Fuel formed in 1993 while playing the club circuit in and around Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The band signed to Sony Records and in 1998 released their critically lauded, debut album Sunburn with the massive hit single "Shimmer". Their second album Something Like Human took the band to a new level of stardom, hitting multi-platinum status driven by the singles "Innocent" and "Hemorrhage", which remained at #1 for ten weeks. In 2003 Fuel released their third record Natural Selection, and found success at radio again with the hit song "Falls On Me". At that point the band had sold over 3.5 million records in the U.S alone, and had scored a trio of releases with top five singles. The band had headlined its own sold out tours, as well as supporting the likes of Aerosmith and Kid Rock. But even what seems like the best of circumstances can prove to be difficult and unhappy with the direction and lack of unity inside the band, Brett Scallions amicably parted ways with Fuel in 2004. During his time away from Fuel, Brett continued to write music and toured with Ray Manzarek & Robby Krieger of the Doors. "When I left Fuel I was miserable, it did not feel like a band anymore," says Brett, continuing: "Unity was non-existent. Performing those amazing Doors songs with two legends, who are two of the architects of that sound was eye opening, life changing, and opened a whole new perspective on music and life. I realized much music is about freedom, and not being confined to formats." The new decade, some life lessons, and 8 years away from the band he helped create and always loved, gave Brett a new desire to re-launch Fuel. Armed with guitarist Andy Andersson, drummer Shannon Boone, and Shinedown bassist Brad Stewart, the new lineup took to the road to reignite "Fuelies", as their loyal fans are known. Fuel played to packed halls, sweaty rock clubs, and on festivals bills throughout the United States. The "Fuelies" wanted more, and they got it! In 2014 Fuel released Puppet Strings, on MRI/Red. Catapulted by the first single, the driving, hypnotic "Soul To Preach To", the album entered the Billboard rock charts at #1. The fans spoke loud and clear to the band and "Cold Summer" became the second single. The Fuelies were right, as "Cold Summer" became a staple on rock radio cracking the top 20 at rock radio throughout the summer, with a video that is a classic throw back to when rock videos were fun. "Rock n Roll is very much alive on this record," says Scallions, "Fuel is fully reignited, and it feels like we are just getting started."
Although the members of Marcy Playground met in New York City during the mid-'90s, both singer/guitarist John Wozniak and bassist Dylan Keefe originally hailed from Minneapolis, and drummer Dan Rieser grew up in Ohio. The group took its name from the Marcy Open School, an experimental elementary school that Wozniak attended in the late '70s. Wozniak was intimidated by a few other students during his time at Marcy Open, and he ultimately refused to join his peers on the school's playground during recess. Subsequently, the singer claimed that this tough period of his life served as "a foundation for a future self." In one of the band's first bios, he explained, "The strange way in which I see the world today can be directly traced back to the time when, as a little boy, I sat paralyzed by the unfortunate realities of life as I looked out of a school window and down onto the Marcy Playground."
Keefe attended another nearby school -- a sister school, of sorts, to the one that Wozniak attended -- but it wasn't until both Minneapolis natives moved to N.Y.C. that they first crossed paths. Introduced via acclaimed jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, the two realized they shared similar tastes in music and soon decided to form a band. Keefe recommended an old college friend, Rieser, to play drums for the group, which led to the official birth of Marcy Playground.
The group eventually signed a recording contract with Capitol Records and released a self-titled debut album in February 1997. Several months after the album's release, rock radio picked up on the group's single "Sex and Candy" (comparable to Nirvana's more tranquil moments), which pushed the album up the U.S. charts and, eventually, to platinum certification. The trio began work on a second full-length effort, trying to avoid the dreaded sophomore jinx that so many other rock bands have fallen prey to after scoring an inaugural hit. Marcy Playground proved ultimately susceptible to the aforementioned "curse," as the resulting album, 1999's Shapeshifter, was widely panned by critics and sank from sight shortly after its release. The group shrank away from the spotlight but continued releasing albums, with MP3 arriving in 2004 and Leaving Wonderland...In a Fit of Rage following in 2009. The remix album, Indaba Remixes From Wonderland -- featuring remixed versions of tracks off Leaving Wonderland --appeared in 2010.
