About Pump

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Pump is your premiere tri-state, metropolitan Aerosmith tribute band composed of long time music lovers and aficionados. Covering everything the “Bad Boy’s from Boston” have put out since their 1973 self titled album “Aerosmith” up to today’s hits. Lead by Chandler Mogel on lead vocals and Frank Tassielli on bass, Pump will get you pumped at a venue near you.

Meet the Band

CHANDLER MOGEL

– LEAD VOCALS

Chandler is one of the most prolific and dynamic singers in the Rock world today.  He works primarily as a session (studio) singer, having performed vocals on upwards of 400 songs appearing on over 25 albums. He also performs as a rock singer at high-society private events in the NYC area, performing on over 600 gigs.

In 2008, Chandler performed with AJ Pero’s (TWISTED SISTER) band CITIES and was later offered a deal with Kivel Records out of NY singing on the new TALON record, a melodic rock band out of California.  Later, in 2009, he achieved success together with his own rock band OUTLOUD in the country of Greece, signing with Frontiers Records, touring in Greece and in Europe multiple times, appearing on national TV and also on the cover of Metal Hammer magazine twice, the country’s largest rock publication. The band also has had multiple album licensing deals and countless accolades in both Europe and Japan.

Later on, Chandler became the lead vocalist for the Punky Meadows Band (guitar player from the 70’s rock band ANGEL), of which the debut album came in at #7 on the iTunes Rock Chart, and on Billboard at #6 on the New Artist Chart and #136 on the Top 200, in June of 2016, which was followed by a successful US tour.

Additionally, he has been named Best Unsigned Artist in Starcentral Magazine in Australia and was featured on the homepage of popular music-based social media site ReverbNation. His album “Road Not Taken” with NJ-based group Iron Bridge Band received a Grammy consideration for Best Rock Album for 2013, and again in 2016 with their sophomore album “Against the Grain”, this time in two categories:  Best Rock Album and Best Engineered Album / Production, and his song “American Boss” considered in two categories: Best American Roots Song and Best American Roots Performance.

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FRANK TASSIELLI

Bass Player/Background Vocals/Band Manager
Years Performing: 27

My influences are : 
Dave Larue, Geddy Lee, Eddie Van Halen, Stu Hamm. Randy Coven, John Entwistle , Paul Macartney, And Tom Hamilton, to name a few.
The reason why I love playing in an Aerosmith Tribute is because of the awesome lead guitar harmonies, great vocals and songwriting.

Some my personal favorite past gigs include- july 2010 performing in San Juan, Puerto Rico with the Red Hot chili peppers tribute band, “Warped”,
and also performing on New years eve in Council Bluffs, Iowa, & at Harrahs Casino with Billy Joel Tribute Band “Stormfront”.

My favorite Aerosmith songs are:


Toys in the Attic, Last Child, and Jaded.
Favorite Aerosmith album: Rocks, and Just Push & Play.
Personal Highlight: Meeting Joey Kramer in Feb 2014.

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STEVE MCCLUSKEY

Drums, Vocals

Steve is a Long Island native with extensive recording & live performance experience. Steve has taught privatel

y & for several music schools over the years & is also well versed in both percussion & rhythm guitar.

Playing a diverse spectrum of styles & sounds, in recent years Steve has played in a working jazz trio, recorded & played with Country singer/songwriter Deborah Lombardi’s Band, & with Andy Del & The Courageous Cats. He also plays with The Mohair Sam Blues Band, the 70’s Classic Rock band Undercover with fellow PUMP Band member & guitarist Marcello Diablo, & is the on call sub for several NY bands & also the “regular-fill in” drummer for one of the NY area’s most popular dance bands, The Rocking 45’s.

When not playing music, Steve performs across the Tri-State area as part of an acting troupe doing Murder Mystery Shows, Comedy Wedding shows, & Improv Theatre, studies martial arts, & helps little old lady’s cross the street whenever called upon.

Steve has been an Aerosmith fan since childhood & is thrilled to be a part of the act as PUMP brings its tribute to venues all across the fruited plains.

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Johnny “Flaggs” Francese

Rhythm and Lead Guitars,
Synthesizer
Vocal
Years Performing: 40

John is a seasoned guitarist/singer having played throughout NY, NJ, out west, and up in Canada (eh). including festivals in the mid west with “Gaelforce” Celtic rock.

Tribute bands have included “Headgames” Foreigner tribute, and “Razors Edge” AC/DC tribute. He was with last house band at Kenny’s Castaways in NYC called “Radiostar” 80s meets Arena rock.

John has written, recorded, and collaborated with Ron Zabrocki, Bearsville studios. and was produced by Billy Cobham with his band “Steelhouse”.

He loves working with guitar synths, various pedals. etc. (likes to make noise).

John uses Trailertrash pedalboards, Egnater, and Blackstar amps, and whatever weird guitars he can find.

I pick, therefore, i grin!!!!!

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Tommy Lestat Collier

Guitars/ Background Vocals/ Talk Box
Years Performing: 40

Influences are:

Jimmy Page, Johnny Winter, Rory Gallagher, Joe Perry/Brad Whitford, Jeff Beck, Ian Thornley and my Mentor Doug Varady.

The veteran of many original NYC projects most notably Grimm Jack.
There’s were many gigs’, tours and a lot of history there!

A current Member of the Chris Pepe Band.

And he continues to do Solo private gigs.

Tommy-

“Growing up across the street from Aerosmith in the 70’s on Commonwealth ave put their music in my blood.

Les Paul’s and Marshalls are my main go to’s and this gig allows me to take out my early 80’s BC Rich Mockingbird!!

Extremely happy to be picked to join the Premier Aerosmith tribute band PUMP!!”

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