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"Throughout the set I watched as Dan Acosta went about slicing heads with his searing guitar work backed by a roll of thunder from drummer Mike Sepe; but this all held together right on the edge by bassist Steve Gusz [Reverand Ferret].

Each of the original songs were not only well written, but they were executed with all of the passion that good ass-kicking rock and roll should have. Axis Unknown is a real take-no-prisoners band that you should really make a point to see... Check out their schedule and get out and see them live." - Richard L'Hommedieu


Exerpt taken from "Someplace Else for Original Music" (AcoustiChaos #3 Show)
By Kate Donohue

...Next up was heavy metal wonder turned acoustic confessor, Dan Acosta from the power trio, Axis Unknown. Dressed in jeans, bandana, and a sleeveless Batman t-shirt,Dan gave the audience a treat with songs based on personal life experiences. His delivery was passionate and soulful (ala Springsteen, Hootie and the Blowfish) and he touched listeners with his authenticity. Five of the six songs he performed are from his Cd, "a day in the life of a Super-hero..."

"Devil's Creek" was a good-time rocking song, while "B.d.B." told the tale of misspent youth and how things change. Although adulthood has its responsibilities, Dan looked back on his teenage years with no regrets, because his experiences made him the man he is today. In "Your Lovin' Drives Me Wild," Dan confessed, "When I wake up in the morning and you're layin' by my side, it always makes me smile / 'cause your lovin' drives me wild."

Although Dan said that
"South of Baghdad" is not a political song, it was perhaps one of the strongest songs of the night. The lyrics are actual words from his brother-in-law who was sent over to fight the war in Iraq. When he lamented, "I left a boy and came back a [military] man," we knew he had said it all. Dan closed [his set] with "Miles Away," a special request from his mother. "If I don't play this song, she'll take me out back and kick my butt!" Needless to say, Dan kicked butt himself on the song. You can visit Dan at http://www.myspace.com/danacosta . - Kathy Donahue


"Dan - you are definately "saving mankind one day at a time" - just
incredible!!!" - Robin Eve Chifari (recording artist & hostess of Village Pub South's Open Mic. Amityville,NY www.robineve.com)

"Dan, I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with you (AXIS UNKNOWN)
earlier this year at the Village Pub.... you guys were awesome then... and
you proved last night that you can rock just as hard as an acoustic act -
excellent singing/song writing... HONOR TO SHARE THE STAGE WITH YOU
AGAIN!!!!" - Forever Falling (recording artist -www.foreverfalling.net)

"Dan, great job... I enjoyed listening to you." - Patti Morrone (recording artist - www.bentpussycat.com) - various member comments


Dan Acosta presents a scary figure (with the facial piercings and all),but with an acoustic guitar in his hands, he sings tender,rhythmic songs extolling the virtues of friends and family, and the vagaries of growing up - or at least growing older. - Hank Stone


Pop / Rock (2006-07-27)
'AXIS UNKNOWN' Makes Bodog's 'Bootcamp' Round.

Long Island, NY. (AXIS UNKNOWN Official Website: www.myspace.com/axisunknown) -Long Island's own "AXIS UNKNOWN" made it into the "Bootcamp" performance round of the Bodog Record's "Battle of the Bands". The show takes place at the Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard Street, Manhattan (NYC), NY, on Tuesday, August 15, 2006.

Tickets may be purchased in advance by e-mailing the band at gorillaD@optonline.net or by calling Dan Acosta at 1(631) 470-1010. If you are in the NYC area and would like to purchase advance tickets, you may do so at the Knitting Factory the night of the show. Advance tickets are $12 or $15 at the door on the night of the performance. **THERE WILL BE SPECIAL "V.I.P." TRAVEL PACKAGES FOR ANY LONG ISLAND FANS THAT WANT TO RIDE WITH THE BAND INTO THE SHOW, E-MAIL OR CALL FOR DETAILS!!! JUMP ON BOARD AND HANG WITH THE BAND - LEAVE THE CAR AT HOME AND PARTY LIKE A ROCK-STAR!!

AXIS UNKNOWN features Dan Acosta a.k.a "Gorilla D" on vocals and guitar, Tom "MOJO" McCrone on drums/backing vocals, and Charlie "Sparky-Doodle" Flannery on bass guitar. This line-up has become one of the top modern melodic-rock bands to contend with out on Long Island. Now, they're getting ready to storm into NYC and unleash that sound on a whole new audience. This will be their long awaited return to NYC since 2003!!! Come out and be a part of the excitement!!

Top40-charts.com 7-27-2006 - Top40-charts.com


By Stephen Feller (from Long Island's "Suffolk Life" newspaper)
Wednesday, December 15, 2008

Bands from all over Long Island and New York City, as well as Connecticut and Rhode Island, among others, came together Saturday, December 4, 2008, to raise money to help homeless people across Long Island.

As part of the eighth annual "Rock 4 XMAS", several hundred people crowded the Kings Club in Centereach to help contribute to the Nassau-Suffolk Coalition For The Homeless.

According to event organizer Wayne Morrison, owner of Morrison Music and Production, this year's event raised over $5.000 through ticket sales, raflles, and donations made both at the show, and through the Rock 4 XMAS website.

"From its inception eight years ago, the level of love has grown so much," Morrison said. "It's not just the depth of the people who come [to the showl - it's volunteers, the performers, and the people we try to help ... There's no monetary gratifications for us, it's a camaraderie, between the people, even between the companies who sponsor it."

