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Drew Fortier Releases Extended Edition of Autobiography

Drew Fortier Releases Extended Edition of Autobiography

By popular demand, musician, filmmaker, actor, and now author Drew Fortier has released an extended and definitive version of his autobiography “Dark, Depressing, and Hilarious: My Bittersweet Journey In and Out of the Music Business”.

This final version of the book, available in paperback as well as hardcover (for the first time), has more than double the content of its initial release including: more tales from the road, a photo section, and an additional foreword by Fortier’s high school friend and Attack of Life: The Bang Tango Movie producer Joe Placzkowski. The book is an over-all more in-depth reading experience about Fortier’s unique and multi-faceted career in the entertainment industry leading up why he decided to eventually and abruptly walk away from it all.

“This book is literally me in its purest form”, says Fortier. “Aside from the cover art and photos, I did everything with no outside help. I edited this book, formatted this book, proof-read this book, and wrote this book out of sheer will and determination just to see if I could and I couldn’t be more happy with the finished product.”

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Book Synopsis: From cluelessly making a brutally honest and poignant documentary film on the formerly popular rock band Bang Tango, to joining said rock band as a guitarist; musician, filmmaker, actor, and now author Drew Fortier shares tales from his highly irregular and under the radar career in the entertainment industry which also includes: forming the eclectic pseudo all-star band Zen From Mars, starring in the horror film Her Name Was Christa, playing guitar for and eventually making a film about the late Faith No More frontman Chuck Mosley, and becoming a traveling record label executive with Thom Hazaert for Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s EMP Label Group.

Foreword 1 by: Joe Placzkowski

Foreword 2 by: Thom Hazaert

Afterword by: Tharasa DiMeo

Cover art designed by: Melody Myers

Drew Fortier is best known for his work with Bang Tango, Flipp, Chuck Mosley (Faith No More), Stephen Shareaux (Kik Tracee), and Zen From Mars; which features members of Enuff Z’Nuff, Fear Factory, Flipp, and Kik Tracee. Fortier is also the filmmaker behind the rock documentary Attack Of Life: The Bang Tango Movie as well as the currently in-production Thanks. And Sorry: The Chuck Mosley Movie. Fortier will be making his acting debut as a lead in the upcoming horror comedy film Her Name Was Christa.

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Drew Fortier’s Autobiography “Dark, Depressing, and Hilarious” Available Now Via Amazon

Drew Fortier’s Autobiography “Dark, Depressing, and Hilarious” Available Now Via Amazon

Bang Tango, Flipp, and Zen From Mars guitarist, Drew Fortier, has officially released his autobiography. Fans can now purchase “Dark, Depressing, and Hilarious: My Bittersweet Journey In and Out of the Music Business” on Amazon at this location now – Click Here!

About The Book:
From cluelessly making a brutally honest and poignant documentary film on the formerly popular rock band Bang Tango, to joining said rock band as a guitarist; Musician/Filmmaker/Actor and now Author Drew Fortier shares tales from his highly irregular and under the radar career in the entertainment industry which also includes: forming the eclectic pseudo all-star band Zen From Mars, starring in the horror film “Her Name Was Christa,” playing guitar for and eventually making a film about the late Faith No More frontman Chuck Mosley and becoming a traveling record label executive with Thom Hazaert for Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s EMP Label Group.

Drew Fortier is best known for his work with Bang Tango, Flipp, Chuck Mosley (Faith No More), Stephen Shareaux (Kik Tracee), and Zen From Mars; which features members of Enuff Z’Nuff, Fear Factory, Flipp, and Kik Tracee. Fortier is also the filmmaker behind the rock documentary “Attack of Life: The Bang Tango Movie” as well as the currently in production “Thanks. And Sorry: The Chuck Mosley Movie”. Fortier will be making his acting debut as a lead in the upcoming horror comedy film “Her Name Was Christa.”

Drew Fortier and Kik Tracee/Zen From Mars vocalist Stephen Shareaux will be recording a live acoustic album on Friday, August 24th, at Black Circle Brewing Co. in Indianapolis, IN. Physical copies of “Dark, Depressing and Hilarious” will be available at the show.

Along with Fortier, Shareaux will be appearing at the Rock N Pod Expo on August 25th, 2018. Tickets for the event are currently in sale at www.rocknpod.eventbrite.com.

Book cover art designed by: Melody Myers
Photo credit for book cover: Tharasa DiMeo

 

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Drew Fortier To Release “Dark, Depressing and Hilarious” Autobiography On August 24th!

Drew Fortier To Release “Dark, Depressing and Hilarious” Autobiography On August 24th!

