LENNON LIVE – A Tribute to John Lennon
Scot Michael Arch (vocals, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, harmonicas & keyboards)
Scot performed with original cast members of Beatlemania, the Tony Award-winning Broadway show which opened in 1976. After the show closed in 1982, he produced and performed in his own presentation, Beatlemania Now, a reprise of Beatlemania, which he continues to this day. Scot and Beatlemania Now have performed throughout the United States and in countries as far away as Russia, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Panama, Curacao, Mexico and Spain. Beatlemania Now has also shared stages with artists such as Billy Joel, Cheap Trick, America, Wilson Pickett, Cinderella, The Hooters, Felix Cavalieri of the Rascals, Blood Sweat and Tears, Mitch Ryder of the Detroit Wheels and The Rip Chords.
In 2014, Scot and Beatlemania Now were selected from the most Elite Beatles Tribute Acts in the country to re-create The Beatles very 1st concert in America (February 11, 1964), at the Washington Coliseum Arena in Washington, DC in honor of the occasion’s 50th anniversary. Beatlemania Now followed Tommy Roe, the opener from the original 1964 concert, and performed to another sold-out crowd at the very same Washington Coliseum. The event was covered by media world wide. Scot’s portrayal of John is so spot on that he was chosen and filmed against a green screen backdrop and used as the template for John Lennon in the 2009 official The Beatles Rock Band game. Having grown up in the Delaware County suburbs of Philadelphia Scot spent many hours in the recording studio and on club stages with The Arch-Parker Band, an aspiring original act hoping to score a recording contract, as well as performing in numerous local club favorites, such as Panik, The Look, Jellyroll and an “unplugged” incarnation of Egdon Heath.
Mitchell Jay Schecter (vocals, percussion, acoustic guitars, electric guitar & mandolin)
Mitch has served as backing musician on guitar or drums for Chuck Berry, The Dovells, The Vibrations, Billy J. Kramer, Kevin Roth, Donna Loren, Ron Dante, Andy Kim, and Fran Smith Jr. of The Hooters, among others. As a member and Music Director of the California hot rod band, “The Rip Chords,” Mitch has shared stages with Al Jardine of The Beach Boys, Peter Noone, Spencer Davis, Tommy James, The Box Tops, The 1910 Fruitgum Co, Dennis Tufano of The Buckinghams, Mark Lindsay, and many others. Mitch had the honor of singing backup for Al Jardine at Town Hall in NYC, and, with The Rip Chords opened shows for Al on the West Coast and the East Coast. Locally, Mitch’s tenure as a drummer with Pegasus, Witness & The Pedestrians is legendary in the Philadelphia area. Mitch has released six solo albums. His solo music is featured in the film documentary The Wages Of Spin-Part 2, and the short film, Eli’s Run, and he is included on Collectables Records’ CD’s Garage Band Tribute To The Beatles & Garage Band Tribute To The Monkees, as well as three Beach Boys related tribute albums released by Endless Summer Quarterly Magazine, a Beach Boys Fan Publication. Mitch has played on over 30 albums as a producer or a session musician.
Joe Robert Mass (vocals, electric guitars, acoustic guitars & saxophone)
In between shows with Lennon Live In Concert, the exceptionally talented Joe Mass records guitar tracks for and tours with William “Bootsy” Collins, as well as featuring on the Norm Harris / Joe Bonamassa website All Guitar Network. Maybe you’ve enjoyed his pajama pants guitar solos online? He also tours with the group Broken Arrow, a tribute to Neil Young.
Over the years, Joe has recorded with Ringo Starr on the record Revolution Of The Spirit, and has been a featured guitarist at the Dallas International Guitar Fest with Ted Nugent, Brad Whitfield of Aerosmith, Johnny Winter and Rick Derringer, who calls Joe, “One of the best players out there today.” Joe has also served as the musical director for the Grammy Award-winning artist Michael Sembello. Carlos Santana says of Joe: “Keep doing what you are doing… we need you.”
Roger Michael Cox (drums)
As a 16-year-old growing up in Illinois, Roger played drums with The Illinois Country Opry opening for countless country artists, including Merle Haggard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buck Owens, Carl Perkins and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Two weeks after his 19th birthday, Roger was hired by country singer Tommy Overstreet and, with his band, embarked on a 49 state, 5 country tour (USA, Canada, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands). Upon his return he began doing ‘songwriter demos’ for various songwriters and publishing houses which led to recording sessions with Alabama, Bill Chinnock (with whom he recorded an Emmy-winning theme song to NBC’s ‘Search For Tomorrow’) and opened shows for Hank Williams Jr, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Jesse Colin Young and Roger Daltrey. Roger then joined Joanna “Dean” Jacobs on her Polydor records debut LP Misbehavin, and toured the southern US. He has appeared at the Midfyns Festival in Denmark as well as the world famous Marquee Club in London. Roger returned to the recording studio for a 2nd album, Bad Romance, filming several music videos which appeared on MTV. Moving to Orlando, Roger spent a brief stint with a show band opening shows for the likes of Hal Ketcham, Dwight Yoakam and Emmylou Harris. Since moving to the Philadelphia area in 1989, Roger has been playing private events, clubs and recording with the likes of Iain Matthews, The Downtown Tangiers Band (w/Dan Federici and Garry Tallent of the E Street Band), as well as with Jim Boggia and The ToneBenders.
Chris William Moos (vocals & keyboards)
A multi-instrumentalist who is at home playing drums, guitar, bass guitar and keyboards, Chris studied at the Philadelphia Musical Academy. He then found himself writing songs, drumming and playing bass for original band “Vacuum Pact,” and later playing drums, and then keyboards, for Pegasus in rock clubs up and down the east coast.
Chris served as longtime musical director for the Philadelphia production of Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding, the off-Broadway farce that ran for over two decades.
Since 2011, he has been associated with the EBE agency with bands that perform for high-end private corporate events.
Michael Joseph Graziola (vocals & bass guitar)
Mike was the bass player for several local Philly bands appearing on AM Philadelphia, Dancin’ on Air, and at WMMR events in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Mike also produced the Duck ’n’ Cover comedy group in the 80s whose material was broadcast on WMGK. Working with other recognizable local bands including Night Work, Shadowfax, Still at Large, and Jellyroll, Mike lists his musical highlights as playing with Nils Lofgren (Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young), Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers), and as an opening act for Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad). Having been heavily influenced by Motown, the Beatles, the complete British Invasion, and the Sound of Philadelphia, Mike is a Delaware County native, and resident, who brings decades of rock ’n’ roll gigging and touring experience to the superb tribute band, Lennon Live.