Whiskeys Quicker is a Valley-based rock cover band launched in 2011 by sports media personality Dan Bickley. Bickley is best known for his biting commentaries in The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com. Hes co-host of Bickley and MJ on XTRA 910-AM, twice voted best sports talk show in Arizona. His work and opinions are often featured on Ch. 12 News. But music has always been one of his passions, and this band is fulfillment of a lifelong dream.
Bickley first recruited Joe Palma as lead guitarist. Palma has played professionally in Los Angeles, jamming with some of the biggest names in the industry. He likes to travel the world and remain mysterious.
The band took wing when the guitarists landed Gabe Lugo, a thunderous drummer and Performing Arts teacher at Apollo High School. Lugo lives in Glendale, and when not molding minds of young musicians, he cheers for Arizona's sports teams and drinks really good beer.
Recent addition Mike VanOrden began his music ventures in 1993 where he played guitar in several heavy metal and progressive bands. He found himself playing bass and writing bass lines, so it was only natural for him to migrate to the axe. Following a 5 year hiatus from music, he came back full bore as a bass player, his true passion. When he's not shredding, he's running local bike shop Black Billy Bikes.
Lead Vocalist Kyran Brennan has been a Valley rock and roll fixture for years. He most recently spent the last 6 years portraying AC/DC's Bon Scott in a tribute that spanned the southwest. The stage loves Kyran, and he loves the stage. More than a rocker, he is the ultimate pater familias, who loves spending time with his family.
Talents combined, Whiskey's Quicker provides hours of live cover rock for the Valley of the Sun.
Dan Bickley: Rhythm Guitar
Gabe Lugo: Drums
Joe Palma: Lead Guitar, Harmonies
Kyran Brennan: Lead Vocals
Mike Van Orden: Bass Guitar
Whiskey's Quicker can't nail down one influential act. From Michael Jackson to Ozzy, every act of our generation and beyond play a roll in the likes and styles of the band.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 45 - 180 minutes
Whiskey's Quicker is high energy rock at its best. Covering rocking classics and current rock hits, Whiskey's Quicker will rock your event! Steve will wow you with his vocal range, Joe can set the room on fire with his guitar licks, and Gabe will rock your face off with his smoldering drum chops. A whole lot of action, not a whole lot of talk. Professional and age-appropriate for the event, Whiskey's Quicker will keep the crowd entertained.
You may have seen Whiskey's Quicker at Friday Night Franks at Ft. McDowell Adventures, or in the rustic town of Greer, AZ, where they rocked the Molly Butler Lodge to benefit the Wallow Fire Recovery Fund. Whiskey's Quicker recently rocked the AZ Cardinals All Rock Stage at the Tempe Fiesta Bowl Block Party, where they pumped up the crowd awaiting 2012, and celebrated Arizona's Centennial at the AZ Best Fest. WQ also revs up the crowd for NASCAR events!
Rider Info: Drums - Center back (with monitor), Rhythm Guitar - Stage left (inside), Bass - Stage left (outside, with mic), Lead Guitar - Stage right (with mic, wireless ear monitor system), Lead Vocal - Front Center (with mic and dual monitors). Equipment varies on location.
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi, Slither - Velvet Revolver, Separate Ways - Journey, Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin, Far Behind - Candlebox, Lay it On the Line - Triumph, Rebel Yell - Billy Idol, Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpion, Sin City - AC/DC, Life is Beautiful - Sixx A.M., Everlong - Foo Fighters, Jailbreak, Sin City, Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC, Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana, Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith, Long Train Runnin' - The Doobie Brothers, Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin, Would?, Them Bones - Alice in Chains, Be Quiet and Drive - Deftones, Joker and the Thief - Wolfmother, Keep Away - Godsmack, Barracuda - Heart, Sex Type Thing - Stone Temple Pilots, Ain't Talking 'Bout Love - Van Halen, Jet City Woman - Queensryche, 10,000 Fists - Disturbed, Higher Ground - Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hell Yeah - Rev Theory, Kickstart My Heart, Don't Go Away Mad - Motley Crue, Her Black Wings - Danzig, Break On Through - The Doors
Past Booked Dates:
04-27-2013 — Big Red Rib Fest - Univ. of Phoenix Stadium Great Lawn
04-01-2013 — Chase Field - D-Backs home opener!
03-01-2013 — PIR Speed Cantina
11-10-2012 — Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
05-04-2012 — RockBar Inc.
04-29-2012 — University of Phoenix Stadium Lawn
04-28-2012 — Private Party
02-11-2012 — AZ Best Fest @ Capitol Mall
12-31-2011 — Tempe Fiesta Bowl Block Party
09-16-2011 — Friday Night Franks @ Ft. McDowell Adventures
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