Inspired by a Los Angeles-area band comprised of punk rock veterans, New York City’s Punk Rock/Heavy Metal Karaoke band played its first gig in April 1999 at Arlene Grocery on the Lower East Side; only about 25 punk rock songs were available at that time. The band added metal songs in November of that year, and the event was packed every Monday night from 2000 through 2004.
From 2001 to 2003, we also performed nights dedicated to “Arena Rock” (Journey, Styx, Foreigner, etc). In 2001, a documentary film concerning the event debuted at the NYC’s Knitting Factory, and the band’s story has been told in Brian Raftery’s Don’t Stop Believin’: How Karaoke Conquered The World And Changed My life.
Since 1999, the band has been accompanied by Jimmy Fallon, Ryan Adams, Jared Harris, Melissa auf der Maur, Britt Daniel (Spoon), Gene Ween, Peaches, Horatio Sanz, Robbie Williams, Craig Wedren (Shudder to Think), and we are told Shakira showed up at our show once. We also had the great honor of opening for Kid Rock at Irving Plaza in 2006 and Naughty by Nature in 2003.
The band is playing monthly at Fontana’s in Manhattan’s Chinatown and at the Rock Shop in Park Slope Brooklyn. We have also played at Irving Plaza, Webster Hall, Mercury Lounge, Bimbo’s (San Francisco), Southpaw, Santo’s Party House, Canal Room, Lit, Continental, Cameo Gallery, Crash Mansion, Fat Baby, Rehab, Delancey, R&R and Luna Lounge.The Punk Rock Heavy Metal Karaoke Band has worked with clients like: