Mike Pinera Biography

 
"Mike Pinera, leading Classic Rock into the Twenty First Century"    

(New York Times
)
Mike Pinera
"Mike Pinera is the Mr. Rodgers of Rock and Roll
(Alice Cooper 9-29-06)
The lead guitarist, singer, songwriter, recording
artist, producer from the legendary rock groups:


ALICE COOPER BAND (Schools Out - I'm Eighteen)
BLUES IMAGE (Ride Captain Ride - Pay My Dues)
IRON BUTTERFLY (In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida -
Butterfly Bleu)

CACTUS (Senseless Rebel - Hook Line & Sinker)

RAMATAM

THEE IMAGE

CLASSIC ROCK ALL-STARS

SOLO ALBUMS:

Mike Pinera Forever

Isla

Garden Of Eden

 

 

Pinera and the groups he was with have collectively sold over one hundred million copies.

He has been recording, producing and touring non-stop since 1969.

He performs for millions of people each year at festivals, fairs, arenas, corporate events and stadiums.

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

Mike and his group Blues Image were co-founders and house band at THEE IMAGE, a Miami Beach concert venue they opened and co-headlined on weekends.There Mike performed, met and jammed with such artists as JERRY GARCIA & GRATEFUL DEAD, THE CREAM with ERIC CLAPTON, THE YARDBIRDS with JIMMY PAGE, ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS, BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS, FRANK ZAPPA & THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION, JIMI HENDRIX, THE DOORS, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, TED NUGENT & THE AMBOY DUKES...and many more.

Blues Image soon signed with Atlantic Records where they had a major hit with "RIDE CAPTAIN RIDE" which Mike co-wrote and sang. Ride Captain Ride is currently featured in television shows and on several best-selling music compilations offered on TV like "FLOWER POWER, HAVE A NICE DAY, PBS-MY MUSIC THE 70's, SOUNDS OF THE SEVENTIES." The certified multi-platinum hit song is also in major movies such as ANCHORMAN.

Mike later joined IRON BUTTERFLY. The Butterfly’s big hit “IN A GADDA DA VIDA” stayed on top of the charts for a record-breaking 52 weeks earning them the first Platinum Record Award in music history. It has become the premier anthem of the sixties and has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of fame.

The Butterfly’s tours with such bands as LED ZEPPELIN, THE DOORS, SANTANA, JIMI HENDRIX, THE WHO and others were legendary.The IRON BUTTERFLY albums that feature Pinera are METAMORPHOSIS, EVOLUTION, BEST OF THE IRON BUTTERFLY, LIGHT & HEAVY. The DVD, IN A GADDA DA VIDA featuring Pinera singing lead on “BUTTERFLY BLEU” and co-lead vocals on “EASY RIDER” is still a best seller today.

Collectively, the IRON BUTTERFLY albums have sold over 50 million albums.


While in The Butterfly Pinera helped discover and co-produce the band BLACK OAK ARKANSAS with Butterfly bassist Lee Dorman. The group became an instant hit on ATLANTIC RECORDS resulting in a million seller in less than a year, now multi-platinum.

Mike and JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE drummer MITCH MITCHELL formed the band RAMATAM. The group, which included guitarist extraordinaire April Lawton, was acclaimed as a cutting edge progressive rock band. The album RAMATAM on Atlantic Records is considered to be a monumental highlight in Progressive Rock history.

Pinera then joined CACTUS. The album NEW CACTUS BAND - SON OF CACTUS, was a mixture of blues and boogie. Tours with TEN YEARS AFTER, EMERSON LAKE & PALMER, ROD STEWART, AEROSMITH and others, sold out stadiums and arenas.

• Mike released his first solo album ISLA on Capricorn records and his second a year later, FOREVER on Spector/Capitol. Self-written and produced, he had a hit single with the song GOODNIGHT MY LOVE. Tours with JOURNEY, TED NUGENT, BOB SEGER and others were labeled as ground-breaking."

Pinera and good buddy Ted Nugent turned their nightly jamming on their tour into a stadium rock event entitled THE GUITAR BATTLE OF THE CENTURY… an exciting blend of high energy playing and audience participation. “Kind of like American Idol meets World-Wide Wrestling, but beyond the theatrics we actually played very well together and our tour dates and crowds tripled,” jokes Pinera.

Mike then joined up with long time pal ALICE COOPER. The albums he recorded with Alice are SPECIAL FORCES and ZIPPER CATCHES FLESH. Pinera co-wrote with Alice and helped produce a national TV Special in France called ALICE IN PARIS now a DVD. Mike would open some of the sold-out stadium concerts with his own group, THE MIKE PINERA BAND then return onstage to play lead guitar in THE ALICE COOPER BAND.

Mike starred and co-produced the first anti-drug Rock Video Documentary, PAINSCAPE, which is still shown in schools today. He also began performing and producing concert events for festivals, fairs, television and non-profit charities including DICK CLARK'S AMERICAN MUSIC FOUNDATION, THE NATURAL HIGH FOUNDATION, HOLLYWOOD & VINE SUBSTANCE ABUSE RECOVERY CENTER, TOYS FOR TOTS and MAKE A WISH.

Pinera’s live shows on QVC NETWORKS sold over half a million CD's in a fifteen minute segment. Mike’s solo album In "The Garden Of Eden" was bundled along with the CD “EARTHRISE - THE BENEFIT FOR THE RAINFOREST,” with U2, STING, PETER GABRIEL, PAUL McCARTNEY, ELTON JOHN, PAUL SIMON, PHIL COLLINS, GENESIS, THE PRETENDERS, THE EURYTHMICS, JULIAN LENNON and others. Guest performers joining Mike live on QVC included Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, Jon Anderson of Yes, Taylor Dayne and The Classic Rock All-Stars.

Events which Mike helped produce include THE ELTON JOHN CONCERT AT THE NEW ORLEANS SUPERDOME for KING WORLD, THE TOYS IN THE SUN BENEFIT CONCERT FOR THE JOE DI MAGGIO CHILDREN'S CANCER CARE HOSPITAL, LEGENDS OF ROCK, (shot in HDTV) and CLASSIC ROCK ALL-STARS WITH LEGENDS OF SOUTHERN ROCK distributed live over COMCAST CABLE and satellite world-wide.

The new, soon to be released Mike Pinera CD, "THE PRESENT" ©2012 MPTV, is in final stages of completion. It will be offered to fans and friends on a donation basis. In addition the Pinera-produced albums on CLEOPATRA RECORDS  © 2012  MPTV, featuring the most requested songs from all the bands Mike recorded with and also selections by artists Mike has appeared with are now available. A Pinera baked custom compilation is coming soon where fans can choose from hundreds of songs and also have them appear in the order they wish.

 Pinera has offered sponsors promotional consideration in exchange for the underwriting of the tours to make it possible to give away the concerts to fans at no charge. "The Tickets Money Can't Buy." ©2012 MPTV

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© 2012 MPVTV / Pinera Music, Created, updated by MP, JC.
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