epunish Mark McGee - Discography

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Discography
Luvplanet Gregg Allman Mickey Thomas Stuart Hamm Vicious Rumors Starcastle Various Recordings

Luvplanet

  •  State Of Mind State Of Mind (NIMA Records, May 2005)
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    • In Fall of 2004, Nicole, Tommy, Scott and myself returned to the studio to cut tracks for Luvplanet's second release, State of Mind, which contains 12 songs at nearly 70 minutes in length. With the new streamlined version of Luvplanet, the band's sound really came together.

      We were all very excited to make a kick-ass record. We were very prepared, and I think it really shows a lot of growth for the band compared to the debut. We had more time to perform these songs at the live shows we'd been doing, and there's no better place to test new material than in front of an audience. You really get to see what songs people respond to, how the energy makes them move. On State of Mind, my guitar work and soloing was more a featured part of the music than on the debut.

      For me the songs always dictate what happens with the soloing, and the tracks on State of Mind just called for more intense guitar action. I always play for the song first and myself second. There are many players that put their personal interests first, and you can usually hear it. I feel that focusing on the song is the best way because it gives the music a more cohesive sound.

      Leading up to the recording of State of Mind was a very intense time for me as I lost both of my parents. My mother's passing was very close to the start date of the recording. Everyone in the band was of course extremely supportive and had no problems with waiting until I was ready. I decided to keep our starting date and press on with the planned scheduling.

      The one thing about being a musician, or any type of artist, is that it's not always a sure thing. The highs are very high and the lows are very low. However, it's the process of creating your art that always gets you through it and helps you process what you're going through. I definitely felt the energy of my parents at times while recording tracks for this record. It was comforting and at the same time quite strange. I know it created some extra magic on some of those songs, that's for sure.

      Nicole shines on the record all throughout! Her vocals are so pure and sweet sounding. The vocal harmonies being stripped down to two parts, as opposed to three like on the debut cd, really allowed our vocal chemistry to resonate. The sound of our voices just naturally mesh together in a recognizable way that anyone can hear. And what can I say about Tommy and Scott? They played their asses off on this record! With the addition of them to the band, State of Mind really sounds more like a solid unit. We recorded it to 2inch tape and then transferred it down to Protools for the mixing phase. This really gave the sound an added vintage quality. It was an awesome experience making this one, and I know the next one will be even better!
       
  •  Give Us Moore! - Gary Moore Tribute Give Us Moore! - Gary Moore Tribute (2004 Lion Music)
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    • "Give Us Moore! - Gary Moore Tribute" (2004 Lion Music) is a fabulous compilation paying homage to one of rock's greatest guitar heroes. You may know him from Thin Lizzy or for his blues music. I was asked to contribute a track to this cd from a friend of the record company Lion Music. It came out really great. I performed with musicians from Luvplanet: Nicole Sutton, Scott McKenzie & Tommy Sisco. The song I chose was "Don't Take Me for A Loser" from Gary's 1983 release, "Corridors of Power". This was the first song I ever heard by him, and it just blew me away. It was an easy choice for me to make even though there aren't really any bad Gary Moore tunes. He's from Ireland and is just amazing. It was recorded at Audio Voyage Studios in Livermore, CA in the summer of 2004. This is a great release and all the acts that appear do justice to his songs. It was very cool to be involved in this. Check it out!
       
      • Track Listing
      • Dogpound – Led Clones
      • Arabesque – She’s Got You
      • Domain – Over the Hills and Far Away
      • Star Queen – Empty Rooms
      • Daniel Flores and Friends - Wild Frontiers
      • Mark McGee and Luvplanet - Don't Take Me For A Loser
      • Tony Hernando – Thunder Rising
      • Joop Wolters – The Loner
      • Regi Hendrix and Craig Erickson – Reach for the Sky
      • Eric Sands - Military Man
      • King of Darkness – Falling in Love with You
      • House of Shakira – Shapes of Things
      • Iron Mask – Out in the Fields
      • Orion Riders – After the War
      • Mattsson – Parisienne Walkways
         
