Oni Logan

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Oni Logan
Birth name Leonardo Gustavo Gimenez
Born Buenos Aires, Argentina
Genres Hard rock
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, tambourine, maracas, harmonica
Associated acts Diamond Rose, Ferrari, Lynch Mob, Racer X

Oni Logan is a hard rock vocalist. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he was raised in the United States. He is best recognized as the original (and, once again, current) lead vocalist of the band Lynch Mob, having first joined the band in 1990, only to leave after the release of the first album, before rejoining in the late 2000s.

Career[edit]

Logan got his start as lead vocalist for the band Diamond Rose in South Florida from 1985 to 1987. That band consisted of Dave Rhodes (guitar), Mike D'Amico (drums), Marc Wolpert (bass), and Mark "Smitty" Smith (guitar). The band became well-known in South Florida, but Oni left to join another Florida band by the name of Defiance. After a year of performing with them, he was invited to Los Angeles by Marc Ferrari (guitarist of Keel) to become the singer for his new band Ferrari. At the same time Ferrari was starting to form, he was asked to join the band Racer X in a new incarnation featuring all original band members except star guitarist Paul Gilbert, who had at that point left the band to form the band Mr. Big. However, Logan had only performed one show with the band when the members decided to go their separate ways. A year after, he was courted by George Lynch, who had recently left the band Dokken with drummer Mick Brown to form the band Lynch Mob.

In 1990, Lynch Mob released their first album Wicked Sensation, which featured Logan on lead vocals. However, shortly after finishing touring, Logan and band decided to part ways. His replacement was a new singer by the name of Robert Mason. Why Logan and the band parted ways is still unknown to the public.

Upon leaving the Lynch Mob, there was a deal waiting for Logan with Atlantic Records. Logan formed the band Violets Demise with former Dio guitarist Rowan Robertson, a young 21-year-old Scot Coogan, and well-known bassist Spencer Campbell. The group recorded their first album with the renowned producer Dave Jerden, but it never saw the light of day because of changed personnel in the record company. Recently, the unreleased Violets Demise album began circulating on the Internet and has since become a popular bootleg. In 2001, album was self-released under the name Logan/Robertson, titled Revisited.

Before resurfacing in L.A. clubs with his band Head Set, Logan took a hiatus from the music business and spent 7 years living in Switzerland. He has a 12-year-old daughter who still resides in Switzerland. In 2005, after having started in a new musical direction, Logan released his first solo album Stranger in a Foreign Land, which features a new, different musical sound for the vocalist. Logan wrote all the songs on his album as well.

Logan was one of many guest vocalists featured on Liberty N' Justice's 2006 album Soundtrack of a Soul. Logan sings "Show Me the Way," the seventh track on the record.

Logan reunited for a tour with Lynch Mob in 2008, and appears on the band's 2009 Smoke and Mirrors album. According to an interview with George Lynch, the record is "the natural evolution of where 'Wicked Sensation' would have went [sic] with Oni had we done a second record."[1] Logan was set to sing on the 2011 Lynch Mob tour, but reportedly two hours before Lynch Mob were set to hit the road, there was a discrepancy regarding money.[citation needed] Chas West replaced Logan on the tour.[citation needed]

Logan was the primary songwriter and vocalist on Lynch Mob's 2012 EP titled Sound Mountain Sessions. He also toured with Lynch Mob promoting the EP in the summer of 2012. In 2014, Logan partnered with George Lynch again to record an EP titled Sun Red Sun, which was released in October 2014. Logan and Lynch subsequently signed a recording contract with Frontiers Records, completing a full-length album as the Lynch Mob that was released in 2015.

Since 2012, Oni has also toured with The DIO Disciples, consisting of the original members of the band Dio. Currently 2014 has shed light with the reunion of George Lynch and Oni Logan as musical partners again for an EP release titled Sun Red Sun to be released October 2014.

Discography[edit]

Running Wild[edit]

Lynch Mob[edit]

Logan/Robertson[edit]

  • Revisited (2001)

Oni Logan[edit]

  • Stranger in a Foreign Land (2005)

Liberty N' Justice[edit]

  • Soundtrack of a Soul (2006)

Misc.[edit]

Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life (2014, featuring Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, and Brian Tichy, covering "I")

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Oni Logan's "old" Official Site [1]
  • Oni Logan's "new" Official Site [2]
  • Liberty 'n' Justice interview [3]