|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 2014 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.
Chris Campbell on Drums
Chris Campbell Drums- Chris is the newest member of Ampage taking over drums in 2013 and is currently in the studio recording on the bands 8th album titled Heavens to Mergatroid. Chris has been a fixture in the San Francisco rock scene for more than 35 years playing with legendary bands like Odean Allstars, Mongaloyd, and Quiddity. While Chris comes from more of a punk rock back backround he is no stranger to hard rock and gives ampage that hard pounding unique performance on every song. Chris
brings his (greased) lightening to the stage, and can be experienced by
fans in Ampage's electrifying live performances worldwide.
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 "Heavens to Mergatroid" slated to be released in 2014.