|Genres|| Glam metal |
|Instruments|| Bass guitar |
|Associated acts|| L.A. Guns |
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
C.C. DeVille Experiment
Joey C. Jones and the Glory Hounds
Adam Hamilton is a Los Angeles-based music producer, songwriter, and session musician. Hamilton was the bass guitarist of glam metal band L.A. Guns from 2001 through 2007 and again from June to September 2018 as their rhythm guitarist. He also played drums for 1990s alternative rock band Joe 90, and worked as session drummer for alternative/neo-psychedelic band The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Hamilton is a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, and drums.
As a producer, Hamilton has produced albums for several well-known artists, the best known to date being William Shatner for the concept album Seeking Major Tom (2011). He also works extensively producing and writing music for television and film.
Adam Hamilton was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana,and began playing drums at the age of three. As a child, Hamilton began aspiring to a professional music career through listening to both his father's records and to the music on the radio. While attending Captain Shreve High school, he experimented heavily with production and engineering, and produced demos for local bands in Shreveport. After graduating from high school in 1988, Hamilton moved to Dallas, Texas and then to Austin to pursue music.
While Hamilton was performing at a club in Austin, he met Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille, who invited Hamilton to move to Los Angeles. Hamilton lived in DeVille's home for a time,and played drums in DeVille's post-Poison band The C.C. DeVille Experiment. Other members of this band included Joey C. Jones of 1980s glam metal band Sweet Savage, and Christopher Torak of Liquor Sweet. During the time they were together, The C.C. DeVille Experiment also went by the name The C.C. DeVille Experience. The band, minus DeVille, ended up leaving Los Angeles, relocating to Dallas and Shreveport, and renaming themselves Joey C. Jones and the Glory Hounds, with Hamilton's hometown friend Craig Bradford replacing DeVille on guitar. Joey C. Jones and the Glory Hounds released one self-titled album on Tony Nicole Tony (TNT) Records in 1993; the album featured songs written by C.C. DeVille and by Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick.
In 1996, the alternative rock band Gods Child hired Hamilton as their touring drummer while touring to support their second album, Aluminum . Upon completion of the tour, the band's music began changing direction, and the band changed their name to Joe 90 to reflect the change.While Hamilton was working with Joe 90, The Brian Jonestown Massacre studio engineer Muddy recruited Hamilton to work as session drummer for the album Give It Back! (1997); Hamilton played drums on three tracks from the album. Hamilton worked as session drummer with The Brian Jonestown Massacre again on Strung Out in Heaven (1998).
In 1999, Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz signed Joe 90 to his label E Pluribus Unum after frequenting their shows at the Hollywood club The Opium Den.Joe 90 released one album with E Pluribus Unum, entitled Dream This . The band opened for Counting Crows on two different tours. Six different tracks from Dream This appeared in six different television shows: Party Of Five, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Felicity, Popular, Time of Your Life, and Sports Night. In 2000, Joe 90 recorded a new track, “When You Arrive,” for the movie Boys and Girls. They then released a compilation of demos and odd tracks entitled A Raccoons Lunch .
After leaving Joe 90, Hamilton rejoined his former Joey C. Jones and Gloryhounds bandmate Craig Bradford for a one-off project entitled Needle Park.The resulting album, C'Mon Get Real, was released by Fastlane Records in 2002, and featured guest appearances from Donnie Vie of Enuff Z'nuff and Yogi Lonich of Buck Cherry.
Hamilton joined L.A. Guns in December 2001 as the band's bass player.He was recommended by their departing bass player Muddy Stardust, who had played on L.A. Guns' Man In the Moon album earlier that year. Hamilton toured with the band for the second half of the Man In the Moon tour in early 2002.
Hamilton performed bass and keyboards on the L.A. Guns album Waking the Dead (2002), and co-wrote many of the songs on the album.He toured with L.A. Guns throughout 2002 and 2003 in support of Waking the Dead. In September 2002, Hamilton filled in as drummer for Dokken when the band's drummer Mick Brown had an altercation with the rest of the band and left the tour suddenly; L.A. Guns were on tour with Dokken at the time. An L.A. Guns live show recorded at Pennington's Nightclub in Bradford, UK on April 8, 2003 would later be released on CD and DVD under the name Hellraiser's Ball: Caught in the Act .
Waking the Dead was to be the final L.A. Guns album to feature founder and namesake member Tracii Guns,who would leave the band to form Brides of Destruction with Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe. Adam played guitar and drums in the infancy stage of Brides of Destruction with Tracii and Sixx when the band was going by the name Cockstar, but chose to leave the new project and stay with L.A. Guns. Hamilton recommended hairdresser London LeGrand as the Brides of Destruction's lead singer; Sixx and Guns were fascinated with London's rockstar look and hired him for the position.
