Michael Monarch's guitar playing perhaps helped best to capture the spirit of the 1960's. His work with the iconoclastic "Steppenwolf" (recently nominated for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) remains a hallmark of the unique mixture of psychedelic and rock. As the original guitarist for "Steppenwolf", he played on all the hits including "Born To Be Wild" (now in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame), "Magic Carpet Ride", "Rock Me Baby" and "The Pusher".
With over 40 years of stage and studio experience as a musician and composer, Michael has worked with such all-time legends as "Steppenwolf", Janis Joplin (The Kozmic Blues Band), SwanSong/Atlantic recording group "Detective", as well as with Roger Glover of "Deep Purple" and Andy Fraser of "Free".
Some of his film soundtrack and television credits include: Easy Rider, Coming Home, Star 80, Candy, WKRP In Cincinnati, Miami Vice, A Current Affair, Saturday Night Live, Geraldo, Kathy & Regis, Ally McBeal, Cold Case, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Contact, Sex And The City, ER, Star Trek: First Contact, Sahara, The Wonder Years, Disney's It's A Bugs Life, Herbie: Fully Loaded & Racing Stripes, Penny Dreadful, The Simpsons, My Name Is Earl, Borat, Better Late Than Never, Tropic Thunder & the Weinstein Company's Paddington.
For the past two decades Michael has been writing and producing music as well as performing with Randy Meisner (Eagles), Denny Laine (Moody Blues/Wings), Spencer Davis, Aynsley Dunbar (Journey) and musicians from Toto (Bobby Kimball & Fergie Frederiksen), Steppenwolf (Nick St.Nicholas), Foreigner (Ron Wikso), Santana (Alex Ligertwood & Greg Walker), Boston (Fran Cosmo), Kansas (John Elefante) and Lynyrd Skynyrd (Randall Hall) as the World Classic Rockers.
Michael is also playing locally
in Florida with the Peyton Monarch Band. They have two singles out which are
both on the Tropical Americana Weekly Trop 40 chart. Michael is a guitarist
extraordinaire as well as a highly accomplished keyboardist with many gold and
platinum records to his credit.
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