Bang Tango, Flipp, and Zen From Mars guitarist, Drew Fortier, will be releasing his autobiography titled “Dark, Depressing, and Hilarious” on August 24th, 2018.

From cluelessly making a brutally honest and poignant documentary film on the formerly popular rock band Bang Tango, to joining said rock band as a guitarist; Musician/Filmmaker/Actor and now Author Drew Fortier shares tales from his highly irregular and under the radar career in the entertainment industry which also includes: forming the eclectic pseudo all-star band Zen From Mars, starring in the horror film “Her Name Was Christa,” playing guitar for and eventually making a film about the late Faith No More frontman Chuck Mosley and becoming a traveling record label executive with Thom Hazaert for Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s EMP Label Group.

Drew Fortier is best known for his work with Bang Tango, Flipp, Chuck Mosley (Faith No More), Stephen Shareaux (Kik Tracee), and Zen From Mars; which features members of Enuff Z’Nuff, Fear Factory, Flipp, and Kik Tracee. Fortier is also the filmmaker behind the rock documentary “Attack of Life: The Bang Tango Movie” as well as the currently in production “Thanks. And Sorry: The Chuck Mosley Movie”. Fortier will be making his acting debut as a lead in the upcoming horror comedy film “Her Name Was Christa.”

Drew Fortier and Kik Tracee/Zen From Mars vocalist Stephen Shareaux will be recording a live acoustic album on Friday, August 24th, at Black Circle Brewing Co. in Indianapolis, IN. Physical copies of “Dark, Depressing and Hilarious” will be available at the show.

Along with Fortier, Shareaux will be appearing at the Rock N Pod Expo on August 25th, 2018. Tickets for the event are currently in sale at www.rocknpod.eventbrite.com.

Book cover art designed by: Melody Myers
Photo credit for book cover: Tharasa DiMeo

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Stephen Shareaux And Drew Fortier To Record Acoustic Live Album

Stephen Shareaux And Drew Fortier To Record Acoustic Live Album

Kik Tracee singer Stephen Shareaux is joining forces with Bang Tango guitarist and Zen From Mars bandmate Drew Fortier for an acoustic live album. The special event will take place on Friday August 24th at Black Circle Brewing Co. in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Fortier offered up a few details on the show: “We will be recording a live acoustic album that evening with a set spanning Stephen’s whole career. We will be playing Kik Tracee songs, Stephen’s solo material as well as songs from our forthcoming Zen From Mars album. There might even be a surprise or two during the set as well. The live album will be produced, engineered, and mixed by Joe Haze.”

The following day, Saturday, August 25, Shareaux and Fortier will be appearing as guests at the Nashville Rock N Pod Expo at the Nashville Palace in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Tickets for the event are currently in sale at www.rocknpod.eventbrite.com.

Fortier is currently working on his second documentary film, ‘Thanks. And Sorry: The Chuck Mosley Movie.’ His first documentary, ‘Attack of Life: The Bang Tango Movie,’ is available to view at this location! 

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Kik Tracee Announce ‘Big Western Sky’ B-Sides, Demos and Rarities Collection For July Release

Kik Tracee Announce ‘Big Western Sky’ B-Sides, Demos and Rarities Collection For July Release

Disbanded 90’s LA HARD ROCKERS KIK TRACEE have announced the release of BIG WESTERN SKY, a collection of B-SIDES, DEMOS, and RARITIES being released 7-17 via THC MUSIC/EMP LABEL GROUP/AMPED. BIG WESTERN SKY features early demos and rarities from the bands classic NO RULES/FIELD TRIP era, prior to disbanding in the early 90s.

Vocalist Stephen Shareaux will do a run of acoustic dates in early April, accompanied by guitarist Drew Fortier, who plays with Shareaux in All-Star troupe Zen from Mars, which also features Chip Z’nuff, with members of FLIPP and Fear Factory. This will mark one of the first live performances of KIK TRACEE material by Shareaux in over 20 years. The dates start in Chicago on April 5th, with additional dates in Green Bay, Minneapolis, and a performance at the Grand Opening of Megadeth’s David Elelfson’s ELLEFSON COFFEE CO in Jackson, MN.

Dates are as follows:
4/5 Live Wire – Chicago, IL
4/6 Rock N Roll Land – Green Bay, WI
4/7-4/9 Ellefson Coffee Co – Jackson, MN
4/10 Aster Cafe – Minneapolis, MN

Says singer Stephen Shareaux, “After all these years. Why a Kik Tracee release now? The timing just felt right. We’ve been sitting on these songs for what, 25 years now? Kinda pulled them out recently, and listened to the stuff, and thought.. You know.. Let’s package this stuff and put it out there for the diehard fans to relive the glory days, if you will. Or just get their Kik Tracee on, man.”

