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The John Egan Band / Bio

John Egan began his career singing and playing guitar for Rhode Island punk rock band "The Lori Hayden Group" in 1979. The band originally formed to provide the music for an "Anti-prom" party (an alternative to the official junior prom - which was to feature disco). Armed with a handful of covers of their favorites by the Sex Pistols, New York Dolls, Ramones, and Dead Boys, the band added some originals - most of which are now mercifully forgotten. Three sets, countless beers and one blood-soaked guitar later, history had been made.
John enrolled in Boston University in the fall of 1980. He brought his guitar and amp with him (much to the dismay of his roommate freshman year), and formed the band Apartment Two with Anthony Popolo (bass) and Bo Conlon (drums). They played the clubs on the scene at the time, like the Rat, Chet’s, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, the Inn Square Men’s Bar, and Jack’s. The band broke up after graduation in 1984. Bo Conlon went on to play with the BoDeans, opening for U2 in a number of cities.
December Sons was formed with Matt Thorsen (on drums at the time) and Craig Neuschaffer (bass). Matt’s brother Steve joined later as lead guitarist.
John moved to Nashville and joined Shades of Black in 1990. They played the colleges and clubs in the area. John also began performing as a solo singer-songwriter at this time, including a gig at the legendary Bluebird Café opening for Janis Ian.
Unable to survive any longer without coffee milk or Del’s lemonade, John loaded his beat-up Nash Rambler and returned to Rhode Island. Here he reunited with Matt Thorsen (now on lead guitar) and Bob Hourtal (the drummer from the Lori Hayden Group) to form the Nolans, with Pete Wingate on bass.
John had begun recording demos of his songs in his basement studio. These demos became the basis for his CD "Just Like a Human Being" which was released in 1995. John toured the smoky barrooms of New England in support of the CD.
For the past few years John has been raising a family with his wife Amy - in semi-retirement musically. Following the examples of Mohammed Ali, Roger Clemens, and Brett Favre, John has recently come out of retirement. When asked by a contingent of media if the rumor were true, the always quotable John replied: “I’m back.”

General Info

Band Members
John Egan - vocals and guitar, Matt Thorsen - guitar, Pete Wingate - bass, guitar, tenor guitar, Erik Usler - drums
Artist Name
The John Egan Band
Home Page
Active Since
Americana / Singer Songwriter / Adult Alternative

Contact Info

Warwick, RI

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