Welcome

Hailing from the city of Chicago (and a few of the burbs), Veilside in its' current form has been a force on the Chicago music scene since 2006. Combining influences from across the musical spectrum, Veilside is a modern melodic rock band in the vein of their influences Nickelback, Shinedown, and Black Stone Cherry. In March 2009, the band was named "Best Original Band" by Suburban Nitelife Magazine. Their first EP, "Chapter One" was released in 2008 and to date has sold over 4000 copies. Not resting on their laurels, Veilside once again entered the studio to begin recording a much more ambitious CD titled "This Time..." with producer Chuck Alkazian (Slipknot, Elton John, Cristina Aguilera) at Pearl Sound Studios which was released in 2011. The CD featured 5 new Veilside originals and their popular hard rock cover of the Kansas mega-hit "Dust in the Wind". In May 2013, the band decided to work with Subclass Studios in Chicago to record their highly anticipated 3rd EP "Meanwhile..." which was released in Sept 2013.  Veilside also won the 2011 "Bandemonium" hosted by 95 WIIL Rock (Kenosha) FM Radio, and has shared the stage with many notable national acts including current powerhouses Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm, Alter Bridge, Hinder, and Black Stone Cherry, to classic rock acts like Dokken, Nelson, Great White, Sebastian Bach, Warrant, Skid Row, and Lita Ford. Veilside is a very strong supporter of children's charities, having donated time and money to the Kelsey Briggs Foundation Against Child Abuse, Headstones for Angels, and the National SIDS Organization, as well as hosts the annual "Breaking the Silence" Autism Awareness benefit show which raises funds for autism awareness.  Now in it's SEVENTH year, the event has raised over $52,000 for the cause!

Veilside is:

Tony Engel - Lead Vocals
Russ Odean - Guitars & Vocals
Bob "Cabo" Hilton - Bass
Ron Thomas - Drums, Percussion, & Vocals
Tom FInnelly - Guitars


We'd also like to honor and thank the behind-the-scenes support crew that is every bit as much a member of this band (without the royalty checks!).  Without you guys, we wouldn't look this good ;)

Stacy "Dashizzle" Nierman - Street Team Manager
Bob "Jozz" Jozzy  - Stage Manager/Road Crew
Scott Connelly - Stage Manager/Road Crew
Jason La Fauce - Stage Manager/Road Crew
Heather La Fauce - Jack of all trades
Lauren McHale - Jack of all trades
Gary Zimmer - Road Crew
Kan "Radar" Crimaldi - Road Crew
Janet Mayson - Photography
CiJay Pikula - Photography
Terry "play it old school" Murphy - Photography
Mike "Zen-Master Grundy" Greninger - Art, Graphics, and Design
Tony "Shark" LaBarbera - Spiritual Guru & late night calls
Yvonnne "Voodoo Queen" Loveland - Spiritual Guru & office hours only

Waiting for warmer weather!! 

So our show schedule has gotten underway,and this past weekend saw two all ages shows, which we absolutely love because it allows our entire families to come out.  We're about a third of the way through the upcoming acoustic disc (which will be called "Intermission") and we're gearing up for the biggest show of the year that we host and headline - Breaking the Silence.  So a lot going on!!  We've had quite a few fans jump on the road with us, and that makes those trips extra special, since funny stories from "the road" have more witnesses!!  We've also got some very cool shows coming up - including opening for "SIster Mary" of Queensryche fame Pamela Moore, Jack Russell's Great White, and Brother Cain's Damon Johnson!!   Here's a shot from the Clearbrook Benefit show at HOME Bar, courtesy of Kasia Olejnik.  Hope to see you guys out at a show, and stay tuned for updates from the recording studio!!

Just back from NAMM 

So each year we hit the NAMM Convention in Anaheim, CA to visit with sponsors, friends, and mingle with the rock stars that make the trip out!  Now our schedule starts it's full swing with our Fan Appreciation show this Saturday - come on out!!  NO COVER, and we've got some freebies, goodies, and other info to pass along as well as the bar doing up some fantastic drink specials.  We hope to see you!!  Stay tuned, more BIG news to come!!

2015 in full swing..... 

So we just got done playing at Cheers Pub in South Bend, IN this past weekend - what a blast!!  We had quite a few fans and friends with us loud and proud, and we are so thankful for that!!  This week we're heading out to Anaheim, CA for the annual NAMM Convention and then we're gearing up for a special party - our FAN APPRECIATION SHOW - No cover, nothing formal, just Veilside and friends taking over a bar and doing some new songs, some old songs, some covers, and yes, we're going to jam some acoustic and we've got some pretty cool giveaways for some lucky attendees so make plans to hang with us!!

