* California based hard rockers Ampage, who's successful professional career spans from the mid 1980's until present, cordially invite you to join in the celebration, along with a vast number of dedicated longtime and new fans, on their soon to be launched US and European tour, which is currently in the works to promote the release of their brand new CD, "Don't Shoot The Wounded" set to be released in August 2010.
Like most great bands remaining successful for multiple decades, (which is no easy feat amongst the vast competition of both legendary performers and the many hot up and coming acts in the music industry), Ampage has undergone over the years several band personnel changes, (which can ultimately make or break any band,) but Ampage has remained strong and dedicated throughout those changes, to spite all the 'bumps' in road of a touring hard rock band, to bringing to their fans nothing less than high quality, high caliber, and incredibly dynamic rock performances both live on stage and in the studio; as reflected on their previously released albums, which can be attested to by their multitudes of fans worldwide.
The personnel changes that Ampage has experienced and undergone over the years, (which can prove deadly for some bands), some of which include the switch of lead guitarist Mark Englert, (of Dramarama), who joined Ampage in 2001, replacing guitar legend Earl Slick (of David Bowie and John Lennon fame,) and Loren Molinare (of Little Caesar). Original drummer Michael Kroeger who rejoined Ampage replacing Rick Allen (Def Leppard), actually serve as an asset on the Ampage Greatest Hits 2007 CD, "Future Days Gone by" as it provides extra thrill factor and star attraction for fans, as fans can enjoy the best performances of ALL of the great performers who have contributed to the great sound of Ampage during their time performing with this outstanding band; plus all the powerful prowess of the Ampage's current line up, all on this one hard driving CD release.
Changes over the years to the line up of Ampage have been aplenty, so fans can expect to be thoroughly well rocked on Ampage's CD, "Future Days Gone By", by such prolific performers as Gary Busey... Yeah, that Gary Busey! Highly acclaimed actor in such movies as The Buddy Holly Story, Gary Busey, who makes a guest appearance on the beginning of the CD's song "D Day", in the preacher's monologue. Busey's performances with the band Ampage, featured on Ampage's 2001 released CD "Falling Higher," as well as on Ampage's last CD, "Future Days Gone By". ...Some of the other stellar and/or legendary performers which performed with Ampage and can be heard on both their previous releases as well as featured on "Future Days Gone By" include such great performers as: Rick Allen of Def Leppard, Michael Monarch of Stepenwolf, Earl Slick of Bowie and John Lennon, John Easedale of Dramarama, John Taylor of Duran Duran, actor/musician Jeff Conaway of Taxi, and Grease as well as other outstanding musicians who have contributed to the great sound of Ampage over the years. Incidentally, Jeff Conaway was the producer of all of the MTV videos for Ampage in the 1990's.
Mark Englert Guitar 2001-2010: Besides Mark Englert's melodic, yet blistering hot lead guitar licks with Ampage, Mark Englert is also well renown for his work with the band Dramarama. And has been featured on VH1's "Bands United", as well as featured on MTV's "Alternative Nation" and "120 Minutes", and has made a number of television guest appearances on such television shows as: Late Night With David Letterman, The Dennis Miller Show, as well as two live performances on The Joe Franklin Show. Mark's musical performances has also been featured in a number movies as well, such as: Nightmare on Elm Street 4, Mayor of the Sunset Strip, The Dream Master, and Higher Learning.
After performing on 10 albums between both Dramarama and Ampage, and just as many tours to promote those albums, Mark's a well seasoned veteran musician with more than enough experience to know what it takes to deliver to any audiences a show they won't soon forget.
Besides all the great past performers of the band which have taken their place in music history with the band Ampage, Ampage's current line up proves equally as impressive and talented in both the studio and on stage. Ampage's 2010 current stellar line up consists of:
Mark Mason- Lead Vocals and Bass: Founding force of the band, Mason is also a prolific songwriter with many credits ranging from television, to major movies, such as: "I'm Dangerous Tonight" in 1990, "Bikini Summer II" in 1992, in which Jeff Conaway also starred and directed along with on screen performances by Mark Mason and Ampage. Mark's songwriting talent was featured also in the in the 1994 NBC Movie of the Week Robin Cook's "Mortal Fear". In 1999, Mark Mason along with Rick Allen, (world renown drummer for Def Leppard), wrote and recorded the theme song for the Disney Movie "Brink".
To add to Mark's impressive list of professional credits, he is also recognized for his work collaborating with other musical greats as Tommy Shaw of the legendary rock band Styx, and with songwriter Wes Arkin of Guns & Roses fame, to name just a few Mark's many credits throughout his illustrious long term professional career as a songwriter and musical performer. The remarkable versatility, total pro creative adaptability and high quality of Mark's style of songwriting and vocal and bass musicianship, has earned Mark wide recognition amongst many of the music and movie industry's elite as being a "musician's musician".
When Mark isn't on stage you will probably find him swimming, biking, and running. He trains between 2 - 4 hours a day in between band rehearsals, recording and concert dates. Mark has competed in Triathlons and Ironmans all over the world.
Sean Lewis Lead Guitar- Sean began touring and recording with San Francisco Bay Area favorites “Roadrunner” in the very early 80’s. Roadrunner was famous for performing “exotic” shows at the late concert promoter Bill Graham’s venues as well as at other local San Francisco clubs. Sean attended the Guitar Institute in Hollywood, CA and then joined the Sunset Strip cult metal band “London” in about 1985. London was formed in the late seventies by Nikki Sixx from Motely Crue and Blackie Lawless from WASP. London’s line-up also featured members of Guns & Roses, Cinderella to name a few. London released “Playa del Rock” under both names “London” as well as “D’Priest” in the U.S. in 1989 and toured extensively. The video “Ride you Thru The Night” received heavy MTV rotation as well as rotation in Europe and Japan. Sean’s guitar style has been likened to Steve Lukather and other blues-based players. In 1990 Sean played guitar on the Ampage single "Pussycat" which appeared in 3 movies. Sean also performed on the Ampage music video for "Pussycat".
Michael Kroeger Drums- Mike Kroeger is Another of the original founding forces of Ampage, Michael Kroeger is back with the band, (after being filled in for by Rick Allen of Def Leppard), and is a lead footed force to be reckoned with on drums. Michael's thunderous capabilities on drums can heard on Ampage's 1997 second album, "Iron Horse" as well as the new CD "Don't Shoot The Wounded" to be released in August 2010. Mike brings his (greased) lightening to the stage, and can be experienced by fans in Ampage's electrifying live performances.
Pamela Mason Backing Vocals- Pamela is an amazing singer. Once the lead singer for the all girl band "SHEROK" Pamela is no stranger to the stage. In 1995 Pamela was voted best blues vocalist of Texas while releasing a solo album called "Let it Rain" under the name Pam Cox. She has been performing with Ampage on and off since the late 1990's as well as appearing in the Ampage 3 song music video off the Ironhorse Album produced by actor Jeff Conaway. Pamela has also written and recorded songs for t.v. movies as well as doing the back up vocals for most of the Ampage Albums over the years. In 2010, Ampage recorded a great song written by Pamela called " As Freedom Rings" that will be featured on the "Ampage , Don't Shoot The Wounded" album. In 1998 Mark Mason and Pamela were married and have been together ever since.
With all of the musical credits and featured appearances of the world renown performers who have contributed to the sound of Ampage over the years, "Don't Shoot The Wounded" is destined to become one of the most celebrated albums of 2010 and beyond.