Electric Funeral is a tribute to the music of "BLACK SABBATH", one of the most influental rock bands in history.
Electric Funeral formed in October of 2000. The first Electric Funeral Show was on Halloween October 31st, 2000. All band members reside in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada.
ARTHUR W.P. WALKER A.K.A. "OZZY" : LEAD VOCALIST
Arthur was born in Beckley, West Virginia and grew up in the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio area. He attended the University of Cincinnati as a political science major.
Musical History : Professional musician, prolific songwriter and guitar teacher since the 1970's. Heavily influenced by Blues and Folk Music. One of Arthur's personal musical influences was his guitar teacher Bob Miketa of the "LOUIE PRIMA ORCHESTRA". Other musical influences include: Bob Dylan, Steven Foster, B.B. King, Hank Williams, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and The Allman Brothers.
1985-1988 "THE RAVENS"-Lead Guitarist/Vocals. Regionally popular college band with venues including Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. Opened up for many national acts at Cincinnati's premier concert club "BOGARTS" for such bands as: LEON RUSSELL, PAT TRAVERS, MEATLOAF and BROWNSVILLE STATION.
1987-1993 COSMIC STAR INC.- Acted as Officer of the Corporation and recording artist. In charge of talent, development and audio/video studio production. Produced concerts for local radio station WKRQ Cincinnati working with famous bands such as: THE ROMANTICS, FOUR NON BLONDES AND ERIN NEVILLE.
1989- COSMIC STAR INC. released Arthur's album "NEON NIGHTMARE". Regional sales in Cincinnati reaching 25,000 copies sold.
1989-1992 "THE VIBE TRIBE" -Lead Guitarist/Vocals. Toured the U.S. selling and promoting the "NEON NIGHTMARE" album. Members of the band included : Jacubu Griffin-Drummer from the "DAVID CASSIDY SHOW" and Tony Clark-Bass from "THE BLESSED UNION OF SOULS."
1996-1998 "THE SHOW DOGS"- Lead Guitarist/Vocals. Popular bar band playing small clubs and festival venues in the Cincinnati/N. Kentucky area.
Summer of June 2000-September 2000 Participated in "UNSQUARING THE SQUARE" (sponsored by the Cincinnati Arts Association and Downtown Cincinnati) : A program that brings buskers, or street performers of all walks and talents, to select areas of Fountain Square (downtown Cincinnati) and the outdoor areas at the Aronoff Center to perform.
1999-2000 Guitarist- Toured the East Coast with the Nationally known band "THE VAN-DELLS", a Rock n' Roll 1950's comedy revue.
DONNIE HOLMES : LEAD GUITARIST
Born in Juneau, Alaska and has lived in the Las Vegas area for 25+ years. Donnie started playing guitar in 1973 when he was in high school. He also plays slide guitar, bass and harmonica.
Musical influences include : Black Sabbath, Carlos Santana, Kiss, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix.
BAND HISTORY : 1987-1989 "BILLY AND THE BOBCATS"-Lead Guitarist/Vocals
1989-1990 " THE ROUGH NECKS"-Lead Guitarist/Vocals.
1990-1994 "THE SHAKE'IN DOMINOES"- Lead Guitarist/Vocals. Very popular bar band and winner of the "1991-1992' BATTLE OF THE BANDS COMPETITION. Opened for many national acts such as : Blues Legend James Cotton, Mark Slaughter of the 1980's metal band"SLAUGHTER", Molly Hatchett, and the late great Carl Perkins.
1994-1996 "BAD BILLY"- Lead Guitarist/Vocals. Performed all original music. Currently, performs with band occasionally as a special guest.
1996-2000 "BIG DADDY CADE" B.B. KING IMPERSONATOR- Opened for the O.J.'s
"VOODOO LOUNGE" ROLLING STONES TRIBUTE BAND- Lead Guitarist/vocals.
"THE IMAGINARY BAND"- Lead Guitarist/Vocals. Band members include former musicians of the band "Yellow Brick Road."
VINCE FERNANDEZ : DRUMMER
The youngest member of "ELECTRIC FUNERAL" born in San Jose, California and raised in a suburb 30 miles outside of Portland, Oregon. One of Vince's personal musical influences is his musician father, who plays the drums and accordian. Other musical influences include : Black Sabbath, Led Zepplin and Rush. Vince received 2 years of private music instruction from Don Worth (very noteable teacher) in Portland, Oregon. He also played in symphonic, stage and jazz bands throughout his high school years in Oregon.
For the past 8 years, Vince has played gigs in various night clubs and lounges throughout Las Vegas. He has played with members of the local band "Yellow Brick Road", "Black Oak Arkansas, and the famous "Doobie Brothers". He has also played for the Lt. Governor of Nevada and the former District attorney of Las Vegas, astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
JAY VAN ERT A.K.A. JAYZER BUTLER-BASS
Jayzer is our one and only life long native of Henderson, Nevada. He started out playing drums in Jr. High School, before finding out every other kid was too ! He then found out the school band needed a Bass player and began learning quickly.
BAND HISTORY INCLUDES : 1995-2000 "THE IMAGINARY BAND"- Band members include former musicians of the local band "Yellow Brick Road".
1993-1995 "WILL & THE FROZEN MEATHEADS"- Played original music in local venues and recorded a C.D.
Musical Influences include : AC/DC, Cheap Trick and Black Sabbath.