Joe Vitale’s touring credits alone are exhausting to read, and the recordings he plays on would just about fill an iPod. Yet for all of his credits, you might not recognize him until he was pointed out — unless you were a victim of one of his many pranks. According to his good friend Stephen Stills, Joe has a secret hiding behind his technical competence and talents – “. . . the beating heart of a comedian. Joe Vitale possesses the wicked sense of humor of a born troublemaker.”
Only Joe knows how many of his fellow musicians he punked, but if you saw the Eagles on their “Eagles Live” tour and album of 1980, you heard Joe. If you saw Peter Frampton’s “Frampton Come Alive!” Tour in 1975-76, you heard Joe. He has played with nearly every major recording artist of the classic rock era and beyond, from John Lennon, Crosby Stills Nash & (occasionally) Young, Dan Fogelberg, and Jackson Browne, through Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, the Beach Boys, Boz Skaggs, Van Morrison, Albert Collins, Bill Wyman and Keith Richards, to name a bunch — and there are bunches more. Joe has performed with Stephen Stills for more than 30 years, and he has sustained a very prolific creative songwriting, recording and performing partnership with Joe Walsh – a classmate from college days at Kent State – since 1971. Ted Nugent gave Joe his first big break drumming for Nugent’s band The Amboy Dukes when they performed a show as Bo Diddley’s backup band. On top of all that, Joe has released 3 solo albums. And then, he wrote a book about it – really, his wife Susie wrote down Joe’s stories — entitled Joe Vitale: Backstage Pass.
Joe’s Website: http://joevitaleondrums.com
Danny Seraphine is a founding member of Chicago, the iconic “rock band with horns” that dominated the album charts in the 1970s, with 5 consecutive No. 1 albums. He currently plays with CTA – California Transit Authority, a critically acclaimed jazz-rock powerhouse that has released two albums of music that have been described by many as “Chicago on steroids.” Danny is a spectacular player, highly respected and very influential – and he has been for a long time. Legendary drummer Buddy Rich once described Danny as one of his favorite young drummers. You could not turn on popular radio during the 1970s and not hear Danny’s grooves. And then, he wrote a book about it, Street Player: My Chicago Story.
Danny’s Electronic Press Kit w/Photos & Video: http://www.ctatheband.com/newDEV/?page_id=1295