AVALANCHE is defined by Webster's as: "an unstoppable natural force"...and this all-original rock band certainly seems to fit that definition...overcoming the odds to produce some of the very best original hard rock anywhere! With an unorthodox strategy for success in 1978 (which included 18 months of intense rehearsals, their own record label, $75,000.00 worth of state-of-the-art stage gear, and a record on over a dozen New England radio stations for three months...all before ever playing a live gig) AVALANCHE's debut show was attended by over 3500 people..and the band was immediately playing to sold-out shows and standing room only crowds wherever they appeared. Within a month after their first gig, AVALANCHE was headlining in large club venues, and shortly after that, the band was opening tour dates and sharing concert stages on AC/DC's "Highway To Hell" tour, as well as with DERRINGER, and THE PAT TRAVERS BAND. They were also considered as a tour opener for TOTO's First U.S. Tour. A tight and well rehearsed rock-n-roll machine...this band did whatever was necessary to bring studio-quality hard rock to the live-concert stage...and they did it without the support of a major record label. Now recording again, with all the surviving members of the original lineup...here is the first new AVALANCHE music in over twenty years...as well as some of their old music too, (most of the recordings have never been available before). AVALANCHE continues to defy the odds with their staying power and persistence...and by remaining "unstoppable"...they are here NOW....for you to sample and enjoy! Click here for official Avalanche band website
GOLDEN SUN RECORDS
Members of Avalanche have played in bands with Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, Big Mama Thornton,The Steve Miller Band, Johnny Winter, Matt "Guitar" Murphy (from The Blues Brothers), The James Cotton Band, Mitch Ryder, Lester Chambers (The Chambers Brothers), The Electric Flag (1988), Kal David and The Real Deal, The Buddy Cage Band, The Jeff Pitchell Band, The Commitments, The Foster Brothers Band, The Easton Brothers Band, Sweet Daddy Cool Breeze, Eight-To-The-Bar, and The Mohegan Sun All-Stars (formerly The Shaboo All-Stars...a group which Avalanche leader Michael Foster and his brother David Co-Founded and which Michael was the Musical Director of for many years...and occasionally still performs with...when schedules and geography permit. The "All Stars" features past and present members of CS&N, Tower of Power, The Joe Cocker Band, Dr. John, Orleans, the Fabulous Rhinestones, Maceo Parker, James Brown, Rod Stewart, and many, many other artists. That group is currently the "House Band" at The Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut...one of the largest Casinos in the world ..and the band has constantly changing personnel...it is truly an "All-Star" group).
Avalanche members have also been "guest artists" in bands with B.B. King, Muddy Waters, The James Montgomery Band, Rick Derringer, and numerous other groups.
In addition, Avalanche members have opened major concerts to dozens of National and Internationally known recording acts.
We have played live extensively, although at this present time we are unable to do that due to the lack of "live venues" capable of providing us with enough work to meet the financial requirements needed to keep the band performing...because maintaining this band as a live entity is extremely expensive. In the past we have done tour dates with AC/DC, DERRINGER, PAT TRAVERS, and were considered as a "tour opener" for TOTO"s first U.S. Tour. It is our hope that financial backing will show up...and that Avalanche will be able to again be brought to the live music stage.
We are an all-original hard rock band that writes Mainstream songs that draw from many influences...we have been told repeatedly that our songs are clearly different, yet vaguely familiar, both at the same time. Avalanche's original writing style is largely Colliseum-style 70's British Rock...married to American Blues-Oriented Southern Rock...but there are clearly elements from many other distinct and not-so-distinct influences as well...and today the new Avalanche draws from ALL of those influences to be fresh, current, and viable...but still remains completely true to it's original band identity. Some of those "other influences" include Joe Walsh, Billy Gibbons, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Mick Abrahams, Paul Kossoff, Luther Grosvenor, Deep Purple, Humble Pie (w/Frampton), The Allman Brothers Band, Foreigner, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Humble Pie, Spooky Tooth, Free, Aerosmith, The Foo Fighters, U2, CSN&Y, The Eagles, The Beatles, Green Day, The Goo Goo Dolls, Lynch Mob, The Sullied, Soul Dust, Matt Beal, and many, many, other artists.
