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Southern California's hottest band, The 80s Brigade.
|JOHN HOSTETLER: LEAD VOCALS, GUITAR|
John is the frontman and lead singer for The 80s Brigade. He began his musical journey in his teens as the lead guitarist with SoCal metal group Hideous Rexx. Opening for Lita Ford and other metal acts around LA, he earned his reputation as a strong stage pretense. Several years later, he redefined himself as a bass player extraordinaire who sang lead vocals as well. He performed with bands such as STUFF and Jamfinger during this period.
By 2001, his vocal skills became quite proficient and eventually became the focus of his future projects. By 2005, he had joined the cover band circuit and became a sought-after lead vocalist. His classic rock band BackTraXX performed from 2007 to 2013 at local summer concerts and developed a devoted fan base. He followed that up with a short stint in another local band where he met his future Brigade mates.
Along his journey, John has become known as an incredible frontman. There is no better guarantee of a good time than to come see John perform his heart out for people. As the lead singer of the 80s Brigade, John is loving the opportunity to display his full range of singing skills. John says "Being part of this band is probably the most fun I've ever had in music."
|RAY SEESE: DRUMS, VOCALS|
Ray was Born in Washington, D.C. and his Parents moved to Georgia when Ray was 3 yrs old, Living in Murrietta, Ga. and Woodstock,Ga. for 9 yrs, and Eventually Moving to California in 1985. By 10, he had discovered MTV and his life changed for ever! Ray discovered bands like Kiss and Ratt and tons of others that would greatly impact his life and eventually lead him to a life of music and sitting behind the DRUMS!!!!!
Although his love for music started from birth, he didn't start playing Drums until 13! He has been playing ever Since! He gives credit and thanks to a very special lady, Miss Linda Smith ( Ms. B ) R.I.P. for the fact that she mentored him and gave him Inspiration and Courage to play and follow his Passion!!!!!!!!!!! She was his Jr. High School Music Teacher and even later in life, a friend and fellow musician. She Is Greatly missed To this Day!
Ray has had Tons of Experience playing in bands! From the time he started playing at 13, he was in a band! It started out as a Work Shop situation, which lead to performances for family and friends and then getting asked to play in different bands all leading to play at Places in Hollywood such as Gazzarri's, The Roxy, Troubador, Whiskey A Go Go and all the rest! Going out on tour and seeing the USA was Cool, but he wanted to see the world! his biggest success to date, was back in 1996 thru 2001, When he was in a band called "Trak 13"!
Ray has opened for Great White, Ratt, Warrant, Berlin, Love/Hate, Dio, Tesla @ the House of Blues in Anaheim, Quiet Riot and many, many More - thee greatest of which was when his band opened for Poison, Cinderella, Dokken and Slaughter @ BlockBuster Pavillion in Devore, Ca. Standing on that stage and seeing all the people, he was like, " Yep, THIS is What I want to do for the rest of my life!"
Ray has been chasing the "Golden Ring" and determined to catch it! At this Point in his life it's MAKE IT or BUST! Ray is stoked to be a part Of The 80s Brigade Family, and looks forward to seeing you all at our Shows!
|RAOUL RANOA: LEAD GUITAR, VOCALS|
Raoul once listened to his father’s vinyl of The Ventures performing the theme from Hawaii Five-O so much that his sister was forced to hide the album to save her sanity.
The album – “The Trini Lopez Show Live” – wasn’t exactly a family favorite and there was little incentive to find it. So, being a smart kid, Raoul resorted to the next best thing: he hummed the theme from Hawaii Five-O. All day. All night. His sister now lives far away and rarely visits.
The Ventures were followed by Sweet, Foghat, Rush and Styx. By the time his father reluctantly bought him his first electric guitar, NWOBHM was in his ears. Today, he listens to Polyphia and Plini.
Raoul plays in many bands (and he loves them all). But, he only gets to use the “Ultra” channel on his Grandmeister with 80s Brigade.
|TIM AVERILL: BASS, VOCALS|
Tim has been playing guitar now for over 30yrs, completely self-taught. As early as he can remember, he's always had a love of music, which began with his sister Raeanne playing Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass band records. From there, his appreciation of music grew into all genre's from Rock to the Blues, Soul to Swing. Amongst his most influential bands that also were his inspiration to pick up a guitar in the first place are The Beatles, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and of course Stevie Wonder.
Tim met two brothers, Ken and Louis Burley, both of whom played guitar. After months of nagging, Ken showed Tim the intro to Overdose by AC/DC, and he never looked back.
Over the next 25yrs, Tim honed his playing style and began working on vocals while playing.
Tim has played bass in nearly every band except The Michael Paul Band, where he played acoustic and Rhythm guitar and sang back up. The 80s Brigade is the perfect culmination of the music and styles Tim has always loved...