Dragontowndan welcomes you in as the "Rock n' Roll Machine" album is now under construction (in a hidden mountain bunker studio) to be unleashed on the world in 2014! In the meanwhile, enjoy the latest photos and updates right here as we have dug you a cold, dark hole deep and wide. Slugs & Hisses from Colorado- DTD xoxo
September 9th, Arwen Fonzen Joins in on CD Arwen Fonzen is a spunky, bighearted singer/songwriter from Madison, Wisconsin. She currently resides in Colorado, soaking in the mountain views. Her smooth sound and soaring dynamic vocal range are something to be heard. Dan shared, "We are excited to have Arwen on the new record. Her vocal ability speaks for itself. I really wanted (and wrote) a power ballad duet on the new record, and she will most assuredly bring an impressive presence to that song. I'm also always down with working with a lady from my home state as well. Arwen's stellar voice is higher than the Rocky's!" She will perform the duet with Dan on the song "Apocalyptic Love," to be released on next years album, "Rock n' Roll Machine." (see Arwen's YouTube channel where she stuns with "On My Own" from Les Miserables, and terrific original work such as "Really Falling") Arwen started out studying Musical Theater in college (BA in Theater Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point) and along the way discovered a love and knack for songwriting. She has since toured the States as a lead singer; captivating audiences while fronting acoustic rock and pop rock cover bands. Arwen has collaborated with musicians from many different genres, showcasing a talent that transcends any stereotype. At present she is working on musical ditty’s about love and life, and hopes to put out an EP of her originals for your ears very soon. A multifaceted artist who will move you with a clarion voice, Arwen Fonzen is poised to take the musical scene by storm! Contact Arwen at: voice123.com/arwenfonzen as she is a multifaceted talent to work with.
August 8, DTD Pens Agreement with BMI/ Studio Update Dan has signed a two year agreement with BMI to secure his song writing and publishing copyrights for the new album. BMI is the industry leader and we are pleased to have them in our corner. August is proving to be an active month of heavy recording as Justin is laying all of his initial guitar tracks. The first song completely recorded is "I Wish it was the 80's," which features some great guitar and organ solo exchanges.
June 11, Justin Pierce Set to Shred on New DTD Album! We are excited to announce that Justin Pierce has signed on to play guitar for the "Rock n' Roll Machine" album. Dan shared, "I first caught Justin live with "We Sold Our Souls" and thoroughly enjoyed hearing him play. I approached him earlier this year to gauge his interest in the new album, he said it sounded like a fun project so he is in." Justin will join DTD in studio later this year to lay down the guitar tracks. Justin's bio is provided as follows- Growing up in the mountains of Buena Vista, Colorado, Justin Pierce started playing guitar at the ripe young age of ten, influenced by the musical tastes of his older brother, Mark. After graduating school, Justin left for L.A., returning within a few years to Colorado to join his first band: 3rd Degree. They recorded and played a few shows together, culminating in the release of a self-titled CD in 1999. As 3rd Degree was Justin’s first band outing, he soon after met and joined his next band, Big Heater. With Big Heater, Justin played numerous shows throughout Colorado from Pueblo to Denver, including an appearance at the Colorado State Fair. In 2003, Big Heater recorded an EP of all original tunes entitled Homemade Jam that is still currently available on Itunes. Overflowing with inspiration, Big Heater continued to write and record original material subsequent to Homemade Jam, but these still remain unreleased to the general public. After Big Heater, Justin took a hiatus from bands to focus his creative energies on songwriting in his home studio until late in 2010, when he responded to ad for a guitarist needed for a Black Sabbath/Ozzy tribute band. Justin’s introduction to Black Sabbath came much later in life than most guitarists, but his blues-based influences uniquely suited him for the role of We Sold Our Souls’ ersatz Tony Iommi. His education in guitar included the emulation of licks by Ted Nugent, Billy Gibbons, Steve Vai, Randy Rhoads, Zakk Wylde and Eddie Van Halen. An eclectic rocker, Justin also enjoys and draws inspiration from Machine Head, Iced Earth, Blind Guardian, Thin Lizzy, Frank Zappa and Joe Bonamassa. He uses Gibson guitars, Marshall heads and Laney bottoms exclusively.
