Fri · July 6, 2018

8:00 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Velicious began as an Orange County college party-rock band in 1989 (then known as Vicious Rumors), performing covers from some of the genre’s best, including AC/DC, the Rolling Stones, the Cure, The Cult, Dramarama, Social Distortion, the Doors, U2, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin and many more.

Velicious consisted of four fraternity brothers – Jeff Haupt (Hopper), Bill Halligan (Hal), Scott Kumamoto (Kumo) and Albert Matias (Big Al) – who were part of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity band at UC Irvine. While they all hit the books hard, they rocked even harder. The band played numerous college parties, weddings and other local gigs before disbanding in 1992 when everyone went on to Graduate School.

In 2004, Velicious rose from the ashes to rock once more. When news of a college fraternity reunion leaked out, Hopper, Hal, and Kumo saw it as a great opportunity to get the band back together. However, Big Al had moved to San Francisco (he now plays in various jazz bands around town), so Velicious employed the drumming talents of fellow fraternity brother (and avid fan of Velicious from its UC Irvine days), Tony Crisp.

Velicious also found that since it had broken up, a German heavy metal band had assumed its moniker. After numerous practices and a name change, the band emerged as the lean, mean rock ‘n’ rollers they are today. It only took a few rehearsals for the Velicious crew to realize that the fire and passion for solid rock ‘n’ roll still burned within these hard-working professionals. Now all 30-somethings, and actively working in the fields of medicine, law and business, the members of Velicious have stepped up their music game.

In 2009, the line-up altered again when Dave Munch joined after Kumo retired to focus on his growing family. The band also enlisted Matt Muckle (formerly of Buckcherry and Alice Cooper) who occasionally fills in for Crisp when he’s off to Vegas for video game conventions or escaping kidnappers in Turkey.

In 2008, the group wrote four original tracks to perform at the Emergenza Battle of the Bands Festival in 2008 (and appeared again in 2009). Velicious took home second place both years. The band also scored runner-up in the Battle of the Doctor Bands, held at Galaxy Theatre in Costa Mesa in 2011. In 2010, Velicious released its self-titled CD, which was produced by Eric Carlsson (guitarist from Furn and 3rd Strike).

The band has shared stages with artists like Tesla, Monsters of Rock, the Starf***rs, Blackleaf, Strangeway, Neon Nation, Soundcake, Grunge Garden and many more. Picking up gigs at venues like the Hard Rock in Las Vegas, House of Blues Anaheim, Cabo Wabo in Mexico and the Viper Room on the Sunset Strip, the band continues to gig consistently and entertain audiences in various venues throughout Orange County and Los Angeles.

While its extensive rock ‘n’ roll repertoire consists of covers from artists like Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Poison, Ratt, Cheap Trick, KISS, Dramarama and Social Distortion, this versatile group of musicians isn’t afraid to take on a few tracks out of the realm of rock including cuts by Pat Benatar, Rick Sprinfield, Tom Petty and Johnny Cash. With its most current material available on iTunes, Velicious plans to have a brand new, full-length album out in 2012.
Venue Information:
Gallagher's Pub HB
Huntington Beach, CA, 92648