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PHANTOM'S OPERA

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Phantom's Opera biography
New Jersey theatrical hard rock band PHANTOM'S OPERA have an exceedingly rich history. Keyboard player Jack Young having first founded the band with Alec John Such (BON JOVI) in 1969 at the age of 13! The original line-up of the band featured Alec John Such on bass and Tico Torres (BON JOVI) on drums. Dean Fasano was a former vocalist with the band before he joined MESSAGE (with Richie Sambora) and PROPHET (later replaced by Russel Arcara (ARCARA).

In 1989, along comes another young rocker from Sayreville named Colie Brice who invites Jack to join GEMINI - Colie's first band that was slugging it out on the NJ metal scene in the late 80's. Along with Brice, former GEMINI guitarist Eric Walz switched to bass, allowing guitar demon Michael Romeo (SYMPHONY X) room to shred, and NJ drum hero Bob Nelson room to pound on the group's debut album that been released in 36 different countries on four different labels to date. After Mike Romeo left to form SYMPHONY X, guitarist Karl Cochran (ACE FREHLEY's band, ARCARA) played on the group's sophomore releases entitle "So Long To Broadway". Then Bobby Gilmartin (MYSTERY BLOOM, NEW MACHINE) joined PHANTOM'S OPERA for the recording of their third album 'Following Dreams' - produced by Steve Evetts & mastered by GRAMMY winnner Joe Palmaccio. In 1998 Colie Brice and Bob Nelson left the group.

During March of 2003, after trying to replace Colie Brice for nearly five years PHANTOM'S OPERA announced their new vocalist as being Terry Brock, a singer of high repute citing credits with KANSAS, MICHAEL BOLTON and STRANGEWAYS. A new studio album, 'Act IV', was released in 2003 through Escape Music. Meantime members Bob Gilmartin and Dave Garcia recorded a debut album NEW MACHINE on a new label founded by Colie Brice called Aeria Records. Talk about drama...

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Phantom's Opera
1995
4.00 | 1 ratings
So Long to Broadway
1997
4.41 | 4 ratings
Following Dreams
1998
3.92 | 3 ratings
Phantom's Opera '99
1999
4.00 | 1 ratings
Act IV
2003

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 Following Dreams by PHANTOM'S OPERA album cover Studio Album, 1998
4.41 | 4 ratings

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Following Dreams
Phantom's Opera Heavy Prog

Review by colie.brice

5 stars Wow.. Cool site :)

Well I'm biased as I sang, played, wrote and helped co produce this baby..

This my favorite album that we did together..

There is an alchemy of brotherhood, realized fruition, and harmony present on this album that ranks up there with my biggest heros. That's all one could really hope for (besides groupies & tons of cash)

Two out of three ain't bad :)

Following Dreams the closest we ever came to getting the singing, songs, and sounds all at the right place at the right time.

Steve Evetts did an incredible job on this, even as us vampires sucked his blood dry..

In true dramatic Phantom's Opera fashion, we self destructed just as we landed a deal with JVC/Victor and a decent publishing deal..

No sense placing blame at this point as it was a distinct honor to be in this band.

For the record, I think Terry Brock kicked some serious ass on IV and I was thoroughly thrilled to be replaced by someone of his immense talent and stature..

Love Live the Kings!

Colie

March 20, 2006

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 Following Dreams by PHANTOM'S OPERA album cover Studio Album, 1998
4.41 | 4 ratings

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Following Dreams
Phantom's Opera Heavy Prog

Review by rycheage

4 stars Pomp rock, in the style of Queen, is the order here. Tracks such as "Play My Guitar", "I'm So Tired" and "Have You Ever Been Alone" perfectly amplify this. "I've Had My Share" is a very good ballad. Very tight and well produced. Exquisite lyrics and impeccable time signatures are aplenty. Recommended.

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 Phantom's Opera '99 by PHANTOM'S OPERA album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.92 | 3 ratings

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Phantom's Opera '99
Phantom's Opera Heavy Prog

Review by big_room

4 stars Phantom's Opera plays energetic, ambitious, polished hard rock, somewhat progged up with mood-setting keyboards and creatively-layered instrumental and vocal arrangements. This welcome reissue of their self-titled debut shows the band before their masterful, idiosyncratic style had fully matured, but it's still an outstanding hard rock record, with intense, killer tracks like the heavy AOR and gripping chorus hook of "Just A Matter Of Time," the galloping, late-80's-influenced metal of "Lie Laura," the dark, moody melodic rock of "Child Known Love," and the emotional, sweetly-textured ballad "Love's A Painful Game." This re-release also includes four brighter, more mainstream-sounding bonus tracks, like the driving AOR of "Can't Stop Me Now," the full-throttle pomp-metal of "Next In Line," and the rolling, Queen-like rock of "That's Fashion." There's nothing quite like Phantom's Opera; they are not especially adventurous by prog standards, but if you're a fan of innovative, moody hard rock, don't miss this album.

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