May 31, DTD Vocal Prep for New CD Having studied under Eric Vetro, (Klaus Meine/ Scorpions, Bette Midler, John Rezeznick/ Goo-Goo Dolls, Katy Perry and more), Carrie Jachnuk-Hargraves has spent over 25 years performing professionally as a soloist and musical theater performer throughout the U.S. Originally from Los Angeles, Carrie and her family now call Colorado Springs home where she is a professional Voice Teacher. A member of Screen Actors Guild and Actor's Equity Association, Carrie has performed on TV and in film projects as well as in numerous leading roles in the musical theater. She has been a featured soloist for musical productions at the Los Angeles Music Center, Variety Arts Center, MGM Filmland Center and with the Hollywood Pops Orchestra, to name a few. Carrie is a graduate of the Los Angeles Music Center Musical Theater Workshop at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. She holds a BA from UCLA and a Master's Degree in the field of Psychology. She continues to sing professionally for private functions and concerts as well as charitable events. Dan commented, “Carrie is a fabulous person and vocal coach. She has helped take my vocal abilities to the next level, I am truly grateful to have her in my corner with her vast repertoire. No matter where you are in your musical journey, I highly recommend reaching out to Carrie.” For more information visit Carrie’s web site at: www.coloradospringsvoiceteacher.com or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
May 28, KISS and Vote! Tim "KISS" Peterson (designed DTD's CD cover for "Scarecrow Lover") has some hot KISS artwork up for your vote at: http://www.bandjob.com/entry/513/Burn-Bitch-Burn. Register for free, cast your vote and leave your comment. Tim has four pieces of art to vote on (see pictures also posted on DTD facebook fan page). The contest ends June 7th so head on over and cast your vote today!
April 12, DTD Exclusive Interview Florence Mining News Look for Dan to spill with his back home paper in the coming weeks about his childhood, musical evolution, and the new record. Thanks to Bobbie Samme for a fun interview!
February 18, DTD @ Doro and Sister Sin (Check out exclusive photos with the bands from last night's show on Dan's Facebook Fan Page) Sunday, February 17 Dan will head to Englewood Colorado to take in Doro and Sister Sin at Moe's. Dan shared; "The most powerful voices in female fronted metal combine for a show that is a must see. If the reigning mavens of metal mayhem can bring their bands from Germany and Sweden, then we can sure make it up from Southern Colorado to support them." Dan has been a follower of both groups and looks forward to attending the show as a fan. "I respect Doro's unrelenting assault on the music scene which began in the early 80's and remains just as prolific today. Liv has been smashing with Sister Sin since 2003. They are probably one of the most underrated bands out there." Dan will bring along some special guests of his own to include "Alice Cooper Alumni," and encourages hard rock fans everywhere to catch both bands on their current North American tour.
January 30, 2013, Out with the Old- Here's what's New! As exciting of a year as last year was for Dan and the band, 2013 is about to crank it up even hotter. To begin, the studio demo recording has started for the new album. The tentative working title is "Rock n' Roll Machine." Two demo song are complete. We caught up with Dan for the latest. "The album is going to maintain the integrity of a 80's hard rock vibe. My long standing collaboration with Duane Vigil continues as he will be producing the future release on Canis Minor Records." DTD also looks to bring in some outside players to the formal studio recording later this year. "After 20 years as a tremendous player on bass, Roger White has decided to retire. So some new musicians will join the fold as we move forward." With that said, Dan's original songs are being written from his home studio at this time. "I've got a great set up to record everything I need for my demo work. The end of March I'm scheduled to head into The Vault recording studio with Duane to give the album a first run through critique." The theme of the album will encapsulate sardonic twists and story telling, and expect a heavy dose of what Dan calls "old school rock organ" from a keyboard perspective.
December 10th, DTD & Alice 2012! DTD & Alice caught up back stage after the show in Denver on their current "Raise The Dead" tour. Westword Magazine snaped a photo of DTD & GZB out front (visit their web page for that photo!), and Dan's back stage antics with Alice are at Dragontowndan's Facebook fanpage. Check it out!
November 16, 2012, Halloween Recap & Alice DTD and band are catching their breath after a hectic 2012. Hellscream Haunt was presented with an appreciation award from Dan for their partnership this past October. The haunt was also voted the #1 scariest haunted house in the state. We look forward to partnering with them again next year. Currently, DTD is working on an new two new tracks, "Rock n' Roll Machine" and "Whistling through the Graveyard." Next Friday DTD and band will be in Denver to catch Alice and band on the "Raising the Dead" tour. Look for back stage photos from the show and much more to come!
