Mark Mason- Lead Vocals / Songwriter and Guitarist: Founding force of the band, Mason is also a prolific songwriter with many credits ranging from 7 albums, to 9 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 and movie trailer "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 musicianship, has earned Mark wide recognition amongst many of the music and movie industry's elite as being a "musician's musician".
Ampage Line Up-
Mark Mason - Lead vocals, Guitar
Mark Pearce - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Bill Stokem - Bass, Vocals
Jason Fish - Drums, Vocals
Band Bio - 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 20016 USA tour, to promote the release of their 6th album, "Bridge of Souls" Now available on Itunes and Amazon.
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Ampage and Rough Cutt
Friday November 25th 2016
Whisky a go go in Hollywood
Ampage and Dokken
Saturday November 26th 2016
Rose Concert Theatre in Pasadena
Upper- Ampage Iron Horse Tour 1998
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.
Sadly Ampage lost one of it's co-founding members and longtime drummer Michael Kroeger to leukemia on January 31, 2016. Michael was in the studio with the band and had just finished his drum and backing vocakl tracks for the newest album "Bridge Of Souls" when he was diagnosed with Leukemia. He died a few months later never hearing the finished album and what would be his last master piece. The band has dedicated this album to him.
Jason Fish Drums - Jason was born into a musical family in Southern Indiana. His Dad's bands would rehearse in the basement at their house. This is where he was drawn to the sound and look of the drum kit. Through the years he has gigged and recorded with various cover bands (The Brood, löl, and SUICIDE ÅCES) and original bands (Aistha's Kiss, Trigger Heat, Ultra Sonic, and Verge On Dirty.) Jason or Fish as the band likes to call him has a unique and open style of drumming allowing the songs to breath without losing that rolling and thunderous beat. Fish also adds incredible pitch perfect vocals to the songs and a chemistry with the other band members to complete that magical Ampage sound.
Above - Michael Kroeger (December 11, 1960 - January 31 2016)
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 current stellar line up consists of:
Bill Stokem Bass - Bill Stokem joined Ampage in 2013 to take over on bass freeing up Lead Singer Mark Mason to continue as singer and now 2nd guitarist for the band . Bill is an amazing bassist and great vocals who studied at MIT (Musician Institute of Technology) in Hollywood during the mid 1980's. Bill has performed and recorded over the years in such bands as Anti-Social, Flembile, and the Blue Meanies. Bill's Bass and vocals add just the right amount of edginess to Ampage.
Mark Pearce Lead Guitar and Vocals- Mark Pierce Joined Ampage in 2013 taking over as lead guitarist and vocals for the band. Mark's a well seasoned veteran musician / songwriter with more than enough experience to know what it takes to deliver to any audiences a show they won't soon forget. Mark is currently in the studio with Ampage working on their newest album titled "Heavens to Mergatroid" due out in 2014.