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Once a Rocker Always a Rocker: A Diary THE new music memoir

Once a Rocker Always a Rocker: A Diary THE new music memoir

Once a Rocker Always a Rocker: A Diary THE new music memoir Once a Rocker Always a Rocker: A Diary THE new music memoir
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Welcome to the show

 

AEROSMITH  LEAD GUITARIST  JOE PERRY needed a singer for his newest Joe Perry Project line-up and out of nowhere I got drafted. 


It was like winning the lottery. Much better though, because lotteries only pay cash. For the next two years I experienced things that money just can’t buy. Living on the road with America’s quintessential rock star, playing adventurous, rebellious music on big stages to huge crowds, signing autographs, finding romance and partying with my idols. I was on top.


At that same moment Joe Perry was spiraling to the bottom.

Health failing, marriage falling apart and deeply in debt.

In order to stay one foot ahead of the tallyman the ex-Aerosmith star jumped into a van and hit the road, taking me and a few other newbies along on a mad dash across North America and beyond. 

Taking any gig he could get.


This is my daily diary of the entire 28 month journey. Revealing the unusual bond that develops between Mr. Perry and myself as we travel, compose and record together, film an MTV video and perform 226 concerts in arenas, roadhouses, race tracks and tin shacks. 

TV Appearance - FEB 19, 2020

MACH WILL BE LIVE ON NCM-TV THIS WEDNESDAY

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Cowboy Mach is scheduled to be the 3rd guest on this live broadcast WED FEB 19. Expected to appear sometime around 7:20 pm Eastern to talk for around a half an hour.  

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What's inside the Diary?

Some of the things you’ll read about in my new book:

  

First and foremost, my 326 page music autobiography is a detailed documentary of the years I spent singing with the Joe Perry Project in 1982, 1983 and 1984. 

Along the way, I share dozens of my other rock’n’roll memories and tales.


The 60’s and the New England Teen Scene, Jimi Hendrix Experience and Led Zeppelin in Framingham, What’s Happening Mr. Silver? The WBZ Sundeck Studio at the Surf Nantasket - and my band - Joe Flash.


The 70’s. At the Rat in Boston, storming New England and NYC with my band THUNDERTRAIN. Playing and partying with the Dead Boys, David Johansen, The Cars, the Runaways, Willie Loco Alexander, David Bowie  and more ...


The Big 80’s. Pop culture goes bonkers. MTV, Chicken McNuggets, ATMs, VCRs, Hard Rock Cafe and Buffalo Wings invade America. Ronald Reagan is in the White House and  if you're lucky, the JOE PERRY PROJECT is playing  tonight at your local rock'n'roll dive. 


Road Tripping: Join Danny Hargrove, Joe Perry, me - and the rest of the Project gang inside the JPP van as we cruise from Boston to New Orleans. Las Vegas to Miami. Caracas to Toronto. Detroit to Huntington Beach and beyond…


Scenes from Venues from all over North America: In the dressing rooms and onstage at the Bottom Line,  Agora Ballrooms, El Mocambo, Max’s, Hollywood Palace, Pocono Raceway, CBGB’s, Keystone Clubs, Wichita Falls Raceway, Reseda Country Club, the Channel, Harpo’s, New England Dragway, El Poliedro and hundreds more… 


AEROSMITH - the early days. My memories of their first shows at the start of 1971. I also  share my personal experiences performing and recording with Brad Whitford and playing live onstage with Joey Kramer and Steven Tyler.  Plus, my backstage tales.


Rock Bands and Celebrities: We’ll be crossing paths with Alice Cooper, Marshall Tucker Band, Stiv Bators, NRBQ, Stray Cats, The Ramones, Kim Simmonds/Savoy Brown, Huey Lewis and the News, Cyrinda Foxe, the Fools, Gale Huff, Howard Leese of Heart, Kix, Clarence Clemons, the Godz, Gary U.S. Bonds, The Outlaws, Robin Young, James Montgomery, Krokus, Tim Bogert, Rick Derringer, Gregg Allman, Sara Edwards, Cheap Trick, Steppenwolf, Jim Dandy, Wrabit, MaryBella, Les Dudek, the Stompers, Blackfoot, Duke and the Drivers, Ric Ocasek, Lee Aaron, Nazareth, Johnny A, David Johansen Group, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts to name but a few.  

Once A Rocker Always a Rocker - A Diary

326 pages. Over 750 diary entries. Rare photos. 


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Northeast ComicCon at Regency Hotel and Conference Center

book signing event march 13-15, 2020

 

Cowboy Mach will be autographing copies of his popular new book “Once a Rocker Always a Rocker: A Diary.” (If you already have your copy of the Diary, bring it along with all your other Mach stuff for Cowboy to sign.) Also appearing will be Nicholas Brendon (Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and many more... 

