First, the Earth cooled. Then the dinosaurs came. Eventually a sound not unlike a trainload of screaming cats on fire was heard, and there was much rejoicing! Hot Buttered Elvis had finally arrived!
Hot Buttered Elvis is fronted by Washington Area Music Assoc (WAMA) Wammie award winning vocalist/guitarist Scott Barber (ex-Tripping On Rats) and features distinguished regional and national performers drummer Rob San Pietro (formerly of the punk icons The Meatmen) and bass player Shawn Sharifi (Mis-Fit, ex-Punch Buggy).
Hot Buttered Elvis was formed in 1998 by Scott Barber, Rob San Pietro, Paul Gonzalez, and Dave Daniels. The band called Woodbridge, VA home and immediately began cutting their teeth with countless live performances in clubs, colleges, and other venues.
In 2002, the band recorded their debut CD "Dinner And A Monkey", engineered by Harry Evans at Cue Studios in Falls Church, VA. The release put HBE's brand of music on the map.
It was around this time that Hot Buttered Elvis first began experimenting with their alter ego tribute bands. The first, "Amish In Chains" was billed as "An Amish tribute to Alice in Chains" (see video & photo pages), later followed by "Fat Halen" (70s-era Van Halen in inflatable fat-suits) and finally "Nun N Moses", a GnR tribute with nuns and Moses (see video & photo pages)
The next few years saw various lineup changes including Mark Davis (ex-Meatmen) replacing Dave Daniels on bass, current bass player Shawn Sharifi replacing Mark Davis, and Mog Hozna replacing Paul Gonzalez on lead guitar.
"Occupado!" was the band's second release, recorded at Nazca Studios in Alexandria, VA in 2005 under owner/engineer Carlos Romero. Released in early 2006, highlights include the opening track "Go Fish!" (see music & video pages) and a rocked-up version of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" which has been played at Washington Nationals home games (MLB) and was heard nationwide in 2010 on the Today Show (NBC Television).
A third batch of material was recorded in 2007, but was never finished due studio complications and yet another lineup change, as lead guitarist Mog Hozna was replaced by Scott Hedges (ex-House of Echo, Post-Modern Blues).
In 2008 HBE signed with Reality Entertainment in California and released two "HBE-ized" versions of covers songs: the Black Sabbath inspired "War Pigs 2008" (2008) and a take on Nirvana's "Rape Me" (2009). Both tracks were recorded at Scott Hedge's Dragon's Lair Studio in Silver Spring, MD and were distributed internationally in 2009 (available worldwide via iTunes and brick and mortar retailers).
2010 was a year of near tragedy in the HBE family when bassist Shawn Sharifi was left partially paralyzed following surgery to his spine. The band took a year off from live performing so Shawn could battle back via intense physical therapy.
HBE relaunched on March, 2011 with Scott, Rob, and Shawn plus the addition of new guitarist "JC" (formerly of American Giant) and played club and festival shows culminating Halloween 2011. Despite some success, "JC" amicably departed HBE following the Halloween show to pursue other interests.
2012 will debut the band as a power trio. Scott, Rob, and Shawn figure they have been the constant the better part of the last decade, so why not make it work as three? Look for the debut of HBE as a trio in the spring of 2012.
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