R.I.P. Michael Kroeger December 11,1960-January 31,2016
I am very sad to say that our best friend and drummer for the last 38 years passed away this morning at 4am in Indiana. Michael was one of the best drummers I've ever had the honor to play with. It was only 5 months ago Michael flew out here to Point Arena to lay down his drum tracks for the upcoming Ampage album "Bridge of Souls". He looked healthy and played on the 10 songs better than Ive ever seen him play before. He also did a great job on the backing vocals and a full day of photo shoots for the album cover. He kept complaining about feeling tired after recording thinking he was just outta shape but as we found out soon after he had Leukemia. Michael had an amazing sense of humor and spirit that I will miss the most. He was very excited about this new album and we talked a lot about a future concert tour and he was making plans for moving here to Point Arena to be closer to the band. Words cannot describe the sadness myself and his band mates Bill and Marc are feeling right now. I spoke with Michael a couple weeks ago, we talked about him dying and he said he wasn't afraid or in pain. He wanted me to push the new album and he said he would push it from his side! I laughed, even on his death bed he could make me laugh.I told him I really didn't give a fuck about that or any other album and wanted to to focus on him, but he said their was nothing anyone could do. His last words to me were "Rock on Mark".
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Kroeger family and especially Michaels DAD who buried his wife and now his son in the same month.
Everyone please include Michael Kroeger's daughter Oksana in your
prayers. She was the love of Michael's life. Michael loved her more than
anything even more than drumming. He was sooooo happy when she was able
to fly out and visit before he passed. Michael was very proud of her
and loved her very very much. And Oksana if your reading this please
know to contact me anytime for anything.
|Upper- Ampage Iron Horse Tour 1998|
|Lower- Ampage opening for Def Leppard in Puerto Rico|
The personnel changes that Ampage has experienced and undergone over the years, (which can prove deadly for some bands), some of which include the switch of lead guitarist Mark Englert, (of Dramarama), who joined Ampage in 2001, replacing guitar legend Earl Slick (of David Bowie and John Lennon fame,) and Loren Molinare (of Little Caesar). Original drummer Michael Kroeger who rejoined Ampage replacing Rick Allen (Def Leppard), actually serve as an asset on the Ampage Greatest Hits 2007 CD, "Future Days Gone by" as it provides extra thrill factor and star attraction for fans, as fans can enjoy the best performances of ALL of the great performers who have contributed to the great sound of Ampage during their time performing with this outstanding band; plus all the powerful prowess of the Ampage's current line up, all on this one hard driving CD release.
over the years to the line up of Ampage have been aplenty, so fans can
expect to be thoroughly well rocked on Ampage's CD, "Future Days Gone By", by such prolific performers as Gary Busey... Yeah, that Gary
Busey! Highly acclaimed actor in such movies as The Buddy Holly Story, Gary Busey, who makes a guest appearance on the
beginning of the CD's song "D Day", in the preacher's monologue. Busey's performances
with the band Ampage, featured on Ampage's 2001 released CD "Falling
Higher," as well as on Ampage's last CD, "Future Days Gone By". ...Some
of the other stellar and/or legendary performers which performed with
Ampage and can be heard on both their previous releases as well as
featured on "Future Days Gone By" include such great performers as:
Rick Allen of Def Leppard, Michael Monarch of Stepenwolf, Earl Slick of
Bowie and John Lennon,
John Easedale of Dramarama, John Taylor of Duran Duran, actor/musician
Jeff Conaway of Taxi, and Grease as well as other outstanding musicians
who have contributed to the great sound of Ampage over the years.
Incidentally, Jeff Conaway was the producer of all of the MTV videos
for Ampage in the 1990's.
all the great past performers of the band which have taken their place
in music history with the band Ampage, Ampage's current line up proves
equally as impressive and talented in both the studio and on stage.
Ampage's current stellar line up consists of:
Mark Mason lead vocals / Songwriter and guitarist
Mark Mason- Lead Vocals / Songwriter and Guitarist: Founding force of the band, Mason is also a prolific songwriter with many credits ranging from 7 albums, to 9 major movies, such as: "I'm Dangerous Tonight" in 1990, "Bikini Summer II" in 1992, in which Jeff Conaway also starred and directed along with on screen performances by Mark Mason and Ampage. Mark's songwriting talent was featured also in the in the 1994 NBC Movie of the Week Robin Cook's "Mortal Fear". In 1999, Mark Mason along with Rick Allen, (world renown drummer for Def Leppard), wrote and recorded the theme song for the Disney Movie and movie trailer "Brink".
To add to Mark's impressive list of professional credits, he is also recognized for his work collaborating with other musical greats as Tommy Shaw of the legendary rock band Styx, and with songwriter Wes Arkin of Guns & Roses fame, to name just a few Mark's many credits throughout his illustrious long term professional career as a songwriter and musical performer. The remarkable versatility, total pro creative adaptability and high quality of Mark's style of songwriting and vocal and musicianship, has earned Mark wide recognition amongst many of the music and movie industry's elite as being a "musician's musician".
Ampage's Mark Pearce on lead guitar and Vocals
Mark Pearce Lead Guitar and Vocals- Mark Pierce Joined Ampage in 2013 taking over as lead guitarist and vocals for the band. Mark's a well seasoned veteran musician / songwriter with more
than enough experience to
know what it takes to deliver to any audiences a show they won't soon
forget. Mark is currently in the studio with Ampage working on their newest album titled "Heavens to Mergatroid" due out in 2014.
Bill Stokem on Bass
Bill Stokem Bass - Bill Stokem joined Ampage in 2013 to take over on bass freeing up Lead Singer Mark Mason to continue as singer and now 2nd guitarist for the band . Bill is an amazing bassist and great vocals who studied at MIT (Musician Institute of Technology) in Hollywood during the mid 1980's. Bill has performed and recorded over the years in such bands as Anti-Social, Flembile, Pus Bucket later known as Bloody Pus Bucket and the Blue Meanies. Bill is a great Bass player that adds just the right amount of edginess to Ampage. Bill is currently in the studio laying down bass and vocal tracks on the upcoming Ampage album titled "Bridge of Souls" slated to be released in 2015.
Michael Kroeger on Drums
Michael Kroeger Drums - Another of the original founding forces of Ampage, Michael Kroeger is back with the band, (after being filled in for by Rick Allen of Def Leppard), and is a lead footed force to be reckoned with on drums. Michael's thunderous capabilities on drums can heard on Ampage's second album, "Iron Horse" which was released in 1997. Mike brings his (greased) lightening to the stage, and can be experienced by fans in Ampage's electrifying live performances.
AMPAGE IN THE STUDIO -