Meet Mick Adams and The Shagwells!
Mick Adams (Lead Vocals/percussion/harmonica)
Mick Adams' incredible voice, range, and power speak for themselves. He has been featured on AXS TV's “The World's Greatest Tribute Bands” FOUR times. As former lead vocalist for Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods, Mick has toured with the likes of Tommy James, The Turtles, The Monkees, The Association, The Lovin' Spoonful, The Buckinghams, Herman's Hermits, Ron Dante & the Rascals. Mick has also performed with Spencer Davis, Rick Springfield, Johnny Rivers, Neil Sedaka, and rock and roll hall-of-famer Sam Moore. He has recorded with Mark Kendall of Great White and Ronnie James Dio's guitarist, Tracy G, and has also done voice-over work for MAD TV. With his incredible versatility, Mick is the perfect frontman for The Shagwells. A natural mimic, he is able to cover the greatest voices of the sixties with ease!
Chad MacDonald (Bass/Vocals)
Chad's been passionate about playing bass guitar since the age of sixteen. He's toured coast to coast and on four continents with Kevin DuBrow, (Quiet Riot), Jani Lane, (Warrant) Gene Loves Jezebel, Bullet Boys and on occasion with Woodstock legend Melanie. His, "the song is king and let the music do the talking" perspective made him the perfect fit for Mick Adams and The Shagwells.
Ron Jessurun (Electric Guitar)
Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and raised in California, Ron developed an early love for music and was born to play! Ron graduated from the Guitar Institute of Technology, class of '85 and has played in many bands since that time. He has played on tour with Cirque du Soleil on the DRALION show and has opened for such notables as The Winery Dogs, Michael Schenker Group. Ron's skillful guitar playing has quickly earned him the nickname, "Note-for-Note Ronnie" and has made him a fantastic fit for Mick Adams and The Shagwells.
Bill Cormier (Electric Guitar/Vocals)
Guitarist and vocalist, born and raised in Connecticut and began his musical career at the age of 13. Billy attended the University of Maine Augusta majoring in music as well as graduating from the world renowned Musicians Institute located in Hollywood CA. His extensive music career includes performing with Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Mickey Dolenz (The Monkees), Dennis Yost (Classics IV ) and many other million seller artists. Well-versed in many genres, Billy has toured the US and abroad playing Rock, Blues and Country music….his unique guitar solos and musicianship have gained him respect and notability in the music community.
Tom McCarthy (Drums/Vocals)
Tom was born in Northeast Philadelphia and was raised on the sounds of Philly's soul. The Stylistics, the Delfonics, The O’Jays, and all the Gamble and Huff recording artists of the time have had a significant influence on Tom’s groove and feel behind the drumkit. Tom started his drumming career at his father's nightclub, the Caprice Lounge, when he was only eight years old. He received lessons from various drummers working in the club, which lead to opportunities to perform with the bands in the evenings. Tom was lucky enough to receive a new stack of 45 records monthly that were exchanged out of the Caprice jukebox. From the Trammps to the Commodores, Tom would spend hours spinning those records and absorbing those sounds and feels. When the Philly soul and simple funk of the early 70s gave birth to the disco era, a simple “four on the floor” drumbeat went a long way. Since moving to Phoenix in 1994 Tom has worked with local Phoenix bands such as Bonafide, Tommy Grills Band, Rod and the Young Turks (Rod Stewart cover band), and Change of Heart (Tom Petty Cover band). Tom has also attended Billy Cobham’s Art of The Rhythm Section Retreat, where he studied with Billy Cobham and Dom Famularo. He has attended lectured performance sessions featuring jazz greats Ron Carter and Kenny Baron and daily ad hoc performances with Billy's Crosswind Band, Lee Oskar (formerly of War), Wayne Cobham, and nightly performances with other local professional musicians, clinicians, instructors, and music students. Tom plays a Gretch kit with the same traditional grip as Charlie Watts with a passion and fire that makes him a perfect fit for Mick Adams and The Shagwells!
Dave Hecker (Keyboards/Vocals)
Dave, an Arizona native, has been playing keyboards for 40+ years and loves classic rock. He began playing at the age of 10 when new neighbors didn’t want a piano that had been left and gave it to Dave’s family. Amazed by his father’s skilled boogie-woogie piano talent, he taught himself to play Beatles songs and the like. By twenty-one, he was playing in local bars for money and was a member of “Attraction”, the 80’s band “Private Eyes” and The Steve Console Project, an all-original group produced with the help of none other than Steve Vai.