Marty O'Brien

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Marty O'Brien
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Bassist Marty O'Brien on tour with Lita Ford, Texas, 2012.
Background information
Born Pawtucket, Rhode Island, United States
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1998–present
Associated acts We Are the Fallen, Tommy Lee, Methods of Mayhem, Disturbed, Static-X, Celine Dion, Lindsay Lohan, Kelly Clarkson, Ben Moody, Hana Pestle, Against All Will, Gus G

Marty O'Brien is an American bass guitarist originally from Pawtucket, Rhode Island and currently based in Los Angeles. O'Brien plays professionally for live touring musical acts, recording sessions, television, and film scores all of which encompass a range of genres such as pop and rock, thereby collaborating with various musical artists. O'Brien's discography is generally diverse yet also maintains a notable background and standing in the hard rock and metal music genres. Live credits include tours with bands such as Disturbed,[1] Tommy Lee, Static-X, Methods of Mayhem, Lita Ford, and many others. He has performed on three different Ozzfest tours, each time with a different band (Ozzfest's 1998, 2000, 2002). Also a busy session-bassist, most of this work taking place in his current home base of Los Angeles, O'Brien has recorded with numerous artists[2] such as Celine Dion, Chris Cornell, Brian McKnight, Tommy Lee, Lindsay Lohan, Gus G., Lita Ford and Kelly Clarkson; the later includes the number one single, Because of You from the Grammy award-winning album titled Breakaway.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, O'Brien started playing bass at the age of 13. By age 16, he had joined his first local rock band, and by 19, was playing local live shows in Providence, as well other cities along the east coast such as Boston and New York City.



Marty O'Brien's professional career began in 1998 when a local Providence, Rhode Island based band, Kilgore asked him to join their lineup as their new bassist. A few weeks after joining, the band embarked on the Ozzfest 98 summer festival tour, where the band shared the stage with such bands as Ozzy Osbourne, Tool, Incubus, System of a Down, Limp Bizkit, and Motörhead. Next came a North American tour supporting Slayer and Fear Factory, then a European tour in the winter, supporting Fear Factory. In January 1999, vocalist Jay Berndt quit the band, which eventually led to the end of Kilgore.

Methods of Mayhem

In April 2000, Marty moved to Los Angeles, and just three weeks later was asked to audition for Tommy Lee's new band Methods of Mayhem. Marty was offered the job the same day as the audition, and the band left for Europe eight days later and spent the summer playing some of the biggest festivals across Europe. (Dynamo Open Air, Rock Am Ring, Rock Im Park, Glastonbury Festival). Next, the band spent the rest of the summer touring the U.S. on the Ozzfest 2000 festival, sharing the main-stage with bands Ozzy Osbourne, Pantera, Godsmack, Static-X, Incubus, P.O.D., Queens of the Stone Age, and Disturbed.


In early 2001, the multi-platinum selling metal band Disturbed asked Marty to join them on tour after their bassist Steve "Fuzz" Kmak had broken his ankle in a fall from a fire escape outside the band's rehearsal complex. Marty spent two months playing bass for Disturbed on an extensive tour throughout Europe, opening for Marilyn Manson.


In the summer of 2001, the multi-platinum selling band Static-X called upon Marty to fill-in on tour after their bassist Tony Campos had fractured his collar-bone in a motorcycle accident. After having only one rehearsal with the band, Marty toured with Static-X on the "Extreme Steel Tour" which also included the legendary pairing of the bands Pantera and Slayer. This would ultimately be Pantera's last tour ever.

Tommy Lee

Between 2002 and 2005, Tommy Lee recorded and released two solo albums. In 2002, Never a Dull Moment was released, on which Marty has a songwriting credit, and 2005's Tommyland: The Ride. From 2002 to 2005, during the promotion of both those records, Marty played bass on both world tours and performed on several TV shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Celebrity Roast of Pamela Anderson, and a handful of European TV shows, including Top of the Pops.

Recording Career

In 2004, Marty chose to focus more on recording sessions in Los Angeles. Over the next few years, Marty quickly accumulated an impressive resume of artists that he has recorded with, such as Celine Dion, Chris Cornell, Brian McKnight, Mýa, Tommy Lee, Lindsay Lohan, and Kelly Clarkson, including her number-one single, "Because of You", on the grammy-award-winning album, Breakaway.

We Are the Fallen

In 2009 Marty became a member of the new band We Are the Fallen, along with former Evanescence members Ben Moody, Rocky Gray, and John LeCompt, featuring American Idol runner-up Carly Smithson on vocals. The band was launched on June 22, 2009 at a press conference in Hollywood, CA, and soon signed a deal with Universal Republic Records. Their debut album was released on May 11, 2010, and the band toured extensively throughout that year, supporting the band HIM, as well as playing many summer festivals in Europe such as Download Festival and Rock Am Ring.

Lita Ford

In early 2012 Marty joined Lita Ford's touring band. The band toured extensively in 2012 as the opening act for Def Leppard and toured the world in 2013 in support Living Like a Runaway. Marty played bass on Lita Ford's 2013 live album The Bitch Is Back...Live.

Recording Discography[edit]

Marty O'Brien performing with Patrick Kennison of American rock band Heaven Below and Lita Ford
Artist Album Label
Kilgore A Search for Reason (*Bonus Track in Japan) Giant Records / Warner
Kilgore ECW: Extreme Music Sanctuary
Ed Vick Set in Motion Orchard
Tommy Lee Never a Dull Moment MCA Records
Pre)Thing 22nd Century Lifestyle V2 Records
Kelly Clarkson Breakaway RCA / BMG
Ben Moody The Punisher (Movie Soundtrack) Wind Up Records
Kelly Clarkson Because of You – Remixes RCA / BMG
Smile Empty Soul Don't Need You (Single) Lava Records
Kelly Clarkson Breakaway (Bonus DVD) BMG International
Brian McKnight & MYA Forever in Our Hearts (single) Tsunami Relief .org
Lindsay Lohan Little More Personal Casablanca / Universal
Tommy Lee Goes to College (DVD) Image Entertainment
Tommy Lee Celebrity Roast of Pamela Anderson (DVD) Comedy Central / Paramount
Jason Hook Safety Dunce Five Finger
Deadsy Phantasmagore Immortal
3Faced Married to the Wreckage Trifold
Hana Pestle Hana Pestle FNR Records
Lesley Roy Unbeautiful Jive Records
Celine Dion Taking Chances Sony Music
Heaven Below Countdown to Devil Broken Halo
Against All Will Tomorrow and Today (single) Stereo Supersonic Music
Hana Pestle This Way FNR Records
Against All Will You Can't Change Me (single) Stereo Supersonic Music
Jason Charles Miller Last to Go Home Count Mecha Music
Ben Moody All For This FNR Records
Celine Dion My Love – Essential Collection Sony Music
Nina Ferraro Let it Go (single) Nina Ferraro Music
Against All Will A Rhyme & Reason Subsonic Industries
Gus G. I Am the Fire Century Media


  1. ^ [1] MTV News, Joe D'Angelo, January 12, 2001; O'Brien to Fill Kmak Spot for Disturbed European Tour
  2. ^ a b [] Marty O'Brien Credits via AllMusic.

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