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.) Fish, as the band likes to call him, has a unique and open style of drumming that allows the songs to breathe without losing that rolling and thunderous beat. Fish also adds incredible pitch perfect backing vocals to the songs and has a chemistry with the other band members that completes the magical Ampage sound.
Mark Pearce - Lead Guitar and Vocals. Pearce Joined Ampage in 2013, taking over as lead guitarist and providing some lead 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.
Upper Left - Ampage Iron Horse Tour 1998; Middle - Jeff Conaway, Earl Slick, Dan Aykroyd, and Mark Mason; Right - Mark Mason, Corey Feldman , and Christopher Lloyd.
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. In spite of all the 'bumps' in road of a touring hard rock band, they are able to bring 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) include: The switch of lead guitarist Mark Englert (Dramarama) in 2001, replacing guitar legend Earl Slick (David Bowie and John Lennon fame) and Loren Molinare (Little Caesar). Original drummer Michael Kroeger rejoined Ampage replacing Rick Allen (Def Leppard) actually served as an asset on the Ampage Greatest Hits 2007 CD, "Future Days Gone By." The album provides the extra thrill factor and star attraction for fans. They can enjoy the best performances of ALL of the great artists who have contributed to the sound of Ampage during their time with this outstanding band, plus the powerful prowess of 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 Steppenwolf, 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 vocal 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 masterpiece. The band has dedicated this album to him.
Mark Mason - Lead Vocals / Songwriter and Guitarist / Founding force of the band. Mason is a prolific songwriter with many credits ranging from 7 albums to 9 major movie soundtracks, such as: "I'm Dangerous Tonight" in 1990 and "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 N' Roses fame, to name just a few of 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 DE-TOUR 2018
AMPAGE Concert at Point Arena Theatre Sept. 22
AMPAGE and VINCE NEIL MOTLEY CRUE Nov. 29th Canyon club Santa Clarita
AMPAGE and JACK RUSSEL GREAT WHITE Nov. 30 Whisky Hollywood
AMPAGE and BULLET BOYS Dec. 28th Whisky
AMPAGE and QUIET RIOT Dec. 29th Whisky
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, Ampage's current line up proves equally as impressive and talented in both the studio and on stage.
Ampage's current stellar lineup consists of:
Ampage has released 7 albums and 9 movie soundtracks, including the Disney movie "Brink". Ampage charted 2 songs #46 and #48 in the USA, #1 Puerto Rico, and #15 in Spain. Over the years Ampage has toured, performed, and recorded with Def Leppard, Tommy Shaw (Styx), Eric Clapton, John Taylor (Duran Duran), and many, many many more. Ampage singer Mark Mason is still the only artist (Except Beatles) to legally change lyrics in a John Lennon song.
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Bill Stokem - Bass. Bill joined Ampage in 2013 to take over bass duties, freeing up lead singer Mason to become the 2nd guitarist for the band. Bill is an amazing bassist and great vocalist 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 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 2017 USA tour, to promote the release of their 6th album, "Bridge Of Souls." Now available on Itunes and Amazon.