“I could never quite understand cocaine, you can’t get a hard on, you can’t sleep and you grind your teeth, what the fuck is good about that?”Jon Bon Jovi(2000)
“We believed that anything that was worth doing was worth overdoing.”Steven Tyler(1990)
“A kid once said to me “Do you get hangovers?” I said, “To get hangovers you have to stop drinking.”Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister(2006)
“Jazz, isn’t that just a series of mistakes diguised as musical composition?”David St. Hubbins(1992)
“Life sucks, but in a beautiful kind of way.”Axl Rose(1998)
"If It Ain't Gonna Rock It Ain't Gonna Roll"Mike Tramp(2002)
“I’d rather be dead than cool.”Kurt Cobain(1992)
“One time we saw some hookers but when we got closer we realized it was Motley Crue.”James Hetfield(1989)
Hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah, Royal Bliss has been making their mark for years with a consistent work ethic of writing, recording, and touring that have helped build the success of the band. Their wide variety of influences from Johnny Cash to Led Zeppelin mold the sound that is uniquely theirs and cannot be denied. Their music speaks to the common man, tells a story and rocks out with a good party crowd, all the while being delivered by the inimitable deep and raspy voice of front man, Neal Middleton.
Royal Bliss started in a basement as kids who had a passion for music and a drive to succeed. Over the years their music has evolved from what would echo a rockin’ late night frat party to Folk and Country, to straight up Rock N' Roll,”it’s a musical cocktail” that celebrates life's good times, hardships, love and raw emotion, while paying homage to their classic rock roots.
They began as a rock band achieving early success with their music on several rock radio stations. In 2009 their Capitol Records debut "Life In-Between" charted on the Billboard top 200 and was #1 in Billboard Heatseekers. In 2012 the independently released "Waiting Out The Storm" reached #9 on the iTunes Rock Chart and hit #2 in Billboard Heatseekers. In 2014, "Chasing The Sun" was recorded and released again on their own label, Air Castle Records, with distribution through Universal (INgrooves) Music Group. On the Chasing The Sun album the alternative roots of the band shined on the album’s single "Cry Sister” that climbed the Active Rock chart to (#31) and was Royal Bliss’ 6th Single to crack the top 50 on Active Rock radio.
They have toured with acts such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Buckcherry, Candlebox, Kid Rock, and Brett Michaels and have grown into seasoned and dynamic live performers with a solid fan base across the country. “We have always done our own thing by singing songs about things that are real and that are happening to us in the current state of the world," Says Middleton.
This last 2016 summer Royal Bliss released their 5 song EP entitled "The Truth” on June 3rd. It is a collection of original songs that bridged a gap between rock and country. The EP’s focus track “We’re All Livin’ The Dream” had its World Premier on CMT and kick started the summer touring with many of the nations biggest festivals including 5 Live Nation Country Fests featuring monster acts like Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, The Cadillac Three, Aaron Lewis. and many more.
The band is currently touring, and plan to finish recording the new album in January 2019. Should be released in spring 2019.
Neal Middleton - Lead Vocals Taylor Richards - Guitar Jake Smith - Drums Brian Hennesy - Bass
Individually, the musicians that originally came together to form RADIO EXILE perform on stage or in the studio with the greatest artists of our time. This list includes Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Hall and Oates, Allison Krauss, Billy Idol, John Waite, members of Pink Floyd, Styx, Journey, Angel, Van Halen, the Rolling Stones, and Black Sabbath.
RADIO EXILE released their self-titled debut CD in 2015 which was called “an epic of classic rock”, “an instant timeless classic” and “a real masterpiece”. Vocalist Chandler Mogel and keyboardist Charlie Calv were introduced by mutual friend and future RADIO EXILE drummer Dave Anthony, the two immediately hit it off and became the songwriting team behind this unique new group. Add to that, the stellar guitar work of Jimmy Leahey and the legendary bass of Kenny Aaronson and RADIO EXILE seemed to be on its way.
Unfortunately, due to touring commitments, Jimmy and Dave with former Styx vocalist Dennis DeYoung, Kenny with The Yardbirds, and Chandler and Charlie joining Angel’s Punky Meadows put RADIO EXILE on hold indefinitely. Now after almost 4 years and the addition of Symphony X bassist Mike LePond replacing Kenny, the bands long awaited sophomore effort is set to be released in 2019.
The band has 10 brand new scorching tracks including “Savior” and “Mission Bells”, produced this time around by Charlie Calv and engineered and mixed by Brian J. Anthony (Steve Walsh, Drive She Said, etc…). Additional mixing is being handled by the legendary Neil Kernon (Queensryche, Dokken, Kansas, etc…) with mastering again by Alan Douches (Fleetwood Mac, Yes, Pete Townsend, etc…) at his West West Side Music facility.
This new album sees RADIO EXILE getting more focused and delivering a huge slab of hard rock with rocking guitars, swirling keyboards, moving rhythms, and soaring vocals. This will not disappoint existing fans and is sure to gain a whole new generation of fans who will be wanting more.
Chandler Mogel (Lead and Backing Vocals) - Jimmy Leahey (Guitars, Backing Vocals) - Charlie Calv (Keyboards) - Mike Lepond (Bass) - Dave Anthony (Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals)