The Gathering (Testament album)
The Gathering is the eighth studio album by American thrash metal band Testament, released on June 28, 1999. It was the first release. Co-produced by band members, Chuck Billy and Eric Peterson, this was the first album featuring new musicians Steve DiGiorgio on bass guitar and Dave Lombardo on drums. Billy and Lombardo, along with longtime Testament collaborator Del James, are given composer credits on the album; the Gathering featured eleven tracks when it was released, drawing critic and fan acclaim for such songs as "D. N. R.", "Riding the Snake", "Legions of the Dead". After release Testament embarked on the Riding the Snake World Tour to promote the album with "touring" lead guitarist Steve Smyth and Sadus drummer Jon Allen; the tour ended in 2001 shortly. As a result, Testament would not release another studio album until 2008 with The Formation of Damnation, although they did release an album of re-recorded material, First Strike Still Deadly, in 2001; the Gathering is the first of five albums to date featuring engineering and mixing work done with artist and former Sabbat guitarist Andy Sneap.
It is the first of five reissues that Testament has done with Prosthetic Records. The album was reissued January 8, 2008, with an instrumental bonus track, "Hammer of the Gods," increasing the new track total to twelve. While "Hammer of the Gods" is listed on the track listing of the original American release, it does not appear on the CD. However, it does appear on the worldwide Prosthetic Records 2008 reissue. Album cover artwork for The Gathering was done by Dave McKean who did the cover art for the two prior Testament studio albums Demonic and Low. In a 2010 Interview, Chuck Billy describes how the free flow of ideas between Dave Lombardo and Eric Peterson was the "key and secret" to the album's overall heavier sound in comparison to previous albums. Chuck Billy's aggressive vocal approaches and darker death metal sound were apparent earlier on the last album and continued to be on The Gathering, but it was the range and diversity that the singer achieved on this album that drew the highest acclaim.
While the album's songs range from heavier death metal to a more melodic thrash metal, it was the singer's ability to go from his distinct sound to a death metal growl while blending the two, noted as trademark Testament. At the time of release Testament had not done a music video since 1994's Low and was looking at using live footage as a music video to promote The Gathering. Demonic, the band's previous 1997 release, had been handled by a distribution company that went bankrupt to the tune of $44 million which had stranded most retail supply in locked warehouses and off the shelves hurting the album release; the Gathering reached #48 on the German album charts, its only chart showing reflecting problems from the prior albums and a lack of coverage rather than weaknesses with the album. "Hammer of the Gods" did not appear on the domestic American re-release, though the song title was listed on the album cover. It is an instrumental bonus track only available on the Japan reissue. Testament Chuck Billy – vocals James Murphy – lead guitar Eric Peterson – rhythm guitar Steve Di Giorgio – bass Dave Lombardo – drumsProduction Chuck Billy – co-producer Eric Peterson – co-producer, engineering Andy Sneap – engineering, mixing James Murphy – engineering Phil Arnold – executive Producer Vincent Wojno – engineering Kent Matcke – engineering Dave McKean – album cover artwork Testament Official Website Steve Smyth Website Spitfire Records T section Prosthetic Records releases
Dog Fashion Disco
Dog Fashion Disco is an American metal band from Rockville, United States, active from 1995 to 2007 before disbanding. The band reunited on October 10, 2013. Combining many different music styles Dog Fashion Disco is considered an avant-garde metal and alternative metal band; the band's lyrical content is highly esoteric and satirical, with constant tongue-in-cheek references to the occult, drug use, mutilation. Their sound has been compared to the Northern California genre-defying act, Mr. Bungle; the band members themselves have cited their collective influences as being Mr. Bungle, Faith No More, Tool, System of a Down and Frank Zappa. Dog Fashion Disco, or DFD as many fans refer to them as, was formed in 1995 by Todd Smith, Greg Combs, John Ensminger, who all went to high school together, their name was Hug The Retard, but this was changed name to Dog Fashion Disco before releasing any material, as they felt the name Hug The Retard was too offensive and might cost them fans. Their first two releases were low budget products.