Lost Point, is a band with unique style, power and strength. Finding success with the title of Clear Channel's Best Band in Denver was just the beginning. After the release of their freshman album," All Dressed Up", success was a sure fire prelude. To headlining multiple sell-out shows, receiving national radio market testing, and full local radio play on Clear Channel stations, being hand-picked by Kevin Lyman for the Vans Warped Tour. After finding so much success, there was no other option than to follow-up their freshman release with a sophomore album that is stellar in every aspect. Taking a year off to focus exclusively on the creation of "Scars From Her", Lost Point is ready to bring forth the hardest hitting, gut-punching and lyrically geared product possible. Currently, the band has been focusing their time behind closed doors on incorporating multiple influences from electrifying beats, alternative fusion, teeth-grinding metal, impulsive rock and unequivocal lyrical persuasion into a streamline balance of a sound that is all their own. Preparing for an Uprising in the National Music Scene is the path that is ahead of this steadfast band. With major tours, national sponsorships and leading label interest within the future of this band in 2011, Lost Point will surely find a permanent home in the National Music Scene. Keep your eyes open and ears ready for what's to come…Lost Point will be back for the Regeneration starting 2011…and even though the name of the band is Lost Point, these boys know exactly where they are going.
WORLD FAMOUS JOHNSONS
World Famous Johnsons (WFJ) are an original rock band founded in 2010 by guitar player Julian Anderson (1963 - 2012) from Dogs of Pleasure. The current WFJ lineup sometimes features Matthew Johnson on guitar/vocals formerly of Great White, along with Scott Parker on bass/vocals, Shane Delray on guitar/vocals, Scooter Kennedy on guitar from Lola Black, Jimmy D on drums, and Justin Conant on vocals. WFJ have also featured Jimmy Strickler, Kenny Swagger, Mike Crisler, Ace Johnson and Donnie Crisp on recorded material. After the release of the full length CD "Hitchhiking is Overrated" at the Gothic Theatre on December 1st 2012 and numerous shows, the World Famous Johnsons are now in the studio writing and recording more musical works including (Long Way Gone) a song by Julian Anderson. The first recorded song "All Ready Dead" is available for a limited time free download and new releases are set for the near future! The World Famous Johnsons as a collective have shared the stage with multiple national touring bands and artists including Jack Russell's Great White, George Lynch, Jake E Lee, Zakk Wylde, XYZ, Lola Black, Saigon Kick, Love/Hate, I Mother Earth, Nuclear Assault, Omen, Mind Bomb, Tracii Guns, Phil Lewis, L.A. GUNS, Lizzy Borden, Warner Drive, Quiet Riot and many more... RULA BULA!! WFJ
I grew up in Jackson, MS. Waking up, strumming, writing, and being a vulnerable teenager to the harsh world of private school living. After that, went to the University of Miss. where I enjoyed strumming, writing, and playing with a great band in Oxford, MS called Freeman's Ride. After college, I moved to Nashville, TN. where I stopped playing music and decided to live in the world of normality. I soon realized that I was not normal, so I had to return to my passion of strumming, writing , and playing for various adventures. One was Disney. One was a band called ESKRA. And so on. After my quick one year adventure to Nashville, I moved to Destin, FL. Here I enjoyed strumming, writing, and playing cover songs for your listening pleasure at world famous Hogs Breath Saloon. During the summer of 2003 I wrote my first album "Brand New Something". At this time I started frequently playing at a bar called Funky Blues Shack. In the Spring of 04 a friend of mine, Diana Deprisco, sent my album to Peter Malick. Peter is a songwriter/guitarist/producer in the LA area. He has done works with many artist one being Norah Jones. Peter decided that he wanted to do an album with me, so we started working on my latest album " Starting Ground". We did a majority of the recording in the summer of 04 and the summer of 05. We recorded the album at The Green Room recording studio. It has some outstanding musicians on the album. It has Butch Norton who was the drummer from the EELS, Phil Parlapiano who is the keyboard player for John Prine, Chris Chaney who was the bassist for Janes Addiction, and Peter Malick on mandolin and lap steele. Towards the end of my stay in Destin, my shows were getting busier and busier because of some extremely loyal locals and people from out of town. I felt like it was time to move away and start over. Drastic changes were to come. In 2006, I moved to Loveland, CO where I worked during the day at Best Buy, and I played shows around town every once in a while. I sure would have liked to play more, but at that moment I was taking things step by step. The shows started to get better, and my album was getting closer to release. There were many more changes to come. In the summer of 2006 I was named best guitar player in Colorado at the 2006 Guitars on Fire Competition. From there, my shows started to pick up even more and I was playing quite a bit. My lines were getting longer to hear my originals. In the winter of 2006, I was asked to play for the season at Copper Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday thru Saturday. At that time, I would play my shows up in the mountains and then come down and play shows in the Fort Collins area. Lucky Joes was and still is my favorite place to play. I love everyone who supports me at those shows. They are crazy groups of people and I love them all. Currently, I have moved to the Denver area where I am playing a good amount getting ready for my album to drop in September. I am currently looking for musicians to get this train a rolling. It is not the easiest thing to do. All I am looking for is a bass player, a solid drummer, and maybe some keys. I know it will all come together. Please come and show some support by screaming out an original. Thanks for stopping by. More news to come.