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The Slashtones

The Slashtones
(l - r) Slash, Scarlet, Hecht, Hanemann, Werner
Background information
Origin New York City
Genres Heavy metal
Satire
Hard rock
Years active 1993 - present
Labels Various
Associated acts The Cult, The John Entwistle Band, Extreme Championship Wrestling, Ace Frehley Band, The Billy Idol Band, Mountain, The Uptown Horns, Rainbow, Raging Slab, Riot, Joe Lynn Turner, Zebra
Website http://www.slashtones.com
Members
Harry Slash
Arno Hecht
Steve "Budgie" Werner
Felix Hanemann
Richie Scarlet
Tarik Solangi (producer)
Former members
Lisa Anselmo
Steve Bondy
Chris Carter
Scott DeBoys
Butch Garcia
Chuck Hancock
Mark Hitt
Roderick Kohn
Mike Lawler
Even Steven Levee
Mickey Leigh
Tony Moore
Rawn Randell
Brad Rosen
Paul Sheehan
Amy Wagman
Lez Warner
Notable instruments
Cowbell, Guitar, Saxophone, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Trumpet, Trombone, Kazoo, Bouzouki, Vocals

The Slashtones (also known as "Harry Slash & The Slashtones") are an American musical group, formed in 1993 by New York native Harry Slash under the name "Harry & The Slashtones". Harry would later change the band's name many times, from "The Slashtones", to "Life?!","Not The Slashtones" and then to "Harry Slash & The Slashtones" during the era that Harry Slash produced music for Extreme Championship Wrestling. Their best known songs are the ECW theme ("This Is Extreme!"), Taz's theme ("Survive! (If I Let You)") and Sabu's theme ("Huka Blues"). After Extreme Championship Wrestling went bankrupt in 2001, Harry Slash continued to record and perform with the band after changing its name back to "The Slashtones". The name of the band is a parody of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.