  •  Luvplanet Luvplanet (SSM Records, March 2003)
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    • The debut CD from Luvplanet is a culmination of excitement, fun, patience, dedication and hard work featuring songs written by Nicole Sutton, Katie Schuch & me. I first met Nicole and Katie in March of 1999 through a mutual friend, Daniel Polselli, manager of SRS studios in San Rafel, CA. I was asked to come to the studio and record electric guitar tracks for two songs ("Sitting At The Station" and "Family") that were to be on a demo Nicole and Katie were making. The session went great, and I assumed it to be the end of a very pleasant experience. Until I received a phone call a few weeks later inviting me down to a rehearsal. :-) Bassisit Stu Hamm and drummer Jeff Campitelli were also invited, so I simply asked what time I should be there. We had an exciting day playing music, and the chemistry between everyone was great! The five of us continued rehearsing throughout most of '99 and even performed live in September. But at the end of that year, Stu and Jeff's commitments with guitarist Joe Satriani came calling, leaving Nicole, Katie and me to continue with the band. Up until that point in time, Nicole and Katie did all the singing, though all the while they expressed their desire for me to add my voice to the mix. So we spent the next year re-working the song and vocal arrangements as well as writing plenty of new songs. I have a deep appreciation for the female voice, and I also understand the powerful dynamics of a male/female combination. I had always wanted to be a part of a band where this could be fully realized, so I was very excited about the direction we were taking the music. During this time, we also agreed that I would produce the CD. My vision for the music was clear from day one: lots of beautiful vocal harmonies and dynamics! We began pre-production at Spectrum Studios in Oakland, CA. Use of the facilities at Spectrum was truly a blessing, but in order to proceed in full force and get the sounds and quality we were looking for, we had to find another studio. I contacted my long time friend John Lucasey, president of Studio 880 in Oakland, CA, and that's when the magic began. The debut Luvplanet CD was recorded at Studio 880, and we used engineers Reto Peter, Marco Martin & Tone. Stu Hamm and Jeff Campitelli graciously came in and cut rock solid rhythm tracks for the entire CD. We then continued with finishing vocals and guitars as well as adding Hammond B3 on 5 songs (courtesy of Tommy Thompson of the Alameda All Stars/Gregg Allman) and piano on 2 songs (courtesy of Chris Carletto). The outcome is incredible! The songs are melodic, catchy and make you feel good. The lyrics are about life, love and everything in between. This CD gave me the opportunity to show much more diversity in my guitar playing than on previous CDs, and it is by far my finest achievment in the producing realm. Technically the CD took about 7 weeks to record, but this was over the course of a three year period. From that first day of pre-production at SRS until the CD's release in March 2003, four years had past. The wait for Nicole and Katie was even longer, being as some of the songs were first written years before pre-production. It was with sheer determination, and many angels on our shoulders, that Luvplanet came to its fruition. We're very grateful to have met and are extremely proud of this CD! We look forward to performing live and getting this music out there. It certainly deserves to be heard, and we all feel the world could use some beautiful music like Luvplanet!

Gregg Allman

  • No Stranger To The Dark: The Best of Gregg Allman No Stranger To The Dark: The Best of Gregg Allman
    (released by Sony Music in June 2002 on the Epic/Legacy label)
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    • "No Stranger To The Dark: The Best of Gregg Allman" contains a collection of songs taken from Gregg's solo cds "I'm No Angel", "Just Before the Bullets Fly" and "Searching for Simplicity" as well as 3 unreleased tracks. Gregg Allman & Friends appears on the previously unreleased live version of the song "These Days". This song originally appeared on Gregg's 70's solo release "Laid Back" and was written by an old friend of Gregg's, Jackson Browne. Gregg's version of "These Days" is considered a classic! This rare, unreleased live version is a board mix taken from a Gregg Allman & Friends show at the Roxy in Atlanta on Dec. 27th, 1998. It was recorded by sound engineer Bud Snyder. The musicians are: Gregg Allman - lead vocals/acoustic guitars, Mark McGee - electric guitar, Jimmy Hall - harmonica, Danny Chauncey - electric guitar, Floyd Miles - percussion, Tommy Thompson - Hammond B3 organ, Tommy Miller - bass/backing vocals, and Preston Thrall - drums. We've played the Roxy in Atlanta many times, and it's always a great place to play. It has a very intimate setting, and the people are right in your face. I remember these shows at the Roxy very well. The energy level, like at all Gregg Allman & Friends shows, was very high! Granted, Gregg's hugely popular anywhere he plays. You take someone like Gregg and put him in Georgia, or anywhere in the South, and people just go nuts!!! The show that this version was taken from was one of a two-night stay at the Roxy that year. Touring with Gregg and being a part of this band has truly been an amazing experience!! Check this cd out, you won't be disappointed!
       
  • Searching For Simplicity Searching For Simplicity (1997 on Sony Records)
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    • Mark plays guitars on the tracks "Startin' Over" & "Memphis in the Meantime".
       
    • In 1997 Gregg, Tommy Thompson, Tom Miller, Preston Thrall and myself went in to Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA with legendary Producer Tom Dowd (Clapton, Allman Bros., Skynyrd ect.) to cut 2 songs for Gregg's "Searching for Simplicity" cd. We were very excited and finished all the tracks for the songs "Memphis in the Meantime" and "Starting Over" in 3 days. It was an exciting time for all of us. We'd been playing many concerts together and really looked forward to doing some music in the studio. The basic tracks were cut live. The guitars I used were a Fender Stratocaster, Telecaster and Gibson Les Paul. For amps I used a vintage Fender Concert and Duane Allman's 59 Fender Bassman, courtesy of Gregg of course. It was a very memorable time for all of us!!!

Mickey Thomas


Stuart Hamm

  • Outbound - Streaming MP3s Stuart Hamm -- Outbound (2000 Favored Nations Entertainment)
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    • I first met Stu in early 1999. We spent most of that year rehearsing with drummer Jeff Campitelli and singer/songwriters Nicole Sutton and Katie Schuch on a new musical endeavor which would become the debut cd by Luvplanet. During this time much fun was had playing music together, and in turn Stu mentioned he had a song he was working on for his solo cd "Outbound" and that he thought I'd sound good on it. I eagerly told him I'd love to play on it. The song is titled "Remember". It's very atmospheric and melodic with a strong moving theme. It was recorded in San Francisco, and I used my Custom Shop Fender Stratocaster direct out of my Fender "Twin Amp" and in to Protools. It was a lot of fun for me for I had admired Stu's playing for a number of years. In turn, Stu cut bass tracks for a song of mine called "River", for my first solo cd, "Gem". He does a wonderful melodic bass solo in the middle section of this song.
      "Outbound" is a great cd. It's filled with a variety of styles and features Stu's brilliant bass playing and contains guest appearances by such players as drummer Steve Smith (Journey, Vital Information) and keyboard wizard Frank Martin. Stuart Hamm is one of the world's greatest bassists ever, so do your self a favor and pick up the "Outbound" cd. You will not be disappointed!

Vicious Rumors

Digital Dictator (1988) Vicious Rumors (1990) * Welcome To The Ball (1991) *
Plug In And Hang On (1992) Word Of Mouth (1994) + Word Of Mouth, Digi-pack - 1994 *
The Voice, CD-Single - 1994 A Tribute To Carl Albert - Live 1994 * Sadistic Symphony (2001) *
The First Ten Years/Video Complitation (1996) VR - Crushing the World (2005) * Razorback Killers (2011) *
Electric Punishment - 2013    
* Produced by Michael Rosen and Geoff Thorpe; Assisted by Mark McGee + Produced by Michael Rosen with Geoff Thorpe and Mark McGee
  •  Digital Dictator (1988) Digital Dictator (1988 on Shrapnel Records, Inc.)
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    • In November of 1986 longtime friend and bassist Dave Starr and I got together with our drummer-friend Scott McKenzie. Dave wanted me to collaborate with him on a song, and the song we finished became the classic "Digital Dictator". VR was in the market for a new guitarist at the time. I auditioned, and the rest is history. Vocal legend Carl Albert joined about 1 month after I did. Together we wrote songs for the album, and in July '87 we went in to Prairie Sun Recording Studios in Cotati, Ca. "Digital Dictator" was the band's second release. The album was recorded and mixed in just 3 and a half weeks and was produced by Steve Fontano and VR for Shrapnel Records. For this recording I used Ibanez electric guitars with Seymour Duncan pickups through Marshall and Gallen Kruger amplifiers. After Ibanez heard "Digital Dictator" they signed me up as an artist endorsee! This album has since become a Heavy Metal Classic amongst many fans abroad. It established the essential VR sound and marked the beginning of the exciting heavy metal guitar duo of Thorpe/McGee. The tour for "Digital Dictator" took us from Vancouver, B.C. down the west coast of the U.S., into Mexico City and Europe where we headlined the legendary Marquee club in London as well as performed at the well known Aardschock Festival with Megadeth! The critics gave "Digital Dictator" outstanding reviews. For Vicious Rumors (Carl Albert-Lead Vocals, Mark McGee-guitars & harmony vocals, Geoff Thorpe-guitars & backing vocals, Dave Starr-bass and Larry Howe- drums) this was the beginning of what would be an unforgettable journey together.
       
  •  Vicious Rumors (1990) Vicious Rumors* (1990 on Atlantic Records)
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    • Following a successful year with "Digital Dictator" the band was busy writing new material for the next record. We had no record deal at this point because our contract with Shrapnel was only for 2 records. Choosing not to re-sign with Shrapnel, we moved forward in hopes of bigger and better opportunities. In 1989 the band hooked up with Manager Robert Zemsky. He showed much interest in the band, and for 9 months we wrote songs and performed showcase gigs for various record labels. One label in particular, Atlantic Records, showed great interest. We invited them back for a second showcase show at the Omni in Oakland, Ca. It was a big night for the band sharing the stage with Paul Stanley (Kiss) to a sold out crowd of 1500 people and walking offstage to find out we now had a deal with Atlantic Records. We began fine tuning the song arrangements for our Atlantic debut and were in the market for a producer. We decided on Michael Rosen who had worked with Todd Rundgren and many others. "Vicious Rumors" was recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, Ca. Excited to be in such a legendary studio, the band's adrenalin was high. And with the addition of Michael Rosen, the VR sound was stronger than ever. Once again the reviews worldwide were outstanding! "Vicious Rumors" contains some classic VR songs like "Ship of Fools", "Don't Wait for Me" and "Down to the Temple" as well as "Electric Twilight", a beautiful instrumental which is one of my personal favorites! Again I used Ibanez guitars and Marshall amps for the recording of this record. The band then began filming the first video for Atlantic Records for the song "Don't Wait for Me". It was filmed in Long Beach Ca. and appeared on MTV Headbanger's Ball many times. The band received an amplifier endorsement from renowned british company "Hiwatt Amplifiers" and hit the road touring throughout the US, Canada and Europe. The European Tour took the band to almost 20 different countries with shows at such famous places as the Hammersmith Odeon in London and the Dynamo Festival in Holland where we played to 30,000 people.
       