(See our pictures page)
MARSHALL VINTAGE (1971) JMP100 WATT FULL STACKS
POINT-TO-POINT SOUND BLUES 60 AMPS (CUSTOM-MADE)
ALTEC LANSING 417-8H Series II GUITAR SPEAKERS
DAVID EDEN BASS AMPS
YAMAHA SG2000 VINTAGE (1976) PROTOTYPE ELECTRIC GUITARS
USA FENDER GUITARS
TACOMA DR38E4 ACOUSTIC GUITARS w/FISHMAN E4 ACTIVE ELECTRONICS
MARTIN ACOUSTIC GUITARS,
OVATION CUSTOM BALLADIER GUITARS
PEAVEY ECOUSTIC 112 ACOUSTIC GUITAR AMPS
VISUAL SOUND PEDALS
EVENTIDE TIME FACTOR (DELAY)
EVENTIDE PITCH FACTOR (HARMONIZER)
AKAI PROFESSIONAL DIGITAL ELECTRONICS
HAMMOND B-3 ORGAN w/LESLIE 122 (GOFF MODIFIED)
GENERAL MUSIC PRO 2 DIGITAL PIANO (REAL PIANO)
PEAVEY KB300 TRI-CHANNEL KEYBOARD AMP
HOHNER D6 CLAVINET
SENNHEISER 421, 431, DYNAMIC MICS
SENNHEISER 431 CONDENSER MICS
SHURE BETA 87A CONDENSER MICS
ELECTROVOICE RE-20 and PL-10 MICS
BLUE DRAGONFLY MICS
RODE NTK 1 MICS,
RODE NT-5 MICS
GROOVE TUBE VINTAGE GT-55 MICS
AKG D112 MICS
AUDIO-TECHNICA AE2500 DYNAMIC/CONDENSER MICS
LINE 6 PODXT PEDALBOARD
C&D ROAD/FLIGHT CASES FOR ALL GEAR
To see additional pictures go to http://songplanet.net/Avalanche and click on "PHOTOS"
Special Thanks to: My parents, Stephanie, David Pendragon, The Shaboo Inn, Yamaha Guitars, Marshall Amplifiers, Dennis Electronics (Union City, N.J.), Point to Point Sound Amplifiers (Del Ray, Fl.), General Music Keyboards, Alex Goff at Goff Professional Hammond Organ (Newington, Conn.) Marathon Music Center and George's Music (West Palm Beach, Fl.) LaSalle Music (East Hartford, Conn.) C&C Case Co. & C&D Cases, (Hackensack, N.J.) Curt Ramm @ The Power Station N.E./Sonalysts (Waterford, Conn.) Brian Sargent @ Aberrant Sound Studio (Boston, Mass.) Rough Cut Studio (Eastford, Conn.) Golden Sun Studio (North Palm Beach, Fl.) The Studio (Canberra, Australia), Peter Solak and Doug Clark @ The Gallery Studio (East Hartford, Conn.) Presence Studio (North Haven, Conn.) Don Weeks, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Big Mama Thornton, Mitch Ryder, Lester Chambers, Rick Derringer, AC/DC, Pat Travers, Kal David, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Buddy Cage, Steve Miller, Toto, The Electric Flag, The Mohegan Sun All-Stars, Annie Petersen and American Talent International (N.Y.C.), David Foster and Shaboo Productions, Tony Oteda (FOGHAT), Cliff Goodwin, Jeff Pitchell, Jack Scarangella, Katherine Davidson for our original Logo, Nicole Singer for all of her Spiritual guidance, Lisa, SongPlanet.com, Soundclick.com, Mixposure.com, and to all of our friends from all over the world that we have met at all the various gigs and Internet music sites we are on...and of course, to the Avalanche Road Crew (Mark Brett, Bruce Richman, Skip Weeks, Chris Cripe, Brian LaFlamme) and most of all to my bandmates Mark, Barry, Charles, Stephanie, and Michael...and especially to all of our fans everywhere...you are the guys that make it all happen.