ONCE A ROCKER Book Signing FRI-SUN Nov. 25-27 NortheastComicCon Boxboro MA Regency
I'm a rock singer from the Boston area. I write songs & now I'm an author too! This site is constantly updated with the latest about my new band MBE, my books ONCE A ROCKER ALWAYS A ROCKER: A DIARY and I GOTTA ROCK, my music, my concerts & personal appearances.
Fan favorite rock show of Boston.
Cowboy Mach returns to WMFO!
Friday- Sunday NOV 25-27th! Boxboro Regency Hotel
of the MACH BELL EXPERIENCE! Caught live on stage.
“I Gotta Rock” is based on 20 years of my road journals and diaries. As a journeyman rocker I got to sing with Boston-based bands like Thundertrain and Joe Perry Project but I began at age 10 as a cellist. Page 1 opens at a 1968 Jimi Hendrix Experience concert in Framingham MA. Excited, I'm soon attending local Led Zeppelin and Jeff Beck Group shows. Then I have dinner with Monkee Michael Nesmith and eventually Thundertrain gears-up and 5 years later I audition for Joe Perry. With my bands we rock Boston and the USA with the Runaways, Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott, the Cars, Cheap Trick, the Dead Boys and dozens more. This is my candid, rocket-paced, occasionally shocking, 20 year memoir of the years 1965-1985." - Mach
I Gotta Rock! 492 pages. Nearly 200 photographs.
I'll autograph my new book to you personally & send it out in the morning mail! One price $27.99 includes EVERYTHING: the book, shipping and I'll even throw in a kustom BookMach too!
Be SURE to include your mailing address and the name you want my autograph personalized to. Send $27.99 to paypal.me/CowboyMach
I gotta brand new bag. It's a BAND(!)
The MACH BELL EXPERIENCE (MBE)!
MBE is a hard-riffing quartet banging out Blazing-Hot live versions of my JOE PERRY PROJECT and THUNDERTRAIN favorites w/ some Brit/Soul/Flash/Blues-Rock nuggets mixed-in. Served Dirty, Fresh and Heavy. Hell yea!
JOHNNY PRESS is the lead guitar rocket that guides the Mach Bell Experience. In late April '22, Johnny began putting together the players and rehearsing my songs. Then he phoned me "Listen Mach, don't even come down until I tell ya we're ready."
Look carefully at the famous Led Zeppelin at Boston Tea Party 1969 photos and you'll see Johnny, right up front, studying Jimmy Page. A year or two later I got my first taste of lead guitarist Johnny Press. He was rocking live on TV, an in-studio PBS concert starring his Salem State College-based band, Gross National Productions (Metromedia Records 1972).
"If I could play guitar like anyone it would be Johnny Press."
- Tom Werman, record producer
A decade later Johnny Press offered the Joe Perry Project use of his rehearsal room in Cambridge. Johnny's band Velocity included my former Thundertrain drummer Bobby Edwards. After the Project broke-up, Press got a call from Danny Hargrove, Hirsh Gardner and myself, asking him to play guitar on our Wild Bunch "Burn Thru the Night" demo tape.
Johnny's worked in scores of bands (Big Guns, Smokin' Joe, Burning Sky). His just-released solo record is called "Johnny Press Nuclear Gypsy."
John Billy Woolridge... sounds like a desperado name from a "Wanted" poster. Didn't he ride with the Dalton gang?
Skinny John Billy shortened his moniker to BAM BAM and this guy's a whole new nut for the Cowboy to crack.
Speaking of nuts, Bam collects drums like Joe Perry collects leather pants. His music studio - where we play, houses a space station-size, wall-to-wall drum-set. It keeps reproducing itself all over the place. Boney Bam claims he'll pare down the theme park-scaled kit for Mach Bell Experience gigs. We'll soon see ...
Billy "Bam Bam" Woolridge kicks out the jams. He hits hard and he looks like one of those drummers who perform "spontaneous human combustion" so catch him while you still can - with the Mach Bell Experience!
When Joe isn't lying motionless in his crypt - he rocks!
Joe Black eats rock. He breathes it. He checks his eye-liner, straps on a spooky-looking bass guitar and delivers.
I first beheld Joe, standing in the spotlight in '77. On stage with Charlie Farren (my lead-singing predecessor from the Joe Perry Project) in their band Balloon.
Joe's rocked with Bam before in Ball'n Chain. Plus, he's got a heavy solo album "Blackenstein" produced by my Last Man Standing bandmate & ace musician, Aart Knyff.
I'm bloody-well psyched to have monster-bassman JB in the MBE line-up. Behold the satanic rock'n'roll rites of Joe Black, if you dare!
"That set the tenor for what was undeniably the highlight of Hallapalooza: the debut performance of Mach’s new band the Mach Bell Experience! Ably supported by guitarist Johnny Press (who did a stupendous job recreating those Joe Perry riffs), bassist Joe Black (former member of ‘70s loco rockers Balloon) and powerhouse drummer Billy “Bam Bam” Woolridge, the Cowboy kicked off his set with Chuck Berry’s “Round and Round” and swaggered through selections from his Thundertrain and Joe Perry Project days, along with cool covers of T. Rex’s “Bang a Gong (Get it On)” and Yardbirds “I’m Not Talking.”
