Troy Gregory performing at the Detour Magazine launch party in mid-2007
|Born||November 13, 1966|
|Genres||Alternative rock, indie rock, progressive rock, thrash metal|
|Instruments||Bass, drums, guitars, vocals, cello, violin|
|Associated acts||Crime & the City Solution, Prong, The Dirtbombs, Flotsam and Jetsam|
Troy Gregory (born November 13, 1966 in Detroit, Michigan)is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, filmmaker, and solo artist. He is currently a solo artist as well as the lead vocalist and bassist for Super Birthday and bassist for The Dirtbombs. Former acts he has worked with include Crime & the City Solution, The Dirtbombs, Flotsam and Jetsam, Prong, Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, Kim Fowley, Andre Williams, Killing Joke, Electric Six, Nathaniel Mayer, The Volebeats, Spiritualized, and others.
Detroit is the largest and most populous city in the U.S. state of Michigan, the largest United States city on the United States–Canada border, and the seat of Wayne County. The municipality of Detroit had a 2017 estimated population of 673,104, making it the 23rd-most populous city in the United States. The metropolitan area, known as Metro Detroit, is home to 4.3 million people, making it the second-largest in the Midwest after the Chicago metropolitan area. Regarded as a major cultural center, Detroit is known for its contributions to music and as a repository for art, architecture and design.
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Crime & the City Solution are an Australian rock music band, which formed in late 1977 by singer-songwriter and mainstay, Simon Bonney. They disbanded in 1979 with bootleg recordings and demos that are extremely rare. In late 1983, Bonney traveled to London. Two years later he formed another version of the group there with members of the recently disbanded The Birthday Party; later they transferred to Berlin, where they issued four albums – Room of Lights (1986), Shine (1988), The Bride Ship (1989) and Paradise Discotheque (1990) – before disbanding again in 1991. In 2012 Bonney reformed the band in Detroit with two veterans of the Berlin era and a handful of new members.
In a 2016 interview that was featured on No Echo , Gregory explained how he came to join Flotsam and Jetsam:
I had graduated from Musicians Institute and just got fired from working in their library. I was walking to a comic book shop on Melrose and saw Dave Mustaine walking into Music Grinder Studios. I heard Chuck Behler joined them on drums and I had played with him twice in Detroit, so I knocked on the door to say hi. He suggested me to join Flotsam. They had the same management and were going to tour together.
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