Sins Of A Madman
Sins of a Madman (America's premier Ozzy Osbourne tribute band) is a live spectacular show celebrating over 30's years of music and concerts from the Prince of darkness Ozzy Osbourne. They have been called the Ultimate Ozzy Osbourne experience. Sins of a Madman transports the audience on a musical journey through the golden era of Ozzy's career. They capture the sound and look of an Ozzy Osbourne concert in his prime ,"Sins of a Madman" cranks out a lethal mix of killer guitar riffs, kick ass drumming, booming bass and balls-out Rock & Roll intensity. From the Black Sabbath era through the Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee, Zakk Wylde era till present day.
In 2000 he took another break from music until 2003 when he regrouped with ex Kiss'D drummer and some other friends and started another cover band "Work In Progress" to which he still plays shows off and on with.
In 2007 he came across a Black Sabbath tribute called Banned From E.A.R.T.H. He started talking to the guitarist and told him about my past with Mr.Crowley. At the time, B.F.E.were looking for a new bass player. When he went to the first rehearsal he was surprised to find he had a past with the singer Stonecage . While playing in Kiss'D, He play a bunch of shows with Dirty Deeds, an AC/DC tribute band from Detroit whom Stonecage was playing bass for at the time. The 2 had become friends for a while, but loss touch for the next 15 or so years, this was the 1st time they saw each other in nearly 2 decades.
After a few years with Banned From E.A.R.T.H, .things started getting played out, so together with Stonecage, Troy and an amazing guitar player named David Hicks, he formed. Sins Of A Madman
After many years in the early nineties playing all the best venues and nightclubs in the lower Michigan and Ohio areas, Stonecage traded his bass guitar equipment for a P/A (sound system) and started learning the art of singing. He spent the next 3 years singing 5 to 6 hours a day learning how to imitate the best Rock and Metal singers, (Robert Plant, John Lennon, Cris Cornell, Alice Cooper, Rob Halford and Ozzy Osbourne, to name a few) in the sound studio on the north side of his Ranch house in S. Rockwood, Michigan.
He then joined a cover band and began his singing career performing a wide variety of singing styles. The guys in that band, like him, were all Ozzy fans, so naturally they played many Black Sabbath and Ozzy songs in their set. After a while, he developed a reputation for being able to sing Ozzy songs like no one else. Everywhere he went locally, he would be asked to sit in with the band and "sing some OZZY". He continued playing the local circuit and after a short stint as the singer for a Led Zeppelin tribute band (Getting the Led Out), the opportunity arose to join a Black Sabbath tribute band in it's early stages.
He designed a few Ozzy outfits and studied every live video of Ozzy and Black Sabbath he could get his hands on. He learned all the classic Ozzy stage antics, combining the early era of Ozzy in the 70's with the 80's version of Ozzy. For the next 5 years he fine tuned his Ozzy show while performing hundreds of shows all over Michigan and Ohio. Having mastered every Black Sabbath song Ozzy ever recorded, Stonecage knew it was time to take the next step and upgrade to an all out Ozzy tribute band. He recruited Terry and Troy (who had played with him in the Black Sabbath tribute band) to play bass and drums and after an exhaustive search, he managed to find the best guitar player East of the of the Mississippi, Mr. David Hicks, a Randy Rhoads prodigy! Stonecage, the frontman for Sins of a Madman, combined with his three highly skilled bandmates, are the best sounding Ozzy tribute in America!
26 years in the making. Troy was 14 years old when he started playing drums. He learned how to play by watching other drummers, beating on the floor and his knees. Started on boxes then bought his first drum set-all snare drums tuned differently, Then a CB700 set 5 piece Pearl with a separate bass drum.
He soon formed a band called “Vvoyd Bhlak” with three buddies and played parties (all originals, having never played covers) Then joined Youth Corpse and stomped all over Michigan. After that he played in a band called “Fade” which was Short lived. He rejoined Youth Corpse and played concert clubs all over Michigan, his favorites were big concert halls like Harpos, Center stage etc. Then he joined Banned from Earth in 2006, a Black Sabbath tribute. Out of that came Sins of a Madman featuring Terry and Stonecage who where his bandmates in the Black Sabbath tribute! He loves playing Ozzy songs- "it’s the epitome of Metal".
Many of his influences come from, bands like Sepultura, Slayer, old Metallica, Megadeth, Death, Gorguts, Cannibal Corpse. Heavy bands like that. Now that he is older, he appreciates the pocket style and intricate parts to songs like “You Can’t Kill Rock N Roll” or “Diary of a Madman”. He loves playing in this band and the guys are like brothers.
Blake E Lee
At the age of 13, Blake discovered Hard rock and it inspired him to learn guitar. Within a couple years he had already mastered some of the guitar stylings of Jimi Hendrix,Dimebag Darrell, David Gillmore, Steve Vai, John Pertucci, Eddie Van Halen, Kirk Hammett and many others.
As the years progressed, he fell in love with Jazz and went on to study Jazz at Wayne St. University under Detroit greats, Steven Carryer, Russell Miller and many more. Over the years he has developed an ever evolving style. Often going to jam sessions and collaborating with great musicians on original material. He has played in a number of musicals and also fills in at jazz gigs occasionally. He has taught a lot of group and private lessons. He recently studied guitar for 3 years under the phenomenal Jim Morris, who later referred him to Sins of a Madman during their search for a new lead guitarist. It turned out to be a perfect match, He has no problem playing all the Ozzy songs note for note and he loves playing all the amazing Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee and Zack Wylde guitar licks!
I am a piano player, not pianist...I was classically trained but don't play classical. I can, but I don't. I love darkness, melancholy melodies, minor chords, things that make you feel something. Chord progressions that can cause the heart to swell or break in a moment's time. I'm a singer as well. I write and perform my own songs anywhere and everywhere. I don't do many covers, by choice. It's just not me. How I connect with my audience is through my life, my pain, my stories. They are all honest, if sometimes harsh, but mine. Music is who I am.
I have played in many bands, all Michigan based, countless live shows at bars, coffeehouses, parties, done studio work for Yessian Music, toured the country, and I have a certificate from Guinness for helping to break a world record.....maybe 3 of them by the time people start reading this. I am an entertainer, tattoo artist, and a lot of other things, but really, I'm just me. Music is life, life is music.