Born in Drogheda, Ireland, David Swan Montgomery is an Irish entrepreneur, musician, vocalist and producer/engineer most notable as the lead singer of internationally successful tribute band “Led Zepagain". Montgomery is the voice of “Robert Plant" and has helped with the continued the success of Led Zepagain which was founded twenty years ago in Ventura, California by Tracy Longo. Swan is the longest severing member. The group has toured the world including the U.S. and Canada, Europe, Japan, South America, etc., performing sold out shows worldwide in major international venues, concert halls, performing arts centers, etc. Swan was also invited to perform on stage with The Who vocalist Roger Daltry as well as being a guest vocalist with many other internationally known musicians. As a solo artist, Swan is about to release his second solo CD of original world music with co-writer Bo Weinberg (2014 release) as well as a CD called The MurMurators with former Windham Hill artist Carol Tatum (composer/musician), who wrote two CDs for the Zeppelin-inspired rock group “Kingdom Come" on Polydor Records (2011 release). Carol is the founder and composer/arranger for her group “Angels Of Venice. Swan Montgomery is also an accomplished producer and engineer who worked on currently released CDs by Paul Kelly (“Enchantment") and Cynthia Romo (“The Journey") as well as composing for and producing young pop vocalist Sinead from Dundalk, Ireland. Swan is also a partner in the creation of a PBS/NatGeo-style documentary entitled “The High Man" (or “tall man") based on ancient sites and roads of Ireland corresponding to the constellation Orion. Along with Irish friends and astronomers Richard Moore and Anthony Murphy, a 40 minute pilot was shot with Anthony narrating and Swan providing the soundtrack, with each original song corresponding to the ancient landmarks that delineate the shape of the “tall man." Marketing plans include a DVD, soundtrack CD plus a “High Man" coffee table book, T shirts, posters, etc. Swan is currently seeking investors for “The High Man" project as well as the multimedia production of “Evermore.” Swan Montgomery currently lives in Los Angeles. Swan has currently reached beyond the bounds of Led Zepagain’s electric show and created “Symphony To Heaven," a full-production acoustic show featuring custom visuals and an Quartet playing original string arrangements to many of Zeppelin’s classic acoustic songs. In addition, Swan and his partner Bo Weinberg have recently created “Evermore," a full-scale multimedia production on par with the scale of a “Cirque de Soleil"-type show or the Beatles “Love" show, currently in development.
Led Zepagain multi-instrumentalist Jim Wootten comes from a very musical family that bred many professional musicians, most notably, his father Red Wootten who played bass with Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman and Woody Herman to name a few, and his uncle and aunt, world renown recording artists Les Paul and Mary Ford who had 16 top ten hits in the 1950’s. “I feel extremely blessed to have grown up in a family that was so musically inclined. It instilled in me a love for music and inspired me to pursue my own dream of becoming a professional musician. Jim’s hallmark is his attention to detail and has played in a variety of original and cover bands over the years, mainly concentrating on tribute bands over the last 13 years.“ I particularly enjoy playing in tribute bands because of the challenge of trying to replicate an artist’s music with note for note accuracy." Jim fills the demanding role of John Paul Jones masterfully; covering bass, keyboards, mandolin, bass pedals, acoustic 6 & 12 string guitars and backing vocals. Jim’s other tribute projects include the popular southern California tributes The Long Run “Experience the Eagles" and 4 Way Street “Celebrating the Music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young".
After receiving his degree in Illustration and Fine Art from the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Derek Smith moved back to Los Angeles in 2009 to pursue a career in the arts and music. Having played the drums since he was 12 years old and worshiping music since discovering his parent`s record collection at an early age, he figured it was a good omen when his first band`s recording sessions had him working next door to KISS and No Doubt. As he says, "It was definitely quite an honor to be sharing the same bathroom with Gene Simons and Paul Stanley." Despite a lifelong devotion to a number of bands like The Doors, The Who, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience, no other band`s music quite influenced him like Led Zeppelin`s, and in particular, the drumming of John Bonham. The dichotomy in Bonham`s playing, from the ferocity with which he could attack his drums to the level of finesse, sensitivity, and discretion he could exercise, were traits that resonated greatly with Derek and connected with him in a way that no other drummer has been able to. Derek Smith has performed with Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, The Doobie Brothers, Billy Idol`s Steve Stevens, legendary bass player Phil Chen, Chas West of Foreigner and the Jason Bonham Band, Chris Wyse of The Cult, Francesco DiCosmo of Thin Lizzy and Evanesence, and many more. He maintains a website (www.bonzosmontreux.com) and YouTube channel dedicated to the work of John Bonham and other influential drummers in his life. Derek is a full-time musician and artist who lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Jimmy Sakurai has been dedicating his career to tribute the one of the greatest legendary guitarist in the world, Jimmy Page for over 30 years since he was thundered by THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME in his teenage days. His band MR. JIMMY started 1994 in Tokyo,Japan and has been famous for over 3 hours show replicating perfectly each variations of the sets Led Zeppelin performed between 1968 to 1980, not only set of the songs or the outfits, but performances, characteristic solos and ad-ribs, choice of the instruments, tones and amp settings that has been studied by Jimmy Sakurai with the hardest enthusiasm and deep respect to Jimmy Page and his music.