EMAIL LIST - KEEP IN TOUCH

Join my mailing list today. Be the first to hear about upcoming ONCE A ROCKER: A DIARY events. NO junk mail - just Good Stuff. Thanks in advance, Cowboy

ROCK OUT WITH MACH

SAT MARCH 14 ONLY

Rare Oppurtunity. Perform with Mach for the crowds on the big Main Stage at Northeast Comic Con.  ORDER NOW.

Fan - tasy Karaoke

You pick the song (no disco) and we'll Rock the Party.

Limited to 5

Only 5 available.  Price also includes One Day admission to Comic Con and admission to the Celeb After-Party.  We Gotta Rock.

PERSONALLY AUTOGRAPHED BOOKS

 


Signed to YOU by Cowboy Mach Bell


Simply send  a check for $24.98 (to the address below) for each personally autographed book (that price includes EVERYTHING:  the book , the return postage and even a kustom Bookmach too).

 Please include your mailing address, the name(s) (if any) that you want my autograph personalized to.

NOTE: If you live outside of North America, please contact me here at Panther Rock so we can figure out the proper postage rate to your territory.                                                         Always a Rocker,  Cowboy Mach 

Mach Bell, P.O. Box 395, Marshfield Hills MA 02051

Thanks again for reading my new book.

January 25, 2020 Blowing smoke with twisted Rico

Cowboy Mach Bell meets Twisted Rico.  Podcasting direct from New Alliance Studio in Somerville MA USA

RECENT Appearances

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Mach vs. the Groundhog on WMWM-FM

 

02/02/2020 Mach Bell spent Groundhog Day up in Salem MA.                        Appearing live on the “What’s Happening” show with  hosts Aaron Bornstein and Bob Nelson.

Music from Joe Perry Project, Thundertrain & Last Man Standing. Mach  talks rock, predicts the Oscar’s, takes a phone call from author Joe Milliken, gives his new take on the Aerosmith/Kramer kontroversy and reveals how he got his nickname “Cowboy.

CHECK IT OUT right now: http://raccoonradio.freehostia.com/Trax/MachBell20Feb2.mp3  

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Cowboy Mach Crashes WMFO-FM

 

1/13/20 Michael Scott Stewart and Mike Newman get the low down from guest Mach Bell. Recorded live on the campus of Tufts University . Lots of good JPP tunes too.

Archived Show Right Here. Listen: https://youtu.be/OuDk5963qII

reviews / Testimonials

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“ I was a Joe Perry fan before I heard the Cowboy's stories, Now I'm a Cowboy Mach Bell fan.  An honest and entertaining read from start to finish. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE MOVIE!

MICHAEL BUTLER  Bassist and Host of The Rock’N’Roll Geek Show (San Francisco)


 “ Amazing book, what a wild ride…”

BILL MCGOLDTRICK Guitarist & TV Host NCTV McGold-Riffs


“ I just finished an awesome book which I think you’d enjoy, simply if you love rock’n’roll.  Now, if you’re an Aerosmith and Joe Perry fan, I know you’re gonna want to read this one.

And if you’re a fan of Boston Rock’n’Roll it’s a no-brainer

The book is Once a Rocker Always a Rocker: A Diary, written by local legend Mach Bell, singer for the late 70’s Boston workhorse group Thundertrain

And also, more famously, as frontman to the Joe Perry Project.”

CARTER ALAN - Rock historian, Author and WZLX-FM Radio Personality


“ I got it today and I can't put it down.

BILLY CONNORS The Boize / Billy Connors Project 


Congratulations Mach! Way to share a Heritage! ”

CHARLIE FARREN


“This book is a must read...you can’t put it down. 

You will be transported. A+++++

TOM BRODEUR Ice


“finished it last nite. it’s good, it’s truthful & it’s funny.

WILLIE LOCO ALEXANDER


Worth the price of admission...euphoric recall of that era affirms the true meaning of having no regrets in my life…”

EARTHQUAKE MORTON Duke and the Drivers


“Well written, honest, loving portrayal” 

TONY JONES Kashmir


“great book, reminds me of Ian Hunters book.”

BRYNN ARENS - Flipp (Minneapolis)


“Great”

GARY SHANE


“Finally a real book about Rock and Roll and life on the Road.”

JOHNNY PRESS  Gross National Product/ Burning Sky 


“Awesome!!”

JIMMY BIRMINGHAM The Real Kids


“The book captures the spirit of writing, recording and touring in a rock band. It’s an honest, fun and not always so glamorous look. Reading it, I felt like I was along for the ride.”

