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Rock: Hard Rock Moods: Featuring Guitar Metal/Punk: Hair Metal

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United States - Connecticut

Lost Hollywood

Lost Hollywood was born in 2005 from the influences of bands like Van Halen, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Stone Temple Pilots, Foo Fighters, and, yes, even Goo Goo Dolls. Guitarist Ed Friderici idolized Eddie Van Halen growing up and learned to play guitar in the same style as his hero. Instead of playing baseball with his friends, EVH would tinker in his bedroom with Floyd Rose vibrato arms, Kramer guitars, and a Marshall amp, tapping away to get just the right sound. Little did he know at the time, but the other Eddie was refining a guitar style all his own which would ultimately provide the engine and defining sound of Lost Hollywood. Drummer Pete Batchelar grew up listening to Kiss and early VH and took to the drums in Bonham-esque style originally. His path crossed with Ed in the early 2000s and when he discovered that Ed had spent the better part of the previous decade writing and recording songs in his home studio, the two struck up a musical partnership and began jamming together. The chemistry was immediate and the duo began a search for a lead singer and bass player. Pete had grown up with Craig Porter, a fellow drum student of legendary Connecticut drummer Fran Curly. Knowing that Craig had taken up guitar in the late 90s, Pete had an idea. Bass is the fusion of those two skill sets, drums and guitar, to lay the backbeat and groove to song. He brought Craig in and the search was on for a singer. Luckily, several of Ed's demo tapes featured the singer from some very well known 80s and 90s bands on the YYC circuit that came close to hitting the big time. He was known then as Ricky Knight, and agreed to shake off some boredom by stopping by to jam with Ed's band one Friday night in 2005. Rick Ouellette was surprised by his experience. The four gelled as a band right away. Rick found that even after a several year hiatus from being in a band, the rock and roll bug was still in his blood. With Rick on board, the circle was complete and the rest is rock n' roll history.