||HEARTBREAKER is THE PREMIER ORIGINAL five-piece rock tribute to Pat Benatar, OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED AND LINKED TO Benatar's Official website BENATAR.COM. HEARTBREAKER has been acknowledged by the Benatar band and joined on stage with an original band member and co-writer of Hell Is For Children. To see a HeartBreaker show will, and has, impresed the most decerning Benatar fans and best yet, made NEW Benatar fans out of fence-sitters and skeptics (they are out there). Pam has been a member of the official Benatar on-line fan club for almost as long as HeartBreaker has been a band, five years, and has gained acceptance from her true followers and made many new friends and HeartBreaker fans from the original diehard Benatar fan base. These people can tell you ANYTHING about BENATAR! Some of them live for it! Many have said to Pam and the band over the years, not only does she sound exactly like Benatar from the classic Benatar growl to the delicate high falsetto tones of the opera trained singer (yes, when you close your eyes), but also has the moves down and wardrobe to go with it. Pam has studied this artist for YEARS before HeartBreaker. No, this isn't just a clever imitation. Pam is a very experienced singer and is excellent at what she does. And, her band is equally matched, professional and experienced. Legally, no one can advertise they are the BEST, anything, but we don't have to. Pam's voice is a powerhouse of stamina and agility from years of singing experience. We would never be so rude as to insult the efforts of others or be so bold as to copy the their statements. Words can say whatever you want them to but the proof's in the pudding, baby!
WE invite YOU to come SEE, HEAR and EXPERIENCE the unmatched energy and stage show that is HeartBreaker. THE Tribute to Pat Benatar.
HEARTBREAKER was formed in 1998 and is WELL ESTABLISHED IN THE TRIBUTE COMMUNITY having played many shows with the major local tributes and supporting acts including LED ZEPAGAIN, ATOMIC PUNKS, STICKY FINGERS, ESCAPE, DREAM POLICE, CANDY-O, PEACE FROG, BARRACUDA, OCDC, and many others (See our History page). HeartBreaker has even opened a show for DALE BOZZIO'S MISSING PERSONS. We know any of these bands can provide ANYONE INTERESTED in BOOKING HEARTBREAKER with a SOLID REFERENCE. The band was founded in October 1998 and the first show played in June of 1999. In October 2001 the band traveled to Sasebo, Atsugi and Yokosuka, Japan to play for our our U.S. Naval Troops. In March of 2003 HEARTBREAKER was chosen to join a group of SIXTY BANDS to play a TWO-DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL IN ARIZONA FOR NEARLY 7000 PEOPLE, THE FIRST ANNAUL TEMPE MUSIC FESTIVAL. The festival was SPONSORED BY SEVERAL LARGE CORPORATIONS including COCA-COLA, FENDER, BUDWEISER, AMERICA WEST AIRLINES and others. HEARTBREAKER RECEIVED an OUTSTANDING LETTER OF COMMENDATION FROM ARIZONA'S LARGEST PROMOTER OF CONCERT EVENTS. Today the band boasts a large loyal, diehard and dedicated following of hardcore fans of Benatar's music.
COVERING most of the rock diva's early and most popular work, as well as some of the true Benahead favorite album cuts, (a true Benatar fan will identify with this) HeartBreaker, pays particular attention to detail, emulating each guitar note, vocal, keyboard sound and drumbeat to reproduce Benatar's polished array of arena rockers and haunting ballads.
THE BAND'S LEAD SINGER AND FOUNDER, LOS ANGELES NATIVE PAM EDGAR, has been a long time admirer of Benatar's work and has been singing her songs in bands almost as long as Benatar. Therefore the Benatar Tribute was a given. Needless to say she bought every album as it came out and to date has attended over thirty Benatar concerts. It wasn't necessary to learn one tune for the band as she sang them repeatedly when Benatar was popular, literally, to the point of wearing out tapes. Since she first heard Heartbreaker on the radio back in 1979, she remembers, not only did she relate to the pure seamless vocals of Benatar but the entire stage personna, class and attitude, with a passion toward the opposition of child abuse, which drew many listeners to Benatar's Hell Is For Children. Pam not only learned to play the guitar and piano at an early age five but accompanied herself on the acoustic guitar. Later on she studied with classical voice and piano teachers and spent four semesters in the college choir and in applied music. Pam's twenty plus years of singing experience with many bands, cover and original over the years, and 5 octave range proves worthy of the material. Along with Benatar her influences have included singers from several genre's, including but not limited to, Barbara Streisand, Carole King, Karen Carpenter, Kate Bush, Aretha Franklin, Tracy Chapman, Big Mama Thornton, Patti La Belle, Ann & Nancy Wilson, Chrissy Hynde, Martha Davis, Teri Nunn, Brian Howe, Robert Plant, Klaus Meine, Paul Mc Cartney, Elton John, Chris Cornel, Cheryl Crow, Fiona Apple, Dolores O'Riordan and Sara Mac Lachlan. Pam also has backgrounds in art, dance and auto mechanics. She grew up quite atheletic learning and practicing, ballet, tap dancing, ice skating, gymnastics, football and currently roller hockey. At one time, she spent almost twelve hours a week at the gym. As a result, all this energy and experience lends itself gracefully to her performances.
