Classic Wax Live Recording Released On CD
There was once a rock band so loaded with talent that its members, and even its management, went on to help shape the American music scene in the '70s, '80s and beyond. For a time WAX was the hottest band in Philadelphia.
They opened for huge artists coming to town, and headlined at concerts and festivals all over the area, often promoted by rock FM radio powerhouse WMMR. "Inside six or seven months after forming, we were playing with The Byrds, Chicago, John Mayall, Manfred Mann, The Nazz and The Flamin' Groovies," recalled guitarist Rick Levy.
With the help of their management team, the group signed with legendary producer Bob Crewe's Atlantic Records distributed CGC label for a then impressive amount of $50,000. WAX then ventured into New York's Record Plant to record their debut album. The band was in good company... At the same time John Lennon was recording 'Imagine' and The Who were recording 'Who's Next' at the famed studio.
Unfortunately Bob Crewe's label folded due to financial difficulties and WAX's debut album was never finished. The group eventually broke up and its members went their own individually successful ways. But before that happened, an incredible album's worth of material was recorded totally live in the studio. For nearly 40 years the tapes were lost until now!
Rob Hyman – keyboards, vocals – Rob went on to write the classic "Time After Time" and formed million selling band The Hooters.
Rick Chertoff – drums – Rick became a 5 time Grammy nominated producer (Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, Sophie B Hawkins, The Hooters, Billy Joel, Mick Jagger)
Rick Levy – guitars, vocals – Rick went on to manage and/or play with '60s legends Hermans Hermits, Bo Diddley, The Box Tops with Alex Chilton, Tommy Roe, Freddy Cannon, Jay & Techniques and many others.
David Kagan – lead vocals – Dave recorded with Rob in Baby Grand and ulitimately pursued a successful career in magazine publishing.
Beau Jones – bass, vocals – Beau went on to play bass with many '60s classic pop groups before becoming ill. He sadly passed away in September 2010.
John Kalodner – co-manager – John became the legendary A&R man for Columbia/Sony known as the "rabbi". He was influential in the careers of Aerosmith, AC/DC, Cher and many others.
Bill Sisca – co-manager – Bill went on to become one of the most successful infomercial directors in the country. He is now back as part of the WAX team.
When bassist Beau Jones was diagnosed with brain cancer in the summer of 2009, guitarist Rick Levy got everyone together to spend time and give support and love to Beau. Rob Hyman, Rick Chertoff, David Kagen, all reunited, and at that time, another friend Arnie Holland, CEO of Lightyear Entertainment, played this lost live recording of WAX. Everyone was amazed at the performance, songwriting, energy, timelessness and passion. They all decided the music should be heard, and Arnie said, "Let's put it out on Lightyear."