Scott Billion became involved in music at a young age and it has always been his salvation. Once he discovered Rock-N-Roll it became his main focus. Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath were both heavy influences and they shaped his attitudes in life. To be able to emulate a boyhood hero in Madman with such accomplished musicians is a dream come true!
Steve Cox is a veteran of the San Diego rock/metal scene. Citing Edward Van Halen, Michael Schenker and Randy as early influences, Steve assumed an upfront local roll in the mid-late 80’s following in the footsteps of other San Diego exports Craig Goldy, Jake E Lee and Warren DiMartini. Broken Foundation, Teabag, Psychotic Waltz, Death From Above and Danse Macabre are some of the many projects that he’s written, recorded and toured with. Steve’s passion for the Blizzard era goes back to a 1981 appearance at the Fox Theater in San Diego. “The Rhoads, Aldridge, Sarzo lineup leveled, period. They brought a level of musicianship to our chosen genre that hadn’t existed prior and were the heaviest thing going. The January 1982 San Diego Sports Arena appearance took everything up a notch. Show was incredible, new material was incredible and with the Don Airey addition no one could touch them. It’s my goal to painstakingly recreate this music for folks to experience just how damn good it was.”
Pete Stone, a San Diego native, has been a part of the local seen since the early 80′s. He and Guitarist Steve Cox have been playing together in several different bands for more than 20 years. “I never took for granted that I was able to surround myself with quality musicians and Madman, hands down, is the best example of that”. Pete’s early influences include Bob Daisley, Geezer Butler, and Steve Harris. “I grew up on a steady diet of Ozzy, Black Sabbath, and Iron Maiden. All three bands were my first introduction to how much a bass player’s chops, tone, and overall approach to the instrument can dominate. Everything they did on bass was as much a part of the song as what the guitar player was doing, if not more so. Bob Daisley’s playing is quite unique, nothing like anything I’ve learned before. I knew that my job in Madman was to recreate what Daisley recorded with Ozzy to the best of my ability. His bass lines are a huge part of every song and everyone will be expecting to hear them ‘note for note’”.
Javier Vega grew up playing in cover and original rock bands prior to joining the San Diego veteran hardcore band Social Spit in 1988. He was one of the first crop of local drummers to combine a rock solid feel with the faster tempos of punk rock and hardcore music.
Javier’s older siblings introduced heavy doses of Tommy Aldridge, Neil Peart and other 70’s rock drumming icons early on, giving him a head start over most young players. He carries those roots to this day.