  •  Welcome To The Ball (1991) Welcome To The Ball* (1991 on Atlantic Records)
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    • "Welcome to the Ball", the band's 2nd Atlantic Records release, is considered by many to be a metal masterpiece! The songs on this album are very strong and the sound of the record is much more aggresive than on the band's previous release. Again it was produced and mixed by Michael Rosen, Geoff Thorpe and myself. We also added newcomer Vincent Wojno as an additional engineer and his attitude and spirit were definitley ingredients in the sound of this album. The video for the song "Children" received mild rotation on MTV's Headbangers Ball in America and Europe. The song's message was a positive one proclaiming that the world we leave behind is the world that our children will have to live in. As the lyric says, 'The children are the heirs'. Carl Albert's vocal intensities on songs like "Abandoned", "Raise Your Hands" and "Mastermind" and on the melodic classics like "Children" and "When Love Comes Down" are completely amazing. I can see him standing at the mic as if it was just yesterday. In my mind and for many fans worldwide, Carl remains one of the greatest vocalists that ever lived. I was so blessed to have known, performed and collaborated with him. "Welcome to the Ball" was nominated for "Outstanding Metal Album" at the 1992 Bay Area Music Awards in San Francisco. The nominees were Vicious Rumors, Metallica and Tesla. This was a shining moment for the band for this meant recognition from our home area for our songwriting and impact on the S.F. Music Scene! Again using Ibanez Guitars and Marshall Amplifiers the guitar sound was fierce! Some of my favorite moments on this record are the solos on "Strange Behavior", "Children" and "Ends of the Earth". This album kicks my ass when I hear it, even now! The guitar solos between Geoff and I on the song "You Only Live Twice" may be one of the sweetest transistions ever. Larry's and Dave's drums and bass were, as always, solid as rock and provided a wonderful musical playground for Carl's vocals and Geoff's and my guitars. This album took us out on the road for our longest tour ever. We were on the road for almost 6 months covering the US twice, hitting parts of Canada and then conquering Europe for our 3rd time, this time with metal legends Savatage. This was one of our most memorable tours. Both bands had a great time, and we became very close. During this tour Vicious Rumors' bus driver fell asleep at the wheel and we crashed on the autobahn doing about 60 miles an hour. The bus flipped over on its side and slid about a quarter mile, stopping just before an enormous guardrail. It's truly a miracle that we all walked away from that one. Savatage came to our rescue and opened their bus to us, and for the rest of the tour we were one big happy family on the road. It was our first time to countries such as Switzerland, Sweden and Spain. I was also able to make a quick and very special trip to Norway where I would visit with one of my greatest friends. That I will never forget! The tour's sold out shows received amazing reviews and the fans were psyched that Savatage and VR were playing together on the same bill. We ended the "Welcome to the Ball" Tour with our first trip to the orient. We headlined 3 sold out shows in Japan, 2 in Tokyo and 1 in Osaka. Vicious Rumors would be forever remembered in Japan, and to this day I recieve emails from our fans there! We were bombarded by fans at the airport, hotels and train stations. They came bearing gifts for all of us, and giant banners welcomed us to their homeland. When I was younger I remember reading about this happening to Kiss and the Beatles. And when it happened to us it was truly amazing to experience!! Japan is an unbelievable country! "Welcome to the Ball" proves to music lovers that aggression, melody and great songs are a winning combination. Many of VR's fans were musicians and this record definitely shows why!!!
       
  •  Plug In And Hang On (1992) Plug In & Hang On - Live In Tokyo (1992 on Atlantic Records)
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    • "Plug In And Hang On - Live in Tokyo" was the result of 2 shows recorded during our "Welcome To The Ball" Tour. Our record company, Atlantic/MMG in Japan, wanted to record some of the shows for a live CD, and we eagerly agreed! We used a mobile truck recording unit, basically a state of the art studio on wheels. We recorded 2 nights at Club Citta and picked the best overall performances for the CD. I remember after the second show at Club Citta the sound engineers, Geoff and I hopped on a train to Osaka and hit a recording studio to do the mixdown. We stayed up all night and finished it in 7 or 8 hours. It was definitely a rushed thing, but it had to be done. Except for our guitars, we used all rental equipment (amplifiers, drums, ect.) for the Japan tour. "Plug In And Hang On" definitely captured the excitement and energy of our live shows in Japan. I'll never forget looking out into the crowd and seeing Japanese fans singing along with the lyrics to our songs. Some of them I met afterwards, and aside from our names they couldn't speak a word of English. It was so strange. I guess they memorized the sound of our lyrics after listening to our records so many times. The people there are so gracious! The sound company and onstage crew were amazing. They went out of their way and showed us that they could do it the best! I remember showing up for our first gig at soundcheck and everything was set up absolutely perfect! All we had sent them was a faxed hand drawn sketch of our stage plot, rather messily done if I remember. And to show up and not have to touch or adjust a thing simply blew us away!! I remember meeting Kurt Cobain in Osaka. Nirvana was staying at the same hotel as us. He wasn't the most pleasant person I've met in my travels, and I must say that he needed a shower badly. At one point I saw some fans, obviously not well informed, run up to him and shout, "Vicious Rumors can I have an autograph please". It was funny to see, and Kurt looked rather annoyed. It was actually surprising to me because at the time Nirvana were extremely popular. When Geoff met Kurt he introduced himself and congratulated Kurt and Nirvana on all their success, and Kurt replied in a rather cocky tone, "Yeah, you can't escape it, it's everywhere!" Geoff was a little perturbed by this rude response and for a second there, Geoff and I thought about following him into the elevator and kicking his ass. We figured at worst we'd get some good press out of it! We quickly realized that it probably wasn't a good idea, and we watched the elevator doors close behind him.
      There are so many special memories from our trip to Japan. We were filmed by Tokyo TV stations and swarmed by the Tokyo press. It was so wonderful to realize that our music had touched so many! Another memory was watching Dave at the end of our second show at Club Citta. He was so pumped up that he began smashing his bass into pieces. I got so excited that without thinking I picked up a big piece of the neck and flung it into the crowd. As it flew through the air I couldn't help noticing that one end of it was very pointed and splintered. At that point I must say that I got a bit concerened. As it turned out, it hit a fan across the face. I felt so bad after I found out what had happened. We signed posters and apologized to the fan and promoters for the unforunate accident. Luckily for us, it ended there and no lawsuits were filed. Again if that fan is reading this, please accept my apologies.
      Our trip to Japan was truly an unbelievable experience for Carl, Dave, Larry, Geoff and me. One we'll never forget. Japan let us know that we'll forever be remembered in the hearts of our fans in the Orient! Thank you to all our Japanese fans for making our time there so special!
       
