Headbanger's Ball
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Headbanger's Ball

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Rock Metal


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"Headbanger's Ball Take Care of Business in Philly"

What do musicians do when they are not touring or recording? They form a side project . Some local one's formed one called Headbangers Ball, after the MTV show which featured hard rock back in the 1980's. While MTV is not relevant anymore the music they played still is. Headbangers Ball did the songs proud and caused the crowd to stand for their show.
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When you take a bunch of high school kids and teach them classic hits that have been overplayed on radio, the kids think they are musicians and they are a great band. Not so. A great band has to know more than just "hits" and you have to be able to play those songs without looking at your instruments. You need stage presence. Stage presence cannot be taught, it must be acquired with time..

When you take people like Nick Douglas and Johnny Dee from Doro Pesch , put in Virus from Dope and Joe Taylor who also played with Doro and Lita Ford. Then you bring in an energetic front lady with a set of pipes that can be heard in the next county, give her a sexy name like Jane Train and you have a band worth seeing. And that band delivered the goods.

They brought out some of the more well known songs. Hey would frequently do block of an artist. Like Ratt? "Round and Round' fell into "Lay It Down" . A few songs from Dokken like Dream Warrior" and "Breakin the Chains", mix in some Iron Maiden, and you have and idea of what transpired in the Trocadero December 6 2013.

In a previous interview, drummer Johnny Dee said "We want people to take a chance on us". Those that did and laid out the $16.00 to get in drew a blackjack , that paid off big time. The biggest chance was on Jane Train,the lead singer. many were unfamiliar with her and wondered if she could belt out the tunes the way they were supposed to be sung. Within two minutes, the answer was a yes. The crowd for the most part stood up. You can tell how good a band is when they play clubs. If people are texting or looking at their cellphones while sitting, the band is not doing their job. 95 percent of those in the Troc were on their feet and their cellphones were off or they were shooting photos with them.

The downside to Headbangers Ball is it's a side project. Clearly the music they play is in demand, but so are the members primary gigs. People in attendance hope that this band comes back and soon, in spite of the fact that Jane Train lives over two hours away. When they do, they need to be on stage longer. None of this four band late night stuff. While Openers Nat Attack were very good, Travia and 609 were too modern for this crowd, many of whom spent their time in the back texting and not paying attention. Nat Attack have promise , if they would drop some of their "classic hits" and delve a bit deeper, they could be generate an even bigger fan base. Have one or two bands open, and bring Headbangers Ball onstage by 9:30 p.m. That way, they can be on stage for two or more hours, yet their fan base gets to hear more songs. - Alex Gross for examiner.com


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Jane Train - Lead Vocals: Currently most known in Northeastern America for her work in the multi-award winning band M80. Jane was a touring member of Indie Rock Queen Liz Phair's band and has shared stages with Sheryl Crow, Dixie Chicks, Sarah MacLachlan, and Alanis Morrisette. Hard Rock Legend/Frontman of Rainbow/Deep Purple, Joe Lynn Turner, and Badlands singer, Ray Gillen, both took notice of Jane's talent at a very young age. Joe had her to sing backups on his first "Under Cover" CD. Jane has also worked in Film & TV on notable shows like Law & Order, Ugly Betty, Sex & the City, Men in Black 3, and more. She is finishing up her debut CD (co-written with Sevendust's Clint Lowery) which features special guests from Breaking Benjamin, Guns n Roses, Seether, Dream Theater, Kings X, and Black Label Society. In May 2013, Jane got to perform her new material as the sole opener for Motley Crue in NY. This girl loves to ROCK!

Johnny Dee - Drums: Making international waves as a young gun in the band Waysted, years later Johnny really got to shine as a  member of Britny Fox at their height of success. After the 80s hair bands got taken over by the grunge scene in America, Johnny found his new home with former Warlock singer, Doro Pesch and currently tours with her throughout the year. Doro is one of Metal's more notable leading ladies and still performs to packed houses of thousands internationally.

Joe Taylor - Guitars: Joe has toured internationally with Doro Pesch and also former Runaways Guitar Queen, Lita Ford. He currently plays in Cycle of Pain with the bassist of Black Label Society, JD DeServio.

Nick Douglas - Bass: Nick is currently touring along with Johnny Dee in Doro Pesch's band. He has recorded and toured with Chris Caffery, guitarist of Savatage/Trans Siberian Orchestra. With Doro, Nick has shared stages with some of the biggest names in Hard Rock & Metal non stop for 20 years!

Virus - Guitars: Most notably the sole guitarist in Device, a trio with drummer Will Hunt (Evanescence, Vince Neil, Methods of Mayhem, Black Label Society, and Dark New Day) and the lead singer of Disturbed, David Draiman. He's also in the legendary underground hard rock band Dope and currently tours with the Broadway hit Rock of Ages. Virus is a very versatile and talented musician and has toured in Big & Rich's band as well.

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