“As for how it all came about, myself I have been working with Drew Fortier on Zen from Mars, or ZFM, and we had been working with Thom Hazaert from EMP.. THC and EMP had been involved in the ZFM release, and in doing that, Thom said, “hey man.. do you guys have any Kik Tracee stuff? Leftover B-Sides, demos, curiosities..” And I was like well yeah, we have tons of stuff.. Demos, B-Sides. Live shows. Etc.. And he was like, “Dude, let’s put it out.” And that’s pretty much how this whole thing came about. So thank Thom Hazaert. Or blame him. Whatever.”

KIK TRACEE formed in LA in 1988 by guitarists Greg Hex and Michael Marquis, bassist Rob Grad, and drummer Scott Donnell (who was later replaced by Johnny Douglas) eventually recruiting Minnesota transplant Stephen Shareaux to be the band’s vocalist. The band signed to RCA/BMG and recorded their Dana Strum (Slaughter) produced debut NO RULES, that quickly became a fan favorite, (with the band being prominently featured in the Rock Press, and finding some success with their singles “Don’t Need Rules” and “You’re So Strange” which landed just outside of the Billboard Top 40 (and NO RULES landed at #46 on Rolling Stone’s “Best Hair Metal Albums of All Time”).

The band veered left for their follow up, 1992’s FIELD TRIP EP, produced by “Godfather of Desert Rock” Masters of Reality’s Chris Goss, who would go on to produce influential records for KYUSS and QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE. Field Trip showed the band moving in a direction away from the LA Hard Rock of its predecessor, and into the more eclectic alternative direction the band had originally intended for NO RULES.

After recording their second full length, the unreleased CENTER OF A TENSION, with producer Garth “GGGGarth” Richardson (Rage Against the Machine, Mudvayne) Kik Tracee disbanded in 1993, with Shareaux becoming a contender for not only the vacant vocal spot in Motley Crue, eventually filled by John Corabi, but a frontrunner for the vocalist position in VELVET REVOLVER, as documented in the documentary “The Rise of Velvet Revolver”.

Sheareaux released his first solo LP GOLDEN independently in 2013, and is in the final stages of recording the debut LP from Zen From Mars.

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DON’T NEED RULES: Stephen Shareaux and Drew Fortier To Embark On Acoustic Tour

DON’T NEED RULES: Stephen Shareaux and Drew Fortier To Embark On Acoustic Tour

Rock music fans take note! Vocalist Stephen Shareaux (Kik Tracee, Zen From Mars) and Drew Fortier (Bango Tango, Zen From Mars) are hitting the road for an acoustic mini-tour. The tour will feature Shareaux performing Kik Tracee songs live for the first time in 25 years in addition to the live debut of songs from the duo’s highly anticipated new project Zen From Mars.

The tour kick off on April 5th in Chicago, Illinois at LiveWire Lounge Chicago and then take them to Rock n’ Roll Land in Green Bay, WI on April 6th. From there, the duo will make the trek to Jackson, MN from April 7th – April 9th to perform at Ellefson Coffee Co.’s Grand Opening weekend. David Ellefson will be in attendance along with comedian Don Jamieson and Adam Albright from Dopesick. Also performing will be Zen From Mars guitarist and Flipp frontman Brynn Arens. The acoustic tour will be capped off on April 10th with a closing show at The Aster Cafe in Minneapolis, MN with Chris Mochinski.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Drew Fortier to discuss the upcoming dates, the latest from Zen From Mars and what he has been taking away from his time with some notable rock ‘n’ roll lifers!

Stephen Shareaux and yourself will be hitting the road for an acoustic mini-tour in early April. It seems you guys are shaking the rust off and gearing up for a big year ahead. Is this a safe assumption to make?

I would definitely say that is indeed a very safe assumption! It’s going to be a lot of fun to crawl out of “hermit mode” for these gigs. We’ve been working and massaging the ZFM songs so much and it’s going to be great to finally get to show some of them off!

What can we expect from these upcoming shows?

Oh the shows will certainly be a blast! We will be digging up, pulling out, and dusting off some Kik Tracee tunes for the shows. The cool thing is that the KT songs haven’t been heard live in 25 years. Kik Tracee are probably one of, if not the only band from that era to have never reunited in some way shape or form which adds a really cool mystique to the whole thing. Aside from the KT tunes we will be showing off a lot of the Zen From Mars songs for the first time and can’t wait for people’s feedback!