The first - Erotic Massage - was funded by a loan taken out by drummer John Ensminger, which his father had to co-sign on and "took nearly a year of local shows to pay off the part of the loan, used for studio time and pressing" and was released independently by the band in 1997. The second self-released album was titled Experiments In Alchemy and released in 1998. Experiments saw more heavy metal numbers, as opposed to the more ballady feel on many of Massage's songs; that same year, DFD released The Embryo's in Bloom. The studio quality of the album is noticeably better than its predecessors, the band was pleased with the resulted sound, it was that their management by Maryland resident Derek J. Brewer began and lasted until they disbanded. Polkadot Cadaver is now managed by Derek J. Brewer under Outerloop Management. In late 1998, Jeff Siegel would join the band as the keyboard player; this lineup would stay intact for over 4 years. In 2000, DFD played on USA Network's FarmClub; the exposure DFD received from the show lead them to signing with Spitfire Records.
With the release of their major label debut Anarchists of Good Taste in 2001 on Spitfire Records, DFD saw much wider popularity and distribution of their music than before, recorded a track with System of a Down front-man, Serj Tankian providing vocals, "Mushroom Cult" on the Anarchists album. This song is wrongly attributed to System of a Down, although Serj Tankian was the only member of System of a Down to perform on the track; the band shot their first music video for the song "Leper Friend," and embarked on their first UK tour in support of the album. DFD toured with the likes of Mindless Self Indulgence and Tub Ring through 2002. In 2003, they released Committed to a Bright Future on Spitfire Records and supported Lacuna Coil on their first U. S. headlining tour. Although the album contains the same lineup as Anarchists, both guitarist Greg Combs and drummer John Ensminger left the band before it was released, the latter being replaced by Mike "Ollie" Oliver before the album was released.
Ensminger and Combs were credited as performing on the album, though not as band members. The spot of lead guitar was temporarily filled by Jason Stevens for the Committed tour, during which bassist and original member Stephen Mears left the band to join the Navy. Mears was replaced by Brian White, after the tour, Stevens was replaced by Margret Heater member Jasan Stepp as lead guitarist; this lineup recorded the Day of the Dead EP and the live album The City Is Alive Tonight, released in 2004 and 2005 and is the band lineup in DFDVD. After a short period of off-time in the first half of 2005, Oliver quit the band. Shortly after, DFD's contract with Artemis was ended, DFD were signed to Rotten Records. On April 4, 2006, they released their sixth studio album, which featured the return of original drummer John Ensminger, their CD release party was held at Peabody's in Cleveland on the April 6th with Tub Ring. The band toured in support for the release of Adultery along with Tub Ring during the summer of 2006, in which keyboardist Tim Swanson temporarily replaced Jeff Siegel.
Many of the shows took place in smaller venues than their tours while signed to Spitfire and Artemis, according to Jasan Stepp, resulted in low morale among the band. On December 5, 2006, Todd Smith Dog posted a blog entry on Dog Fashion Disco's official MySpace stating that the band had decided to call it quits, they performed their farewell show at the Sonar Lounge in Baltimore, Maryland on January 13, 2007 to a capacity crowd, with fans coming from as far away as the United Kingdom. The band played a marathon 25+ song set, ending with the crowd-favorite "Albino Rhino" from the 1998 Experiments in Alchemy album, played the song "Sweet Insanity" from their newest album, for an encore song. Other past band members including Sennan Quigley and Mike "Ollie" Oliver attended to show support for their former musical family; the show was opened by the band Oddzar. The event was recorded and released on the DVD DFDVD II by Rotten Records on October 28, 2008. On April 17, 2007, a bulletin was posted on the Dog Fashion Disco MySpace page, announcing a new project, Polkadot Cadaver, stylistically similar to Dog Fashio
New York City
The City of New York called either New York City or New York, is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2017 population of 8,622,698 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles, New York is the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 20,320,876 people in its 2017 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 23,876,155 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural and media capital of the world, exerts a significant impact upon commerce, research, education, tourism, art and sports; the city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.
Situated on one of the world's largest natural harbors, New York City consists of five boroughs, each of, a separate county of the State of New York. The five boroughs – Brooklyn, Manhattan, The Bronx, Staten Island – were consolidated into a single city in 1898; the city and its metropolitan area constitute the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States. As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. New York City is home to more than 3.2 million residents born outside the United States, the largest foreign-born population of any city in the world. In 2017, the New York metropolitan area produced a gross metropolitan product of US$1.73 trillion. If greater New York City were a sovereign state, it would have the 12th highest GDP in the world. New York is home to the highest number of billionaires of any city in the world. New York City traces its origins to a trading post founded by colonists from the Dutch Republic in 1624 on Lower Manhattan.
