Big John Bates
Big John Bates
The Big John Bates band mixes a Western Gothic style of lyrics into a rock’n’roll explosion. In 2012, Big John Bates hit Jello Biafra’s (Dead Kennedys) radar. Thanks to that introduction, Alternative Tentacles began supporting the EP “Headless Fowl” while BJB was touring with Murder By Death. Bates quickly followed that with the LP “Battered Bones” on Germany’s Rookie Records, which brought them to Quentin Tarantino’s attention while he was scouting music for Django Unchained. They also released two western-themed YouTube videos in 2012 – Amerkin & Taste the Barrel. *************************** Big John has most famously written, sung and performed with the Voodoo Dollz, Annihilator and Bif Naked.
He’s played over 1500 live shows in 20 countries. He’s been removed from backstage by Solomon Burke, chastised by Koko Taylor, has done emergency guitar surgery for the Blasters and was charmed by B.B. King. He was run out of Vegas on a rail, had musicians slip off into the forever and once managed to tour Sicily in a convoy of sports cars.
He played a vineyard on an Italian mountaintop with the flash Andre Williams, got bar-charm lessons from T-Model Ford and had his Falcon’s pickguard signed + kissed by Poison Ivy. He’s saved Brandy Bones from the clutches of Hank3′s crew, performed in abandoned fish-ponds in Belgian squats and German WWII bunkers. There is never a cancel button. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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