November 16, 2012, Halloween Recap & Alice DTD and band are catching their breath after a hectic 2012. Hellscream Haunt was presented with an appreciation award from Dan for their partnership this past October. The haunt was also voted the #1 scariest haunted house in the state. We look forward to partnering with them again next year. Currently, DTD is working on an new two new tracks, "Rock n' Roll Machine," Next Friday DTD and band will be in Denver to catch Alice and band on the "Raising the Dead" tour. Look for back stage photos from the show and much more to come!
September 19th, 2012,Hallowscream 2012 Tickets Onsale Hallowscream 2012 “The Last Halloween Party on Earth” is set for Saturday, October 20th at Zodiac Venue/ Bar in Colorado Springs. The madness begins at 8pm featuring: “The Graveyard Girlz, Seven Days Lost, Sporadic Consistency, and Dragontowndan.” Tickets go on sale this Saturday, September 22nd for only $5.00. Celebrating their 10th year together, Sporadic Consistency present their Studio Chronicles album live on stage. Seven Days Lost is rollin’ on the “End of Days” tour in support of their self titled album, and the Grave Yard Girlz will strut their theatrical dance numbers to a horror theme set. DTD and band will round out an evening of wild entertainment with his “Scarecrow Lover Tour,” featuring stunning stage support from the insatiable Gezelle Za Belle and new horror hottie Morgan Harlequin. Dan shared, “Since we are going with the Mayan end of the world theme, I wanted ticket prices to be as reasonable as possible so anyone could have one last party blow out! We are pulling out all the stops for this show and promise the best rock n’ roll Halloween event in the state. Fantastic musicians, great theatrics, and stunning dancer- we’ve got it all.” Look for select ticket outlets to be announced shortly, along with DTD/ GZB & Morgan Harlequin guest promotion appearances and give aways leading up to “Hallowscream 2012!” Get your tickets at: Zodiac Venue/ Bar, Zeezo's, Moondog Music Shop, and Leechpit!
September 8th, 2012, A Conversation with Tiffany Lowe Tiffany goes one on one with Dragontowndan for an exclusive conversation about: breaking bones with Alice Cooper, grinding with the Genitortures, her new project Off With Her Head, and more!
June 19, 2012, "Alice vs Ozzy" Show Review Colorado Springs was treated to a terrific evening of entertainment with a triple threat hitting the stage with DTD’s first showing of the year. Zodiac Venue/ Bar CLICK HERE played host and once again showed why they are the top venue in the region for live bands. Billed as: Metal Monster Matchup “Alice vs Ozzy,” a night of smokin’ hot entertainment began with legendary Sporadic Consistency CLICK HERE taking the stage for their 10th year together. The band highlighted songs from their fantastic catalogue to include “Tea with the Queen” (which is receiving radio airplay in southern Colorado) off their current album: “Studio Chronicles.” Their rock solid 80’s groove continued as they closed out their set with two covers- “Mob Rules” and “Modern Day Cowboy.” Lead singer Greg Lucero sang with power and authority, while Roger White’s bone crunching bass never missed a beat. Band founder Damion Gradisar amazed on lead guitar with vicious licks as always, while Duane Vigil abused the drums with passion and fervor. With the energy level now cranked up and DTD’s CD cover art work as a back drop- the theme for “Halloween” found the BAND take the stage for the intro of “Scarecrow Lover.” DTD played his signature Ax-Synth and was donned in leather “Alice” pants and a cut off farm shirt. The band was just that, BAND, as the Sporadic guys shape shifted into: 3, Rev. Doggy, Raja, and Demon. All wore T-shirts with “BAND” printed across the front. The insatiable Gezelle Za Belle sported a scarecrow mask and geisha outfit while breathing her sultry vocals to the original tune. GZB transformed multiple times in the evening from dominatrix- to gypsy- to Gestapo- and finally schoolgirl, all while performing some truly eye popping dance moves. Dan prowled the stage in Cooperesque style employing a variety of props along the way. A new addition to the show this year is a third keyboard for DTD. Adding to the sound of their wildly popular YouTube remake of “Hell is living without you,” DTD added strings, woodwinds, and brass as backing tracks through his Juno GI as he performed the solo. An orchestrated sequence was also used with a surprise three part montage using synthesizer and stage piano for “I am made of you/ Dragontown/ The Black Widow.” The band ripped through the classics as well to include: “Lost in America, Poison, I’m 18, Billion Dollar Babies” and many more. There was great interplay between Dan and the BAND, highlighted by DTD & GZB's long standing performance history together as they taunted and teased each other on such hits as "Poison and Go to Hell." The DTD set ended on “Schools Out” finding him in traditional showman’s garb and GZB throwing large confetti balloons into the audience. Demon broke his whammy bar during the furious finale, and DTD with BAND impacted the audience with visual and sonic authority, having presented an astonishing stage show as always. New found friends We Sold Our Souls CLICK HERE closed out the night hitting hard with their Black Sabbath/ Ozzy Osbourne tribute. With a great stage set as a backdrop, Jon Pupa (original front man from the “War Pigs” tribute group) captured the audience with a killer Ozzy sound, look, and overall persona. Filling in with blistering instrumentation behind the imagery were: Robert Edward Szekely (bass), David William Vandenhoek (drums), and Justin Pierce (guitar)- all terrific players who smoked the hits with passion. Look for DTD to partner again with these guys soon! Thank you to all who took the stage and the fans that came out for a rockin’ good time. XXXtra special thanks to our friends at Zodiac Venue/ Bar, to include a special shout out to Gentle Fritz and Christina Stone. Also to Ant with Broken Glass Photography for stunning photos as always CLICK HERE…all of you are truly sick things!
