Marc Danzeisen

Sponsor/ Organizer

Marc Danzeisen was born in Riverside, CA. He learned the drums, piano and trumpet when he was six years old, the drum set at seven. His father was a well known Big Band era horn player and raised Marc on jazz and Swing music. In 1987 Marc formed another band with Marq Torein, Mick Sweda (King Kobra) on guitar, and Lonnie Vincent (Hawk) on bass and called it ‘Bulletboys’.

In 1990 Marc was asked to join the Epic-associated band The Riverdogs. The band featured guitarist Vivian Campbell of Dio and Whitesnake fame. The album was released to much critical acclaim, but the band never got the push due to internal issues and ‘restructuring’ at the label.[3] Vivian Campbell left the band to join the very popular Def Leppard. Marc left the band to fill in on drums for Geffen act, local blues-rock band Little Caesar.

With session work, Marc stayed busy until 1993, then his friend of twenty years, Gilby Clarke (Candy, Kills For Thrills, Guns ‘N‘ Roses) called him and asked him to join his solo project.[5] After recording months of demos and playing random shows in L.A., Gilby landed a solo deal with Virgin Records. In the beginning of 1994, Marc (drums, backing vocals, harmony vocal and percussion), Gilby (guitar, lead vocal), Will Effertz (bass, backing vocal), Joe ‘Dog‘ Almeida (guitar, slide guitar), and several guest artists went into A&M recording studio A, with producer Waddy Wachtel (guitarist for James Taylor, Keith Richards, Linda Ronstadt, and producer for The Church). The result was “Pawnshop Guitars”, Gilby’s first solo album. After the release, Gilby and band, now featuring guitarist Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper) in place of Joe ‘Dog’ Almeida went on tour for a year, as headliners in the states and opening for Aerosmith in South America. His personal and professional partnership with Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard) has been productive as well. Vivian had Marc play drums and sing harmony/backing vocals on the Tom Petty song “American Girl” from the Def Leppard cover songs CD “YEAH!” bonus tracks released through the Walmart chain from 2006. And again, two years later, Marc is singing backgrounds on the Def Leppard album “Songs from the Sparkle Lounge” in 2008.

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