after Friedman played his last show with Megadeth, Pitrelli was asked to play fifteen minutes before the show and was shocked by the prospect as they never rehearsed.
He was present during the recording of Rude Awakening, a live CD/DVD, released in 2002, performed on their 2001 album The World Needs a Hero, which has 2 songs co-wrote by Pitrelli. When Megadeth entered hiatus after Mustaine injured his arm, Pitrelli rejoined Savatage on April 9, 2002 and continued his work with TSO. In 1998, Pitrelli was featured on the video game album Sonic Adventure Remix, where he played guitar on a remix of the game's theme song "Open Your Heart". 1st wife Donna Pitrelli and 2nd wife Jane Mangini. Pitrelli is married to his 3rd wife Nicole Pitrelli, he is the father of five children: Jesse, Zak and Layla. Rare Cuts The Bomb Alice Cooper Trashes The World Classicks Aqua Aria Place Called Rage Funk Me Tender CPR Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years The World Needs a Hero Behind the Music Rude Awakening Still Alive... and Well? Greatest Hits: Back to the Start Anthology: Set the World Afire Morning Wood O'2L Doyle's Brunch Eat a Pickle Dead Winter Dead The Wake of Magellan Poets and Madmen Christmas Eve and Other Stories The Christmas Attic The Ghosts of Christmas Eve Beethoven's Last Night The Lost Christmas Eve Different Wings Night Castle Letters From The Labyrinth Blood and Bullets Stand by for Pain Vertex Guitar Battle Interview with Al Pitrelli on metal4bremen.de
A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from musical form and musical style, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Academics have argued that categorizing music by genre is inaccurate and outdated. Music can be divided into different genres in many different ways; the artistic nature of music means that these classifications are subjective and controversial, some genres may overlap. There are varying academic definitions of the term genre itself. In his book Form in Tonal Music, Douglass M. Green distinguishes between form, he lists madrigal, canzona and dance as examples of genres from the Renaissance period. To further clarify the meaning of genre, Green writes, "Beethoven's Op. 61 and Mendelssohn's Op. 64 are identical in genre – both are violin concertos – but different in form. However, Mozart's Rondo for Piano, K. 511, the Agnus Dei from his Mass, K. 317 are quite different in genre but happen to be similar in form."
Some, like Peter van der Merwe, treat the terms genre and style as the same, saying that genre should be defined as pieces of music that share a certain style or "basic musical language." Others, such as Allan F. Moore, state that genre and style are two separate terms, that secondary characteristics such as subject matter can differentiate between genres. A music genre or subgenre may be defined by the musical techniques, the style, the cultural context, the content and spirit of the themes. Geographical origin is sometimes used to identify a music genre, though a single geographical category will include a wide variety of subgenres. Timothy Laurie argues that since the early 1980s, "genre has graduated from being a subset of popular music studies to being an ubiquitous framework for constituting and evaluating musical research objects". Among the criteria used to classify musical genres are the trichotomy of art and traditional musics. Alternatively, music can be divided on three variables: arousal and depth.
Arousal reflects the energy level of the music. These three variables help explain why many people like similar songs from different traditionally segregated genres. Musicologists have sometimes classified music according to a trichotomic distinction such as Philip Tagg's "axiomatic triangle consisting of'folk','art' and'popular' musics", he explains that each of these three is distinguishable from the others according to certain criteria. The term art music refers to classical traditions, including both contemporary and historical classical music forms. Art music exists in many parts of the world, it emphasizes formal styles that invite technical and detailed deconstruction and criticism, demand focused attention from the listener. In Western practice, art music is considered a written musical tradition, preserved in some form of music notation rather than being transmitted orally, by rote, or in recordings, as popular and traditional music are. Most western art music has been written down using the standard forms of music notation that evolved in Europe, beginning well before the Renaissance and reaching its maturity in the Romantic period.
The identity of a "work" or "piece" of art music is defined by the notated version rather than by a particular performance, is associated with the composer rather than the performer. This is so in the case of western classical music. Art music may include certain forms of jazz, though some feel that jazz is a form of popular music. Sacred Christian music forms an important part of the classical music tradition and repertoire, but can be considered to have an identity of its own; the term popular music refers to any musical style accessible to the general public and disseminated by the mass media. Musicologist and popular music specialist Philip Tagg defined the notion in the light of sociocultural and economical aspects: Popular music, unlike art music, is conceived for mass distribution to large and socioculturally heterogeneous groups of listeners and distributed in non-written form, only possible in an industrial monetary economy where it becomes a commodity and in capitalist societies, subject to the laws of'free' enterprise... it should ideally sell as much as possible.
Popular music is found on most commercial and public service radio stations, in most commercial music retailers and department stores, in movie and television soundtracks. It is noted on the Billboard charts and, in addition to singer-songwriters and composers, it involves music producers more than other genres do; the distinction between classical and popular music has sometimes been blurred in marginal areas such as minimalist music and light classics. Background music for films/movies draws on both traditions. In this respect, music is like fiction, which draws a distinction between literary fiction and popular fiction, not always precise. Country music known as country and western, hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s; the polka is a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and particular
Scott Brown (bassist)
Scott George Brown is a Canadian bassist best known for being a member of the Canadian rock band Trooper. He has done work with vocalist Paul Laine, both as a solo artist and with Danger Danger. Brown joined Trooper in 1996, has toured with the band since, making him one of the longest running members in the band's history. Brown was featured when Trooper performed in the 2010 Olympics Victory Ceremonies in Vancouver, BC on 21 February 2010. Coverage of the event was broadcast in Canada and around the world on networks such as CTV and MuchMusic. Brown resides on Vancouver Island, continues to perform with Trooper; when he is not touring with Trooper he performs solo and duo acoustic shows on Vancouver Island and throughout the lower mainland. Scott Brown official website Trooper official website
The Return of the Great Gildersleeves
The Return of the Great Gildersleeves is the fifth Danger Danger album and the third to feature singer Paul Laine. All songs written by B. Ravel/S. West/P. Laine "Grind" - 5:27 "When She's Good She's Good" - 5:17 "Six Million Dollar Man" - 4:07 "She's Gone" - 5:27 "Dead Drunk & Wasted" - 5:23 "Dead Dog" - 6:41 "I Do" - 4:30 "My Secret" - 3:42 "Cherry Cherry" - 4:26 "Get in the Ring" - 3:16 "Walk It Like Ya Talk It" - 3:45 Paul Laine - lead vocals, rhythm guitar Bruno Ravel - lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals, bass Steve West - drums, percussion Andy Timmons - lead guitar, backing vocals Tony Bruno - lead guitar, keyboards Lance Quinn - keyboards
Bruno Ravel is a bassist and guitarist, most famous for playing in the band Danger Danger in which he was the main composer. Before Danger Danger, he was in the band Hotshot, along with original Danger Danger lead vocalist Mike Pont and Danger Danger drummer Steve West, he played with White Lion but was frustrated by a lack of compositional input. In Danger Danger, he started out as a bassist, but after the departure of guitarist Andy Timmons, he played as a guitarist for a while. Guitarist Rob Marcello has since taken up the guitar spot in Danger Danger, he guested as a backing vocalist on Warrant's Cherry Pie album. He guested on TNT's All The Way to the Sun and My Religion, he has a side band called Westworld. He played the 1998-Tour with German Superstar NENA. One show from the Tour with Bruno, Van Romaine, Tony Bruno, Mike Tait Derek von Krogh and Nena is available on CD. Nena live. NENA reached on March 10, 1984 the No.1 position in the US-Cashbox-Single-Charts with the original German version of "99 Luftballons"