Gene Simmons declared rock dead. We’re here to prove him wrong!
Watch Three Cities perform Serious Metal Illness
Three Cities – An Introduction
When Gene Simmons declared rock dead, we decided we were NOT gonna have it! Sure, good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll has been losing ground for a while, not only to other genres, but also to the self-loathing, chuggy chuggy, repetitive alt-metal that has taken over modern radio and called itself rock. We refuse to believe that rock ‘n’ roll is actually dead, but if it has snuggled into its own death bed, the only reason is that it’s forgotten how to have a good time.
We’re changing that by making it our mission to spread Serious Metal Illness to every single person we meet.
What is Serious Metal Illness?
Serious Metal Illness is that feeling you get when you’re speeding down the highway in an ’85 Camaro blasting your favorite riff. It’s that first sip out of an ice cold can o’ Budweiser on a hot summer day at the track. It’s when you take Animal House, Wayne’s World, and Roadhouse and blend them into a delicious $5 milkshake with a splash or 10 of Maker’s Mark.
Serious Metal Illness is about rockin’, being rad, and enjoying life. In times like these, I think we could all stand to catch a little bit of the illness!
Three Cities Is…
Terel Lynn – Vocals
Anthony Decker – Drums, Garage Owner
TV’s David L. Herring – Synth Scientist
Barry Lee Legal – Guitars
Todd – Patron Saint of Partying, Literally a Skull
We reside in the three Indiana cities of Fort Wayne, Marion, and West Lafayette.
Three Cities draws heavily from the 60s, 70s & 80s golden age of hard rock. We worship bands like Led Zeppelin, Queen, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Rush, Yes, Genesis, The Who, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd, The Doors, and even our archrival Gene Simmons’ band KISS. We’ve drawn influence from all of these diverse sounds – and more – when crafting our originals. We like big hooks, shred solos, soulful vocals, loud drums, cheesy synths, vocal harmonies, groovy riffs, distortion, energy, and all of the other things that made that era’s music great.
In a sense, we’re just picking up the rock ‘n’ roll torch where the 90s tried to extinguish it.
We released our debut studio album For the Price of One in January 2016, and our first live album Live from Lafayette in September 2017. We began recording our second studio album Serious Metal Illness in December 2017, and plan to release it in Spring / Summer 2018.
Here’s What They’re Saying About Three Cities
“If the end of Rodney Dangerfield’s Back To School had continued on to his open house party I would imagine the band playing that party could very well have been Fort Wayne’s Three Cities. These guys bring to the table an 80s hard rock flair that isn’t meant to be a schtick or tongue-in-cheek. It’s an earnest sound that comes from the heart. There may be beer bongs going on while these guys tear through a set, but nobody’s getting hurt. It’s just good fun with some power chords, soulful vocals, and a “party on” vibe. Something Mr. Dangerfield would’ve approved of.” – Rock and Roll Saviors by John Hubner, Fort Wayne Reader
“The song, Time Will Tell is a hearty synth driven rocker comfortably reminiscent of Deep Purple. The track, from their debut release For the Price of One, is a rollicking burner riding on the back of fantastically lush keyboards, nicely paired with smoking guitars and drums. The instrumentation is strong, and provides an excellent bed for soulful Lenny Kravitz-esque vocals.” – Cretin at RaRasFarm.com
“Three Cities are dedicated to not only represent the classic rock era of the 70s, but are also helping to keep the hard rock spirit of those bands alive and well in a musical climate where EDM, rap and pop enjoy wide commercial popularity.” – Colin McCallister, Whatzup
“Three Cities take having a good time seriously. It shows in their live shows, their videos, and it shows in their recorded output…Three Cities’ Live from Lafayette is a testament to weekend jams, the rock n’ roll life, guitar tunings between songs and four dudes laying down some serious jams to ignite your brain. Long live Three Cities, and long live rock n’ roll.” – Live from Lafayette Review by John Hubner, Whatzup
“A 13-track freshman album is impressive all on its own. For four guys to work together this well and produce such a prolific first time outing, you would expect a laboriously sounding effort, filled with fillers and fluff injected into the the overall content. Yet in this case, quantity in no way compromised quality. With notable similarities in the writing styles on each track, this four man band from the collective surrounding areas; (Lafayette, Fort Wayne, and Marion – “Three Cities”) produce an overall smooth pressing, the result of an exceptional collaborative effort – Three Cities – For the Price of One.” – RickerRocker Review of For the Price of One
“The album [For the Price of One] treads a variety of different styles, moods, oftentimes within the same song…and it is far preferable to the status quo of chuggy prog metal, with eclectic influences and a tendency to go pretty hard at times – something most of the genre tends to forget about.” – Halfbeat Magazine
“It is not metal. It is far more of a prog\rock thing. Arena, Pink Floyd, but with some “classic rock” type elements as well. It works like magic and this album has put every other disc in the queue on hold indefinitely.” – Scott B on the PMX2 Forum
“Rock with awesome vocals, shredding guitar, killer keyboard and banging drums. What more can you ask for?” – iTunes Review
- The Melody Inn (2018 – Indianapolis, IN)
- Middle Waves Music Festival with headliners MGMT (2017 – Fort Wayne, IN)
- Brewed in the Fort Craft Beer Fest (2017 – Fort Wayne, IN)
- Brandt’s Harley Davidson with Brian Howe of Bad Company (2017 – Wabash, IN)
- Music Matters Festival with Jason Wells Band (2017 – Darlington, IN)
- Lafayette Theater live album recording with Fight Like Sin and SpaceWords (2017 – Lafayette, IN)
- TASTE of Tippecanoe (2017 – Lafayette, IN)
- Crooked Lake Sandbar Music Festival (2016 – Crooked Lake, IN)
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