  •  Word Of Mouth (1994) Word Of Mouth+ (1994 on Rising Sun Productions)
     
    • Following VR's most successful year ever, the band continued to play shows in America as well as returning to Europe in mid '93. As the band began formulating new ideas for the next record, "Word of Mouth", things in the industry seemed to be changing and the next thing we knew, we were changing record companies. We signed with Rising Sun Records in Europe and Alfa/Brunette in Japan. As we began working on new song ideas, some other obstacles were headed our way. Geoff came down with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. He couldn't play for about 8 months. During this time Larry, Dave and I continued working on songs for "Word of Mouth". Geoff and I had worked on some of the ideas prior to his injury, so the classic VR writing style remained intact. I'm especially proud of "Word of Mouth". It was a challenging time for the band. Larry and Dave weren't getting along, Geoff couldn't play and I was left holding the bag. The result is what some believe to be the band's finest release. The writing had shown much growth and there was a lot of pent up aggression and angst in the performances. That surely will always add that extra something to a recording, but sometimes going through it can be rather draining. Longtime bassist Dave Starr wasn't showing much interest in the songs being written and was also dealing with some personal issues. For the sake of the recording and vibe within the band as well as Dave's well being, the band parted ways with Dave Starr. In retrospect we should have stuck together and worked out our situation with Dave before recording "Word of Mouth", but sometimes you have to do what seems right at the time. Carl suggested bassist Tommy Sisco. Carl had done an album with Tommy in their previous band 'Villain'. Tommy's energy and style added a freshness to the band, and the chemistry was instant. Tommy played bass on the songs "Dreaming", "Against the Grain", "The Voice", "Ministry of Fear", "No Fate", "Thinking of You" and "Sense of Security". The bass on the rest of the songs was played by me. I sang a lot more harmony vocals on "Word of Mouth" than on any other VR album. I also traded off on lead vocals with Carl in the song "The Voice". "The Voice" is a song I wrote about the 7 years I'd been in the band and how much faith you need to pull yourself through the tuff times and challenges. The songs "All Rights Reserved", "No Fate" and "Against the Grain" are crushing VR classics. Videos for the songs "Against the Grain" and "The Voice" were made. Both videos were aired on MTV Europe and Japan. The track "Dreaming" is one of my personal fav's from "Word of Mouth". It's very melodic and atmospheric with lush guitar layers and a mandolin creating a unique vibe unheard on any other VR song. "Thunder and Rain" is a two part epic that was dedicated to our great friend Criss Oliva. Criss was lead guitarist for the band Savatage, and he and I became very close during the time VR and Savatage toured together in 1991. His life was taken tragically in a car accident in 1993, and I was devastated when he died. The lyrics for "Thunder and Rain pt. 2" poured out of me in about 15 minutes and the music took about 20. I knew I had to dedicate it to him on the record. After sharing it with Geoff, we decided to take this other idea we'd been working on and attach it to the beginning of the song and make it a two part song. "Thunder and Rain" is unlike any other song. Its dynamics and emotion evoke a deep and moving feeling in me every time I hear it. Carl hadn't sung the song more than 2 or 3 times at rehearsals before going into the studio. The drums, rhythm guitars and Carl's vocal tracks were all cut live. To be honest, once we heard Carl's first take, we knew we had to keep it. Fortunately Larry just happened to totally nail the drum track, otherwise we would have had to do it again and lost that amazing vocal performance. I must say that both Carl and Larry were always amazingly fast in the studio. I don't think Larry ever spent more than 12 hours cutting all his drum tracks for a given record. Carl was completely unbelievable. Always ready to go and would pull out the most amazing off-the-cuff ideas. Even on tour, sometimes Carl would wake up a half hour before a gig and go out on stage and sing notes so high that I'm surprised dogs didn't come running. We only had to cancel one gig in 9 years because Carl was too sick to perform. He truly was one of a kind! "Word of Mouth" took the band back on the road for another worldwide trek. The band played shows throughout the US and headed to Europe for a month long tour called the "Ultimate Power Force Tour" featuring Vicious Rumors, Metal Church, Zodiac Mindwarp and original Iron Maiden vocalist - Paul Dianno! It was an amazing tour taking us to more new places such as Greece and the Czech Republic. We shared a double-decker tour bus with Paul Dianno and his band Killers! A few times I had the pleasure of performing a punishing rendition of the Iron Maiden classic "Wrathchild" with Paul. The shows were mostly sold out and Vicious Rumors were taking no prisoners. We had overcome quite a lot, and the band was very excited to take the new music to the stage. The reviews were again exceptional and many new fans and friends were made. VR also played 3 shows with German Metal Legends Accept. I'll never forget on my birthday in 1994 at a music hall in Austria, Carl Albert, Paul Dianno and I got up and jammed with a bassist and drummer from Belgium and performed a heavy version of the blues classic "Rock Me Baby". We were all a little bit twisted that night for we had been celebrating my birthday on the bus for hours. At the end of the song Carl and Paul did a vocal scream-off that would tear your head off if you heard it! I still have a tape of that performance. It was recorded from the sound board. Definitely an epic moment! VR's 5th time in Europe was again an amazing experience!
       
