Wally Stocker during a performance at The Canyon Club
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Wally Stocker, born in England, is perhaps best known as the lead guitarist with The Babys. Wally’s distinct style, reminiscent of Paul Kossoff (Free), gave The Babys a distinct, recognizable sound. That sound has found its way back home with the reforming of The Babys!
When The Babys disbanded in 1981 Wally toured with Rod Stewart and Air Supply, as well as Humble Pie – Featuring Jerry Shirley, Jimmy Barnes and Zoomer.
Wally currently resides on the east coast – soon to be headed west for The Babys first gig back in July, 2013!
John Bisaha during a performance at The Canyon Club
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Born in New York, John Bisaha is a pure vocalist who has worked within various forms of the industry for years. John Bisaha has been honing his chops from a very early age, from fronting bands to television sitcoms, from character voice overs to equity-staged rock operas (Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspeed and Destiny Faire).John Bisaha has performed around the world with various groups, traveling throughout The Far East, Europe, and across the US. John Bisaha has had the good fortune of working alongside, and opening up for such artists as Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), Ricky Phillips (The Babys, Bad English, Styx), Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon), Blondie, DEVO, Tom Morello, Barenaked Ladies, John Densmore, Ozomatli, Heart, Cheap Trick, Robin Trower, Blue Oyster Cult, Jason Bonham, Trevor Rabin and several other notable acts.
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JP Cervoni is a unique guitar player, because he plays a right-handed guitar “upside down”, and backwards. (Without reversing the order of the strings). His ability to play many styles, his strong rhythm approach and soulful phrasing makes him a player in high demand.
JP grew up in a musical family. At the age of 12, he started his musical career playing keyboards for a top 40 band. At age 15, after seeing an English band playing Led Zeppelin, switched to the electric guitar and formed his own rock band called TRIM. JP taught himself to play the guitar by listening to LPs by his favorite bands like Free, Zeppelin, Hendrix, Cream and the Beatles.
JP went to a Buddy Miles concert in London, Ontario, (Hendrix, Band of Gypsy’s, Santana) and he went backstage to meet him.
Buddy was so impressed with his knowledge of Hendrix songs and the fact that he played the guitar left-handed-backwards (like himself), that he invited JP to jam with him the following night. Buddy then asked JP to join his band back in Los Angeles, so at 21, JP moved to LA.
This was the beginning of JP’s professional musical career. From a 3 piece rock group to a full 16 piece latin / funk band and everything in between, JP has toured the world, learning first hand many styles of music. He has since played and continues to work with a myriad of talented artists.
JP’s talent goes beyond guitar playing. He is also an accomplished producer/writer, with many CD productions and songs under his belt.
The Babys then and now band list:
- Wally Stocker – lead guitar (1975-81, 2013–present)
- Tony Brock – drums, backing vocals (1975-81, 2013–present)
- John Bisaha – lead vocals, bass guitar (2013–present)
- JP Cervoni – guitars (2013–present)
- Francesco Saglietti – keyboardist (2013-present)
- The Babette’s Holly and Monica -back-Up singers (2013-present)
- John Waite – lead vocals (1975-81), bass guitar (1975-79)
- Michael Corby – keyboards, rhythm guitar (1975-79)
- Jonathan Cain – keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing & lead vocals (1979-81)
- Ricky Phillips – bass guitar (1979-81)