In January 2004, L.A. Guns recorded their first cover album, Rips the Covers Off , with producer Andy Johns. The album features covers of songs by artists such as David Bowie, Hanoi Rocks, Rose Tattoo, and Iggy and the Stooges to name a few.In May 2005, L.A. Guns began work on Tales from the Strip , again with Andy Johns producing. Tales from the Strip was released August 2005. In early 2006, the band booked some local L.A. shows and recorded them for a live album entitled Loud and Dangerous: Live from Hollywood ; this album was released in late August 2006. Each of these albums was supported with a world tour.
While still in L.A. Guns, Hamilton reconnected with C.C. Deville of Poison, who invited Hamilton to assist on the production of the band's covers album, Poison'd!Hamilton worked as production assistant to Don Was for the duration of the project, but was not credited in the finished release. Poison'd! was released by Capitol Records in June 2007.
Hamilton left L.A. Guns in March 2007to begin working as a writer and producer full time. Hamilton returned briefly to produce the band's second covers album, 2010's Covered in Guns , and played bass and keyboards on that album. Hamilton also contributed to the songwriting on L.A. Guns' 2012 album Hollywood Forever . On June 19, 2018 he rejoined L.A. Guns as their rhythm guitarist replacing their previous rhythm guitarist Johnny Monaco.
Hamilton chose to begin working as a producer and writer full time in 2006 due in part to his desire to marry and start a family.His production work includes many titles released by Cleopatra Records, including albums by Leif Garrett, Dale Bozzio of Missing Persons, Vanilla Ice, and George Lynch. Hamilton also produces and writes music for television, and his work has appeared on Family Guy, The Simpsons, The Osbournes, Six Feet Under, Saturday Night Live, Numb3rs, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Bones, America's Got Talent, and many others.
Hamilton's most notable production work on an album was as producer of William Shatner's third studio album, Seeking Major Tom (2011). Cleopatra Records founder Brian Perera teamed Shatner up with Hamilton for the project, and Shatner made Hamilton prove himself to him with the production of the hardest song on the prospective album, which was a cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody".Shatner was happy with the results and Hamilton produced the rest of the album. The album was recorded primarily in ProTools and included many well-known guest performers, including Nick Valensi, Ritchie Blackmore, Candice Night, Lyle Lovett, Brad Paisley, Steve Miller, Ian Paice, Johnny Winter, Steve Hillage, Bootsy Collins, Patrick Moraz, Toots Hibbert, Peter Frampton, John Wetton, Wayne Kramer, Carmine Appice, Sheryl Crow, Michael Schenker, Ernie Watts, Edgar Froese, Dave Davies, Warren Haynes, Mike Inez, Zakk Wylde, and Steve Howe. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and received positive reviews from many publications and websites.
Hamilton's song "Army Of One" was featured in "Clash of the Tritons", an episode of the American television series Veronica Mars .
Mötley Crüe is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles in 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx, drummer Tommy Lee, lead guitarist Mick Mars and lead singer Vince Neil. Mötley Crüe has sold over 100 million albums worldwide. They have also achieved seven platinum or multi-platinum certifications, nine Top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, twenty-two Top 40 mainstream rock hits, and six Top 20 pop singles. The band experienced several short-term lineup changes in the 1990s and 2000s; these included the introduction of vocalist John Corabi and drummers Randy Castillo and Samantha Maloney, both of whom filled in for Lee following his departure from Mötley Crüe in 1999; he returned to the band in 2004.
Aerosmith is an American rock band formed in Boston in 1970. The group consists of Steven Tyler, Joe Perry (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass), Joey Kramer (drums) and Brad Whitford (guitar). Their style, which is rooted in blues-based hard rock, has also incorporated elements of pop rock, heavy metal, glam metal, and rhythm and blues, and has inspired many subsequent rock artists. They are sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band". The primary songwriting team of Tyler and Perry is often known as the "Toxic Twins".
Poison is an American heavy metal/glam metal band which achieved commercial success in the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s and has sold 15 million records in the United States and over 50 million albums worldwide. The band has charted ten singles in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and the Hot 100 number-one, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn". The band's breakthrough debut album, the multi-platinum Look What the Cat Dragged In, was released in 1986, followed by Open Up and Say... Ahh!, which was certified 5× platinum in the US. Their third consecutive multi-platinum and best selling album was Flesh & Blood. The most successful incarnation of the band consists of founding members lead singer and rhythm guitarist Bret Michaels, drummer Rikki Rockett, bassist and pianist Bobby Dall and longtime lead guitarist and backing vocalist C.C. DeVille. In the 1990s following the release of the band's first live album, Swallow This Live, the band experienced some line up changes and the fall of pop metal with the grunge movement. But the band's fourth studio album, Native Tongue, still achieved Gold status and the band's first compilation album, Poison's Greatest Hits: 1986–1996, went double platinum.