Morrison started the Rock 4 XMAS Foundation in 1996 to raise money and help people by holding concerts around the country, and raising funds on their website. Because it is for charity, most of the people involved are volunteering for work, including the performers, some of whom don't live in New York, but come from other states, such as Chrio, who hails from Connecticut, and Beyond Blonde, who came in from Rhode Island.

''The performers play... as though they're getting paid to play Madison Square Garden, which they're not." Mor­rison said.

Also performing at the event were Axis Unknown, Enuff Z'Nuff, and mem­bers of Blue Oyster Cult, Badfinger and Great White, among others. The wide selection of items raffled away to the crowd included boxing gloves signed by Sugar Ray Leonard, autographed guitars from Tesla and Eddie Money, and a drum head signed by Eric Singer, base­balls autographed by members of the Boston Red Sox, a basketball signed by members of the Boston Celties, and a smattering of autographed pictures from musicians and sports stars.

Morrison said he is already looking ahead to next year when they "hope to make it grow again, as it has for the past eight years."

For more information on Rock 4 XMAS, or to make a donation to the foundation, visit www.rock4xmas.com

(Article Photo Caption)ROCK SAVES - Dan Acosta, singer and guitarist for the Huntington Station-based band Axis Unknown, steps back from the microphone for a solo during his band's performance at Rock 4 XMAS 8, held December 4, 2004, at the King's Club in Centereach. The event raised more than $5,000 for the Nassau-Suffolk Coalition For The Homeless. - Stephen Feller - Suffolk Life


Discography

"...a day in the life of a Dirt Merchant" - AXIS UNKNOWN 3 song demo, 1995 - recorded @ Five Towns College - Dix Hills, NY

"Idiot Genius" - AXIS UNKNOWN 2 song sampler promotional, 1996 - recorded @ Five Towns College - Dix Hills, NY

"...a day in the life of... S.N.A.F.U" - SOLO 10 song acoustic CD, 1998

"So Far, So Good" - DAN ACOSTA/AXIS UNKNOWN compilation CD, 1999

"...a day in the life of a superhero..." - SOLO acoustic CD for Rock 4 X-mas charity tour, 2003 - engineered/produced by Mike Viscera (Yngwie Malmsteen/Loudness)

"Theze R My Demons" - AXIS UNKNOWN 6 song demo, 2006 - engineered/co-produced by Dan Parris/Parris Productions - Mastic, NY

"Family Business" - w/Mike Sanchez 6 song demo, 2007

"Welcome To The Peepshow" - w/Mike Sepe 7 song demo, 2007

"Check Your Baggage At The Door" - w/Roger Silverberg 12 song CD, 2008

"South Of Baghdad" (single) - w/Mike Hayes as part of Reverb Nation/Microsoft's Sponsored Song program - 2009

"Product Of My Environment" - unreleased 5 song demo w/Kronik Hedake 2009

"Evolution: 1515" - 15 song greatest hits project; currently in production 2009

Dan Acosta is also the voice talent & jingle writer/producer for GDA Media Group (multi-media service).

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Hometown: Huntington Station, NY
Melodic Rock/Metal
Radio friendly material
Work with many local & national charities

Axis Unknown has toured/shared a stage with (special thanks to Wayne Morrison of Rock 4 Xmas for booking us with most of these amazing performers):

Eddie Money

Randy Jackson (Zebra)

Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt/Quiet Riot)

Terry Ilous (XYZ)

Chris Slade (AC/DC, Asia)

Patrick Johannson (Yngwie Malmsteen)

Ira Black (Doom/Viscious Rumors/Lizzy Borden)

Uriah Duffy (Lyrics Born, Whitesnake)

Greg Douglass (Steve Miller Band)

Joey Molland (Badfinger)

Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge/Ozzy/Rod Stewart)

Ritchie Scarlet (Mountain)

Mike Viscera (Yngwie Malmsteen/Loudness)

Sam McCaslin (Michael Shenker Group)

Joey Belladonna (Belladonna/Anthrax)

Ronnie Keel (Keel)

Erin Fyfe (Doom)

John Ford (Strawbs)

Gary Moon (Night Ranger/Three Dog Night)

Jimmy Bain (DIO)

Tony Montanna (Great White)

Larry Hopen (Orleans)

Bobby Rondinelli (Blue Oyster Cult/Pyramid)

Atma Anur /Doug Doppler (Doppler)

Yakup Trana (solo artist)

Kelly Keeling (Trans Siberian Orchestra/Blue Murder)

Terri Lane

Ted Poley (Danger-Danger)

Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster from "The Munsters" TV show)

Enuff-Znuff

Theater Of Pain (Motley Crue tribute)

Sanctuary (Iron Maiden Tribute)

Master Of Puppets (Metallica Tribute)

Wizzard Of Ozz (Ozzy Osbourne Tribute)

Various Charities:

Families of The Fallen Concert 2004 (soldiers lost in battle - Afgahnistan/Iraq)

Rock 4 Xmas Foundation - 2003 & 2004 (various charities locally & across the country for the homeless)

Nassau/Suffolk Coalition For The Homeless - 2004

Widows & Children's Fire/Rescue Fund - 2002, 2003, 2004 (Families of 9-11 victims)

The September Concert - 2002 (9-11 memorial concerts all over NYC)

Toys For Tots - 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Save A Pet Foundation w/Full Throttle Magazine NY - 2007

Prune Belly Syndrome Network - 2005 & 2009

Suffolk County Veterans Project - 2009

American Cancer Society "Relay For Life - South Huntington" -2009, 2010

Rock 4 Xmas Foundation - 2009 (sponsored the John Theissen Children's Foundation)

*AXIS UNKNOWN is currently represented by GDA Media Group: GDAmediagroup@verizon.net
(631) 470-1010