The Jesse Damon Story
Jesse Damon’s musical journey began with inspiration from the greats of the classic / hard rock scene of the 60's and 70's. Learning and improving his craft during the late 70s and early 80's in popular local bands, Jesse started his professional career as a musician during the heyday of the memorable 80's Sunset metal scene in Los Angeles as the lead singer and guitarist for the band Silent Rage.
Silent Rage was first signed to Chameleon / Capital Records in 1987. The Paul Sabu produced album Shattered Hearts was the label's best selling "out-of-the-box" album to date. With the success of the independent label release, a copy of the album landed in the hands of none other than Gene Simmons of KISS. He loved the band and in 1989 he signed them to his label, Simmons / RCA Records. The release of their sophomore effort, entitled Don't Touch Me There, achieved critical acclaim and rave reviews. It landed at # 1 on Kerrang Magazine’s best seller’s list. The band was also featured in a multi-page article shortly afterwards. They also hit the top spot on many other European hard rock and metal album charts and reader's polls.
A video for the album's lead single, Rebel With a Cause, was featured on MTV and ended up on heavy rotation on the network's popular series Headbanger's Ball. This led to the band earning the opening act slot for Black Sabbath on their 1989 Headless Cross North American Tour. During this time Jesse formed a lifelong friendship with Gene Simmons. They began co-writing songs together and one of those songs, the heavy hitting Thou Shalt Not landed on the fan-favorite KISS album Revenge. This earned Jesse a certified RIAA gold album award.
Jesse recorded yet another Simmons / Damon co-written song in 2002 called Everybody Needs Somebody. It appeared on his debut solo album called The Hand That Rocks, released later in that same year. Also in 2002 Silent Rage was reactivated after a long hiatus. This resulted in the Bob Ezrin produced album Still Alive. Again, the album was well received by music scribes and fans alike. Four Letter Word, the fourth Silent Rage album was released in 2008. Produced by Gilby Clarke (Guns n Roses), the album featured special guest artists Bruce Kulick (Kiss / Grand Funk Railroad) and Bobby Blotzer (Ratt).
Since the launch of his solo career, Jesse has now released six solo albums, all of them receiving favorable reviews. He has carved out his niche in the international AOR and melodic hard rock community and has developed an extensive fan base. He's back for another go in 2020 with his brand new album Damon's Rage. Partnering once again with his longtime collaborator Paul Sabu, Jesse hopes fans enjoy the new music as much as the duo enjoyed making it.
Damon's Rage is a gift of love and appreciation from Jesse to YOU, the fans