Former White Wizzard front man Joseph Michael makes the move to lead L.A. based metal artists Desert Dragon with their first performance featuring the new line-up at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Warming the stage for Jack Russell’s Great White, the crowd shared their enthusiasm for the band with applause and CD purchases to celebrate the new direction of the group.
Desert Dragon’s high energy approach to melodic metal made noteworthy mention in the spring of 2014 when the band booked a 6 show mini-tour that brought the band to the SXSW festival in Texas. On their return toward Los Angeles, the band performed on the rooftop of the Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and completed the string of dates with a packed show at the House of Blues Hollywood on the Sunset Strip.
Vocalist Joseph Michael has added a strong element to the band with his powerhouse vocal style, often compared to that of Tim Ripper Owens, or even Ronnie James Dio, ironically, who he is distantly related to. Offering a three song EP while the band prepares to record a new album featuring Michael out in front of the band, radio’s response and critics regards have heralded the rhythmic power of the band as being top level musicianship that will inspire many who come after the band in this genre.
Other bands of note to feature Michael’s skill set as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist have included The Peppermint Creeps, Midnight Silhouette, Hayley Dees, David Chamberlain, Skronky Kong and Omery Rising. White Wizzard’s 2013 CD release The Devils Cut shows the power and versatility in what Michael provides.
The forthcoming CD by Desert Dragon, slated for a late 2014 early 2015 release (as yet unannounced officially) is being recorded and mixed by engineer James Barton (Rush, Queensryche, Metallica) and will provide a full featured follow up to the band’s successful EP release.