In fact, it received a 5-star rating in Burrn Magazine s Demolition review section. The CD also featured guest appearances from Joe Zukowsky, keyboard player with Prophet, and Bobby Bandiera, who is now the guitar player for Jon Bon Jovi s new solo tour and album, entitled Destination Anywhere .
In 1990, Joe Nevolo left the band. Joe was a former member of the band Phantom s Opera, which included Alec Jon Such and, later, Tico Torres, both of Bon Jovi. Joe was replaced in Adrian Dodz by Lance Hyland Stark, who was famous in the local scene for his wild stage show, which includes throwing his sticks 20 feet in the air, playing standing up, and running around the drum kit. Soon after Lance joined, the band started to look for a new lead singer. Lance took Hal to a small club in Clinton, New Jersey, to see Robert Mason, the singer in a local cover band called Magnum. They played songs by Billy Joel and Led Zeppelin, and Robert was a great frontman. Robert had formerly played in a band with guitar virtuoso Stephen Ross, who put out a highly acclaimed solo instrumental album on Shrapnel Records. They soon asked Robert to join Adrian Dodz, and at first Robert was reluctant. He was making good money playing in the cover band, and would have to give that up to play with the original group Adrian Dodz. The first show the new band played was at the famous Limelight Club in New York, to a packed house. The band then played more shows in New York at CBGB s and the China Club, and soon had record company interest. The band signed a deal with Epic Records, but when the A&R vice-president left the label, the band also left the label.
This is when the group started to evolve into Silent Witness. With new material, and a fresh, new sound starting to develop, the band decided to change it s name. The group recorded constantly, all the way up to 1997, even while the members were working on other projects. John put out his own side project, a blues band called Unguided Missile , which sold well in Germany. Lance and Hal recorded with many musicians in and around New York, and released a CD under the name Tenfold . Hal and Lance also toured with Bobby Bandiera, and Hal did some shows with Bobby Chionard and Alan St. John, both long time members of the Billy Squier Band, and Michael Clayton, the drummer of Tyketto. Robert worked on projects with The Pack, which featured members of Prophet, and with The Lynch Mob, featuring George Lynch of Dokken.
He toured as a backup singer with Ozzy Osbourne, and has recently been singing with Cry of Love. When Dean Fasano, the singer of The Message, which featured Richie Sambora and Alec John Such of Bon Jovi, was looking for some songs for a new album, he contacted Hal about some of the Silent Witness recordings. Dean sent them to Khalil Turk of Escape Music, the UK label that put out the first Message CD.
Khalil liked what he heard and contacted Silent Witness about the music. For the second album, Thrills, the group got together with Anthony Lee Fontayne, who had recently returned from Los Angeles, where he recorded with Warrant while Jani Lane was pursuing solo work. Anthony's antics on the Jersey club scene are legendary (he is banned from a few clubs around the state), along with his soaring vocal prowess.
And the rest, as they say, is music history ...
In late 1999 Hal Selzer , became Luxx's new bassist and has has already become a firm favourite with the fans with his Live performfances with the band.
The members Silent Witness Members Have Performed With...
BOBBY BANDIERA, JON BON JOVI, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN,
CRYSTAL SHIP, GARY U.S. BONDS, CHUBBY CHECKER,
GEORGE LYNCH, OZZY OSBOURNE, ADRIAN DODZ,
GLEN BURTNICK, JOHN EDDIE, LA BAMBA & THE HUBCAPS,
DANNY VAUGHN (Tyketto, Waysted),
MICHAEL CLAYTON (Tyketto),
ROB AFFUSO (Skid Row),
STEVE DEACUTIS (Cory Glover, Arcaro),
SHARON MIDDENDORF (Motorbaby),
ALAN ST. JOHN (Billy Squier, Jon Entwistle),
RAY ANDERSON (Meatloaf),
BOBBY CHIONARD (Billy Squier, Michael Bolton, Cher),
STUTTERING JOHN, KEVIN KAVANAUGH (Southside Johnny),
MICK SEELEY (Southside Johnny Band),
BOBBY TORELLO (Johnny Winter Band),
DAVID BIGLIN (Art Garfunkel Band, Annie Haslam),
ALAN CHESNOVITZ (David Letterman Band),
BRUCE KAPLER (David Letterman Band),
RICH ROSENBERG (Conan O'Brien Show),
MARK PENDER (Conan O'Brien Show Band),
MAX WEINBERG (Bruce Springsteen Band),
SHAWN PELTON (Saturday Night Live Band)
JOE NEVOLO (Mahogany Rush, P-Opera),
ED MANION (Robert Cray Band),
DAVID BRYAN (Bon Jovi) & BUCK DHARMA (Blue Oyster Cult)
HAL B. SELZER bass & backing vocals
Hal plays 4 and 5-string bass, has endorsements from Kramer and Ibanez
guitars, and has performed with such superstars as Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce
Springsteen, Buck Dharma from Blue Oyster Cult, Rob Affuso of Skid Row,
Russell Arcara and Kenny Dubman of Prophet, Good Girls Don't,
Dean Fasano of The Message, many other well known musicians. He has also
made many television appearances, most recently in the video for the
Stuttering John" album, which can be seen periodically on MTV.
now plays bass for New York Rock & Roll band LUXX.
JOHN BUSHNELL guitar & backing vocals
John is endorsed by Ibanez guitars, and travels around the United States
giving clinics on their behalf. With blazing lead guitar solos, and rock
solid rhythms, his guitars anchor the sound of Silent Witness. He is one of
the premier guitar players, along with Steve Vai, who have mastered the
Ibanez Universe 7-string guitar
LANCE HYLAND STARK drums & backing vocals
Lance has been profiled in the "Up & Coming" column in Modern Drummer
magazine, and is renowned for his exciting stage show, which includes
twirling and throwing his sticks, running around the drum set, and general
all-out craziness! After a show at New York's famous Limelight Club, Tom
Hunter, V.P. of programming at MTV, called Lance "the best visual drummer
I've ever seen". Lance has also played with Jersey superstars Jon Bon Jovi
and Bruce Springsteen.
Anthony Lee Fontayne lead & backing vocals
Anthony Lee Fontayne has been a staple of the New Jersey music scene,
as a member of several of the top club bands in the state. He recorded with
Warrant when Jani Lane left to pursue his solo work, and worked with singer
Joe Lynn Turner and producer Jack Ponti. His soaring vocals lift songs such
as "One Winged Angel" to a blistering peak.