The Smithereens have been rocking the stage since the early 1980s. And when these Jersey
boys take the stage, they leave it all on the line. They don't hold anything back when they perform their greatest hits and
their latest tunes. They rose to fame in the 1980s, with several of their singles becoming chart-topping hits. Their songs
were even featured in films like 1986's Dangerously Close and the hit TV show Miami Vice. They were influenced heavily by
bands like The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, but incorporated more of a heavy metal sound into their music.
they are back on tour with music from their latest album, Smithereens 2011, giving American audiences a taste of their musical
genius. While their new music pays homage to the classic tunes that made the band famous, it also has a decidedly modern feel.
It doesn't take itself too seriously. It's the product of the love and commitment of a group who has made making great music
their life's passion.
The Smithereens began their career in the suburbs of New Jersey, a stone's
throw away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. They would often sneak away to New York City and lose themselves in
record stores, listening to their favorite artists and dreaming of what the future might bring. And in 2010, when the band
was ready to get back in the studio after a long absence, it was the Jersey suburbs that were the catalyst for their dreams
once more. The band met legendary producer and Smithereens cheerleader Don Dixon in their home turf to record their latest
album and renew their passion for producing and performing great alternative rock.
About the Artist
Smithereens, named for a portion of Yosemite Sam's famous line "Varmint, I'm gonna blow you to smithereens," began in the
New Jersey suburbs in the hearts and minds of four ambitious music-lovers who idolized The Beatles and Buddy Holly. Pat DiNizio,
the band's eventual leader and frontman, was astounded at the power of The Beatles' music when he saw them perform on The
Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. But his true musical awakening came when he discovered an out-of-print Buddy Holly record. It changed
the way he looked at music and inspired him to become a musician.
Future Smithereens members Dennis Diken and Jim Babjak
struck up a conversation in high school when Diken noticed Babjak's notebook was covered in pictures of The Who. They were
soon getting together to pound out songs by the hit band and other influential bands of the time. The three musicians found
each other when DiNizio answered in a New Jersey newspaper, and they formed a band called The Like. But the project was short-lived,
and the band members soon went their separate ways.
But that was not the end of the trio's time together. A few years
later when DiNizio wanted to record a demo with his new band The Smithereens, he called on Diken to play drums. Diken brought
Babjak along, and the two were added to the band's lineup along with Diken's friend Mike Mesaros on bass. The four began working
on original material, and recorded and released their first EP, Girls About Town in 1980. Although the band did not seem immediate
success, they refused to adhere to the trends other musicians were falling prey to. They wanted their music to be something
they could be proud of.
Their hard work finally paid off in the mid-1980s when DiNizio sent a cassette demo to Engima
Records. The tape ended up in the hands of a music executive who had heard the band when he was working as a college DJ. He
signed the band immediately, and the band began working on their first album. They elicited the help of producer Don Dixon,
and eventually won him over with their solid songwriting and relentless pursuit of good rock music. Their first album, Especially
for You, was released in 1986 and contained Smithereens classics like "Blood and Roses" and "Behind the Wall of Sleep." These
singles topped the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart, and cemented the band as a serious player in the rock world.
the late 1980s and 90s, the band toured constantly. They gained a considerable following and made appearances on The Tonight
Show and Saturday Night Live. They were quickly becoming one of the hottest alternative rock bands around. They made a lineup
change in the late 1990s when Mesaros decided to step away from the band. The position was filled by Severo "The Thrilla"
Jornacion. The band continued through the 90s and early 2000s covering classic Beatles' songs and creating their own music.
The band struggled for a few years to find their footing in an ever-changing music industry. But with the release of The Smithereens
2011, the band has seen a rise in their stock and a growing number of new fans.
Smithereens worked for years to hone their skills and create the kind of music they could be truly proud to give to their
fans. And the road to success was a long and winding one. Their big break came in the early 1980s when they signed with Enigma
Records and began working with producer Don Dixon. The producer knew how to get the best out of the rockers, and the result
was a chart-topping success in Especially for You. The album was critically-acclaimed, and music fans began to take notice.
The Smithereens, although a few years older than they were at the beginning of their career, have
never lost their passion and enthusiasm for their music. They don't waste any time when they gather on stage. They dive right
into their classic songs like "Sorry," "Yesterday's Girl" and "Keep on Running." They pepper their tasty set with some of
their lesser-known songs and pound out some of their latest music with as much vigor as musicians half their age.