The long and short of it all
I started singing at a very early age, performing musical theater in grade school, then high school. In my high school year book it is written that I was willing to sacrifice myself for the theater, having been stabbed [for real] in the play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Long story.
In 1970, Jesus Christ Superstar premiered. I heard Ian Gillan’s voice and that was it. I had never heard a rock singer perform in a theater production and it just hit me… that is what I want to do! Years later I would be the understudy for Jesus in said play, playing Simon Zealotes throughout the production.
Below is a very condensed version of what I’ve done, having recorded and played with many bands over many years. You can find a fairly updated chronology right here on my website (http://www.davidreedwatson.com) as well as, again, a fairly updated list of recordings. To spare you a novel I have highlighted what I consider The Beginning. I don’t want to discount anything that I did prior to 2010, I just consider those the developmental years. Actually, in truth, I was more focused on other things, denying my true passion. If you would like to delve deeper into other projects I have done you can find each band or project listed in the Discography section of my main website.
I packed my things and moved to Los Angeles, California where I signed with my first major (to me) band called ‘The Constant’. Living the dream, playing in all of the clubs that I had heard of like; The Roxy, The Whiskey a go go, The Viper Room, etc.
This led me to meeting Ged Rylands. Ged, I have to attribute to really jumpstarting my career overseas. Having me sing on his all star album, Dreamworld, with his band Rage of Angels, which included many famous names, and assigning me my very first producer, Kane Roberts from Alice Cooper fame. One of my songs that I wrote, With the Beating of your Heart, made it on both the UK and Japanese releases. Thank you Ged.
I released an EP early Summer 2013 with D.N.A. which includes members of, Scar for Life, Ten, and Rage of Angels.
In the fall of 2013, I moved from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. My friend and guitarist from our Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute band called ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and I moved the band from L.A. to Las Vegas where we both call home now. I also co-formed Electric Messiah here in Las Vegas. Within its short life, we opened for Leatherwolf, LA Guns and Accept. You can hear some of the recordings we did in Count’s Studios on my webpage with Oz Fox and Michael T. Ross. I even got my buddy Pat Fontaine from the band XYZ to add his 2 cents into the recording process.
In February 2015 I started writing songs with Kill Ritual out of the San Francisco Bay area. Our first album was finished in June 2015, mixed and mastered by Andy LaRocque from King Diamond fame. You can pick up your copy of Karma Machine on Amazon or iTunes.
On February 29th, 2016 we headed out for a month-long tour (clocking in 7000 miles) to support our album Karma Machine. Before I took off on tour with Kill Ritual my friends and I did a one-off memorial show for Scott Weiland. It was such a success that we decided to create a Tribute band to him and Stone Temple Pilots called Purple. Since then we’ve done shows at the House of Blues and Vinyl in the Hard Rock here in Las Vegas with much more to come.
Kill Ritual and I did a month-long tour in the spring in Europe, touring with Hirax and Raven.
Kill Ritual and I take off for 5 weeks through North America with Sanctuary and Iced Earth.
The new album will be released in Feb. 2018 through Dissonance Productions. The album will be called ‘All Men Shall Fall’.