Zoli Téglás at Rio Rock in 2008
|Birth name||Zoltán Téglás|
|Genres||Punk rock, skate punk, melodic hardcore|
Lost & Found Records
|Associated acts||Ignite, Hungarica, The Misfits, Pennywise, Zoli Band|
Zoltán "Zoli" Téglás is an American singer, songwriter and producer with Hungarian roots. He is the frontman of Ignite and formerly enjoyed a spell as lead singer of Pennywise, appearing on their tenth album All or Nothing. He has collaborated with other bands including The Misfits, Motörhead and Blind Myself. Téglás has another side project called Zoli Band, which plays acoustic music.
He toured with The Misfits in October–November 2000, filling in on vocals for the Misfits during a number of North American tour dates after Michale Graves left the band. In the Motörhead-song "God Was Never on Your Side" (on the Kiss of Death album) he added backing vocals. Since 1993 he is the lead singer of the California-based band Ignite, and he plays in another band, the Zoli Band. He replaced Jim Lindberg (who pursued a side project as lead singer for his newly formed band The Black Pacific) for a few concerts in Pennywise, after the former left the band in 2009. On February 16, 2010, Pennywise officially announced Téglás as Lindberg's replacement. Pennywise released their tenth studio album All or Nothing on May 1, 2012, their first album with Téglás on vocals. In a May 2012 interview with AMP Magazine, Téglás was asked if he was going to make another record with Pennywise. His response was, "I don't know if there is going to be a next time because we might kill each other in the process." In October 2012, Jim Lindberg rejoined Pennywise, ending Zoli's short term as lead singer (in which time Zoli also suffered back injuries, limiting how much touring he was able to do with Pennywise).
His father emigrated to the United States after the Second World War, his mother in the 1960s; both came from Hungary. Téglás is proud of his Hungarian heritage and has several tattoos with Hungarian motives and symbols, including Matthias Corvinus, the Coat of arms of Hungary, and a tribute to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. On a hidden track at the end of "A Place Called Home" and "Our Darkest Days", Téglás sings a traditional folk song in Hungarian. The song "A Place Called Home" is a reworking of a well-known traditional Hungarian folk song, A csitári hegyek alatt, which can be translated as "Under the Mountains of Csitár" (a reference to a region in northern Hungary and southern Slovakia). Téglás speaks English and Hungarian fluently, having spent much time in the country of his parents.
He is a supporter of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. At the May 2010 Pennywise gig at Birmingham O2 Academy, as well as the December 18 Ignite show at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA he wore a Sea Shepherd t-shirt, promoted the organization between songs and had an official Sea Shepherd merchandise stall setup alongside the Pennywise stall. He is also the 'Volunteer Music & Outreach Coordinator' for Sea Shepherd.
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