Nikki Sixx is an American musician, songwriter, radio host, and photographer, best known as the co-founder, bassist, and primary songwriter of the band Mötley Crüe. Prior to forming Mötley Crüe, Sixx was a member of Sister before going on to form London with his Sister bandmate Lizzie Grey. In 2000, he formed side project group 58 with Dave Darling, Steve Gibb and Bucket Baker issuing one album, Diet for a New America, the same year while, in 2002, he formed the hard rock supergroup Brides of Destruction with L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns. Formed in 2006, initially to record an audio accompaniment to Sixx's autobiography The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, his side band Sixx:A.M. features songwriter, producer, and vocalist James Michael and guitarist DJ Ashba.
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BulletBoys is an American heavy metal group. The band was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1986. The group's original lineup was composed of former Ratt and Kagny and the Dirty Rats guitarist/King Kobra lead vocalist Marq Torien (vocals), former King Kobra guitarist Mick Sweda, Lonnie Vencent (bass) and Jimmy D'Anda. The group released two successful albums and had a number of singles featured on MTV between 1988 and 1991. From the 1990s onward, the group went through numerous lineup changes, with the exception of Torien who remained the only consistent member, which featured musicians such as Steven Adler, Jason Hook and DJ Ashba. The original band reunited for one show in December 2011 before disbanding again. In December 2019, BulletBoys original lineup reunited again for a show at the Whiskey A Go Go.
Brides of Destruction was an American hard rock supergroup from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2002. The band's last lineup consisted of singer London LeGrand (vocals), Tracii Guns and Scot Coogan. Previous members of the band were Nikki Sixx (bass), Kris Kohls (drums), Adam Hamilton (keyboard), John Corabi, Scott Sorry (bass) and Ginger.
Philip Francis Lewis is an English vocalist for the American hard rock band L.A. Guns. He was born on 9 January 1957 in London, England. He has lived and worked in the U.S. since the 1980s but was privately educated at Royal Russell School in Surrey, England.
Edward "London" LeGrand is an American musician, lyricist, and vocalist best known for his time with hard rock supergroup Brides of Destruction with Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe and Tracii Guns of L.A. Guns. After the group went on hiatus he formed another band with George Lynch of Dokken and Lynch Mob fame called Souls of We releasing their debut album Let the Truth Be Known in 2008. He also has a side-project named Rockstars on Mars whose demos can be heard on the band's Myspace page.
Samantha 7 was an American rock band founded in 1998 by C.C. DeVille, lead guitarist from the rock band Poison. They released the self-titled album Samantha 7 in 2000 and C.C. Deville performed lead vocals and guitar on the album. The band also included bassist Krys Baratto, ex-Cynical Side drummer Francis Ruiz and for live dates Great White's guitarists Ty Longley and Michael Lardie. The band's tour manager Paul Woolnough also played drums in 2001 after drummer Francis Ruiz was run over by a car in Florida and he stepped in for the last shows of the tour.
Scot Coogan is an American musician known for his accomplished drumming and vocal skills, working as both a session and touring musician. Scot resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he records, performs and has worked as a counselor at Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp. Scot is also related to Jackie Coogan who is responsible for the Coogan Act that was put into place in 1939.
Beautiful Creatures are a hard rock band formed in 1999 by guitarist DJ Ashba and singer Joe Lesté of Bang Tango. The group's current lineup is composed of Lesté, Alex Grossi, Anthony Focx, Kenny Kweens (bass) and Timmy Russell (drums). Previously the group featured Michael Thomas and Glen Sobel among others while founder DJ Ashba is currently the lead guitarist for Sixx:A.M.
Sixx:A.M. is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2007 by Nikki Sixx, DJ Ashba, and James Michael, and was a side project of Sixx, who was also at the time bass guitarist for Mötley Crüe. The group is best known for their songs "Life Is Beautiful" and "Lies of the Beautiful People". The name Sixx:A.M. is a combination of all of the members' last names.
Daren Jay Ashba is an American musician, guitarist, songwriter, record producer, and graphic designer. He is currently the lead guitarist in Sixx:A.M.. He is also known for his work with hard rock bands BulletBoys, Beautiful Creatures and Guns N' Roses. He has worked with various artists including Mötley Crüe, Drowning Pool, Marion Raven, Aimee Allen and Neil Diamond. He is the CEO of Ashba Media.
The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star is a book co-written by Nikki Sixx, bassist of the rock band Mötley Crüe, and Ian Gittins. Additional reflections on the period from Sixx and others are interspersed throughout the book. The book also includes many black-and-white photographs, lyrics, random thoughts and artwork. The book was designed by Paul Brown, according to page 406. With his other band, Sixx:A.M., Sixx recorded a concept album called The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack as a musical accompaniment for the book. The album was released in 2007.
Hellraisers Ball: Caught in the Act is a live music album by the L.A. Guns, released in 2008 and recorded at Penningtons Club in Bradford (UK), on April 8, 2003.