Jetboy (band)

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Jetboy
Origin San Francisco, California
Genres Rock, glam metal, hard rock
Years active 1983–1993, 2006–present
Labels MCA Records
Perris Records
Cleopatra Records
Rumble Records
Associated acts Hanoi Rocks
Exodus
Specimen
American Heartbreak
Website Jetboyrocks.com
Members Mickey Finn
Billy Rowe
Fernie Rod
Ron Tostenson
Charles Norman
Past members Todd Crew
Sami Yaffa
Bill Fraenza
Rick Davis
Michael Butler
Paul Scavuzzo
Tim Huthert
Jeff Moscone
Doug Hovan

Jetboy is a San Francisco hard rock band Founded in 1983 by guitarists Billy Rowe and Fernie Rod. Best described as a blend of edgy rock and roll with a traditional blues based influence. Jetboy was one of a handful of acts that got the attention of music fans and record executives alike in Hollywood during the mid 1980's. The band transplanted themselves to Los Angeles in 1986 after signing a major deal with Elektra Records. Their musical influences ranged from punk rock to rock 'n' roll to blues. Their 1988 debut album Feel the Shake peaked at 135 on The Billboard 200.

After parting ways with original bass player Todd Crew In mid 1987, the band was joined by former Hanoi Rocks member Sami Yaffa. Yaffa, a member of one of the groups Jetboy had found most influential, was now a member of the band as their new bassist. In August of 1987 Todd Crew died due to a drug overdose in the hotel room of Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash. Jetboy continued on into the 1990s before calling it a day in 1992. However, over a decade later, Jetboy reconvened, toured and recorded a new EP, Off Your Rocker in 2010. Having been absent from the studio for some 20 years, Jetboy recorded Off Your Rocker in a fully organic mode. The band played all in the same room together in a “live-style” format in an effort to duplicate the way the songs were written, all together, in a true 1970’s fashion where the band could feed off of one another’s energy.

Jetboy has continued to gain in popularity, and has been continuously playing to large crowds at festival dates across the United States for the past few years including Rocklahoma, The South Texas Rock Fest, Rock the Bayou & The M3 Festival two times.

On June 1st 2012 Jetboy did a 25 year reunion for their debut album ‘Feel The Shake’ at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood. The show was also a release party for the movie Rock Of Ages which Jetboy had a few images throughout the film. The line-up for this show included all original member with a surprise appearance by their second bass player Sami Yaffa who is currently playing in the Michael Monroe Band. This was the first time they all shared the stage together in over 20 years. Jetboy plan to continue with the original line-up with Charles Norman on bass who replaced Sami Yaffa for the Damnednation tour in 1989.

January 25th 2014 during NAMM weekend Jetboy supported Faster Pussycat at the Whisky A Go-Go to a sold out crowd to celebrate the clubs 50 year anniversary.

Jetboy are gearing up in late 2015 to bring their style of rock n roll to the stage again. The band will be performing at Riki Rachtman's Cathouse Live which takes place on August 15th 2015 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater/Irvine Meadows in Irvine California.


Three songs from Feel the Shake were featured in the 1989 movie The 'Burbs, starring Tom Hanks. They were "Bloodstone", "Locked in a Cage" and "Make Some Noise". Additionally, two songs from Feel the Shake, "Feel the Shake" and "Make Some Noise" were also featured in the 1989 movie She's Out of Control.

Discography[edit]

  • Feel the Shake - 1988
  • Damned Nation - 1990
  • A Day in the Glamourous Life - 1997
  • Make Some More Noise - 1999
  • Lost & Found - 1999
  • One More for Rock N' Roll - 2002
  • The Glam Years - 2007
  • Off Your Rocker - 2010

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