PATRICK (PAT) MONTOYA, HEARTBREAKER'S LEAD GUITARIST, is a long time rocker with his roots in blues. Having learned to play classically at the early age of twelve, his extremely diverse listening interests and guitar influences have created a truly seasoned player. As well as Neil Giraldo, his long list ofguitar influences include, but are not limited to, Carlos Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli Jon Roth, Dave Murray & Adrian Smith, Glenn Tipton & K.K. Downing, Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde, Alex Lifeson, Steve Howe, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Justin Hayward, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Robert Johnson, Mick Taylor, Jimmy Page, Randy Rhodes, Eddie Van Halen and the list geos on! Pat played in popular metal bands throughout the eighties and was a part of the band phenomenon that rocked Hollywood and the Sunset strip during that time. Pat also teaches guitar and has developed solid playing skills in his students, some of which have literally grown up learning with Pat and are now playing in their own bands. His teaching background spans over twenty years in the same music store, how's that for a track record? His students range in age from eight to fifty eight and his patience is unmatched. Patrick is a core member and has been with the band since it's inception in 1998.
JOHNNY BRUHNS IS HEARTBREAKER'S PHILADELPHIA-BORN KEYBOARDIST AND RYTHYM GUITARIST. John started early as a child actor and began playing music at a very early age. John's keyboard interests were heavily influencd by Steve Howe of Yes fame. But John's not only a great rhythm guitarist, he's a lead guitarist and accomplished piano player and sings a wide variety of material outside of HeartBreaker. John has recorded his own music and has had the honor of playing with several music greats over the years. On many occaisions John has lent contributions to his projects by drawing from the great pool of musicians he has had the pleasure of working with in the past. To John's credit is his uncanny ability to match keyboard sounds dialing them in right down to the algorhythm. It's definately his forte'. John and Pam started working together in 1998 in a corporate casuals band, even before HeartBreaker was formed. As such he is a core member of the band, lending his expertise from the very first show in 1999. As well as being an exceptional talent and gifted musician John is extremely reliable and dedicated.
JEFF CARSLON WAS ADDED TO THE BAND IN 2001 AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE BAND'S REGULAR BASS PLAYER, Leo Valenzuela, who was unable to make a show at The House of Blues. Jeff had been wanting to play with the band since he saw them for the first time at Hogue Barmichael's in Newport Beach back in 1999, as a guest of John's, and the opportunity finally presented itself. As it turned out, Jeff was quite the rocker and as it happend really liked the Benatar material. His first performance with the band got such positive attention from the lead singer he became a permanent member, not to the discredit of Leo who is an awesome bass player. Jeff is also Philadelphia born and proud of it! He brings to the band many years of playing experience with funk and rock influences.
DOUG PERCELL DRUMMED IN about the same time as Jeff in 2001, as another recruited member of John's great contact pool of musicians. Johnny had given Doug ten Pat Benatar songs to learn on a CD. Doug set to work writing out the drum parts note for note. On the gig a few weeks later without a rehearsal, Doug nailed the charts without a slip. Pam Edgar, Heartbreaker’s singer, was so impressed she asked Doug to sub on future gigs that their regular drummer, Larry Paschall, a rockin' stick twirlin' drummer with a crazy sense of humour who still sits in from time to time, couldn't make. But Doug caught Pam's attention. She was so impressed with his attention to detail, having charted EVERY DRUM BEAT out, after only one sitting she asked that he play with the band again. After a few months Doug became Pam’s first call drummer and he has performed regularly with the band since then. Doug’s dad says that Doug was always tapping on something, anything, even as a little kid. In the late 1960s when his dad offered to buy him a drum set if he first took a year of piano lessons, Doug jumped at the opportunity. His dad wanted Doug to develop an appreciation for music but did not really want him to become a musician. He was hoping that after a few years of piano Doug would lose interest in playing the drums. But after playing piano for three years, Doug asked his dad to live up to his end of the bargain. So, at the age of 12, Doug got his first “real” drum set.
A year later Doug was playing in a local band called The Blue Corner Jazz Band. The Blue Corner Jazz Band also played many gigs in the Hyde Park neighborhood of south Chicago during Doug’s high school years. “We played mostly original music inspired by Miles Davis, Chick Corea, and Bill Evans. It was during this time that Doug began taking drum lessons at the American School of Music (ASM) in downtown Chicago under the tutelage of Thurman Barker. Thurman helped Doug develop his swing feel as well as independence in his limbs. Later Doug studied marimba under Dr. James Dutton, the dean of the percussion department at ASM.