May 24, 2012, DTD Live On KILO Radio 94.3 this Saturday DTD will be giving a plug live on air this Saturday the 26th between 7 and 9 MT for the Metal Monster Match Up on June 9th. Like anything live, who knows what could happen- so tune in worldwide on I Heart Radio to find out! Side note: the Sporadic Consistency and DTD band will throw their annually summer picnic this Sunday following full set rehearsals. GZB will be in the house to add to the madness!
May 1, 2012, Metal Monster Matchup: Alice vs Ozzy, Sat. June 9th DTD will be playing with We Sold Our Souls (A tribute to Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne) at Zodiac Venue/ Bar , 230 Pueblo Ave - Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903 UNITED STATES, on Saturday, June 9th, 2012. Sporadic Consistency (celebrating their 10th year together) will open starting at 7pm. Dan shared: "We have added exciting new elements to the show both from a musical and technical perspective, prepare to be wowed on every level as the Scarecrow Lover tour continues." Tickets for the three band blitzkrieg are $10 at the venue or visit Zodiac online: CLICK HERE
April 10, 2012 DTD MC Fundraiser Recap The Pikes Peak Derby Dames Karaoke Gong Show this past Saturday at Zodiac Venue/Bar was a “gong banging success,” Dan shared. He went on to say, “All the ladies did a terrific job of bringing their derby-tastic energy to the event with arm wrestling, Jell-O shots, and prize drawings. Thanks to everyone for their contributions to help the ladies travel out of town for their 2012 matches.” As guest MC, DTD also presented awards at the end of the event to best of: Vocals/ Stage Presence/ Duo/ and Wardrobe. Cat from PPDD turned the tables on Dan and dared to gong him during Feed my Frankenstein, but he closed out the evening by having her onstage to struggle through Poison! Special thanks to Cherri and Balls from PPDD, and Hazel Humdinger for spinning the tunes. For more on PPDD: CLICK HERE
February 23, 2012 June Show Dates The first show dates are in the works and will post in the near future. Look for a special treat as DTD will be offered up as a double header along with an Ozzy tribute band. Stay tuned for more...
February 22, 2012 "3" Makes it Six We are pleased to announce the addition of Greg Lucero (that heretofore is known as "3") to the band line up. He will lend his talents to rhythm guitar and backing vocals. DTD commented; "We had our first rehearsal with 3 and are pleased to have him with us live into 2012. 3 lives in Alamosa Colorado (which is a healthy distance from the Pueblo studio) which highlights his dedication (or insanity) to be part of the group and perform!"
HALLOWSCREAM 2011 Our friends at Colorado Springs.com did a great job covering our Halloween extravaganza again this year. Spooky thanks to Bob Kane and Warren Epstein. CLICK HERE to check out Bob's crypt of exclusive photos from the show!
February 11, 2012 DTD & Band are Back With a few months off to reload, the guys and gals are back at it. In advance of hitting the stage DTD as acquired another in the line of latest tech from ROLAND adding their Juno GI to his keyboard set. The new song line up will include a special keyboard treat with highlights from "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" and the original 1975 album. Look for summer and fall show dates posting soon!