  •  Word Of Mouth, Digi-pack Word Of Mouth, Digi-pack (1994 on Rising Sun Productions)
    • Includes 2 bonustracks:
      • Paint It Black   (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)
      • Communication Breakdown   (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones)
         
    • Vicious Rumors "Word of Mouth" was also released in special edition packaging. European label Rising Sun Records wanted to have something extra special for their version of the cd, so they threw us in the studio. We were in Hannover Germany on the "Ultimate Power Force Tour", and we went into a recording studio with Engineer Steve Mann. Steve was also a talented guitarist who played with Michael Schenker Group and Sweet. We decided to do a couple of covers: "Paint It Black" by the Rolling Stones and "Communication Breakdown" by Led Zeppelin. We worked up our own special versions right there in the studio. I did the solos on Paint It Black and Geoff on Communication Breakdown. Paint It Black has a heavy gallop to it and Communication Breakdown we did in low C# tuning. Carl of course completely kicked ass on both tracks in a way that Jagger or Plant could never do. Paul Quinn, guitarist from Saxon, sang backing vocals with us on Communication Breakdown and really gave it that authentic British sound. We cut the music live and dubbed the vocals. Both tracks were recorded in one day and were mixed the next. There's a vibe on those tracks that is very cool! The packaging for the cd unfolds with pictures taken on the Ultimate Power Force Tour as well as a pop up VR Ball. We were very stoked when we saw the final version. The Japanese of course had to have their own special version so in turn they added two live cuts, No Fate and Ministry of Fear, from the Cabaret in San Jose, Ca. They were included in the first 1000 copies of the Japanese release for Alfa Records on a mini disc. A very cool collectable item for all those hardcore VR fans out there. It even comes in its own special mini cd VR sleeve. I wish we could have put it out on vinyl, that would have been the ultimate!!!
       
  •  The Voice, CD-Single The Voice, CD-Single (1994 on Headless Butcher Songs)
    • Includes these songs:
      • The Voice   (Mark McGee, Geoff Thorpe)
      • Communication Breakdown   (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones)
      • Paint It Black   (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)
      • Painted Stranger   (Mark McGee, Geoff Thorpe)
         
    • Our Japanese record company, Alfa Records, gained permission from Rising Sun Records in Europe to release the 2 bonus tracks "Paint It Black" and "Communication Breakdown" from Rising Sun's "Word of Mouth" digipack release. These were definitely memorable recordings because never before or after did Vicious Rumors cover anyone's songs. The songs were added to a cd single for "The Voice", a brilliant VR song from the "Word of Mouth" cd. Again to make their release of the single extra special, Alfa Records added an unreleased track called "Painted Stranger". This is a demo version of a song that didn't make it onto the "Word of Mouth" cd and includes original VR member Dave Starr on the bass. Carl and I actually really loved this song and we had much fun performing this one live during the 1993/1994 tours. I wrote the music and Carl, Geoff and I wrote the lyrics and melodies. It was recorded at Gush Studios in Oakland, Ca. Produced and mixed by VR and Michael Rosen, "The Voice" cd single is a great listen! Four VR gems that totally kick ass! This collection of songs would turn anyone into a diehard Vicious Rumors fan!
       
  •  A Tribute To Carl Albert - Live 1994 A Tribute To Carl Albert (1996 on Headless Butcher Songs)
    • Includes 3 previously unreleased demos:
      • My Machine   (Dave Starr, Geoff Thorpe)
      • Put The Blame On Me   (Vicious Rumors)
      • Indisintegration   (Vicious Rumors)
         
    • Vicious Rumors' "A Tribute to Carl Albert" cd was recorded on our 1994 "Ultimate Power Force Tour" of Europe. The shows were recorded on 2 tracks from live room mics by the sound board. These recordings weren't originally intended to be released, but we thought it needed to be done. It was a gift to our fans and a testament to the legend that is Carl Albert! The performances were awesome, which makes up for the compromised recording quality. Carl was a truly gifted vocalist, and this cd like the other VR releases proves how amazing a talent he was. It also includes more unreleased demos of songs that were written during the "Word of Mouth" rehearsals. Original bassist Dave Starr is also on these demo tracks! This is a must have for all VR and metal fans. No one who knew or heard Carl Albert will ever forget the wonderful energy he gave us, both in life and in his music. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him. Carl Albert lives forever!!!
       
