Prophet (band)

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Prophet
Origin New Jersey, U.S.A
Genres Hard rock, progressive rock
Years active 1985–1991
(Reunion: 2012)
Labels Total Experience Records, Megaforce, Z Records
Associated acts Message, Danger Danger
Past members Ken Dubman
Scott Metaxas
Joe Zujkowski
William Runco
Bob Butterfield
Marc Hoffman
Dean Fasano
Ted Poley
Russell Arcara
Michael Sterlacci
Dave DiPietro
Jim Callahan
Bill Dellicato

Prophet was an American Melodic Rock band from New Jersey, United States. The last lineup of the group was Russell Arcara (vocals), Dave DiPietro (guitar), Ken Dubman (guitar), Scott Metaxas (bass), Joe Zujkowski (keyboard) and Jim Callahan (drums).[1] However, the band had many lineups along its career.

History[edit]

Prophet was founded in 1980s by two previously members of Icarian and Tom Fuller's Rock City, bassist Scott Metaxas and keyboardist the late Joe Zujkowski. For completing the group, they invited other four members: Ken Dubman (guitar), William Runco (guitar), Bob Butterfield (drums) and Marc Hoffman (vocals).[2] The band started its career playing in covers of songs by bands such as Queen, Boston, Kansas and Styx. In fact, they were considered to be one of the best cover bands in New Jersey in the 80s.[3]

In 1985, Hoffman and Butterfield left the band and were substituted by the late Dean Fasano (vocals) and Ted Poley (drums & vocals). Poley played with Dubman years before in another rock band, named Lush, when they were in High School.[4] William Runco also left the band, but was not replaced by another musician. With this new formation, the group recorded its first album, self-titled. It includes the song "Slow Down", which may have influenced the hit "Wanted Dead or Alive", by Bon Jovi, years later.[5]

After having released the first album, Fasano and Poley left the band. Poley joined the band Danger Danger as its lead vocalist and bandleader. Then, Prophet invited Russell Arcara (vocals) and Michael Sterlacci (drums & vocals). During this period the band was managed by Noel Monk, who also managed Van Halen.[6] This lineup recorded the band's second album Cycle of the Moon. This album is considered the most important by the group [7] and peaked at 137 on the Billboard 200.[8]

In 1991, prior to Prophet releasing its third album, Recycled, Michael Sterlacci (drums & vocals) left the band and relocated to Los Angeles, Ca. With yet another lineup: Dave DiPietro (guitar) and Jim Callahan (drums) joined the band and recorded "Recycled".[9] This album also had Karl Cochran (acoustic guitar and backing vocals) as a special guest.[2]

From 1992, Prophet's member started new projects and the group ended years later. Arcara created two other bands after leaving Prophet: Arcara and The Way. In 1992, Metaxas and DiPietro joined Nuclear Assault. Dubman joined the blues band Rocket 88. Callahan created a software company and started working as a graphic designer.[2]

Years later, Dubman, Arcara, Metaxas and Callahan created a tribute band, Edgar Cayce, after the American prophet. The band's albums were re-released many times in 2000s: Recycled was reissued in 2005 (Z Records) and Cycle of Moon was reissued in 2005 (Z Records) and 2009 (Wounded Bird Records).[2]

On April 29, 2012, the band reformed for a reunion show, with a lineup consisting of Metaxas, Dubman, Arcaca, Callahan, and new keyboardist Bill Dellicato replacing Joe Zujkowski (who had passed away in the time since the band had last been together).[10]

Members[edit]

  • Ken Dubman - guitars (1985-1991, 2012)
  • Scott Metaxas - bass (1985-1991, 2012)
  • Joe Zujkowski - keyboards (1985-1991; deceased)
  • William Runco - guitars (1985)
  • Bob Butterfield - drums (1985)
  • Marc Hoffman - vocals (1985)
  • Dean Fasano - vocals (1985-1987; died 2009)
  • Ted Poley - drums, vocals (1985-1987)
  • Russell Arcara - vocals (1987-1991, 2012)
  • Michael Sterlacci - drums, vocals (1987-1991)
  • Dave DiPietro - guitars (1991)
  • Jim Callahan - drums (1991, 2012)
  • Bill Dellicato - keyboards (2012)

Discography[edit]

  • 1985: Prophet (Total Experience Records)[11]
  • 1988: Cycle of the Moon (Megaforce)[11]
  • 1991: Recycled (Z Records)[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Band: Prophet". Librarius Metallicus. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Prophet". MusicMight. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Prophet - Cycle of the Moon". El Portal del Metal (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Interviews: Ted Polley". Metal-Rules.com. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Prophet: Prophet". TrueMetal.it (in Italian). Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  6. ^ Rademacher, Brian. "Interview with Russell Arcara". Rock Eyez. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "Prophet - Cycle of the Moon". Glorydaze. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "Charts & Awards: Prophet". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  9. ^ "Prophet - Recycled". Sleaze-Metal.com (in German). Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  10. ^ http://www.rockeyez.com/live_reviews/2012-04-prophet/livrev-2012-04-mb-prophet.html
  11. ^ a b c "Discography: Prophet". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 

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