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The Story of Bluebeard / Bio

Bluebeard formed in 1972 in a suburb of Los Angeles called West Covina. They rose up quickly thanks to their dynamic music and exciting live show. Guitarist Vincent Bitetti reminisces about L.A. during rock music's innocent and exciting heyday. "In the 70's it was a trip. We re-opened the Whisky A-Go-Go with the infamous Arthur Lee and Love. We opened for 60's stalwarts Steppenwolf. We also played with Van Halen and later with New Wave bands such as The Motels and The Kats. By 1978 we were headlining every club on the Strip to sell-out crowds. Before radio station KROQ went new wave, they had us in heavy rotation. This and our live show, which was full of pyrotechnics and great lighting effects, drove us for some time."

Changes in the nature of the music business caused their wave to crest early, when major label interest suddenly dried up. They continued to slog along for another seven years until they dissipated altogether. In 2002, they began work on restoring their master recordings (they had almost 10 albums in the can) and in '03 recorded some new material (and updated versions of older songs) with producer Barry "Foz" Fasman at his studio at the top of Laurel Canyon in Hollywood. Then, in January 2004, the band recieved an unexpected blow - their original lead singer and creative force, Robert Barry Leech, committed suicide. This shocked the remaining members to get back to where they once belonged. Everything moved into ''Tribute Mode". At the same time, they didn't just want to be a tribute band - they wanted to express a new motivation as well as new songs. Brian Barnum was added to the line up in 2006, replacing Vincent Penny who moved to Hawaii. In addition, producer Fasman joined the band to pick up the keyboard duties once held by Bob Campbell. The band made a lot of headway and released the Deluxe with Reverb album in 2007. It was available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon.com, CD Baby.com, iTunes and other music retailers. With the help of Shawn Hart (the bass player's brother/fighter jet pilot/United Airlines pilot and all-around genius) the band was able to implement the pyrotechnics of yesteryear - insane Dry Ice Fog machines, massive and subtle smoke bombs, crazy lighting blasts/flashes and more inventions to enhance the live show. Road crew chief Buffalo Tom Wagnon resumed his post, Doc Snyder wrote some great lyrics for a couple of new songs, etc...

The 'new' band (with 3 original members - actually 4 counting Brian Barnum who was in the Robert Barry Leech band) opened many shows for Blue Oyster Cult - at The Grove and The Canyon Club for three BOC tours during the 2006-2009 timeframe) and played shows with Kansas, Foghat and Y & T to name a few. They also headlined several venues between 2006 - 2009. Finding a suitable frontman proved difficult indeed. Although nobody could ever fill Barry's shoes, the new singer needed to be able to channel Barry as much as possible. After three frontmen (all of them solid), and the death of yet another founding member (Danny Bogan was killed by a stupid driver in a car while out for a run on his Harley) it was time to take a hiatus and find another outlet to get the music and story out to the existing fans and new, future fans. Vincent Bitetti is working on an eBook called "Sad Forgotten Song" - The Story of Bluebeard which should be available in summer 2013 - when the band is expected to tour and release a new album called The Other Side of Heaven.

General Info

Band Members
Barry Leech/El Erin/Lee Gordon/TR Estep, Bob Campbell/Barry Fasman, Vincent Bitetti, Vincent Penny/Brian Barnum, Danny Bogan and Gayle Hart
Artist Name
The Story of Bluebeard
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/thestoryofbluebeard
Active Since
04/72
Genres
Rock / Progressive Rock / Hard Rock

Contact Info

Location
West Covina, CA
Manager
Vincent J Bitetti

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