Zoltán Téglás

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Zoltán Téglás
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Zoli Téglás at Rio Rock in 2008
Background information
Birth name Zoltán Téglás
Born Los Angeles
Genres Punk rock, skate punk, melodic hardcore
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1993–present
Labels Abacus Recordings, TVT, Rovers Records, Conversion Records, Lost & Found Records
Associated acts Ignite, The Misfits,[1] Pennywise, Zoli Band[2]
Website igniteband.com

Zoltán "Zoli" Téglás is an American singer, songwriter and producer with Hungarian roots. He is the frontman of Ignite and was also the lead vocalist of Pennywise for a short time, appearing on their tenth album All or Nothing. He has collaborated with other bands including The Misfits, Motörhead and Blind Myself. Téglás has another side project called Zoli Band.[2][3]

Music career[edit]

Téglás toured with The Misfits in October–November 2000, filling in on vocals for the Misfits during a number of North American tour dates after Michale Graves left the band.[4] In the Motörhead-song "God Was Never on Your Side" (on the Kiss of Death album) he added backing vocals. Since 1993 he is the lead singer of the California-based band Ignite, and he plays in another band, the Zoli Band. He replaced Jim Lindberg (who pursued a side project as lead singer for his newly formed band The Black Pacific) for a few concerts in Pennywise, after the former left the band in 2009. On February 16, 2010, Pennywise officially announced Téglás as Lindberg's replacement.[5] Pennywise released their tenth studio album All or Nothing on May 1, 2012, their first album with Téglás on vocals.[6] In a May 2012 interview with AMP Magazine, Téglás was asked if he was going to make another record with Pennywise. His response was, "I don't know if there is going to be a next time because we might kill each other in the process."[7] In October 2012, Jim Lindberg rejoined Pennywise, ending Zoli's short term as lead singer (in which time Zoli also suffered back injuries, limiting how much touring he was able to do with Pennywise).

In 2006 he helped the Hungarian metalcore band Blind Myself to tour in the US; they sang a song together ("Lost in Time").

Personal life[edit]

Zoli's father (now deceased) emigrated to the United States after World War II, his mother in the 1960s; both came from Hungary.[8] Téglás is proud of his Hungarian heritage and has several tattoos with Hungarian motifs and symbols, including Matthias Corvinus, the Coat of arms of Hungary, and a tribute to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.[9] On a hidden track at the end of "A Place Called Home"[10] and "Our Darkest Days", Téglás sings a traditional folk song in Hungarian. The song "A Place Called Home" is a reworking of a well-known traditional Hungarian folk song, A csitári hegyek alatt,[11] which can be translated as "Under the Mountains of Csitár" (a reference to a region in northern Hungary and southern Slovakia). Téglás speaks English and Hungarian fluently, having spent much time in the country of his parents.

Zoli rescues and takes pelicans and other sea birds to rehabilitation hospital.[1][12]

Sea Shepherd[edit]

He is a supporter of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. At the May 2010 Pennywise gig at O2 Academy Birmingham, as well as the December 18 Ignite show at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA he wore a Sea Shepherd T-shirt, promoted the organization between songs and had an official Sea Shepherd merchandise stall setup alongside the Pennywise stall. He is also the 'Volunteer Music & Outreach Coordinator' for Sea Shepherd.[13] Featured on an episode of Hope for Wildlife.


  1. ^ a b "Bio's". The Who's Quadrophenia. Retrieved 2010-02-11. 
  2. ^ a b "Zoli Band". Myspace. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  3. ^ Norbert Haklik (June 22, 2002). "From the mountains of Csitár to California". Magyar Nemzet. 
  4. ^ Downey, Ryan (November 8, 2000). "Misfits charge on after losing singer, drummer". MTV.com. MTV. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  5. ^ "Pennywise officially names Zoli Teglas of Ignite as new vocalist". February 16, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Pennywise officially name Zoltán Téglás as new lead singer". February 16, 2009. 
  7. ^ Gobee, James (May 17, 2012). "Pennywise – Interview with Zoli Téglás – By James Gobee". ampmagazine.com. AMP Magazine. Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  8. ^ "Az én életem nagyon fasza". Wanted. Retrieved 2001-03-27. 
  9. ^ PC Guru
  10. ^ "A Place Called Home". YouTube. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  11. ^ Band web site, ""Bio" page". Home Page of the Ignite. Retrieved February 14, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Ignite – Rock Sound Interview". Rock Sound. Retrieved 2007-06-03. 
  13. ^ http://my.seashepherd.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=203&cid=1&ceid=106&cerid=0&cdt=3%2F12%2F2010

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