After high school and a brief stint with a disco band, Doug decided to join the Marine Corps Band in 1977. After boot camp in San Diego and six months at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia, Doug was transferred to the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band at El Toro Air Station in California. Three Rose Parades, gigs with Ella Fitzgerald and Bob Hope, countless change of command parades and other ceremonies later, Doug was honorably discharged and set-up home in Orange County, California. A few years and a few bands later, Doug joined Person to Person, a top-forty band that played the local scene including places like the Rusty Pelican, the Red Lion and the Registry Hotel to name a few. “This was the mid-eighties, so of course we did a Pat Benatar cover. Hit Me With Your Best Shot was a crowd pleaser then and continues to be today.” After Person to Person broke up Doug returned to his love, jazz. He joined the New York Jazz Connection in the late eighties and stayed with them for about seven years. During that time the band played in clubs such as the Studio Café, the Café Lido, John Dominus, and other eateries along the Newport Beach coastline. The band recorded a CD and could be heard from time to time on KLON (now KKJZ) radio.
Never being completely satiated with playing music, Doug managed to work his way into management at a local medical device manufacturer. Working during the day and gigging at night became a way of life for Doug. But after entering the management ranks, he realized that he needed to improve his management skills. In 1995 he re-entered college determined to finish his degree. In 1998 he graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business with a Bachelor of Science degree in management. After finishing school Doug joined the John Henderson Orchestra, a local swing band. Playing charts from the forties and fifties with the guys that invented that music was a real treat and an honor for Doug. “Swing dancing was making a resurgence, and it was fun watching young kids dancing to music played by geriatric (with a few exceptions) gentlemen.” During this time, Doug changed jobs and acquired a professional certification in production management. His new responsibility included production planning at an international pharmaceutical company located in Irvine, California. After a few years Doug was invited to enter Pepperdine’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Though a jazz lover at heart, Doug enjoys playing with Heartbreaker. “It’s challenging to try and mimic another drummers style. In Benatar’s band there’s usually a lot of sound supporting Pat when she sings, a lot of comping both from the guitar and from the keyboards. It’s very pulsating and if the drummer plays too much, the sound starts to get muddy. To compensate, the drummer is often playing time with a quarter note feel instead of a more natural eighth note feel. This leaves Pat plenty of room to get her vocal lines into the song. But it makes it more challenging for the drummer because playing less means that it’s harder to control the tempo of the band. It takes more concentration to be rock solid in the groove and hold everything together. But the musicians in Heartbreaker are great players and that makes my job a lot easier than it would be otherwise.” In October of 2002, Heartbreaker went on tour to Japan. “I really enjoyed touring with Heartbreaker in Japan last year. You only begin to understand a people when you visit their home. It occurred to me that Japanese pursue miniaturization so doggedly because they are so crowded together on those five islands that physical space is a real premium.” Doug plays Roland V-Session electronic drums and Tama birch shell powertom acoustic drums and Gretsch maple shell jazz drums with Istanbul cymbals.
Doug just earned his Masters degree in business from Peperdyne University. We're PROUD of you Doug!
PAM AND PAT OF HEARTBREAKER recently had the opportunity to meet Pat Benatar and speak with her, husband/guitar player/producer, Neil Giraldo and give them a video tape of the band on the request that he'd ...really like to see the band play. And on July 25, 2003 HeartBreaker had the honor of being joined on stage by one of Pat Benatar's original band members, bassist Roger Capps! So, see the band that will deliver Benatar's songs the way you remember them!
HEARTBREAKER MAKES IT'S HOME IN THE LOS ANGELES AND ORANGE COUNTY, CA AREAS BUT HAS TRAVELED AS FAR AS ARIZONA AND JAPAN TO PLAY. HEARTBREAKER IS OPEN TO TRAVEL OFFERS. RECENTLY THERE HAS BEEN DISCUSSION OF TRAVEL TO EUROPE. HEARTBREAKER MAKES AN EXCELLENT SUPPORTING ACT FOR ANY OF THE MAJOR TRIBUTE ACTS IN SEVERAL GENRE'S OR AS A STAND ALONE ACT HAVING A REPITORE OF OVER 40 SONGS AT PRESENT. OUR SONG LIST CONSISTS OF THE ENTIRE FIRST FIVE BENATAR ALBUMS AS WELL AS SELECT SONGS FROM LATER ALBUMS, AND NEW SONGS ARE ADDED CONTINUALLY. WE TAKE PRIDE IN OUR WORK, MUSICIANSHIP, PROFESSIONALISM AND RELIABILITY AND WE TAKE REQUESTS.
HEARTBREAKER IS THE BAND YOU'VE HEARD ABOUT AND NEED TO SEE. WE'VE BEEN HERE ALL ALONG AND WHEN IT COMES TO BENATAR, THERE IS NO OTHER SUBSTITUTE.
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