The city and its surroundings came under English control in 1664 and were renamed New York after King Charles II of England granted the lands to his brother, the Duke of York. New York served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790, it has been the country's largest city since 1790. The Statue of Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they came to the U. S. by ship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is an international symbol of the U. S. and its ideals of liberty and peace. In the 21st century, New York has emerged as a global node of creativity and entrepreneurship, social tolerance, environmental sustainability, as a symbol of freedom and cultural diversity. Many districts and landmarks in New York City are well known, with the city having three of the world's ten most visited tourist attractions in 2013 and receiving a record 62.8 million tourists in 2017. Several sources have ranked New York the most photographed city in the world. Times Square, iconic as the world's "heart" and its "Crossroads", is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District, one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections, a major center of the world's entertainment industry.
The names of many of the city's landmarks and parks are known around the world. Manhattan's real estate market is among the most expensive in the world. New York is home to the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia, with multiple signature Chinatowns developing across the city. Providing continuous 24/7 service, the New York City Subway is the largest single-operator rapid transit system worldwide, with 472 rail stations. Over 120 colleges and universities are located in New York City, including Columbia University, New York University, Rockefeller University, which have been ranked among the top universities in the world. Anchored by Wall Street in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, New York has been called both the most economically powerful city and the leading financial center of the world, the city is home to the world's two largest stock exchanges by total market capitalization, the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. In 1664, the city was named in honor of the Duke of York.
James's older brother, King Charles II, had appointed the Duke proprietor of the former territory of New Netherland, including the city of New Amsterdam, which England had seized from the Dutch. During the Wisconsinan glaciation, 75,000 to 11,000 years ago, the New York City region was situated at the edge of a large ice sheet over 1,000 feet in depth; the erosive forward movement of the ice contributed to the separation of what is now Long Island and Staten Island. That action left bedrock at a shallow depth, providing a solid foundation for most of Manhattan's skyscrapers. In the precolonial era, the area of present-day New York City was inhabited by Algonquian Native Americans, including the Lenape, whose homeland, known as Lenapehoking, included Staten Island; the first documented visit into New York Harbor by a European was in 1524 by Giovanni da Verrazzano, a Florentine explorer in the service of the French crown. He named it Nouvelle Angoulême. A Spanish expedition led by captain Estêvão Gomes, a Portuguese sailing for Emperor Charles V, arrived in New York Harbor in January 1525 and charted the mouth of the Hudson River, which he named Río de San Antonio.
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TNT (Norwegian band)
TNT is a Norwegian heavy metal band from Trondheim, formed in 1982. The band has released twelve studio albums, three EPs and three live albums while going through numerous line-up changes since its formation. Guitarist Ronni Le Tekrø is the only consistent member of TNT. TNT has sold between 4-5 million albums worldwide as of 2016. TNT was formed in the Norwegian city of Trondheim in 1982, by vocalist and rhythm guitarist Dag Ingebrigtsen, guitarist Ronni Le Tekrø, bassist Steinar Eikum and drummer Diesel Dahl. Securing a national record contract with PolyGram subsidiary Vertigo Norway, they released their self-titled debut album the same year — their only album that features Norwegian lyrics — and got a hit with the single "Harley-Davidson". In August 1983 bassist Morty Black replaced Eikum, the following year American vocalist Tony Harnell replaced Ingebrigtsen, making his debut on TNT's second album, Knights of the New Thunder, his unique and powerful 4 octave range was the final element the band needed to break out of Norway and into the world market.
The album was a huge success in Scandinavia and the band was offered a worldwide deal with Mercury/Polygram worldwide out of New York. Knights of the New Thunder was released in the U. S. in 1984 and the video for "Seven Seas" got heavy rotation on MTV and the album entered the billboard charts. TNT's third album, Tell No Tales, was released in 1987 and produced the band's biggest hit, the single "10,000 Lovers". Tell No Tales marked a slight change in sound from melodic Euro-metal to a more palatable hard rock style, with Le Tekrø and Harnell gaining a reputation as a talented duo; the album was the best selling release in Sweden that year. Tell No Tales saw the band establishing a mainstream following in Japan and the U. S. Promotional Videos for "Everyone's a Star" and "10,000 Lovers" were featured on both European and American MTV, they were featured on Headbangers Ball. The band supported Stryper on a sold out arena tour in the U. S. followed by a tour with Twisted Sister and Great White as well as headlining shows in large clubs in the U.
