Ken Leighton 3 p.m., July 26
Mission: To Mars
Bart Mendoza: Bass guitar, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Keyboards, Vocals | Gregory Page: Bass guitar, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | Robert Boynton: Keyboards, Vocals | Billy Lovcki: Bass guitar, Vocals | Hector Penalosa: Bass guitar, Vocals | Dylan Martinez: Bass guitar, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Keyboards, Vocals | Mike Kamoo: Bass guitar, Drums, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Keyboards, Vocals
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- Cover Story: "Big in Spain" · March 9, 2006
Inception: San Diego, 2000
If ever a group was destined to have a volatile lineup, it was
Though the band had many lineup changes, only the core trio of Mike Kamoo (the Stereotypes, the Loons, the Melanies), Dylan Martinez (Static Halo, Rookie Card, Broken Dial Radio), and Bart Mendoza (Manual Scan, the Shambles, True Stories) made it to the recording stage.
The first lineup consisted of that trio, plus bassist Billy Lovcki (the Cables), though other commitments saw him exit after only a few weeks. Troubadour Gregory Page soon took his place (switching to guitar for his own tunes), and the group spent several evenings in December 2000 rehearsing for their live debut: opening for Superdrag on January 1, 2001, at Brick by Brick.
Page left a few weeks after the show to concentrate on the Hatchet Brothers, with Hector Penalosa (the Zeros, Flying Colour) taking his place and Robert Boynton (If Tomorrow) joining on keyboards. This line up performed at the
Mission: to Mars was always planned to be a side project, which almost surely proved the main reason behind its speedy demise.