  •  Sadistic Symphony (2001) Sadistic Symphony (2001)
    • Buy this CD at Amazon.com
    • The following five songs were recorded with Mark for Sadistic Symphony.
      • Blacklight
      • Neodymium Man
      • Sadistic Symphony
      • Puritan Demons
      • Cerebral Sea
         
    • 5 years after leaving Vicious Rumors, I was reunited with them once again. The band had changed, and Geoff Thorpe was the only remaining original member. Geoff and I actually talked about me coming in and making a guest appearance while the band was preparing songs for the "Cyberchrist" cd, but due to scheduling it wasn't possible. This actually turned out to be a good thing because the material on "Sadistic Symphony" is much more in the classic VR style than the material on "Cyberchrist". The reunion between Geoff and myself on "Sadistic Symphony" just flowed! The music for the title song was written by Geoff and me, and on the 5 songs that I guested on you can hear how signature the sound is with Geoff and me playing together again. Geoff and my guitars coupled with VR's return to the eariler sound make "Sadistic Symphony" extra special to VR fans. New guitarist Ira Black shred's incredibly throughout the whole cd, and vocalist Morgan Thorne did an outstanding job belting out ferocious yet melodic vocals in that Carl Albert style. For myself there's slide guitar, nylon string, crunchy rhythms, wah wah solos and just good ole shredding going on. It was really fun for Geoff and me to be in the studio again. Lord knows we had our share of issues and battles following my departure from the band 5 years earlier, but forunately time heals and we are now as close as we ever were. When you've been in a band with a group of guys for nearly a decade, you'll always be brothers no matter what you go through. You've shared so many things together, traveled the world together, it's really quite amazing.
      The VR years were a different world, and the present ways of the recording world are too. I cut all my guitar tracks for "Sadistic Symphony" with a Line 6 Pod using Protools, one of the most hip computer programs out there at the time. I used my Custom Shop Fender Strat with Seymour Duncan and Fender Lace Sensor pickups. No amps were miked, no glass breaking from the Marshall stacks being cranked up. Just me, my guitar, the Pod and a computer. The guitar tones are amazingly huge. The response to "Sadistic Symphony" has been awesome and the reviews exceptional. Fans are very excited that we recorded new music together, and so are we!
       
  •  VR - Crushing the World (2005) VR - Crushing the World (2005)

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Various Recordings

  • Bonstone - Zombie Heart Bonstone -- Zombie Heart (2014)
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    • Bonstone is an original group created and fronted by singer/songwriter/keyboardist Rob Bonstin. Mark and Luvplanet vocalist Nicole Sutton appear on the track Luv Runs Deep, a beautiful ballad/duet with Rob and Nicole on lead vocals and Mark on background vocals and guitars. Rob and Mark previously played together in the band Now (1984 to 1985), writing and playing original songs ranging from hard rock to progressive to pop. Rob also directed Luvplanet's Lucky One and Virtual Life music videos. Rob and Mark have had a strong friendship over the years, and contributing to the Bonstone album was an absolute pleasure.
       
  • Sky High Soundtrack Sky High Soundtrack -- (2005 Hollywood Records)
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    • Song: Everybody Wants To Rule The World - w/Chrisitan Burns
    • Mark plays guitars on the "Tears for Fears" hit from 1984 for this Disney movie.
       
  • Guitar Farm (2005) Guitar Farm -- (2005 Guitar Farm)
     
    • Guitar Farm is an explosive instrumental guitar cd that showcases many California and West coast guitarists. I played on 3 songs with guitarists Pat Thrall, (Meatloaf, Pat Travers), Dave Meniketti (Y&T), Jeff Tamilier (Tower of Power), Brad Gillis & Jeff Watson (Night Ranger) and Stef Burns (Alice Cooper, Huey Lewis). The songs that I played on are: "Guitar Farm," "Barn Dance" & "Phone Chord". There is also a guest appearance by Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Kansas, Dixie Dregs).
      Guitar Farm was masterminded and produced by California based musician Steve Woolverton. The songs were written by Steve Woolverton & Jimmy Zeigler. The cd was mixed by Karl Derfler (No Doubt) and recorded by engineer Brad Barth at Audio Voyage Studios in Livermore, California.
       
  • Give Us Moore! - Gary Moore Tribute Give Us Moore! - Gary Moore Tribute (2004 Lion Music)
    • MP3 of Don't Take Me For A Loser 4:45
    • Buy this CD at Lion Music
       
    • "Give Us Moore! - Gary Moore Tribute" (2004 Lion Music) is a fabulous compilation paying homage to one of rock's greatest guitar heroes. You may know him from Thin Lizzy or for his blues music. I was asked to contribute a track to this cd from a friend of the record company Lion Music. It came out really great. I performed with musicians from Luvplanet: Nicole Sutton, Scott McKenzie & Tommy Sisco. The song I chose was "Don't Take Me for A Loser" from Gary's 1983 release, "Corridors of Power". This was the first song I ever heard by him, and it just blew me away. It was an easy choice for me to make even though there aren't really any bad Gary Moore tunes. He's from Ireland and is just amazing. It was recorded at Audio Voyage Studios in Livermore, CA in the summer of 2004. This is a great release and all the acts that appear do justice to his songs. It was very cool to be involved in this. Check it out!
       
      • Track Listing
      • Dogpound – Led Clones
      • Arabesque – She’s Got You
      • Domain – Over the Hills and Far Away
      • Star Queen – Empty Rooms
      • Daniel Flores and Friends - Wild Frontiers
      • Mark McGee and Luvplanet - Don't Take Me For A Loser
      • Tony Hernando – Thunder Rising
      • Joop Wolters – The Loner
      • Regi Hendrix and Craig Erickson – Reach for the Sky
      • Eric Sands - Military Man
      • King of Darkness – Falling in Love with You
      • House of Shakira – Shapes of Things
      • Iron Mask – Out in the Fields
      • Orion Riders – After the War
      • Mattsson – Parisienne Walkways
         
