The Atomic Punks Biography
The Atomic Punks are a tribute to early Van Halen, the David Lee Roth era. Formed in 1994, the Atomic Punks have performed well over 1500 shows in various locations including: Hollywood. San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Seattle, Denver, Honolulu, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, New York City and most importantly Pasadena where Van Halen started their meteoric rise to stardom.
Voted best tribute band by LAâs Rock City News six years in a row, The Atomic Punks have established a national following that continues to grow by leaps and bounds.
In his 1997 autobiography, âCrazy from the Heatâ, Van Halen front man, David Lee Roth, referred to The Atomic Punks as the âbest tribute to Van Halen everâ. Dave cemented his admiration and appreciation for the Punksâ talents by hiring original guitarist Bart Walsh to play guitar in his âDLR bandâ tours from 1999 to 2001. Bartâs replacement Brian Young recreated Eddie Van Halenâs sound and furious guitar playing so precisely that Dave again looked to the Punks and took the guitarist out on the road in 2002 for his national tour with fellow frontman Sammy Hagar.
Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony has performed with the Punks on three separate occasions and said âI feel like Iâm back in 1982 performing with the old bandâ. Anthony added âThe Atomic Punks rock!â
Nationally syndicated radio host Howard Stern stated on his show âThe Atomic Punks become Van Halen. Itâs the total experience. They do Van Halen better than Van Halen themselves.â
âMetal Edgeâ magazine boasts âThe singer does David Lee Roth better than Dave himself.â Brian Gellerâs recreation of David Lee Rothâs live persona is so uncanny it must be witnessed to be believed. From Daveâs trademark costumes to his signature scream and unique vocal delivery Brian does Dave proud as the ultimate tribute to one of Rockâs greatest frontmen.
Guitarist Lance Turner recreates Eddie Van Halenâs classic guitar sound playing every riff and solo with as much energy and technique as Edward himself while capturing all the enthusiasm and flash of Edâs engaging live personality.
Bassist Joe Lester and drummer Scott Patterson make up a very formidable rhythm section providing the same rock solid foundation and pulse for Lance and Brian as Van Halenâs own Michael Anthony and Alex Van Halen did for Eddie and Dave. Joe and Lance also add the entire signature backing vocals to the early Van Halen masterpieces.
There is one important point the band always make clear at its shows. The Atomic Punks donât think they are Van Halen. They simply love to play the bandâs music and it shows in its amazingly realistic power-packed stage show. No Van Halen tribute band captures the note for note performance and feel of an original show like The Atomic Punks. If you love vintage Van Halen and wish you could experience and relive the energy the mighty VH created with Diamond Dave behind the mic you donât want to miss The Atomic Punks! They are the ultimate tribute to early Van Halen.