Founded by Musicians Institute Alumni in January 1992, Wilkes Booth has dazzled crowds and radio stations from coast to coast for over 25 years now. Original member Daves Wilkes Booth is truly a legend, performing alongside world renowned classic metal bands, he delivers his own original music from the genre, as well as his colleague's covers from AC/DC to Zebra, culminating to what equates as a star-studded mind-blowing rock performance second to none. Although the lineup has changed from time to time, the message remains the same: have a good time all the time!
The band's four original albums can be found on YouTube, as well as official and unofficial video, and have been getting listens and views throughout the world. The band currently resides in upstate New York, they have several homes and own its own three-story building with a full service nightclub on the first floor. Recent appearances have been few and far between as they have been enjoying the fruits of their labor. If the right venue or event present themselves, then the band brings its legendary and spectacular production and delivers, leaving nothing to be desired. Meanwhile, the band's music has been affiliated with a performing rights organization- a connection to hundreds of royalty collection societies around the world- to ensure payment of owed publishing royalties.
A genuine rock act still surviving from the hair metal days, their longevity solidifies their position in the annals of legendary superstardom of bands from back in the day. Having worked with the industry's top promoters and producers such as Lonn Friend and Tyson Steele, Wilkes Booth has been on the tip of the tongue of rock music's biggest names for some time now.
Although superstardom has eluded them, their success in carving out their niche in the business has already been fulfilled. Any unique opportunity allows the fan not only full satisfaction from a bonafide legendary sunset strip top performer, but a significant and relevent spectacle, complete with entourage, road crew, trucking, lights and sound, the closest possible thing to the real deal: performers from the likes of Kiss, Guns and Roses, the Beatles, the Doors or Metallica. The buck stops here, friends.
As one of the
longest running hard rock/heavy metal bands in the Rochester
area, Wilkes Booth can trace its origins back to 1994, when founding
member and guitarist Dave Wilkes Booth returned after a 7 year
stint playing the prestigious sunset strip in Hollywood, California.
Wilkes Booth's first album
proved to be a high energy effort with a band consisting of vocalist
Bobby "Rocker" Fredericks, bassist Jason Carter, and
drummer Mike "Oxbig" Fittos. This lineup played live
extensively and subsequently recorded their debut cd Blows
U Away in 1996, which has since sold internationally as well
as received airplay throughout the world on terrestrial and Internet
have been unrelenting in their passion for a classic hard rock
sound. They have ignored trends in favor of playing fiery covers
from such artists as Aerosmith, Black Sabbath and Metallica to
Motley Crue, Poison and Van Halen to name a few. The Wilkes Booth
original material is written and played in the same passionate
vein as well.
cd release from Wilkes Booth entitled
One Night Stand
came out in the spring of 2003. Carter was replaced by Kevin
Rappenecker on bass, and the same extensive live playing ensued
with this album, creating an enormous fan base and furthering
the development of this website and numerous related links and
connections. As with the first album, One Night Stand
has seen its share of international sales and exposure.
is truly one of the last over-the-top dirty rock and roll bands
from back in the day.
Respect the Rock
Summer 2013, and was the first of all three releases
to premiere on Youtube, so the world has been reacting
this latest masterpiece.
You can purchase this album through
the Merchandising page!
- For a complete
history of the Wilkes Booth Band visit the Discography
- To purchase
any of the Wilkes Booth CDs visit the Merchandising
- To write
to the band:
Wilkes Booth P.O. Box 442 Fishers, N.Y. 14453