  • Alligator - Streaming MP3s Brad Gillis -- Alligator (2000 Pony Canyon Records)
    • Buy this CD at Amazon.com
    • Mark guests on 3 tracks (2 of which he co-wrote*).  These are:
      • Monché LáRoughe*
      • Chain Gang*
      • Heart-shaped Wings
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    • Brad and I have been friends a good number of years. We both grew up in Alameda, Ca. He was also a founding member of the Alameda All Stars, a band I perform with when I'm not on the road with Gregg Allman. While Brad is most known for his work with Night Ranger and Ozzy, he has continued to make music on his own. In 1999, Brad and I were jammin' around in his studio and wrote a few songs together. Two of them, "Chain Gang" and "Monché LáRoughe", were included on his cd "Alligator". "Chain Gang" has an up tempo groove that starts with a rhythmic guitar line and builds into a frenzy. The song is somewhat industrial sounding, and Brad sings the lead vocals. "Monché LáRoughe", which only appears on the Japanese version of "Alligator", is a rocking tune with lots of cool guitar stuff going on. Brad and I share the vocals on this song and the chorus has a huge hook with big harmonies. The third song I appear on is titled "Heart-Shaped Wings", which I play some rhythm guitars on. Brad is a fine musician and it was a pleasure to write and record these songs with him. If you want to see and hear Brad live, then be sure and catch him on tour with his band Night Ranger.
       
  • Wishes (2001) Morris Thomas -- Wishes (2001 Stork Records, Ph. 510-633-2420)
     
    • The Morris/Thomas Project was quite an experience! Leroy Thomas, who I've known for over twenty years, is a very gifted songwriter. He's also quite an impressive jazz guitarist, especially fingerpicking the nylon string. Orval Morris, a vocalist with a wonderful sense for the blues and jazz, completes the sound with his smooth, almost liquid singing ability as well as playing great percussion. Casey Morris, Orval's brother, played all the drum tracks. His spirit and hard dedication was inspirational! The Morris/Thomas cd is filled with brilliant harmony vocal arrangements. Together Leroy and Orval have a very unique sound. Songs like the title track "Wishes", "You Can Talk to Me" and "The Good Ones" are a few of my favorites. Leroy, Orval and I had gigged together on and off over the years in different bands, and Leroy would always show me his newest songs. Continually sharing these wonderfully crafted songs with me, I developed much respect for his songwriting ability. His style is acoustic rock with many different influences. Always clever hooks and catchy melodies. I always would tell him, "When you go in to record them, I'd love to play some guitars on them". In 1999 he went in to Spectrum Studios, which is owned by his brother Bob, and began tracking for his first solo cd! Once the songs were underway he asked me to come in and play some electric guitars, and I gladly obliged. Well one thing led to another, and along with playing the electric guitars I played most of the bass, sang some background vocals, produced and mixed the cd. "Wishes" was released on the indie label "Stork Records" in 2001. Leroy allowed me much freedom to create guitar lines and hooks for his already great songs. We had a tremendous amount of fun making this cd, and everyone worked very hard to make it extra special. The outcome is music that's very satisfying to the ear. Definitely an experience I'll always cherish!
       
  • El Callejon: The Alley Adolfo Luis Lazo -- El Callejon: The Alley (1999 Adolfo Luis Lazo)
     
    • Adolfo plays drums for the celtic rock band Tempest. They are from Northern California and have released several cds. I contributed guitar tracks to 6 songs for the "El Callejon: The Alley" cd. Adolfo's music incorporates a variety of styles from rock, blues and country. Adolfo sings all lead vocals, and some songs are sung in Spanish. The cd was recorded at his home studio in a very relaxed atmosphere. I played through a Peavey Classic 100 watt 2x12 combo amplifier and used my 1991 Fender Stratocaster. For the acoustic guitars I used a Martin and Epiphone. This cd has a variety of guest musicians and a colorful array of instrumentation that includes pedal steel, fiddle and flute. The music will definitely appeal to those with a special taste in mind. While Adolfo is a very talented drummer and percussionist, the "El Callejon" cd showcases his abilities as a singer and songwriter.
       
  • Propeller Jerry Wagers -- Propeller (1996 West Oakland Music)
     
    • Propeller was written and fronted by the talented singer/songwriter Jerry Wagers. Jerry hails from Southern California and would frequently come up to the San Francisco Bay Area and sit at Mark's open mic gigs. Mark was always moved by Jerry's passionate singing and gifted songwriting. Jerry recorded the "Propeller" cd at TML Studios in Hayward, Ca. It was owned by Tesla Drummer, Troy Lucketta. The studio producer at the time was none other than Michael Rosen (Vicious Rumors, Todd Rundgren). While recording a song titled "A Dream Away," they realized it needed something special. Michael immediatly called Mark to come in and add some Mandolin tracks to it. The final result is wonderful as is the entire cd. Jerry is definitely very gifted, and it was a pleasure for Mark to work with him on his music!
       
  • Guitar Masters Guitar Masters (1989 on RoadRunner Records)
     
    • "Guitar Masters" is a compilation cd released by Vicious Rumors' European record company at the time, RoadRunner Records. It features the Vicious Rumors song "Digital Dictator", the title track from my first record with the band. I co-wrote this song with VR bassist Dave Starr in 1986. The "Guitar Masters" cd features many of the hottest Metal Guitarists from that time such as Marty Friedman, Jason Becker and Racer X featuring Paul Gilbert. It's an awesome compilation for that time period in heavy music. This is definitely a fine collectable item for all metal and guitar music fans!