Peter Hayes (musician)

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Peter Hayes
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Peter Hayes (BRMC) at Metropolis Fremantle (2010)
Background information
Born (1976-02-11) February 11, 1976 (age 43)
New York Mills, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, singer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • bass
  • trombone
  • harmonica
  • piano
Labels RCA
Associated acts Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Peter Hayes (born February 11, 1976) is an American musician and singer, best known as a member of the rock band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. [1]

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Early life

Hayes grew up in Minnesota, and when 14 or 15 years old got into trouble and was grounded for over a year. During that time he began figuring out how to play his mother's guitar out of boredom. She taught him some flamenco and finger picking songs, which was influential for Hayes, as was the music of Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd. While in high school, Hayes met future band mate Robert Levon Been, and later "out of the blue" had a tryout with The Brian Jonestown Massacre. [2]

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre American psychedelic rock band

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Hayes played guitar and bass for the neo-psychedelic rock band The Brian Jonestown Massacre circa 1997/1998. [3] Examples of his playing can be heard on the group's Give It Back! album.

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Peter Hayes is a founding and current member of the alternative rock trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. [1]

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Albums with The BJM

Albums with B.R.M.C.

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<i>Howl</i> (album) 2005 studio album by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Howl is the third studio album by American rock band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. It was released on August 22, 2005 in the UK, August 23 in the US, and September 21 in Japan. The record was released in the UK and Europe by Echo and by RCA in the U.S., Australia, Japan and the rest of the world.

EPs with B.R.M.C.

Musical equipment


Amplifiers (Around the time of each album):

- B.R.M.C.

- Take Them On, On Your Own

- Howl & Baby 81

- Beat The Devil's Tattoo

Pedals & rack effects:

List compiled from use of various photos, most likely an incomplete list.

- Earlier years (Approx. around time of the first and second album possibly going into Howl era)

- Later years (Most likely around Howl era up to Beat the Devil's Tattoo era)

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