Drew Fortier

You will have a bit of a residency on this mini-tour at Dave Ellefson’s Ellefson Coffee Co., which will be celebrating it’s grand opening. I have to ask — Have you had a chance to sample any of the product at this point? Any recommendations? Will they be keeping Stephen and yourself properly caffeinated at these gigs? 

Oh absolutely! Roast in Peace is absolutely incredible and has to be my favorite. There’s really something for every coffee drinker, I would say check them all out! There’s also “She-Wolf”, “Kenya Thrash”, as well as “Urban Legend”! Mr. Ellefson has such an amazing thing going with his coffee business and it keeps on getting bigger and bigger. Needless to say, Stephen and I will surely be blitzed on some Kik ass coffee! See what I did there? [laughs]

What can you tell us about the experience of putting the set lists together? Was it challenging to break these songs down into a raw acoustic form be it the Kik Tracee or Zen From Mars stuff?

It was a lot of fun arranging the Kik Tracee songs for acoustic! It’s so great how well those songs stand the test of time and still sound fresh today. Great songs truly are timeless! The cool thing with the ZFM tunes is that they were all born as acoustic demos, even the super heavy ones! I was just at Stephen’s house for a week in gorgeous Ojai, CA and we rehearsed everything. We may even perform the whole ZFM record live acoustically, you never know! There will be a few surprises as well that will certainly make Mr. Ellefson smile! Also our ZFM bandmate and Flipp frontman Brynn Arens will be performing with us as well, it’s going to be a blast!

I’m sure some songs are easy to nail down than others. What came easy and what were the biggest challenges?

The easiest ones were definitely the ZFM tunes because of us being so familiar with them for the past year and a half. I’d say the biggest challenge was arranging a version of Kik Tracee’s “Don’t Need Rules.” There are so many great guitar parts in that song and to keep them in tact I worked? out an arrangement where I do the rhythm parts as well as lead guitar parts during the choruses, it came out really cool and you can hear it in that version we performed that’s up on Facebook!

 

You have been working with Stephen Shareaux for quite a bit now with the Zen From Mars project. What has he brought out in your creatively?

Stephen is without a doubt my musical soulmate. We definitely bring a lot of amazing stuff out of each other. He’s so great at knowing how to capture the perfect vibe lyrically and melodically for every piece of music we work on together. It all starts with him and I and then everyone else adds their parts and ideas. Brynn, Mike, Chip and Kate each bring something incredible to the table for each song. We are all super excited to finish the record, get it out there, and start doing shows. The band is an absolute beast sonically and visually. But me and Stephen going out and performing these songs is the perfect way to show off these tunes in their most purest form and when people hear the record it’s going to be like “Woah! I definitely did not expect that!”

Stephen Shareaux’s voice sounds as solid as ever. As a guytar player and fan of his work, you know better than anyone about his capability and range. What song from rock and roll’s rich history would you most like to hear him lend his voice to?

That’s a great question! One thing I love to do is take Stephen out of his wheelhouse and hear how he approaches the heavier ZFM tunes which he does incredibly. With that said I’d be stoked to hear him interpret any Megadeth song or even some Nine Inch Nails.

What has been happening in the Zen From Mars camp? No pressure!

[laughs] Things are going great! We have just been fine tuning everything to a “T” and are making sure these songs are as great as they can be. Mike, our drummer, has played such a huge part as being our quality control manager. His creative input has taken these songs so very far in the right direction. It’s gonna be good!

Recently, you have been working closely with Thom Hazaert and have been helping him out with Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s record label EMP (Ellefson Music Productions). I’m sure these guys a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the business. What are some of the lessons you have learned from these guys that have applied to your work?

One thing I definitely learned was that nice guys don’t always have to finish last! Thom and Dave are both some of the most kindest and talented people I have ever met and it has truly brought the best out in me. I have learned so much from Thom about how everything works vs. how everything should work. It’s really about keeping on top of everything and consistency truly is key especially when running a record label. It’s like a well oiled machine and every day is a small victory. I love learning from these gentleman and I look forward to what the future has to offer with this incredible label. It’s definitely only the beginning!

You always seem to have a few irons in the fire, which is awesome. Anything else on the horizon that has you excited? 

There’s definitely a few things that I can’t bring up at the moment that will be made public very soon that has me insanely excited! You will definitely know when it happens! Aside from that, I’ve poured my heart and soul into this ZFM record. Much like how I poured my heart and soul into the Bang Tango Movie. I am incredibly proud of what myself, Stephen, Mike, Brynn, Chip and Kate have created with each other. We are all very excited about this band and album!

Check out the video for Zen From Mar‘s debut single, “New Leaf,” at this location – Click here! Connect with the band on social media via their official Facebook page.

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