The Atomic Punks are a tribute to early Van Halen, the David Lee Roth era. Formed in 1994, the Atomic Punks have performed well over 300 shows in places like Hollywood, CA, San Diego, CA, Las Vegas, NV, Phoenix, AZ, Scottsdale, AZ, Seattle, WA, Denver, CO, Honolulu, HI, Andover, MN, St. Louis, MO, Pittsburgh, PA, most recently Salt Lake City, UT, and most importantly, Pasadena, CA, where Van Halen started their meteoric rise to stardom.
Voted "Best Tribute Band" by LA's "Rock City News" three years in a row, the Atomic Punks have created a national following that continues to grow by leaps and bounds all the time.
In his 1997 auto-biography "Crazy from the Heat," former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth referred to the Atomic Punks as "The best tribute to Van Halen ever!" Dave cemented his admiration and appreciation for the Punks' talents by hiring original axeman Bart Walsh to play guitar on his "DLR Band" tours from 1999-2001. Bart's replacement, Brian Young, recreated Eddie Van Halen's sound and furious guitar playing so precisely, that Dave again looked to the Punks, and took the guitarist out on the road in 2002 for his national tour with fellow ex-Van Halen frontman, Sammy Hagar.
Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony performed a set with the Atomic Punks in Pasadena, CA, and said "I feel like I am back in 1982 performing with the old band!" Anthony added, "The Atomic Punks rock!" Anthony recently joined the band again on stage, at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA on January 31, 2003. He played nine Van Halen classics with the band including, "Runnin' With The Devil," "Hot For Teacher," "Somebody Get Me A Doctor," "Light Up The Sky," "You Really Got Me," "Panama," "Bottoms Up!," "Mean Street," and "On Fire."
Nationally syndicated radio host Howard Stern stated on his show, "The Atomic Punks become Van Halen. It's the total experience, they do Van Halen better than Van Halen themselves!"
Current guitarist Lance Turner is a top L.A. session player who has also toured and recorded with Giant recording artist P.O.L. and Drive Thru records recording artist Cousin Oliver. He recreates Eddie Van Halen's classic guitar sound, playing every riff and solo with as much energy and technique as Edward himself, while capturing all of the enthusiasm and flash of Ed's engaging live personality.
Original Punks members, Joe Lester (bass), and Scott Patterson (drums), make up a very formidable rhythm section, providing the same rock-solid foundation and pulse for Lance Turner and Brian Geller as Van Halen's own Michael Anthony and Alex Van Halen did for Eddie and Dave. Joe and Scott also help add all the signature backing vocals to the early Van Halen masterpieces they play.
The Atomic Punks Official Web Site at theatomicpunks.com continues to grow and gets hits from all over the world, and was recently completely redesigned and relaunched, under new management.
There is one important point the band always makes clear at their shows. The Atomic Punks don't think they are Van Halen, they simply love to play old Van Halen and it shows in their amazingly realistic, power-packed stage show. No Van Halen tribute band captures the note for note performance and feel of an old show like the Atomic Punks. If you love vintage Van Halen, and wish you could experience and relive the energy the "Mighty" VH created with "Diamond" Dave behind the mic, you do not want to miss the Atomic Punks. They are the ultimate tribute to early Van Halen!
Brian Geller :: Vocals
Lance Turner :: Guitar
Joe Lester :: Bass
Scott Patterson :: Drums
The Great Escape is the Ultimate Journey Experience!
Formed in early 2008 The Great Escape performs the timeless music of Journey with precision, high energy and genuine passion each and every time they hit the stage. The band has a rapidly growing following, adding more and more loyal fans each time they perform and they just love thier fans!
Whether performing in a large-scale venue, private function, or a sports bar, the Great Escape aim to leave their audience energized, entertained and eagerly anticipating their next show.
In 2009 and once again in 2013, the band was honored to be called to the stage during the Limelight Magazine Awards Show to receive an acknowledgment for being voted New England’s Best Tribute Band! Other highlights for the Great Escape to-date include regular, full-capacity performances on the majestic Lighthouse stage of the Twin River casino in Lincoln, RI as well as performing for hundreds of fans in such esteemed venues as the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, MA, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT, Showcase live foxboro, Ma Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket, RI, HardRock Biluxi MS, PlainRidge Casino, Painville, Ma. and NewPort Grand Slots, RI to name a few. The Great Escape has been honored to share the stage with prominent artists such as the Village People, Lesley Gore and New England’s own, Flesh!
Lead vocalist, Jason Paulino, fronts the Great Escape with his powerful vocals and enthusiastic energy. If he looks familiar already, you may have seen him dazzling audiences during multiple performances as a “Star of the Day” and finalist on the New England based television series “Community Auditions”. When singing the songs of Journey, Jason’s vocals are indistinguishable from Steve Perry - it’s an amazing sight to see and hear.
Rich Vigdor is the band’s lead guitarist. Rich will dazzle any audience with his note-for-note renditions of Journey’s familiar guitar riffs and solos.
Peter Ferlisi fills a big role with his keyboard and piano playing, a critical piece in so many Journey songs, as well as adding key vocal harmonies.
The mighty backbone of the band is filled by the rhythmic, agile bass playing of band founder, Bob Wheeler, along with drummer, Tony Clement, who conducts the band with power and precision.
Come experience The Great Escape as they breakout their high-energy musical performance and take you on an incredible Journey!