S.. In the fall of 1987 Diesel Dahl parted ways with TNT due to personal and professional differences and made his last public appearance with the band at the Spellemannprisen awards in January 1988, where TNT received the Best Rock Album award for Tell No Tales. Kenneth Odiin became TNT's new drummer and played on TNT's fourth studio album, released in 1989; this release marked a more AOR-oriented sound, still maintaining a little of the hard rock edge of the previous album. Intuition was another huge success in Japan, it was the band's best received American release and saw the band embarking on their first headlining tour of the U. S. which broke attendance records across the country in small theaters and large clubs, thanks to the prominent display of the video for the title track on MTV. After the Intuition tour, Odiin was replaced by John Macaluso; the band negotiated a new record contract with Atlantic Records, released the studio album Realized Fantasies and the live recording Three Nights in Tokyo, both in 1992.
However, Atlantic did a poor job of promoting the album in the States and the rest of the world. The same year they decided choosing to focus on various solo projects. In 1996 the compilation Till Next Time – The Best of TNT was released, Harnell, Le Tekrø and Black reformed TNT with session drummer Frode Lamøy; that line-up recorded two albums, Firefly in 1997 and Transistor in 1999. Diesel Dahl returned to TNT in 2000, the band started working on new material, their eighth studio album, My Religion, was released in 2004. Months after the album release, Morty Black decided to leave the band due to personal and professional differences, Sid Ringsby took his place for the following concerts and the album All the Way to the Sun, released in the fall of 2005. A single, "Sometimes" was released on July 25 in Norway. At the end of the year Victor Borge became TNT's new permanent bassist. Tony Harnell left the band in April 2006 for both personal and professional reasons, although his final show was on June 30, when TNT played the Polar Rock Festival in Storsteinnes, Norway.
He was replaced by British hard rock singer Tony Mills. Despite leaving the band, Harnell collaborated with iMagic Films and producer Darren Paltrowitz on a live DVD featuring his performance with the band in Madrid, Spain from April 1, 2006; the Live in Madrid CD + DVD package was released in Japan in August 2006 and elsewhere in the world in September. In 2007 TNT released their tenth studio album, The New Territory to mixed reviews and controversy amongst the fans, their eleventh studio album, was released on September 22, 2008 in both Norway and Japan. The album was influenced by The Beatles and Queen, was mixed by Tommy Hansen, who worked on My Religion and All the Way to the Sun. On December 12, 2008, the original TNT line-up, consisting of Dag Ingebrigtsen, Ronni Le Tekrø, Steinar Eikum and Diesel Dahl, did a one-off reunion during a concert, done to celebrate Ingebrigtsen's 50th birthday. TNT's twelfth studio album, A Farewell to Arms, was released in Japan on December 15, 2010. Diesel Dahl has said.
Bård Svendsen, who provided keyboards and backing vocals on Knights of the New Thunder and Tell No Tales, worked on the album as well. The album was mixed by Tommy Hansen, has been described by him as "Def Leppard on speed", it was released in Eur
Crimson Glory are an American progressive metal band that formed in 1979 under the name Pierced Arrow. Their current line-up features long-time guitarists Jon Drenning and Ben Jackson, bassist Jeff Lords, drummer Dana Burnell; the band formed in Florida. As a pioneer of the American progressive metal movement, Crimson Glory rose to international fame in the 1980s and was ranked as one of the early "flagship bands of progressive metal" along with Queensrÿche, Dream Theater, Fates Warning and Watchtower, who were responsible for creating and developing that genre. Crimson Glory has released four studio albums and one EP, they reunited six years later. Crimson Glory was formed in Florida in 1979 under the name Pierced Arrow. Pierced Arrow line-up consisted of Tony Wise on vocals, Bernardo Hernandez and Ben Jackson on guitars, Glen Barnhardt on bass, Dana Burnell on drums. Hernandez and Lords were replaced by Chris Campbell and John Colemorgan in late 1981 or early 1982. In 1983, the band changed bassist and vocals.
Lords rejoined, Chris Campbell was replaced by Tony Wise by Mark Ormes. Mark Ormes left and while searching for a singer, the group found an old school mate of Jeff Lords, John Patrick McDonald, singing on the beach, they changed their name to Crimson Glory after a rose hybrid. They rehearsed for four years before recording their self-titled debut album, produced by Dan Johnson, on Par Records in 1986; this would be re-issued after signing on with their new label, Roadrunner Records. Tight dual-lead harmonies and soaring vocals would feature prominently on this release, they toured Europe in support of Celtic Frost and Anthrax. They played at the 1987 Hammersmith Odeon. In an era of sound-and-lookalike metal bands, Crimson Glory's goal was to be identifiable from the others, so they wore full-face metallic silver masks, they used them on-stage, as well as for public appearances. Vocalist Midnight was the exception to this, their next release, Transcendence was released under Roadrunner Records in Europe and MCA Records in the United States.