THANK YOU VEILSIDE FANS AND FRIENDS!! 

With 2014 just about in the rearview mirror, we were honored and very humbled by the fantastic turnout for our last show of the year at HOME Bar in Arlington Heights.  Thanks for keeping up with us!!  We're looking forward to bigger things in 2015 and we hope YOU will be a part of it!!

Ending another year..... 

So the holidays are upon us again, and it seems like time constantly flies by.  Hope everyone has had a wonderful 2014.  Ours saw some ups and downs, but as long as we're ending it on an "up", that's good momentum for next year!  We're back in the studio working on an as-yet-untitled acoustic CD and about half of it is mapped out and the other half still to be written, so we don't anticipate this one coming out until Mar/April but we'll definitely update everyone as to our progress!

Hope you all enjoy the holiday season, and as always, THANK YOU for supporting this band!!

Tony - Ron - Russ - Tom - Cabo

Keepin' on keepin' on....... 

Haven't updated in a bit!  We'd been busy with our show schedule and guitar auditions and we're pleased to announce we have a new guitarist - TOM FINNELLY!!
We've only got a few shows left for the year while we get Tom up to speed, and look for a BIG 2015 from Veilside - as we're hoping to get new music out, and a busy schedule to support!!  THANK YOU to all of our fans and friends for being on this journey with us!



We'd like to give a HUGE thanks to David Shankle, formerly of Manowar and currently with DSG for helping us out over the summer, we had a blast rocking with The Shred Demon, and you'll most likely see us on stage with his band soon as he is awaiting the release of his new record "Still A Warrior" on PureSteel Records.  The groundwork is being set........thanks for sticking with us!

FARM ROCKIN' 

Well we're all ready to go for FARMROCK 2014!!  And things have gone well.  We've played a few shows with former Manowar guitarist David "The Shred Demon" Shankle and we've had a blast!!  Total pro all the way around!  This weekend, we get to share the stage with some good friends, and alongside Queensryche, Warrant, Sebastian Bach, Great White, and LA Guns (and more!) and we're pretty excited to take the stage!!  Hope to see you there!!

Here's a shot of the band at The Music Factory in Michigan this past weekend:



And finally, if you're in the neighborhood this weekend come on out!!  It's going to be a GREAT show!!

Holy !@#% 

****EXCLUSIVE***

It isn't every day that one of the very best guitarists in Chicago steps up and offers to help your band out during an unexpected lineup change...

... but that's exactly what the "Shred Demon", David Shankle of DSG and formerly of Manowar has done for us. David will be manning the lead guitar duties on an interim basis as he awaits the finishing touches on his new DSG recording "Still A Warrior" that will be released by Pure Steel Records. 

We're excited about the possibilities, and we know we'll be able to learn from one of the best!

News..... 

It with regret that we inform everyone that guitarist Mo Ismail has left Veilside.  This was an amicable split, and we absolutely wish him nothing but the best on any future projects he takes on.  For the time being, Veilside will continue on as a 4 piece (although there may be a guest guitarist at a few of our upcoming shows!).  In the meantime, we’re going to be auditioning new guitarists and hope to have some news on a potential new addition soon.  While it’s always an unknown when a band brings on a new member, we’d like to let our fans and friends know that we’re going to continue to write great songs and put on a great show.  

Still chuggin' along...... 

So this summer has been GREAT to us so far!!  From kicking it off in Arizona with QUEENSRYCHE and WARRANT to the McHenry Fireworks, to the BreastFest fundraiser, to this past weekend's show with Mancow and ENUFF Z'NUFF - we've been living a dream!!  The comments have been great, and it words like that, that seem to motivate us to greater heights.  So with the announcement that the Panacea Fest in Michigan City, IN has been cancelled, the band finds itself with almost 4 weeks off!!  No worries, we've got stuff to catch up on!  First, we're going to get started on putting together our 4th quarter bookings, and then we're going to get some writing and recording in on projects we want to catch up on.  Then, we have a full slate of shows for August and September, with the "big dog" being FARMROCK 2014 - Veilside alongside Queensryche, Sebastian Bach, Warrant, LA Guns, Great White, and more!!  Don't miss this one!!


VEILSIDE in Arizona getting ready to open for Warrant and Queensryche Memorial Day Weekend

and a couple of shots from BreastFest 2014 courtesy of CiJay Pikula, one of the BEST in the biz!!


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