ART OF ANARCHY is one of those rare rock bands where each member has a strong identity, and together creates something special. No filler, just raw talent, and dedication to the music and being true to who they are. The members have collectively sold tens of millions of albums worldwide and have a rock pedigree that most artists would be content to rest their laurels on.
AOA evolved organically out of an 18-year friendship between Bumblefoot and the Votta brothers. Jon Votta came to Bumblefoot with the idea of putting together a new band with a diverse group of talent and a uniquely melodic and aggressive sound.
Lead guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal hails formerly from Guns N’ Roses, while bassist John Moyer rose to fame as a member of Disturbed. Twin brothers Jon Votta (guitar) and Vince Votta (drums), meanwhile, first gained renown as fixtures on the New York music scene. The most recent addition to the group is Grammy Award winner Scott Stapp, the founder and lead singer of Creed. Stapp replaces the late Scott Weiland (of Stone Temple Pilots) as AOA’s lead singer.
Stapp states: “I was approached by the AOA guys and asked to join them last year. This project has been a very cool, unique experience for me. I’m proud of our work and made some great friendships along the way. It’s been great collaborating with artists from different backgrounds and you can definitely hear it in the music.”
Bumblefoot adds: “We’ve got great chemistry together, and the songwriting process has been so natural and seamless. It’s exciting to get out there to perform together, it’s never felt more right than it does now. We’re creating something special that we can’t wait to share with the world. Come on out and be a part of this with us, it’ll be a night to remember.”
Moyer further adds: “The individual personalities of the musicians on this record have come together to create a uniquely powerful album of songs that we feel will have a strong message and emotional connection with fans. After working on this record for over a year we can’t wait to hit the stage and play these songs live.” (from Art of Anarchy website)