Monsters of Rock (band)

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Monsters of Rock
Monsters of Rock on June 12, 2009 in San Diego, CA at 4th and B.
Background information
Also known asMOR or M.O.R.
OriginSan Diego, California, United States
GenresHeavy metal, hard rock
Years active2005 to present
Associated actsNone
WebsiteMonsters of Rock
MembersGavin O'Hara
Sergio Estrada
David Kendall
Roger Estrada
Past membersA.J. Wolfe, Jeff Sheets, Tom Hogue, Jerry Fluery, Ron Lerma

Monsters of Rock is a tribute band formed in San Diego, California, USA in March 2005. They are billed as "San Diego's Ultimate Metal Tribute Band."


Monsters of Rock are a San Diego-based multi-metal tribute act dedicated to performing the songs of the well-known metal bands that dominated the 1970s, 1980's, and 1990's--especially bands that performed in England's "Monsters of Rock" festivals. The Monsters of Rock pay tribute to bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Queensryche, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne and many others.

Monsters of Rock have performed in venues within the Southern California area and received a third place award and a $4,000 cash prize in the "Ultimate Music Challenge 2: Battle of the Cover Bands" at Viejas Casino[1] in Alpine, California on August 3, 2008.[2]

Monsters of Rock also competed the following year in the "Ultimate Music Challenge 3: Battle of the Cover Bands" at Viejas Casino in Alpine, California on July 8, 2009 winning second place and a $8,000 cash prize.[3][4]


Monsters of Rock originally formed in February 2005 by bassist Jeff Sheets (formerly of Hunter), lead guitarist Gavin O'Hara (formerly of Sabotage, Street Liegel,[5] and Sinor), drummer A.J. Wolfe, and lead vocalist Ron Lerma (formerly of Piece of Mind, Deeper Purple, and Teabag). Jeff Sheets, Gavin O'Hara, and A.J. Wolfe were all formerly in the band Wolfgaard in 2004 playing originals and covers. The band name was changed from Wolfgaard to Monsters of Rock when Ron Lerma joined the group and suggested the name change. Ron was also involved in an original project with the band Sator Square at the time of Monsters of Rock's formation.[6]

In April 2005, A.J. Wolfe accepted a job offer and relocated to Oregon. He was replaced by Tom Hogue (formerly of Cynical Man and Malady who are presently known as Benedictum and have since released three albums/CDs in Europe). Eventually the band decided that they would need a second guitarist to fill out their sound. After auditioning several candidates, they recruited lead guitarist Sergio Estrada (formerly of Sweet Vengeance)in mid-April 2005.

The members of this line up all brought previous experience having played alongside acts such as Quiet Riot, Ratt, Great White, Motörhead, and others at such legendary San Diego venues as the Bacchanal, Rio's, Straita Head Sound,[7] 4th&B, and Brick by Brick (formerly "The Spirit Club") to name a few. While they were playing original material at these years in hopes of a recording contract, this time around the purpose of their band was to play heavy metal covers that influenced them to become musicians in the first place.

In May 2006, due to musical differences, Jeff Sheets left the band. Bass player Dave Kendall (formerly of The Spoilers & The Late Edition) joined the band the same month. Dave was a friend of both Tom Hogue and Sergio Estrada. In May 2010, Tom Hogue also left the band. Tom Hogue was initially replaced by Jerry Fluery (formerly of 6one9 [8] and Black Diamond w/Gavin O'Hara back in 1983). Jerry had to quit the band due to work constraints and was replaced by Sergio's brother, Roger Estrada in September 2010. In May 2014, the band parted ways with lead vocalist, Ron Lerma. After unsuccessful attempts of finding a full-time replacement lead singer, the band decided to utilize other guest lead vocalists to fulfill their contractual obligations for the remainder of 2014. Since all four of the remaining members are currently in three different bands, the Monsters band will scale back to doing just four shows in 2015.

Since 2008, the band has been playing venues, such as House of Blues, The Belly Up Tavern,[9] Paladinos,[10] and are a house band at the Second Wind Bars in Santee [11] and San Carlos, CA. They pride themselves in filling a void not too many bands provide which is playing classic heavy metal covers. They have shared the stage with many nationally and internationally known tribute and original music acts such as The Iron Maidens, The Atomic Punks, Wild Child,[12] Damage Inc,[13] ThundHerStruck,[14] Lights, Steel Panther, and Pearl Aday to name a few.


Gavin O'Hara - Lead Guitar & backing vocals (2005–present)
Roger Estrada - Drums (2010–present)
Sergio Estrada - Lead Guitar & backing vocals (2005–present)
Dave Kendall - Bass Guitar & backing vocals (2006–present)

Former members[edit]

Ron Lerma - Lead Vocals (2005–2014)
A.J. Wolfe - Drums (2004–2005)
Jeff Sheets - Bass Guitar & backing vocals (2005–2006)
Tom Hogue - Drums & backing vocals (2005–2010)
Jerry Fluery- Drums (2010)

Guest Lead Vocalists[edit]


Shamini Jain (Current band: Up The Irons)
Greg Rupp (Current band: 8FIVE8)
Michele Whitlow (Current bands: The Big Lewinsky, The Wild Nights Band)


Lauri Randall Vreeland (formerly of Ophelia Vibe and Relax Max)
Tommy Inglehorn
Trent Slatton (Current bands: Hell Bent, Jane's Diction)
Deb DiMaggio (formerly of Get Groovin)
Joey Molina (Current band: Classic Buzz)
Mark Griffin (Current band: Serious Guise)
Mike Griffin (formerly of Serious Guise)


  1. ^ Viejas casino
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-12. Retrieved 2008-09-17. Ultimate Music Challenge 2
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External Links:

Monsters of Rock main website
Monsters of Rock MySpace website
Monsters of Rock Facebook website
M.O.R. at Lo-Cal Music website