Hallowscream 2011 Post Mortem Part II: Dancin' Deb & Reaper Dive A special guest surprise was in store for the crowd at the Hallowscream show as "Dancin' Deb" reprised her wicked role from the 80's tours with Alice as she appeared with DTD on "Go to Hell" and again on "Schools Out." Dan shared, "As fate would have it, I met Deb while she was living here in Colorado Springs. Not only can she tell some crazy stories from her Coop years, but she still can tear it up onstage! But most important she is a great lady and a friend. We were thrilled to have her part of the show." The set list ranged AC classics such as "No More Mr. Nice Guy" to newer favorites like "Vengeance is Mine." Plenty of musical ability was on display as Rev. Doggy hammered on drums along with a solo, while Demon thrilled with a searing guitar solo leading into "School's Out," of course the back bone on of it all on base was Raja. Dan continued, "These guys are not only fine musicians that really feel the flavor of what the show is, but are a lot of fun to work with as well." Rev. Doggy was presented with an appreciation award for his critical roll in supporting the recording of both the song and video "Scarecrow Lover." The evening closed out with the guys from Seven Days Lost voting on sexiest (Poison Ivy took that one!) and scariest (a towering Grim Reaper) for the cash prize costume contest. However, security failed to prevent the Reaper from going up on stage and taking a dangerous fall into guitars and an amp. We were glad there were no injuries to the gear. Oh, yeah- and the Reaper was OK as well! With a 3 month break planned, the gang will reload for 2012 with more interesting antics planned.
Hallowscream 2011 Post Mortem Part I: Scream Queen Coronation! Gezelle Za Belle (aka Gentle Fritz) was officially awarded "Colorado Scream Queen" by DTD himself following the October 29th Hallowscream event at Zodiac in Colorado Springs, CO. "I surprised the panties off GZB- and that takes some doing." Dan stated. This past year found our beloved GZB up to her lovely eyeballs in activity starting with the partnership of Christina Stone to acquire what has been voted the "Best Of" for new venue by the Colorado Springs Independent- Zodiac Venue/ Bar. She also made her vocal debut doing her duet with DTD on "Scarecrow Lover." Next was the highly anticipated and well received release of the mini-move for the song. That was followed by playing hostess at the Mile High Horror Film Festival. "We submitted GZB to screamqueen.com for consideration early in the year. She has appeared in various indi horror flicks, adds, billboards- you name it, she has done it, so why not get her submission out there? For me personally I wanted her to know how much I respect and appreciate her dedication to the DTD show- and the sexy, spooky, entertainment scene in the state. She has been with me every step of the way appearing in Muscle & Fitness Magazine together, TV spots, every music video- and nearly all live stage shows from the start." The energetic audience was not disappointed this year with GZB playing various roles in the Hallowscream event- including a sultry scarecrow during the original intro number to the show, "Sccarecrow Lover." Congratulations Gezelle Za Belle- you ARE Colorado's undisputed heavy weight harlot of horror! (look for more Post Mortem Hallowscream 2011 posts shortly including: a surprise stage appearance from an Alice Cooper alumni; the grim reaper guitar dive; and much more!)
September 1, 2011 GZB at Scream Queen.com! We are thrilled that Gezelle Za Belle was chosen as "Scream Queen of the Month" for March, 2011! She has definitely had a positive impact on the entertainment community in Colorado at large. "GZB is a great inspiration and has participated in almost every facet of what I do." Dan continued- "Starting with my first photo shoot, live shows, parades, TV appearances, now with a vocal duet on 'Scarecrow Lover.' She does it all as a professional with inspiring energy and never a self centered agenda. She keeps it fun- a real joy to work with. I'm thrilled to have her support with us over the years with more exciting contributions this fall and beyond!"
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From its inception the goal was to capture the spirit for horror movies from the 70’s and 80’s in sight and sound. It was a multi pronged approach from concept to completions with lyrics, music, video, and finally pen and ink. Dan shared, “I sent along my original art to Tim “KISS” Peterson for review and consideration. Being a life-long fan of his work I had sought to collaborate with him for some time. I am proud to have Tim complete my vision with his gifted ability.” The cover features DTD as the scarecrow and the sultry Camille DeVille in her role as the farmgirl. Get the CD with Tim's artwork included with the first 100 ticket sales to "HallowscreaM" at either Zodiac or Zeezo's- on sale September 15th! As a side note: We wish Tim and his lovely wife Jeanine a rousing bon voyage as they participate in the KISS cruise this fall. Look for an "advance sneek peek" at what Tim will be presenting to Gene during that event. This is an exclusive to the .com so be sure to check back in! The limited edition CD featrues two tracks, the second a karaoke version. *The CD is $6.00; which includes shipping along with a special surprise enclosure! Please allow 7-10 business days for delivery. (Item will ship UPS, so even if the government goes "belly up"- we guarantee to rock you!)
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