Chris Van Dahl
|Chris Van Dahl|
|Birth name||Chris Korstjens|
|Also known as||Roxy Dahl|
|Genres||Glam metal, hard rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, bass guitar|
|Labels||JRS Records, CMC International|
|Associated acts||L.A. Guns
Pack of Wolves
Chris Van Dahl (born Chris Korstjens; also known as Roxy Dahl) is a rock musician notable for singing on the L.A. Guns album American Hardcore. Van Dahl grew up in Detroit, Michigan, but moved to Los Angeles, California to try to make it in the music business.
In the early 1990s, prior to joining L.A. Guns, Van Dahl was the singer in another Los Angeles band – the glam metal band Cherry St.. At this time, Van Dahl went by the stage name Roxy Dahl. He left Cherry St. in 1991 to form a new band, Boneyard. This group recorded a four-track demo, but never released a full album. So, in 1993, Van Dahl rejoined Cherry St., bringing Boneyard bassist "Redd" Rosell with him. That year, Cherry St. released the album Squeeze It Dry on JRS Records.
In 1995, Van Dahl was recruited to be the singer for L.A. Guns. He sang on their 1996 album American Hardcore. Van Dahl also sang on the subsequent tour, but was let go from the band in 1997. After this, he formed The Vow with his former Boneyard compatriots Pauly Alvarez and Bobby Holder.
In 2000, he joined a short-lived incarnation of Jizzy Pearl's band Love/Hate as a bassist, but he did not last the year. Next, Van Dahl formed a band with former Kid Rock guitarist Kenny Olson. The band, named Pack of Wolves, also featured Adam Kurry (former Legs Diamond bassist) who Van Dahl had played with in The Vow.
In 2005, Van Dahl moved to Austin, Texas and hooked up with former Cherry St. guitarist Taz to form a new band, Black Beauties. Chris has a nephew Josh Tomalia who is a semi-professional golfer on the Michigan Amateur Golf Tour. Chris has another nephew Matt Tomalia who is the lead singer of a screamo band called Outcasts, Matt is looking for a career in the future of being a pilot and a young actor.
Chris currently sings in Huntington Beach-based Aerosmith tribute band Aeromyth, and was the first singer for Las Vegas-based band The Jimmy Crespo Project. Crespo, himself a former member of Aerosmith, sometimes plays with Van Dahl in Aeromyth. He also plays Steven Tyler in the Legends in Concert show in Las Vegas.
- L.A. Guns article at Allmusic
- Cherry St. article at Rock Detector
- Northern Express article on Pack of Wolves
- Mevyn.net Austin music article
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