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Band history

  • 1993 - The original lineup as “Harry & The Slashtones” consisted of Harry Slash (vocals), Steve Bondy (guitar), Roderick Kohn (guitar), Even Steven (bass), Paul Sheehan (drums) and Brad Rosen (harmonica). This was originally supposed to be a “One Night Only” joke band.
  • 1994 - The band is reformed as “The Slashtones”. Added Chuck Hancock (saxophone) and Lez Warner (drums) as regular drummer Paul Sheehan switched to percussion as he recouped his injured knee. Mike Lawler (guitar) replaced Roderick Kohn.
  • 1994 - Added Amy Wagman (vocals) and Butch Garcia (harmonica). Lez Warner left and Paul Sheehan went back to playing drums. Roderick Kohn (guitar) returned.
  • 1994 - Brad Rosen left. Lisa Anselmo (vocals) replaced Amy Wagman.
  • 1994 - Arno Hecht (saxophone) replaced Chuck Hancock.
  • 1995 - “The Slashtones” released a very limited edition EP titled “Episode One”. Featured on the EP are most that had been in the band at that point including Harry Slash, Lisa Anselmo, Amy Wagman Steve Bondy, Roderick Kohn, Mike Lawler, Arno Hecht, Chuck Hancock, Even Steven, and Paul Sheehan. Also featured was special guest Joe Lynn Turner (vocals).
  • 1995 - Lisa Anselmo left. Butch Garcia left and joined Reckless Fortune.
  • 1995 - Chuck Hancock (saxophone) briefly returned.
  • 1995 - Chuck Hancock (saxophone) left.
  • 1995 - Lez Warner (drums) replaced Paul Sheehan.
  • 1995 - Mike Lawler left.
  • 1995 - The Slashtones go on hiatus when Even Steven needed to have back surgery.
  • 1995 - Harry Slash forms the short lived band “Life?!” with Scott Duboys (Drums), Tony Moore (bass), Roderick Kohn (guitar) and for a short time, Chris Carter (guitar)
  • 1995 - Chris Carter (guitar) leaves.
  • 1996 - “Life?!” performs its one and only show in New York City.
  • 1996 - Scott Duboys (Drums) leaves.
  • 1996 - “Life?!” disbands.
  • 1996 - Harry Slash reforms “The Slashtones” (as “The Slashtones II”) to fulfill show obligations booked for "Life?!". This lineup consisted of Harry Slash (vocals), Arno Hecht (saxophone) Steve Bondy (guitar), Roderick Kohn (guitar), and Lez Warner (drums). Lisa Anselmo (vocals) returned and Tony Moore (bass) replaced Even Steven.
  • 1996 - Lisa Anselmo left.
  • 1996 - “The Slashtones II” are disbanded when Harry Slash takes a sabbatical away from music.
  • 1997 - Harry Slash reforms “Life?!” as a studio band that would record songs for Extreme Championship Wrestling. This lineup consisted of Steve “Budgie” Werner (drums), Ritchie Scarlet (guitar & bass), Andy Abbene (guitar & bass) and Harry Slash (guitar). This lineup lasted for less than a month as only Harry Slash and Steve “Budgie” Werner would remain.
  • 1997 - Arno Hecht (saxophone) and Roderick Kohn (guitar) are brought into the “Life?!” recording project that would also include appearances by many other former members of “The Slashtones” including Tony Moore (vocals), Even Steven (bass), Mike Lawler (vocals) and Steve Bondy (guitar). Other musicians that recorded on this project included: Mickey Leigh (guitar), Garry Sullivan (drums), Frank Sannuto (drums & Keyboards), Frank Fortune (vocals), Joe Lynn Turner (vocals) and Pro-Wrestlers Tazz (vocals) and Francine (vocals).
  • 1997 - Harry Slash reforms “The Slashtones” as a live acoustic side project called “(Not) The Slashtones”. This lineup consisted of Harry Slash (vocals), Arno Hecht (saxophone) Steve Bondy (guitar), Roderick Kohn (guitar), Even Steven (bass) and Steve “Budgie” Werner (drums).
  • 1998 - “(Not) The Slashtones” are disbanded after a very dismal live performance.
  • 1998 - “Life?!” is renamed “Harry Slash and The Slashtones” with the lineup of Harry Slash (vocals & bass) Arno Hecht (saxophone) Roderick Kohn (guitar, bass, keyboards) and Steve “Budgie” Werner (drums).
  • 1998 - “Harry Slash and The Slashtones" released two songs on the compilation CD “ECW Extreme Music”.
  • 1999 - Mickey Leigh (guitar) replaced Roderick Kohn.
  • 2000 - Roderick Kohn (guitar) replaced Mickey Leigh.
  • 2000 - “Harry Slash & The Slashtones” released a very limited edition EP titled “Freedom Of Speech”.
  • 2000 - Harry Slash, Tony Moore and Roderick Kohn record material under the pseudonym "Johnny Soul and his West Coast Wranglers".
  • 2000 - Harry Slash reforms “The Slashtones” as a live version of “Harry Slash & The Slashtones”. This lineup consisted of Harry Slash (vocals), Arno Hecht (saxophone) Roderick Kohn (guitar) and Steve “Budgie” Werner (drums). Added Rawn Randell (bass). Mickey Leigh (guitar) returned.
  • 2001 - “Harry Slash & The Slashtones” are disbanded when Harry Slash takes another long sabbatical away from music.
  • 2002 - Harry Slash attempted to reform “The Slashtones” as “Slashtones 10” to perform during the band's 10 year anniversary in 2003. This core lineup consisted of Harry Slash (vocals), Arno Hecht (saxophone) Roderick Kohn (guitar) and Steve “Budgie” Werner (drums). Tony Moore (bass) returned replacing Rawn Randell. Other former Slashtones that would have appeared included Even Steve (bass), Chuck Hancock (saxophone), Mickey Leigh (guitar) and Mike Lawler (guitar). The core band of five rehearsed a few times, but the project was shelved when Arno Hecht went on tour with George Thorogood and the Destroyers, and Harry Slash became involved with another project in 2003.
  • 2004 - Harry Slash reforms “The Slashtones” as “The (“New Original”) Slashtones”. This lineup consisted of Harry Slash (vocals), Arno Hecht (saxophone), Roderick Kohn (guitar), Tony Moore (bass), and Steve “Budgie” Werner (drums).
  • 2005 - “The (“New Original”) Slashtones" are featured on a David Lee Roth tribute CD.
  • 2006 - “The (“New Original”) Slashtones" are featured on a Guns -N- Roses tribute CD.
  • 2006 - Added Felix Hanemann (keyboards), temporally replacing Arno Hecht, who was on tour with Dion.
  • 2006 - Arno Hecht (saxophone) returned.
  • 2006 - Mark Hitt (guitar) replaced Roderick Kohn.
  • 2006 - “The (“New Original”) Slashtones” are renamed “The Slashtones!”, going in a slightly different musical direction.
  • 2006 - “The Slashtones!” are featured as guest artists on the Reckless Fortune version of “Rock Candy” released on a Sammy Hagar tribute CD.
  • 2006 - “The Slashtones!” are featured on a Van Halen tribute CD.
  • 2007 - Members of “The Slashtones!” are featured as guest artists on a Mötley Crüe tribute CD.
  • 2008 - “The Slashtones!” with Joe Lynn Turner released a cover of 'Detroit Rock City' on a KISS tribute CD.
  • 2008 - Members of “The Slashtones!” (under the name "The PrimeTime Players") along with Joe Lynn Turner released a cover of 'Fourteen Years' on a Guns N' Roses tribute CD.
  • 2008 - “The Slashtones!” released covers of 'Misty Mountain Hop' and 'Friends' on a Led Zeppelin tribute CD.
  • 2009 - Added Richie Scarlet (guitar)
  • 2009 - “The Slashtones” began recording a new album.

