FOUR BY FATE's TOD HOWARTH, sat down with rock journalist, Mitch Lafon, to discuss his latest musical venture along with Sean Kelly, John Regan and Stet Howland. In this interview TOD talks about the band's coming together, their touring plans as well as work on new music. He also discusses Ace Frehley's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and let's us know if he thinks Cheap Trick deserves to be inducted.
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Tod Howarth (born September 24, 1957) is an American Rock N Roll musician from San Diego, CA. Best known as the vocalist/keyboardist/guitarist for the short-lived band Frehleys Cometled by former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley. Frehley's Comet recorded three albums and produced four videos before the lineup dissolved and Ace Frehley moved on to his solo effort. Howarth's music career began in the early 1980s with hard rockers 707 . He has also performed with Cheap Trick and Ted Nugent and released four solo albums, the first in 1995. He also provided background vocals for Nugent's Penetrator album in 1984, and Loudness' album Hurricane Eyes in 1987. Howarth joined Cheap Trick again in 2008; at the 30th anniversary 2008 Budokan show, he was seen on stage playing the keyboard and supplying backing vocals. He was originally scheduled to participate in the 2008 Journey Heart Cheap tour, but budget restrictions caused him to be unable to participate. On December 14, 2008 he released an acoustic version of the Frehley's Comet classic "Time Ain't Runnin' Out" exclusively on his Myspace page.
John Regan is an American musician, songwriter, producer and bassist. He is notable for being a member of ex-KISS guitarist Ace Frehley's band "Frehley's Comet" from 1984 to 1990. He has also recorded and performed with Peter Frampton 1979 til 2010, John Waite, The Rolling Stones, Stephen Stills, Dave Edmunds, Robin Trower, Scandal, Billy Idol and David Lee Roth.
Sean Kelly is a Canadian musician, currently playing guitar in the band with Nelly Furtado. He founded the Toronto-based glam rock band Crash Kelly, and is the band's lead singer and guitarist. Kelly was a member of Canadian rock band Helix, playing bass guitar. He stayed with them for most of 2009 at which time joined Furtado's band on guitar. He is also guitarist for the Toronto rock group 69 Duster, which he co-founded with the ex-singer for Images in Vogue, Dale Martindale. He has done session guitar work for other bands as well, including Neil Leyton's 2003 album, Midnight Sun, and was a member of Jeff Pearce's band Rye. Kelly has also collaborated with Gilby Clarke, Rough Trade, Rudy Sarzo, Coney Hatch, and The Canadian Brass.
Stet Howland (b. Aug. 14, 1960) is a professional drummer from Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. He graduated in 1978 from Duxbury High School. He started playing drums at age 7 and has been teaching and playing for a living since age 13. Influences are Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Animal from the Muppets, Sam Kinison, and Hulk Hogan. He has played for Temple of Brutality, RUN21, Killing Machine, Belladonna, The Howlin' Dogs, Impellitteri, W.A.S.P., and Carnival of Souls. In February 2006 he announced his departure from W.A.S.P. to concentrate totally on his own projects. Howland also was a drummer in Blackfoot. He was the drummer for Lita Ford and performed with her at Rocklahoma 2008, and his handiwork can be found on Lita Ford's newest release Wicked Wonderland. Drums for the album were recorded at Howland's personal studio in southwest Florida. In 2010 Howland recorded drum tracks at his studio for a cover of "Thunder Thighs", to be included on the Whole Lotta Love tribute CD. 2010 In 2010 Stet Howland founded the reality-based rock 'n' roll television series Stet TV which is currently still in production. Stet is currently playing with a band titled Where Angels Suffer, with Chris Holmes (guitar; ex-W.A.S.P.), Ira Black, Steve Unger (bass; ex-Metal Church), and Rich Lewis (vocals; Randy Piper's Animal). On July 2, 2010, Stet joined 10,000 Views, A Fort Myers, FL based powerhouse rock band. Other current members of 10,000 Views are Timmy Johnson (Lead Vocals/Rhythm guitar) and John Hyatt (Lead Guitar/Vocals). 2014 Stet still continues to play with 10,000 views, along with Timmy Johnson and John Hyatt, and they are currently working on more of their own original songs, as well as playing shows throughout Southwest Florida.