Thank you East Bay Express

Thank you Aaron Carnes of The East Bay Express!

Local rock ’n’ roll singer-songwriter Thadeus Gonzalez is an unlikely success story in 2018. The rocker plays the kind of heavy rock — with traces of metal and punk and drenched in hooks and harmonies — that you would have expected to climb the charts decades ago. But through persistence and putting his entire soul into his live shows, he’s proof that audiences are still primed to rock out. He’d fronted the rock band Electric Sister for years. In 2014, he released his debut solo album Utopian Society. Through creativity and hard work, he landed some high-profile gigs. Then last year, he casually entered an online video contest and won, with the prize being an opening slot for Bon Jovi at the SAP Center in San Jose. Earlier this year, he released his follow-up record Silver Inside, which has beefier riffs juxtaposed with harmonies that are more lush than Utopian Society. It’s a bombastic rock record held together with some high-end production value.

— Aaron Carnes

Interview: Billboard

Thank you Billboard for including us in this article, "Did Opening Acts Gain From the Bon Jovi Bump?"

Bay Area rocker Thadeus Gonzalez has opened for heavy hitters like KISS, Motley Crue, and Slash, but he says Bon Jovi was even bigger for him. “We were the main support, so it was just us and then Bon Jovi, so we got a lot of the attention,” says Gonzalez. He estimates that the venue was three quarters full when his band performed. “It was a big deal. I think a lot of people have seen me perform over the years in the Bay Area and up and down the west coast. People want people to achieve things. When you see a person you know do that, it's what they want.”

Gonzalez relates a funny story about the show. While the crew were using wireless gear, “I like to use a mic cord on stage to whip around like Morrissey,” he says. One crew member had a 100-foot cord that he could use on the large stage, but it lead to a snafu. “It was caught on everything, and it was such an impediment to getting my show off. That was the funny part. I'll never do that again.”

While Gonzalez cannot specifically quantity the immediate effects of the show on his career, he had been shopping around for a label deal and booking agency, both of which he later secured. “It puts more notches on my belt,” says Gonzalez. “When you do something like that, more people are going to notice you and take you more seriously. There are so many bands now.”

Opening for Bon Jovi 3/1/17

We are very excited to announce that our first show of 2017 will be opening for Bon Jovi on March 1, 2017 at the SAP Center in San Jose! We would like to thank Bon Jovi, Live Nation and most of all the Artists, Musicians and fans that support the local Arts and Music Communities here in the Bay Area. We can't wait to bring our brand of Rock & Roll to the SAP Center in San Jose.

Tickets available HERE

New Video: Change The Locks

This song is about taking responsibility for your actions; by “changing your locks” to keep the worst of the way you behave out while only letting the best of you in, and the struggle that that entails. When that much emotion is felt in a song, it’s difficult to find images that benefit the music. For “Change the Locks,” my old family footage really gave the music a nice lift.

The video was produced by Scott Reategui Richards and myself, and shot in San Francisco.

Change the Locks was produced by Dennis Hill (Hagar/Satriani, Lit, Good Charlotte) and recorded/mixed by Kyle Homme (Matt Costa, Sugarcult, Reel Big Fish). Dennis (Face to Face) contributed lead and rhythm guitars and backing vocals, Scott Shiflett (Face to Face, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes) added additional lead guitar, Pete Pacheco (Electric Sister) was on bass and backing vocals, and Nathan Walker (Lit) handled drums.

Thank you for the coverage!

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New Video: The Nude Land

This song is about starting over, albeit a country, a people, a person. A clean slate, a clean land, a nude land.

The video was shot on set in Los Angeles and produced by Bobby Eras (Snoop Dogg, Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age).  It features Scott Reategui Richards and Nick Hernandez on guitars.

The Nude Land was produced by Dennis Hill (Hagar/Satriani, Good Charlotte) and recorded/mixed by Kyle Homme (Matt Costa, Sugarcult, Reel Big Fish).  Dennis (Face to Face) and Scott Shiflett (Face to Face, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes) contributed guitars, Pete Pacheco (Electric Sister) was on bass, and Nathan Walker (Lit) on drums.

New Video: White

I wrote this song based on my own experiences wrestling with dishonesty and having the same dishonesty come back to me from others. There is a saying “If you spot it, you got it,” and it made me think being 100% honest is not realistic, so “white” lies are the result. Not speaking the truth completely, but just enough to get by in this life, a tough life, is what inspired me to write this song.

White was produced by Dennis Hill (Hagar/Satriani, Good Charlotte) and recorded/mixed by Kyle Homme (Matt Costa, Sugarcult, Reel Big Fish).  Dennis (Face to Face) and Scott Shiflett (Face to Face, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes) contributed guitars, Pete Pacheco (Electric Sister) was on bass, and Nathan Walker (Lit) on drums.

New Album: Utopian Society

I'm proud to release my debut solo album, "Utopian Society". The 11-track collection will showcase influences from classic rock, metal, punk, and ‘90s alt.

1. The Nude Land
2. Your Needle Scratches My Vinyl
3. Gold Ashes
4. Our Connection
5. Devil
6. Utopian Society
7. Change the Locks
8. Absolutely Nothing
9. White
10. Literally
11. Collide (Bonus Track)

Utopian Society was produced by Dennis Hill (Hagar/Satriani, Good Charlotte) and recorded/mixed by Kyle Homme (Matt Costa, Sugarcult, Reel Big Fish).  Dennis (Face to Face) and Scott Shiflett (Face to Face, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes) contributed guitars, Pete Pacheco (Electric Sister) was on bass, and Nathan Walker (Lit) on drums.