About World Classic Rockers
In 1997, the WORLD CLASSIC ROCKERS combined the talents of several of the most prominent musicians, singers and songwriters whose work represented a number of smash, chart-topping hits from the some of the most legendary bands in the world. Having celebrated their 20th Anniversary together in 2017, they have created their own legacy of high energy, fan-friendly, live performances that feature hit-after-recognizable hit. They continue to make an unforgettable impression at corporate events, fairs, festivals and most importantly, at charitable events across America and throughout Europe, the Far East and Africa. Their countless efforts in support of those in need have raised millions of dollars for cancer research, underprivileged children, victims in need of disaster relief, the support of USA’s military veterans just to name a few.
NICK ST.NICHOLAS’ music career began in Toronto when he first formed a band called the Mynah Birds, a group of unknowns that would begin the careers of the king of funk, Rick James, and Neil Young of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. One year later he would assemble another band called The Sparrow. Using an unknown lead singer, John Kay, as their front man, and little money in their pockets, Nick drove the band from Toronto to the Sunset Strip in search of a record deal. Once in Hollywood, the Sparrow would soon change their name to STEPPENWOLF and a film that would become an instant classic, Easy Rider, would launch their biker anthem “Born To Be Wild” into rock and roll history. Nick toured and recorded on many of their gold and platinum albums including Early Steppenwolf, Steppenwolf Live; At Your Birthday Party; and Monster. As the founder and leader of the World Classic Rockers, he has been the driving force behind the success of the band for two decades.
All great bands begin with a backbone behind their music. As one of the elite drummers in music history, AYNSLEY DUNBAR made his mark during the ‘70s recording on chart-topping hits with David Bowie and Frank Zappa, however he is best known as the original drummer for JOURNEY with whom he recorded and co-wrote four albums including their hugely successful album, Infinity, which featured mega-hits “Wheel In The Sky,” “Lights,” “Feeling That Way” and “Anytime.” As the end of the decade neared, he joined Jefferson Starship where together they recorded the smash hit songs “Jane” and “Find Your Way Back.” And the ’80’s would prove to be no less successful as he moved on to join Whitesnake in 1985. With Aynsley on drums, they recorded the band’s commercial breakthrough album Whitesnake 1987 featuring chart-toppers and MTV video favorites “Is This Love” and “Here I Go Again.” Aynsley, along with his former Journey bandmates, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.
Representing the South, LYNYRD SKYNYRD rocketed to fame during the ’70’s with Southern rock mega-hits “Sweet Home Alabama”; “Free Bird”; and “Gimme Three Steps.” It appeared the band’s fast rising star would be cut short when their chartered plane crashed killing several members of the band in 1977. However, Lynyrd Skynyrd regrouped ten years later. Allen Collins, who had since been paralyzed in an auto accident, hand-picked RANDALL HALL to replace him in the band. During the next seven years with Randall on guitar and vocals, the band would perform sold out tours throughout the world while recording three hit albums, Southern By the Grace of God, Lynyrd Skynyrd ’91 and The Last Rebel. achieving one of the most inspiring comebacks in rock history. To date the band has sold over 36 million records.
In the words of Carlos Santana, “GREG WALKER’s music is a wonderful combination of street and church music; ‘street’ being raw, sexy, warm and naked; ‘church’ being spiritual, inspirational soulful and sincere.” For more than a decade with Carlos Santana, Greg thrilled audiences worldwide with this dynamic, charismatic style, earning no less than 8 gold and platinum albums with the SANTANA band. He shares Santana’s soulful R&B style which is clearly evident on the Santana hits he recorded including “She’s Not There”; “Stormy”; “Open Invitation”; “Dance Sister Dance” and many more as well as live renditions of the classics “Black Magic Woman”; “Oye Como Va” and “Evil Ways.” Greg recorded and co-wrote on several albums including Amigos; Moonflower; Inner Secrets; Beyond Appearances; Havana Moon and Viva Santana.
Vocalist FRAN COSMO was initially featured as lead singer on Barry Goudreau’s self-titled solo album, which served as a prelude to the formation of the band, Orion the Hunter. Together they released the hit single “So You Ran.” Soon thereafter, Fran joined the super-group Boston as their lead vocalist on the multi-platinum disc, Walk On. With his sky-high vocals leading the way, the album soared to #7 on the Billboard Charts. Several years later, BOSTON would release their next album, Corporate America, which featured Fran on lead vocals on four of the album’s tracks and marked the return of original lead singer, Brad Delp, to the line-up. The band embarked on a national tour that featured both Brad and Fran performing together on stage.
No classic rock band could be complete without the revolutionary sounds of the 1960’s, an era that not only defined a generation, but perhaps a country. MICHAEL MONARCH, an original founding member and lead guitarist of STEPPENWOLF provides the World Classic Rockers with the heavy metal thunder that turned Steppenwolf’s mega-hits “Born to Be Wild” and “Magic Carpet Ride” into two songs whose popularity would span decades and continue to be fan favorites throughout the world. After his career with Steppenwolf, Michael continued to be a successful recording artist, including his memorable work with Janis Joplin on her Kozmic Blues album.
All successful bands have back-up players, but the World Classic Rockers have all-star-worthy musicians lending their incredible talents in support of their featured headliners. As a lead guitarist, DAVID COYLE studied at the Juilliard School of Music and has worked with Broadway singers and recorded on a number of soundtracks while developing his unique style on the 6-string. David’s energetic, crowd-pleasing performances have made him a fan-favorite during WCR shows for over 14 years.
Meanwhile, MARK HOYT, one of the finest keyboard players around, has become a sought-after session and live performance musician working with such names as; Mike Reno (Loverboy), Mickey Thomas (Starship) and Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) along with many other various well known recording artists. His sizzling keyboard licks along with his uncanny ability to recreate vintage synthesizer and keyboard sounds for live application make him a perfect addition the World Classic Rockers.
RICK SNIDER has proven himself over the years as one of the premier vocalists on the West Coast starring in one of the most popular Journey tribute bands. He now lends his incredible lead vocals to the Journey hits highlighting their hall of fame drummer, Aynsley Dunbar, during the World Classic Rockers’ performances.
With all of the pieces in place, the World Classic Rockers bring audiences to their feet night after night in a stage performance packed with hit after unforgettable hit. As thousands of fans throughout the world can attest, over the last 21 years, they have indeed become… both on and off the stage… the ultimate classic rock all-star band.