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Ava Hecht

Carlisle Lynn Phillips

Eddie Sperry


The Story of The Slashtones
The Slashtones are one of the most eclectic bands to spring forth from the rock clubs and sleazy after-hours bars of New York City. Founded in 1993 by the enigmatic Harry Slash, The Slashtones, in one form or another, have been one of NY's longest running "all-star bands". (We hate the term "supergroups")

"Harry & The Slashtones" originally started out as a 'One Night Only" joke band that performed on former guitar player turned rock club promoter Harry Slash's birthday party at his club "the space at chase" in New York City on March 27, 1993. Harry "sang" one set of mostly blues based rock songs and a few original "comic rock creations", (now known as "mash-ups"). He revived the band the following year with a slightly altered cast, this time as a mostly jazz rock band with a few more original funny "comic rock creations".

"The Slashtones" then transformed into a "real band" with a unique conceptual style of mixing hard rock grooves with classic television themes, hard edged musical arrangements and original satirical material. The band has been called "more of a Rock & Roll think tank" than a regular band as 'band guru' Harry Slash has always tried to put together rotating lineups of musicians with slightly different styles in a creative situation where the first priority is the music, and having fun.


It's The Slashtoness unique concept that over the years has attracted rotating cast members associated with such notable bands like: The 5th Avenue Vampires, The B-52s, Birdland, Brad Factor:10, The Cult, Dion, Deep Purple, The John Entwistle Band, Ace Frehley's Comet, Macey Grey, Robert Plant & The Honeydrippers, Billy Idol, Buddy Miles Express, Mountain, Murphy's Law, Buster Poindexter, Raging Slab, Rainbow, The Rattlers, Riot, Spinal Tap, Storm, The Uptown Horns, Warrior Soul, Zebra and others. The band's cast has had many different musicians of merit come and go (then return for a bit before leaving again) with numerous roster and style changes, but one thing that has never waned is the musicality. Whenever a new member joins the cast, the first task is to take the old tunes, forget what's been done before, and make them new again.

Some of the original music of The Slashtones (described by some as "Frank Zappa meets The Who", "Benny Goodman meets White Zombie" and "Monty Python meets Led Zeppelin") was heard on an international television program called Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) from 1997 to 2001 and then again from 2005 to 2008. Their songs have also appeared on a multitude of other CDs, EPs, DVDs, video games, theatrical films, television programs, live Pay Per View events and one Broadway play.

The Slashtones current and hopefully permanent cast (we're getting tired of updating the band page...) in order of first appearance is Harry Slash: vocals & acoustic guitar, Arno Hecht (The Uptown Horns, Dion...): saxophone, Steve "Budgie" Werner (Three For All, Snappahead, Hindenberg, The Ace Frehley Band...): drums, Felix Hanemann (Zebra, Hindenberg): bass, keyboards & vocals. and Richie Scarlet (The 5th Avenue Vampires, Frehley's Comet, Mountain...): lead & rhythm electric guitar, vocals, bass and piano, with co-producer Tarik Solangi on vibraslap and third bass. ("... and I don't give a darn!" "Oh that's our Shortstop." - Bud Abbott & Lou Costello)

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