Mike Madriaga 9:30 a.m., May 25
Jeff Sheets: Vocals | Ron Reed: Bass guitar, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | Paul Alexander: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Keyboards | Dave Steinman: Drums | J. Kaye: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric)
Inception: Ramona, 2009
Ex-Band Members: Bill Molch, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric)
Influences: Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Motley Crue, Queensryche, Rainbow, Ozzy, Dio, UFO, Kiss, Iron Maiden
Founding Octorox members previously played with San Diego groups Painkiller, Monsters of Rock, Sator Square, and HeadRUSH, among others. Bassist Ron Reed also plays with Magic Bag.
According to the band, “We are the masters of obscurity, a tribute to 1970s and 1980s hard rock and metal. We play well-known tunes, as well as the more obscure B-side tunes known back in the day by those who follow these bands.”
They played the VA Standown in Balboa Park on July 16, 2011, their second time appearing at the annual event. A few months later, guitarist Bill Molch was replaced by J. Kaye.