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Ballbreakers history dates back to the summer of 1995, when five players, from various musical
backgrounds, decided to band together to create what has now become known as one of the
top “tributes to the music of” AC/DC around today, as well as purveyors of the hard rock sound through
their driving original music.
The ball was set in motion one summer evening when, through a mutual friend, Jerry met Steve. Both
having been in various bands that
regularly played the area circuit, the conversations soon turned to the different projects that had been
involved with, the musicians that they each have known as well as their influences and music in general.
After about a month or so they decided that it was about time to get together and see if something
would click. So the call went out to some other musicians that they knew were available.
At this point Eddie was writing with Steve and recording some demos (Some of these songs can
be found Ballbreakers first all original c.d. “Ballbreaker 1″ available for purchase right here on
ballbreaker.net.) when he got the call. Mark had been playing with Jerry for some time with multiple
bands, and had just been involved in a project called Bon Voyage with him. (This project also included
Todd at that time.) With Eddie and Mark in place, one more element was needed, so Jeff Gillette was
called in on the drums.
With the cast now set, it was time to get to work. The band began to learn songs but had no real
direction to take the group into, that is until they learned AC/DC classic “You Shook Me All Night
Long.” They soon realized they had an uncanny likeness to the sound of AC/DC, right down to Eddies
raspy, whiskey soaked replication of the voice of their front man Brian Johnson. It was this night that
BALLBREAKER was truly born.
Soon after, BALLBREAKER , walked into a small bar in Caledonia, NY for an open jam night with a set of
AC/DC classics and took the bar by storm. The people who were there to witness that evening began
to tell their friends of what they saw that night and word soon spread. With all the positive response
from BALLBREAKERS trial run, they soon were getting calls for shows with their very first full fledged
appearance supporting THE GOOD RATS. They were now taking the show on the road, making a name
for themselves in Rochester and it’s surrounding areas. With the addition of Paul Marlzoff on drums,
they decided it was time to drive the bands playing field out farther and begin to hit more of NY.
BALLBREAKER spent the next couple of years taking it on the road and spreading their name across the
Todd Tracy now entered the BALLBREAKER fold and the band shifted gears once again. Their ultimate
lineup was in place and a new age in the bands history was dawning. With a new found energy the
band took a whole new stage show to the club scene. One LA music producer once called BALLBREAKER
possibly “the greatest bar band in the country” and this could be evidenced during their support of
national acts such as LOVERBOY, NAZARETH, and QUIET RIOT.
As they continued to perform their tribute to the music of AC/DC to sold out clubs, concerts, and
fairs across the state they felt that the time was ripe to release an all original c.d. The year 2000 was
a landmark year for BALLBREAKER, in that it saw the release of the classic, independently released
disc “Ballbreaker 1″ that features such favorites as “Inside Out,” “Whiskey, Women, & Rock,” and “Give
Me A Reason.” The disc found quick acceptance from fans and press alike. This new c.d. gained them
exposure in magazines and on radio stations throughout the United States, Italy, France, Denmark, The
Netherlands, and Germany. The first track off the disc, “Inside Out,” was also used in ads for the NFLs,
BUFFALO BILLS during their 2001/2002 season. 2003 saw them as a featured artist on a world-wide
release called “Voltage Overload,” on Sharkbite Records. This was an AC/DC tribute disc with 10 of the
worlds top AC/DC acts paying homage to the hard rock legends. Ballbreaker appeared performing the
song “Let Me Put My Love Into You,” recorded live during their support of LOVERBOY.
2005 found the band celebrating their 10th anniversary with the release of their second full length
original c.d., “Hangman’s Tree.” Ballbreaker’s newest , hard hitting platter of straight ahead rock n’ roll
quickly found critical success, being called “a power rock n’ roll bomb” by French music distributor,
Alain Brennus, and being ranked in the top ten hard rock releases of 2005 by Canadian webzine
sleazeroxx.com, which also listed the track, “Little Misunderstood” in the top 25 songs of 2005. The
critical acclaim soon translated into a distribution deal with Houston, Texas based, Perris Records.As the buzz around Ballbreaker’s “Hangman’s Tree” continued to grow, the band found themselves with appearances
in major publications such as Rock N Roll Damnation, and Revolver Magazine. Yet another highlight
for the band was that four tracks from the disc appeared in the independent, feature length film, “A
Night At The Cat,” released by Daydream Productions. The Boys in Ballbreaker rounded out 2005 with
appearances on various radio and television programs such as, The Sunday Night Shakedown With Frank
Deblase, The Headbangers Basement With Darrell Michaels, and Time Warner’s Radio TV.
In 2009 the band released their third c.d., “Daddy Long Legs.”. Packed with the trademark Ballbreaker
sound, as well as some new musical elements added to push their music to a new level, “Daddy Long
Legs” was a hit with long time fans of their brand of hard rock and brought Ballbreaker to the attention
of many new fans.
As Ballbreaker continues to roll deep into their second decade of rock n’ roll, their future looks brighter
than ever. Most recently, Ballbreaker recorded a cover of the legendary AC/DC track, “For Those About
To Rock” for an upcoming tribute to AC/DC, entitled, “Voltage Overload 2″. This is the first track the