It contained the song Lonely, their first hit-single and music video. Transcendence was a landmark in the genre cited as one of the greatest progressive metal albums of all time, best metal albums of the decade, an influence by many bands like Cage and Rhapsody of Fire; the album garnered them attention, both at home and abroad. They were on the cover of Kerrang! magazine in May 1989. They toured North America and Japan with the bands Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Queensrÿche, U. D. O. Doro, Anthrax, their biggest show was in the Metal Hammer Festival in Dortmund, Germany in front of 20,000 fans in the spring 1990. While on tour in support of their self-titled debut album, they discovered how hot the masks would be on stage. To keep the mystique, they cut them down into a partial "Phantom of the Opera" style for the Transcendence tour. While touring behind Transcendence, they performed in front of 5,000 spectators at the Manatee Civic Center in their hometown of Bradenton, Florida on September 2, 1989.
This concert was simulcast across America on Z Rock Radio. There were plans to release this show on DVD. In addition, the band performed "In Dark Places" at the 1989 Tampa Bay Music Awards and walked away with three awards that night – Most Outstanding Male Vocalist, Most Outstanding Local Release and Most Outstanding Metal Band; when the tour ended, drummer Dana Burnell and guitarist Ben Jackson decided to leave the group. Ben Jackson would form the band Parish, which released an album titled Envision in 1995. Burnell would be replaced by Ravi Jakhotia in 1991, who brought a decidedly more “tribal” feel to the band; the material they would write for their next album was more hard rock oriented and based more upon drum grooves as opposed to guitar riffs, on which their first two albums were based. Midnight became more involved in the composition of the album, it signified a bold and definite shift away from the metal sound upon which the band had built their reputation. It was at this time; the revamped group was signed to Atlantic Records and released their third album, entitled Strange and Beautiful.
Prior to the start of the tour, vocalist Midnight departed as well and retired from the music business for a decade. Guitarist Jon Drenning recruited vocalist David Van Landing as a replacement for Midnight on what would be a short-lived tour in the US; the biggest show of the tour was at the end of the year in Los Angeles, California at the Concrete Foundations Forum along with Ozzy Osbourne and Alice In Chains. Although the band broke up in 1992, Lords and Jakhotia would get together a few years as Erotic Liquid Culture, they released an album in 1996. The music continued the style the band established on Beautiful. Drenning and Jakhotia had another project with singer Billy Martinez, called Crush which released an album under Paradigm Records in 1995. In late 1996, Drenning and Lords wanted to reform Crimson Glory, they contacted Midnight but he was not interested nor he was not in the right physical condition to record an album up to the band's standards. So they contacted Savatage drummer Steve Wacholz.
Ben Jackson joined after his band Parish broke up. This incarnation of the group would release Astron
Pride and Glory (band)
Pride and Glory was a side project for Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde. This was Wylde's first self-fronted project, before releasing his first solo-album, Book of Shadows, in 1996. After that he formed Black Label Society in 1998. Coming together in 1991, during the No More Tours supposed-retirement tour for Ozzy Osbourne's No More Tears, the band was named Lynyrd Skynhead and included the former White Lion rhythm section of bassist James LoMenzo and drummer Greg D'Angelo alongside Wylde. Although credited as'Zakk Wylde' solo tracks, this line-up released two individual recordings. A. Blues Authority Vol. 1 compilation. In early 1994 D'Angelo was replaced by Brian Tichy, this was at the same time that the band changed their name to Pride & Glory, by May released their self-titled debut - and only - album, on Geffen Records. In June of that year, the band performed as a main stage act at the Donington Monsters of Rock Festival in England. In November 1994 LoMenzo left after their tour of Japan, 3 days before the beginning of their US Tour.
