Michael Lepond

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Michael LePond
LePond performing in Novara, 2007
LePond performing in Novara, 2007
Background information
Birth nameMichael Anthony LePond III
GenresProgressive metal
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsBass
Years active1999–present
Associated actsSymphony X, Distant Thunder, Dead on Arrival, Rattlebone, Cheap N Nasty, Metal Mike Chlasciak, Sleepy Hollow, Seven Witches, Holy Force, Affector, Mindmaze, Rivera/Bomma, Operatika, Helstar, Epysode, Waken Eyes, The Mike Bino Project

Michael Anthony LePond III is an American musician, best known as the bass guitarist of the progressive metal band Symphony X.[1] He is also the bass guitarist of the New York-based metal, band Dead on Arrival.[2] The group issued an album,Alive and Kickin, on the independent Polo label in 1996. He can be heard on all Symphony X releases since the 2000 album V: The New Mythology Suite. He was formerly a member of the New Jersey band Rattlebone,[3] which opened for many national acts and released a six-song album in 1997.

Biography[edit]

LePond was born in Newark, New Jersey. When he was 13 years old, he attended a Kiss concert, and was inspired by the performance, especially the band's bass guitarist Gene Simmons, to begin playing music. He bought some basic equipment, namely a Univox bass guitar and a 150 watt amplifier, and took lessons for a year. He started listening to other bass players like Geddy Lee of Rush, who influenced his style.

In 1998, he met the Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo through a mutual friend, and was invited to replace Thomas Miller, who had recently left the band. He has remained the band's bass guitarist ever since.

In 2012, Lepond formed a progressive metal supergroup named Affector with the drummer Collin Leijenaar, the vocalist Ted Leonard and the guitarist Daniel Fries. The band's first album, Harmagedon, was released on May 21, 2012. The album includes guest keyboard players Jordan Rudess, Derek Sherinian, Neal Morse and Alex Argento.[4]

Past health issues[edit]

In 2006, LePond developed Crohn's disease, forcing Symphony X to cancel all of their European tours. He underwent surgery to control the effects of the disease, and on May 31, 2006, he announced his recovery on Symphony X's website.[5]

Hello to Everyone!!! I want you all to know that I had my surgery and have been released from the hospital. I am feeling so much better now. I am eating normally and getting stronger with each passing day. I should be fully recovered in about 3 weeks. I want to thank all of the fans who sent get well wishes to me. I will read every single one of them. I will never forget how kind and caring you are. I love you all...

Solo album[edit]

On August 21, 2014, it was announced that LePond would be releasing his first solo album, Silent Assassins.[6] The album was released on September 26, 2014, and includes guests such as the guitarist Mike Chlasciak (Halford, Testament), his Symphony X bandmate Michael Romeo and the vocalist Alan Tecchio (Hades, Watchtower). LePond himself plays bass and rhythm guitars on the album.[6]

Equipment[edit]

For the Paradise Lost album, he used a Caparison Dellinger bass guitar, Madison 8x10 cabinet and a Tech 21 RBI preamp. Live, he uses a Fender Precision bass guitar and a Hamer Cruise as back up, amplified by an Ampeg 4x10 Classic cabinet and an Ampeg B2-R head. In the past he has been known to use Hamer Scarab and Musicman Sterling bass guitars.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hill, Gary. "Biography: Michael Lepond". Allmusic. Retrieved March 20, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: D.O.A. (Dead on Arrival)". Allmusic. Retrieved March 20, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Seven Witches: New Album, DVD Update". Blabbermouth. October 5, 2005. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Affector: 'Harmagedon' Album Samples". Blabbermouth.
  5. ^ "Symphony X Bassist Is 'Fully Recovered' After Undergoing Crohn's Disease-Related Surgery". Blabbermouth. July 20, 2006. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b "Symphony X Bassist MIKE LEPOND To Release 'Silent Assassins' Solo Album in September". Blabbermouth. August 21, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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