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Monty Cole and the Gods of Rock / Bio

A nightly tribute to Americana blues rock devotional church based groovy music... and the greatest Rock Artists who ever lived... Gods of Rock delivers hit after hit, beaming audiences back to pinnacle moments of Rock like a time machine filled with mescaline and Red Bull... all with a new twist and sound... the Gods of Rock sound featuring Monty Cole and his stratocaster...

Special Thanks for the Music… copyrights belong to:
The Doors 'Light My Fire'
Curtis Mayfield 'People Get Ready'
Anonymous, inspired by Jeff Beck 'Corpus Christi'
Dickey Betts 'Blue Sky' & 'Ramblin Man'

The show centers around Rock's greatest, fun hits to sing and dance with. Gods of Rock Show liberates... builds emotion, rocks like nothing you've heard in a long time- then changes-up with quiet, introspective moments that raise goose bumps on skin and can even bring a thoughtful tear.

Veteran electric guitarist Monty Cole- aka the 'Doc of Rock' - offers 'insider' facts and trivia, a wealth of musical sensibility, entertainment experience... and highly advanced guitar skills. He has something few others have... hundreds of hits ready to go in his hip pocket.

A quality night of Rock n Roll's greatest hits is here; it's a fun show with great sound.

Glenn Campbell 530-412-2255
West Coast US/Asian Booking Information

Monty Cole is one of the top electric guitar players on the West coast today. .....Veteran LA studio guitar player.....

Through out the nineties MC played Hollywood in the well respected LA band, Native Tongue, and later in Santa Barbra's favorite original music band, Mind's Eye, opening for Toad the Sprocket, and TheThe and MR MR and other bands with double names...

His Strat twangd-electric sound rocks for a new generation of listeners, and laying down the hotness- solos for original fans of guitar rock.

MC's roaring solos and master arraignments, and vocals reminiscent of Roy Orbison and Frank Zapa..
with shades of Jeff Beck, Eric Johnson and Santana, Montel and the Gods of Rock bring their own precise and soulful guitar sound and get down vocals to some great tunes with new arraignments.

MC started playing Mozart on violin at four years old, and was playing concerts by seven. Switching to rock guitar at ten years old, later touring and opening for such acts as Santana, Pointer Sisters, X, McCoy Tyner and a host of others over his 30 career, now he's doing just what he wants, playing the best tunes ever, and shredding the Strat on 11...

…It's all about content,, what we have here are the best songs ever written , performed like they would be if seen today, with updated drums and the original guitar solos. This group of songs were picked because they have content, musical content, lyrical content, the songs don't suck...

In todays world corporate music, and questionable song writing in general, this album brings us to a different time, when artists could play, and wrote their own music. Music is the word, and melody is the core of music. Melody, that says it all.

And it's gotta have a guitar solo, a rippin' guitar solo. No band is complete without a real guitar god to highlight the song, and take it a notch above the vocal.

Like Jimmy Page and Robert Plant made Led Zeppelin the best rock group in the world, by complimenting tones and restating melodic and thematic lines. For Zeppelin, it was a restatement of the hardest, most original Mississippi delta blues of Muddy Waters, relaunched, using Teutonic cords and melodies, electric guitars and rock arenas

Every rock classic has these same features. The guitar sets the tone, vocals state the theme, then the guitar recapitulates it, and restates the vocal and sentiments in a new and heightened way.

On our version of Misty Mountain Hop the Strat plays Robert Plants vocals, which in itself is no easy feat. Plant's banshee wails, and rock hard blues is covered in the vernacular of the Strat/ Marshall combo. Then Hop follows up with a Picasso version of Pages solo, on this classic song.

On Instant Karma, John Lennon's classic rant about abuse we throw on the world at large, the ignoring of basic human dignity, is railed at, ..."better see everyone's your brother, pretty soon you might be dead"...
This English marching song portends coming groups like The Clash and Sex Pistols, in it's use of a hard shuffle and bitting social comment. Had to add in a rippin solo on this one. If John had called, this is what I would of played. The lack of a guitar solo on this and other later Lennon pieces exhibits the lonely John Lennon, with out a cohort, a guitar solo to restate his melody.This leaves John slamming away at his piano, trying to right the rotten world, so as to win a place in Yoko's heart. Ultimately the song needed a guitar solo. Hope this one does it justice.

Greg Alman's classic Midnight Rider is covered with some original guitar parts , an updated rhythm section and different cords on the second verses. The original song was a departure for the Alman Brothers, and Midnight Rider actually put the Alman Brothers into mainstream. Pop rock during the seventies was epitomized by lyric and musical roots like Glen Campbell's Wichita Lineman, and
Every Body's Talking At Me, from Rhinestone Cowboy.

All You Need Is Live, Lennon's classic nihilistic chant, is covered here. The work sounded best with a throw away vocal, just as John did it- no over dubs, just John, first take onto a four track Apex one inch tape. Capturing all the keys from the original was interesting, so many non existent instrumets, but the chords are correct, almost.

Freeway Jam is from Jeff Beck's 1974 Blow By Blow album. An amazing work, with Max Middleton on keys. Beck was at the height of his powers, (so we thought) and rips some amazing and athletic solos on the tune. The Gods and me rearranged it with new chords, harmonized the lead

General Info

Band Members
Monty Cole guitars & vocals, Ron Savage keys, Tilford Jackson keys, Tony Savage drums, Joe McKenna bass, Donzel Davis drums,
Artist Name
Monty Cole and the Gods of Rock
Home Page
Active Since
Americana / Groovy versions of classic tunes / Devotionals, Rhythm and Blues

Contact Info

Tahoe City, CA
Glenn Campbell 530-412-2255

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