Band members

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Current band

Honorary band members

Former band members

  • Lisa Anselmo: Vocals. 1994, 1996
  • Steve Bondy: Guitar. 1993 - 1998 (RadioActive, Pyramid, Lara, Peppy Castro) ([4])
  • Chris Carter: Guitar. 1995 (Ya Mutha)
  • Scott DeBoys: Drums. 1995 - 1996 (Warrior Soul, Cycle Sluts From Hell, Nuclear Assault)
  • Butch Garcia: Harmonica. 1994 (Reckless Fortune)
  • Chuck Hancock (a/k/a "Raven"): Saxophone. 1994 - 1995 (Murphy's Law)
  • Mark Hitt: Lead & Rhythm Guitar. 2006 - 2008 (Rat Race Choir, John Entwistle)
  • Roderick Kohn: Guitar. 1993, 1994 - 1999, 2000 - 2006 (Buddy Miles, Reckless Fortune)
  • Mike Lawler: Guitar. 1994 - 1995 (Shadow)
  • Mickey Leigh: Guitar. 1999 - 2001, 2008 (The Rattlers, STOP, Birdland with Lester Bangs)
  • Even Steven Levee: Bass. 1993 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2008 (Brad Factor:10, i-Potato)
  • Tony Moore: Bass & Vocals. 1995 - 1997, 2000, 2002 - 2008 (Riot)
  • Rawn Randell: Bass. 2001 (James Chance and the Contortions)
  • Brad Rosen Esq.: Harmonica. 1993 - 1994 (Screwtractor)
  • Paul Sheehan: Drums. 1993 - 1995 (Raging Slab)
  • Amy Wagman: Vocals. 1994
  • Lez Warner: Drums. 1994, 1995 - 1997 (The Cult) ([5])

Others

The Slashtones have also recorded with:

  • Andy Abbene: Guitar. 1997 (Soulcrush)
  • Marianne DeAngelis: Harmonica. 2008
  • Frank Fortune: Vocals. 1998 - 2008 (Reckless Fortune)
  • Joey Fortune: Guitar. 2005 - 2008 (Reckless Fortune)
  • Francine Fournier: Vocals. 1997. (ECW Wrestler)
  • Mac Gollehon: Trumpet & Trumbone. 2006 - 2008 (Miles Davis Band)
  • Taso Karras: Bouzouki, Baglama & Percussion. 2008 (Johnny Thunders, Law & Order)
  • Mike Lewis: Trumpet. 2005 (Buddy Rich Band)
  • Charlie Sabin: Vocals. 2008 (Barfly, Toxik)
  • Frank Sannutto: Drums. 1999 (Reckless Fortune)
  • Ritchie Scarlet: Guitar & Bass. 1997 (Ace Frehley Band, Mountain)
  • Garry Sullivan: Drums. 1998 (The B-52's)
  • Tazz: Vocals. 1998 (ECW Wrestler)

Discography

  • Episode One (EP), The Slashtones, Studio D (Out Of Print), 1995
  • ECW: Extreme Music, Various Artists, Concrete/Slab, 1998
  • Freedom Of Speech (EP), Harry Slash & The Slashtones, MP3.com (Out Of Print), 2000
  • Fire Woman, A Tribute to The Cult, Various Artists, Versaille, 2000
  • "PAIN" (Movie Soundtrack), The Slashtones and Die Nicht, Endstop (Out Of Print.), 2003
  • Just Like Paradise, A Millennium Tribute to David Lee Roth, Various Artists, Versaille, 2005
  • It's So Easy, A Millennium Tribute to Guns N' Roses, Various Artists, Versaille, 2006
  • Three Lock Box, A Millennium Tribute to Sammy Hagar, Various Artists, Versaille, 2006
  • Panama, A Millennium Tribute to Van Halen, Various Artists, Versaille, 2006
  • Too Fast For Love, A Millennium Tribute to Mötley Crüe, Various Artists, Versaille, 2007
  • Lick It Up, A Millennium Tribute to KISS, Various Artists, Versaille, 2008
  • Double Talkin' Jive, A Hard Rock Tribute to Guns N' Roses, Various Artists, Versaille, 2008
  • Misty Mountain Hop, A Millennium Tribute to Led Zeppelin, Various Artists, Versaille, 2008

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