In 2007 I would find myself reconnecting creatively and musically with my long time friend and former Fair Exchange and Crimson Fable drummer, Gary Zdenek.
What started out as an informal night of jamming with a group of guys on a Friday, would eventually lead to the forming of The HitMen. This would be my first serious venture into the world of top 40 cover bands.
The first incarnation of this cover band would be named, Room For Five. The band’s original line-up: Charlie Askley lead vocals, Mark DeVilbiss bass/vocals, Gary Zdenek drums/vocals, Craig Ott guitar/vocals, and myself on keyboards.
Covering mostly 50’s through 70’s with groups like, The Beatles, Elvis, and The Who, among others. Having played a few small events, the line-up would change with the departure of lead vocalist Charlie Askley. The band’s next incarnation looked to not only change it’s lead vocalist but also it’s name. So we became, The HITMEN.
We made our debut in late 2008. Our line up would consist of, Mark DeVilbiss bass/vocals, Gary Zdenek drums/vocals, Craig Ott, guitar/vocals, and again myself on keyboards.
We would expand our music catalog by now including a number of 80’s songs. We also began playing several venues, including Splits Lounge, Pelican Isle, and a number of exclusive events. But with continued strife between bassist Mark DeVilbiss and the band, which was related to the band’s direction and song choices. Mark finally walked out one too many times and finally made good on his promise to depart.
The Band would make just a few more changes. One would be to add a new bass/vocalist, vocalist/guitarist and a new name. The HitMen would say goodbye to their time in the spotlight and would expand their horizons as the newly formed SlipJacket.
- Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles The Hitmen 2:54
- Glad All Over - Dave Clark Five The Hitmen 2:46
- Vehicle - Ides Of March The Hitmen 3:01
- Best Friends Girl 3:41
- Melt With You - Modern English The Hitmen 3:59
- Hard To Handle- Black Crowes The Hitmen 3:11
- All Star - Smash Mouth The Hitmen 3:12
Album cover design: Gary Zdenek