MARK MORROW Dirty Blonde (Los Angeles)


Buy. This. Book! I'm about a third of the way through it, and it's a well written daily journal of Mach Bell's time as a member of The Joe Perry Project - The good, the bad, and the ugly.  Mach of course was also the front man for legendary Boston rockers Thundertrain, among others. It's a great stand alone book, but if you were involved in the Boston music community from the mid 70's on, it's a must read. “

FRED PINEAU Bonjour Aviators / The Atlantics / Billy Connor Project 


“It's a great read of the brutality of the music buzz, and the 'scene' of what life on the road was like in the early 80’s.”

STEVE LECLAIRE Mike Girard’s Big Swinging Thing


Every entry a gem. In the wayback machine the whole time.” 

DANNY HARGROVE Joe Perry Project/ Rage


We were all taught to write from our own experience. Mach Bell has done that in a compelling, powerful and true story. What a ride.

CADILLAC JACK Duke and the Drivers


 This book was a page/turner all the way thru.. a must read book…” 

PATTY SHORT Doug McDonald Band


 Got two! ..Great story telling.”

RAY FERNANDES The Atlantics / Billy Connors Project

2019 Appearances and events

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Rock’n’Roll Geek Show # 964 Nov 21, 2019 . Cowboy Mach Returns…

 

In San Francisco, the outrageous Michael Butler (the man who set the wheels in motion for the publication of "Once a Rocker: A Diary") conducts a no-holds-barred two hour interview with rocker/author Cowboy Mach.  Rock and Roll Geek Show is the first and best rock podcast in the world. 

 

https://www.americanheartbreak.com/rnrgeekwp/cowboy-mach-bell-returns-rock-and-roll-geek-show-964/

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WZLX-FM Broadcast 11/24/2019

 

Mach is the guest on tonight's CARTER ALAN'S DECIBEL DIARIES  Fabulous 50,000 watt broadcast. Here is the audio with additional video clips.

 

YouTube link https://youtu.be/v2cQ3s8Pc6Y

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MusicGuy247 PRINT INTERVIEW 11/16/19

 

Mach gets the opportunity to speak with musicologist Robert von Bernewitz in New York. Rob’s a real music guy and here’s the conversation they about "Once a Rocker" & Mach's career. With some nice photos too.

Check out Robert's music website Musicguy 247, so many amazing interviews here.   

https://musicguy247.typepad.com/my-blog/mach-bell-joe-perry-project/

More 2019 Appearances and events...

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NCTV McGold-Riffs: Episode 21 with Cowboy Mach Bell

 

TV host/guitarist Bill McGoldrick welcomes rocker/writer Cowboy Mach Bell to his weekly guitar show. Filmed at NCTV on 12/20/2019  

https://youtu.be/KuX4L6CvqX0 

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Cowboy Mach meets the King of the Indies - Gerg Anidem

 From Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019

Wait 20 seconds for “LOADING PLAYLIST” to load up.

Scroll down (it’s alphabetical) and click on .                                                                   “Live Interview with Cowboy Mach Bell”

 

https://lyvcaster.com/WISR/?fbclid=IwAR2lLD5Bo1CKmwE4Fbt9ub6xOkdvaY8hTSQPnRmj6KJtCeLvBROn6HQaBx0

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Rock Talk with Mach

From film maker Woody Bavota.                                                                                              Mach gives an overview of his early rock'n'roll activities.   

https://youtu.be/6-d6cuFrCqw

blogs BY mach bell

Welcome

 

THANK YOU TO ALL THE PHOTOGRAPHERS WHOSE WORK I HAVE SHARED ON THIS PAGE AND IN MY ROCK DIARY. 

Big Thanks To: Mark V. Perkins,  Steve Pimpis, Marc C. Canter, Sean Keenan, The Danny Hargrove Vault, Ron Pownall,

AnneMarie Martins, Lynn Ciulla, Melissa Tyler, Michael Nolette, Kyle Rundge, 

Eddie Hoar, Tabi Mitchell, Manny Hernandez, Julia Bell, Kevin Thompson


If anyone on this list does not want their images included, 

please drop me a fb message (button below). 

Always a Rocker, Mach

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THUNDERTRAIN "HELL TONITE!"

More Mach Music

“Hell Tonite!” captures Thundertrain blasting-out a high-octane show at a biker bar in Peabody MA. The show was originally recorded & broadcast over WCOZ-FM in 1979 and is preserved here in all its glory. Liner notes are by Thundertrain frontman Mach Bell .

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MEET MACH 5

MORE MACH MUSIC

 

Kick-ass Metal/Punk from Mach Bell (Thundertrain, Joe Perry Project), Jimmy Birmingham (The Real Kids), Jeff Thomas and Dee Stroy (Sugabomb). Recorded in Allston Rock City 2005.