Wylde managed to find a replacement for James in his long-time friend John DeServio. The band played their last show on December 10, 1994 in Los Angeles in which Slash, guitarist of popular rock bands Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver played the Jimi Hendrix songs "Voodoo Child" and "Red House" with the band. On January 31, 1998, Zakk and Brian reunited for a one-off Pride & Glory reunion show at the Whisky in Hollywood, CA. Zakk Wylde - lead vocals, mandolin, harmonica, piano James LoMenzo - backing vocals, bass guitar John DeServio - backing vocals, bass guitar Brian Tichy - drums, percussion Greg D'Angelo - drums, percussion Pride & Glory "Losin' Your Mind" "Horse Called War" "Troubled Wine" "Farm Fiddlin'" - Guitars That Rule The World "Baby Please Don't Go" - L. A. Blues Authority Vol. 1 Black Label Society - No More Tears Sampler Black Label Society - Kings of Damnation 98–04 Black Label Society - Skullage
Paul Charles Caravello better known by his stage name Eric Carr, was an American musician and multi-instrumentalist, the drummer for the rock band Kiss from 1980 to 1991. Caravello was selected as the new Kiss drummer after Peter Criss departed, when he chose the stage name "Eric Carr" and took up The Fox persona, he remained a member of Kiss until his death from heart cancer on November 24, 1991, at the age of 41. Born as Paul Charles Caravello on July 12, 1950, to Albert and Connie Caravello, Carr was of Italian descent, he grew up in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn in New York City. Because his father worked most of the time, Carr didn't see that much of him, "never went to a baseball game or that kind of stuff" with his father, he spent a lot of time alone in his room. Caravello attended the High School of Design, he planned at first to be a cartoonist changed his mind thereafter and decided to study photography. According to him, he ended up wasting "absolutely every day of high school.
I got no work done, did nothing to further my career, wasted time, wound up getting drunk in the darkroom with my friends all the time. We never got caught, it wasn't like I was getting drunk every day, you know. Half a cup of vodka in those days was enough to get you drunk." However, he has described himself as overall "a real good kid. I didn't do anything to make trouble."Caravello was one of only two students in his high school who had long hair due to his love of the Beatles. He recalled that "I used to make it stay flat. I used to have a Beatles haircut, but my hair's curly, so I couldn't get it to lay flat like the Beatles'. So I'd get the stuff Dippity-Do, drench my hair with it, I'd take a piece of my Mom's nylon stocking, tie a knot in one end, pull it over my head like a burglar. I was sleeping like that for two years with that on my head every night."Caravello graduated from high school in 1967. At around that time, riots started to occur in New York City, followed by white flight that started to make his neighborhood more predominantly African-American.
Caravello stated that this was not a real concern to him, because "I never had any problems with anybody, I had black friends, I never grew up thinking in those kinds of terms.". While still in high school, Caravello began playing with a string of bands performing covers of Top 40 songs; as he described it "Top-40 in those days was everything – funk, rock and everything. It was a great time for radio." His first band, The Cellarmen, was formed in 1965 by several of his friends. They started playing local clubs in Queens. Only a handful of recordings were released on the Jody Records label, a small Brooklyn recording studio. Caravello joined a band called "Things That Go Bump in the Night" and "Smack", the latter of which consisted of members from The Cellarmen, who disbanded in 1968. In 1970, Caravello joined the band Salt & Pepper, which started as a cover band playing music from multiple genres. In 1973 the band changed their name to Creation. Tragedy struck in 1974 when a fire broke out during a discothèque gig at Gulliver's nightclub in Port Chester, New York, killing dozens of people including the band's keyboardist and lead singer.
Caravello was credited with saving another person, one of the band's female singers. It was determined that the fire had been started by a thief in an adjacent building hoping to cover his tracks; the band continued on, sometimes under the name, "Bionic Boogie". They held a benefit to replace their ruined equipment. Carr would go on with the band until 1979, they enjoyed some success, performing as an opening act for established names such as Stevie Wonder and Nina Simone. The band broke up in late 1979, he described the band as "like my family for nine years."In December 1979, Caravello auditioned for a four-piece rock'n' roll cover band called Flasher. After three weeks of rehearsals, they started playing at clubs. At this point he had become discouraged about his musical future after so many years trying to make it without a break, considered settling down with a non-musical career. "...we were making real money – something like $10, $7 a night, whatever it was it was. Terrible. Just by contrast, I used to make $15 a night when I was like 16 years old, here I am 30 years old, I'm making like $7 a night!
So I wasn't doing better – I was going in reverse, you know! Flasher played the club circuit in New York City and Long Island for several months, before their keyboard player, Paul Turino quit, they played songs by Joe Jackson, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix, among others." Bookings diminished, Caravello handed in his resignation in May 1980. At that point, he considered having reached the age of 30 without any real success. Shortly afterwards, he had a chance meeting with Turino in a club in Queens. Caravello applied for Kiss, submitting a cassette tape of Kiss' current single "Shandi" but with his vocals over the music instead of Paul Stanley's vocals. "It sounded great!" he enthused years later. The application was put into a bright orange folder to make. Jane Grod, a Kiss staffer, told him she had noticed the brightly colored envelo