|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Genres||Hard rock, southern rock, heavy metal, comedy rock|
|Labels||Sony BMG/Epic (2004-2007), Jo Jo Entertainment (2008-2010), Space Horse Records, (2013-present)|
|Associated acts||Tenacious D, The Kyle Gass Band|
|Members||Darryl Lee Donald (JR Reed)
Klip Calhoun (Kyle Gass)
John Bartholomew Shredman (John Konesky)
Boy Johnny (John Spiker)
Dallas St. Bernard (Nate Rothacker)
Trainwreck were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles in 2002. The group featured JR Reed on lead vocals, Kyle Gass on acoustic guitar, John Konesky on electric guitar and John Spiker on bass. The band's line-up originally featured Kevin Weisman on drums and Chris D'Arienzo on the keyboards up until 2005. Nate Rothacker became the second drummer for Trainwreck in 2005. The band released one studio album, one live album, two EPs and one single before splitting up in 2011. The band were best known for their association with Tenacious D due to the vast majority of members also having some form of role in Tenacious D. Jack Black would occasionally appear as a guest at some Trainwreck concerts also.
The band performed under their "alter-egos" with different clothing and talking with country accents to represent their southern style of music, for example Kyle Gass became "Klip Calhoun". Reed was well known for performing with obscure instruments during sets such as a washerboard and whistles.
Gass started the rock band Tenacious D along with Jack Black in 1994. Black became very popular in the turn of the new millennium with many film and TV roles which led for Black to not have as much time to spend playing gigs with Gass - so Gass created Trainwreck to keep him musically active when Black was busy. In December 2001, Tenacious D played a concert with Weezer and Jimmy Eat World in Value City Arena, where Kyle Gass befriended Erin Robinson, who described herself as a "huge D fan."  In 2002, Gass asked her to recruit musicians for the "Trainwreck sideproject" so she found bassist John Spiker and electric guitarist John Konesky. Gass also rounded up JR Reed as lead vocals, Chris D'Arienzo as keyboard and Kevin Weisman as drums. Trainwreck played their first concert at Highland Grounds in Los Angeles on the 2nd of August 2002. The band would then go on to play many Los Angeles and Ohio club shows. They would then in 2003 go onto having their first ever full-on US tour, "Pacific Rimjob", where they played to major cities such as New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Atlanta to name a few. Later on, Trainwreck toured the US supporting the Reverend Horton Heat and the Supersuckers. Trainwreck made their first TV appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2004 and featured on Current TV's 2005 halloween special performing "TV Theme" as the musical guest.
Further Expansions (2006-2008)
Trainwreck performed on the official score, later released as More Rocktastic Music From The Film, for the Tenacious D movie with their songs 'Caveman', 'I Wanna Know' and 'John Bartholomew Shredman'. Gass wears a Trainwreck T-shirt during the vast majority of the film as well as appearing in it on promotional materials such as the official poster. For the concert tour to support the movie and soundtrack, Konesky and Spiker were recruited to play guitar for the shows based on their work with Trainwreck. Rothacker worked as a roadie and drum-tech. Because the Pick Of Destiny tour featured all the members of Trainwreck, Trainwreck played shows in the cities they were in on their days off. This is notable because the band performed at the Scala in England, the Annandale Hotel in Australia and the Mod Club Theater in Canada which were the band's first international dates. In late 2006, Black expressed wishes for 2007 to take a break from the entertainment industry, this meant for Trainwreck to tour during 2007, especially in the summer, to keep Gass musically active.
In September 2008, Trainwreck released their first music video Tim Blankenship directed by Nick Simon. The actual song itself would later feature on their debut album.
The Wreckoning (2009-2010)
The band released their debut 15-track album on the 2nd of December 2009 at The Roxy in Los Angeles. The first copies of the album were signed and put on the band's online store available in either CD or Vinyl format. In March 2010, the album came available on iTunes and Amazon in MP3 digital format. There were also a music video created in support for the album - Brodeo. The band also released a music video for "Baby, Let's Rock" off of Trainwreck's 2003 "2 Tracks" single. The band went on a tour to support the new album throughout March and May in various cities of the United States. In June during Tenacious D's Bonnaroo Music Festival slot, Rothacker played for Tenacious D for the first time as he replaced Brooks Wackerman due to him being on tour with Bad Religion. Later on, in September, they began touring again after a short absence. The band played their last show on the 25th September 2010 at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago. This show was in the middle of their Transcontinental Railroad tour - the Chicago show was their tenth show into the tour. Reed informed in a podcast that after the Chicago show, the band forgot to lock their trailer properly and equipment fell out the back during the drive, causing them to cancel the remaining eleven shows for the tour. After five months of in-activity, in March 2011, they announced their closure on their Facebook page as Gass, Konesky and Rothacker formed The Kyle Gass Band.
- Trainwreck - 2 Tracks (2003)
- Trainwreck Live (2004)
- Trainwreck - The EP (2006)
- Trainwreck - Trainwreck (2006)
- The Wreckoning (2009)
- Darryl Lee Donald (JR Reed) - lead vocals, percussion
- Klip Calhoun (Kyle Gass) - guitar, back-up vocals, flute
- John Bartholomew Shredman (John Konesky) - electric guitar
- Boy Johnny (John Spiker) - bass, vocals
- Dallas St. Bernard (Nate Rothacker) - drums
- Lance Branson (Chris D'Arienzo) - keyboard, vocals
- Kenny Bob Thornton (Kevin Weisman) - drums
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- "Destiny lands Ohioans jobs with". The Columbus Dispatch. 2007-02-08. Retrieved 2007-03-11.
- Michael Libby (2004-10-20). "'Tenacious' musician starts his own Trainwreck". Lifestyle. Retrieved 2006-12-30.[dead link]