Friday, September 23, 2011

Have you met.....BJ Zampa?

Bill (BJ) Zampa isn't your typical Rock Drummer. In Fact , It is more accurate to label Zampa as a "Groove-Meister ". Zampa combines Head Banging beats with funky idioms to produce the biggest Foot Stomping sound around. Known for his exceptional drumming abilities, Zampa at the age of 22 after playing New England local clubs with acts such as The Excerpts , Mad Racket , Run 21, was asked by Mike Varney to join up with Tony MacAlpine to finish up his Squwk Polygram release Eyes Of The World album .
In 1990 Mike Varney called upon Zampa again to fill the drumming spot with the band Driver which consisted of Rob Rock vocals, Roy Z guitars) later Z went on to produce Rob Halford and Bruce Dickinson) , Emil Lech-Brando bass.The band toured the East Coast until 1991 and soon after disbanded. Upon leaving Driver, Zampa did a short stint with guitar hero Blues Saraceno until he received a phone call from guitar great Yngwie Malmsteen asking him to join his band and finish up his Seventh Sign North American tour.(Mike Vescera vocals, Barry Sparks bass, Mat's Olausson keyboards, Yngwie Malmsteen guitar). After leaving Malmsteen Zampa and Vescera started to put together a new band with ex Malmsteen bass player Barry Sparks and Scott Boland guitars. The band was called M.V.P. Pony Canyon picked up the band and released the album entitled Windows . Soon after the release there was a line up change and Vescera called upon Shrapnel recording artist Joey Taffola to fill the guitar spot and Jammie Scott of (Tyketto) to play bass. Zampa and M.V.P. with the new lineup toured South America supporting Quite Riot.
With South America behind him, Zampa built Father Panic Studios and started producing local New England bands, when his old pal Ted Bullet ex(Thunderhead-Son Of A Bitch guitar player vocalist) gave him a call from Germany looking to start yet another band. After Bullet and Zampa finished up some demos, German label SPV picked up the duo and requested that Bullet reform Thunderhead. Without a guitar player or bass player Zampa looked up old pal from the local club days guitar great Jimi Bell ex -(Geezer Butler- Joined Force) and Mark Franco ex (Joined Forces - Canyon)bass, to fill out the new Thunderhead lineup. One month later SPV released Thunderhead's Ugly Side. Thunderhead toured Europe with "METAL GODS" OF THE 1980's Metal Church. Back from Europe,and blown away by Thunderheads live shows Metal Church vocalist David Wayne called upon Bell ,Zampa and Franco to join him in his new project called David Wayne's Metal Church .The album was released by Nuclear Blast records and sold 30,000 units world wide topping metal charts in Japan and Europe.
With the success of David Wayne's Metal Church, Zampa decided to call ex (Malmsteen -Loudness) front man Mike Vescera to start another album this time using Thunderhead /David Wayne's Metal Church shredder Jimi Bell on guitar to create a heavier sound for the new M.V.P. album. Vescera also recruited ex (Malmsteen keyboardist) Mat's Olausson ,Chris McCarvill { Jeff Scott Soto band } on bass,"Metal" Mike Chlasciak (Rob Halford guitarist) and many others. The album is called The Altar and was released in Europe and Japan by Avalon/Marquee and once again made a bunch of noise in the "metal world".
As of 2006 Bill {Bj} Zampa can be herd on the new House of Lords CD called World Upside Down. Look for him in a city near you with the House of Lords as they start there 2006 / 2007 World Tour. In 2008 Bj was very busy, in March of 2008 House of Lords released Come To My Kingdom, The band followed up the release with a world tour.
Fresh off the successful House of Lords tour Bj was asked to fill the drum spot as a fill in for the legendary rock band Dokken on there summer tour with Poison..

Currently as of 2009 to present House Of Lords has released Cartesian Dreams and followed that up with another world tour. In 2010 Bj was called upon again by Dokken to play on there Summer tour that stretched over a span of  four months. During this time Dokken played shows with the Scorpions, Ratt, Cindarella, Tesla , Winger and many more.

2011 will be another busy year for Bj starting off with a Summer tour with Dokken,  a new House Of Lords CD titled Big Money due for release in the fall , a two song video shoot for VH1 Classic and MTV Europe in support of Big Money along with a supporting tour planned for the fall.
Bj's experience with House Of Lords and Dokken is yet another testimonial in his abilities and his sense of professionalism.

1 comment:

  1. BJ Zampa Rocks! Congrats on the endorsement! Gonz from INK ☠


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