His stage presence was as magnetic and raucous as ever, whether giving a rock lesson with “Walk with Me Sally,” donning a king’s crown during “King of the Kings” or attempting to destroy maracas (unsuccessfully, as it turned out!) after shakin’ them during “Four Guns West!”
Hard to believe Mach hasn’t played live with a rock band in a decade, but he’s certainly been making the rounds lately with his newfound success as an author for his two memoirs of his prime rocking days, and he finished his set with what he described as a song, an album, a book and his raison d’etre: “ Way to go, Cowboy!" Once a Rocker, Always a Rocker!”
BOSTON GROUPIE NEWS 9/26/22
SAT JAN 14 Portland ME Geno's Rock Club
w/ Tiger Bomb, Thigh Scrapers 9pm
SAT FEB 11 Cambridge MA Middle East /Up
w/ Freeloader, Tiger Bomb 6pm - 9pm
I'M NOT TALKING & KING OF THE KINGS
MACH BELL EXPERIENCE (MBE) Got Live at Hallapalooza '22 Lexington MA 09/10/22 video by Jim Murphy
My debut book is based on the road diaries I kept during the early 80's. "Once a Rocker Always a Rocker: A Diary" is my first-hand account of how I get & manage to keep my job as lead singer with Joe Perry and his Project and the adventures that ensue over the next two and half years. Rocking, recording, laughing, fighting & touring all over the place with the JOE PERRY PROJECT!
On the Road with The JOE PERRY PROJECT in the Big 80’s. The Untold Story, Unveiled in Amazing Detail.
Rock’n’Roll’s Most Freewheeling - but Ultimately Doomed Band. Outrageous, Uproarious and 100% Genuine.
True Tales from the Trenches of American Hard Rock. Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry needed a singer for his Joe Perry Project. 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 suddenly on top.
At that same moment Joe Perry was spiraling downward. Health failing, marriage dissolving 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.
ONCE AROCKER ALWAYS A ROCKER: A DIARY
326 pages, with rare photographs.
"Mach really did a great job on this.
Recommended big time!"
WBCN, WZLX-FM personality,
rock historian & author
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The deluxe, expanded AUDIOBOOK of “Once a Rocker Always a Rocker: A Diary” is now available at Audible, Amazon and iTunes/AppleBooks.
Featuring monumental Boston rocker Greg“Earthquake”Morton as Mach's co-narrator. The whole Diary is included PLUS...
Boston radio personality, author and rock historian Carter Alan joins in with his Thundertrain and Joe Perry Project insights (& some buried treasure)…
But there’s more! Joe Perry Project members Danny Hargrove and Charlie Farren drop by to spin personal road tales.
Vivid, new stories are shared, old questions are finally answered, and a gripping, new Final Chapter is premiered…
Every month or so I email updates on my appearances, Once a Rocker book signings, parties, tours, movies & the MBE!
10 studio tracks. New edition of 1983 Joe Perry Project classic. Printed in the Netherlands. I will break the seal & sign it to you.
AUTOGRAPHED CD $29.99
13 live tracks. Starfleet mobile production, originally aired on WCOZ-FM.
Gulcher Records released this no holds-barred live 2/1/79 Thundertrain concert at the Summit, Peabody MA.
Liner notes by Mach Bell. Includes Hot For Teacher, Dirty Water, Mama Weer All Krazee Now, Counterattack, I Gotta Rock & more. Autographed CD $19.99
10 studio tracks. Lawless Records. Mach Bell went back to the city in 2004 and Mach 5 happened! Great sounding arena-punk-hard-rock from Mach, Dee Stroy, Jeff and Jimmy Birmingham.
Liner notes by Mach Bell.
Get It Up, Quincy Girl, Kenmore Square and seven more! Autographed CD $19.99
PAYPAL or VENMO . With payment PLEASE include your (USA Only) mailing address, the CD(s) requested and the name(s) you'd like me to inscribe my signature to! You can always contact me (up top) here on the page!
- Always a Rocker, Mach
THANK YOU TO ALL THE PHOTOGRAPHERS & ARTISTS WHOSE WORK I HAVE SHARED ON THIS PAGE, IN MY BOOK PROMOTIONS AND IN THE PAGES OF MY BOOKS.
Big Thanks to: Mary Johnson, Michelle Holland, Dennis Roszkowski, John, Shane, Irene Loconto, James Papaconstantine, Joe Riccardi, Michael Pellegrini, Mark V. Perkins, Steve Pimpis, Gary Sohmers,
Marc C. Canter, Sean Keenan, Danny Hargrove, Julia Bell, Dina Mummolo-Warchal, Ron Pownall, Chris Pitrone, Henry Sancho, AnneMarie Martins, Oedipus, Blowfish Lovell, Eric Law,
Melissa Tyler, Michael Nolette, Barry Brown, Kathy Ivers, Angie Gallarelli, Aaron Bornstein, Michelle McCool Heatley, Dana Essigmann, Cap'n Easychords, Jim Murphy,
Kyle Rundge, Frank White, Eddie Hoar, Tabi Mitchell, Manny Hernandez, Debbie & Dale Roszkowski, Kevin Thompson & the late, great Thundertrain photographer Lynn Ciulla.
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