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Jason "Shakes" West / Bio

Rockford, Illinois native and San Antonio resident Jason West is a drummer who has been playing music professionally for over 23 years. Exceptionally versatile with regard to musical style, West has played in various bands ranging from rock and metal to blues and country, and is also well known for his visual presence behind the kit. Most recently, West has joined the Murderdolls (Slipknot’s Joey Jordison and Wednesday 13) — he served as the shock metal outfit’s live drummer for a series of Australian tour dates on the 2011 Soundwave Festival in late February and early March. West and the Murderdolls were one of several bands, including Iron Maiden, Queens of the Stone Age, Slayer, and Rob Zombie, to play in front of 50,000+ festival goers each day on large-scale outdoor stages in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth.

Prior to landing the position with the Murderdolls (Roadrunner Records), West joined ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach in Fall 2010 as the live drummer for dates in the UK and Spain during which Bach and the band served as direct support for Guns N’ Roses. This marked the second time West was tapped to play for Bach — he’d joined the frontman in 2006 for an opening slot on a Guns N’ Roses tour of Australia and New Zealand before Bach called him back in 2010.

West hit the touring circuit for the first time ever in 1998, playing in England, Italy, and Amsterdam with blues singer and guitarist Sherman Robertson. In 2002, West joined the Sarasota, Fla.-based heavy metal band Neurotica. During West’s time with Neurotica, the band put out a self-titled release (their third) on WWE Smackdown Records and toured the second stage of Ozzfest in the summer of 2002.

In 2003 West relocated to San Antonio to join industrial metal group Pitbull Daycare. Mainstays of the local San Antonio scene for several years, Pitbull Daycare signed with the L.A.-based label Cleopatra Records in 2004 and released a full-length, Unclean, that was produced by Fred Coury (Cinderella). The group also went on to independently release an album called You, Me and the Devil Make Three in 2006. Pitbull Daycare toured with the Genitorturers, Dope, and Mushroomhead, among others, and landed the opening slot for a three-month summer American tour in 2006 with Ministry and Revolting Cocks. West stayed with Pitbull Daycare until 2007 (when the band played their final show together) before he transitioned to San Antonio-based rock group Cult to Follow, which features Bryan Scott (Union Underground) on vocals.

West is also a part of the Austin/San Antonio Texas-based band Evil United which features members of Watchtower, Dangerous Toys, Riot, and PitbullDaycare. They will release there self titled album on September 13th 2011 via MVD distribution.

West will also be on the new Wednesday 13 record entitled "Calling all Corpses" which will be released in October 2011,followed by a U.S. tour in October,and then continues to the U.K. in November.

General Info

Artist Name
Jason "Shakes" West
Home Page
Metal / Heavy Rock / Country

Contact Info

San Antonio, TX