Rock My World Canada, chapter 155: Von Groove

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Founded by vocalist / drummer Michael Shotten and bass player Matthew Gerrard (a songwriting duo contributing songs for Triumph among others) plus Croatian born guitarist simply called Mladen, VON GROOVE was born in Gerrard’s own Toronto basement recording studio in the early Nineties. The tapes they recorded sounded so great that A&M Records signed the band and decided to release the material without modifications. However A&M wanted some ‘sure fire’ potential single hits, so Von Groove agreed to re- record 4 of the songs in Los Angeles with super-drummer Deen Castronovo (Bad English, Hardline, Journey) and famous (and talented) Richie Zito producing.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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