Marco Mendoza

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Marco Mendoza
Mendoza performing in 2014
Mendoza performing in 2014
Background information
BornSan Diego, California, U.S.
GenresHard rock, heavy metal, jazz fusion, funk
Years active1989–present
LabelsFrontiers Records

Marco Mendoza is an American rock musician who has worked in diverse genres. He became a professional rock musician in 1989 and debuted on Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward's solo album Along the Way. He has performed on a number of notable releases throughout his career, including Live... in the Still of the Night by Whitesnake, One Night Only by Thin Lizzy and Live in Concert at Lollapalooza by Journey.


Marco Mendoza (born 1963) started his professional career in 1989, playing bass for former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward's solo album Along the Way, which was released in January 1990. In 1991, he replaced former Heart bassist Steve Fossen in the band Alias in 1991. Mendoza played on the band's second album Never Say Never, but Alias was dropped by Capitol Records in 1992 and the album was shelved. He played in John Sykes' band Blue Murder, from 1992 until 1993. In 1994, he was recruited into a reformed lineup of Thin Lizzy, also featuring Sykes, with guitarist Scott Gorham, keyboard player Darren Wharton and drummer Brian Downey. After some preliminary one-off concerts, the band toured more consistently from 1996 until 2000, replacing the departing Downey with Tommy Aldridge and releasing the live album One Night Only.[1]

From 2000 to 2003 Mendoza recorded and toured with Ted Nugent, and in 2004 he toured with Whitesnake, another band that once featured Sykes and Aldridge, and appeared on their DVD Live... in the Still of the Night. Also in 2004, Mendoza guested on keyboardist Derek Sherinian's solo album Mythology. However, he returned to Thin Lizzy in 2005, replacing Randy Gregg. He left the band in 2007, and subsequently toured with ex-Dokken guitarist George Lynch in his band Lynch Mob.

After Sykes left Thin Lizzy in 2009, Mendoza rejoined the band for a third stint, this time with Gorham, Wharton, Downey, singer Ricky Warwick and guitarist Vivian Campbell. This lineup of Thin Lizzy toured Europe throughout 2011, before a US tour at the end of the year, and a further tour of Europe in early 2012.

Mendoza performing with The Dead Daisies in 2017

On July 6, 2007, Mendoza released his first solo album Live for Tomorrow, through Frontiers Records in Europe. The record was produced and co-written by Richie Kotzen and features guest performances by Steve Lukather, Ted Nugent, Doug Aldrich, Tommy Aldridge, Brian Tichy, Marco Rentería of Jaguares, and others.

Mendoza has also played for the band Soul SirkUS and with many other artists from different musical backgrounds including: Bill Ward, Right Said Fred, Robert Williams, Roch Voisine, Dolores O'Riordan, Tim "Ripper" Owens, and Tommy Shaw.

When not touring, Mendoza has played with his band Mendoza Heredia Neto, featuring drummer Joey Heredia and keyboard player Renato Neto, on Tuesday nights at La Ve Lee Jazz Club in Studio City. The band has recorded a live CD, Live in L.A.

In December 2012, Mendoza co-founded the Thin Lizzy spin-off band, Black Star Riders.[2] Black Star Riders' first album All Hell Breaks Loose was released in May 2013.[3]

On May 30, 2014, it was announced that Mendoza was leaving Black Star Riders at the end of the contemporaneous US tour to work on other projects.[4]

Mendoza joined Neal Schon's side project, Neal Schon's Journey Through Time, along with fellow The Dead Daisies member Deen Castronovo.[5]

In April 2022, Mendoza was announced as the bassist for the supergroup Iconic, featuring Michael Sweet, Joel Hoekstra, Tommy Aldridge, and Nathan James.[6] The band's debut album is called Second Skin. They released a lead single, entitled "Nowhere to Run".


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  1. ^ Dougan, John. "Biography: Thin Lizzy". Allmusic. Retrieved May 28, 2010.
  2. ^ "Thin Lizzy to End, Black Star Riders to Begin". December 20, 2012.
  3. ^ "Black Star Riders announce debut album title". Black Star Riders official website. March 8, 2013.
  4. ^ "Black Star Riders welcome Robbie Crane". Black Star Riders official website. May 30, 2014.
  5. ^ "NEAL SCHON Adds 'Journey Through Time' Tour Dates". Blabbermouth. February 3, 2019.
  6. ^ Owen, Matt (April 22, 2022). "Joel Hoekstra and Michael Sweet join forces in new band Iconic, announce debut album, Second Skin". Guitar World. Retrieved May 14, 2022.

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