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 will be released on Sept 21st.  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.  This year's concert, their 5th annual, raised over thirteen thousand dollars.

Veilside is:

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

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!!


Thursday, June 12th 

Our new single "Barrel of the Gun" is released today!!  We think this tune rocks, and we're hoping you do too!!  Make sure you give it a spin and tell us what you think of it in the guestbook!!



Also, make sure you check out the show calendar, as our summer dates are filling in quick!!  Hope to see you at a show, and enjoy "Barrel of the Gun"!!
 

5/20/14 - Summer is coming! (FINALLY) 

Here in Chicago we're FINALLY starting to see some good weather!  That means the club season is slowed, and bands try their best to play some outdoor fests.  And this year, we're playing one of THE BEST fests there is - FARM ROCK 2014!!  That's right, we'll be sharing the stage with some of the bands we grew up idolizing and we can't wait!!



We're also getting ready to head out to ARIZONA this Memorial Day Weekend to rock with WARRANT and QUEENSRYCHE and we'll be sure to put up some video and pics!!  THANK YOU for stopping by!!  More news to come soon!!
 

IT'S APRIL......THAT MEANS..... 

BREAKING THE SILENCE TIME!!  Our SIXTH annual Autism Awareness fundraiser!!  Last year's event raised over $13,000 and this year we're hoping to top that!!  The event itself is SUNDAY APRIL 27th at Durty Nellies in Palatine, IL and will once again be an ALL AGES event.  We've also put together some of the best acts in the Chicagoland area who have graciously donated their time for this event!!  And of course, we're working hard to promote it, so we'll be returning to the WGN TV afternoon news on THURSDAY, APRIL 24th with a special acoustic performance. 
 

Year's looking good so far..... 

3/26/14

Well things have been moving at a hectic pace so far this year......our sixth annual "Breaking the Silence" autism awareness fundraiser is in full-on planning mode, and we think we have a shot at topping the $13k we raised last year.  More on that as we get into April (Autism Awareness Month).  We also have a GREAT announcement to make - we're going to be spending our Memorial Day Weekend in the desert......with QUEENSRYCHE and WARRANT (can't beat THAT!!) as part of the "Desert Rocks Concert Series" courtesy of Frederick Entertainment - Check out one of the flyers:



And THAT's just the beginning......more to come as we shake off this winter and get this train rolling!!  We've also done a bit of writing and recently debuted TWO new songs that went over extremely well, and we'll keep refining those until we're convinced they're as good as they can be.  In addition, we're going to be making our first trips to a pair of new clubs for us - H.O.M.E. Bar in Arlington Heights, IL on April 4th and The Metal Grill in Cudahy, WI on April 5th.  THANK YOU for stopping by the website and we hope you enjoy the songs!!

Kicking off a new year! 

1/29/14 

So we had a great time at the 2014 NAMM Convention!  Of course, it's great just to get away from the Chicago weather, if only for a few days, but even more importantly, the band heads out to meet with our sponsors, endorsements, and network with other musicians and companies.  Now that we're back, we're gearing up for our first show of the year, this one in Chicago at a club called FIZZ on January 31st.  Then the schedule gets BUSY, so be sure to check the band's show calendar right here on our website!  And if you haven't picked up a copy of "Meanwhile..." yet.....get over to a show and get one!!

Another year ending.... 

Well 2013 has been a great year for the band, from the release of the new EP "Meanwhile...", which should be going up on Itunes and all digital retailers early next year, to appearing on WGN TV, to rocking out in Wauconda with Sebastian Bach, Lita Ford, RATT, Winger, and Warrant, to opening for Stryper, to meeting all kinds of new friends and fans, we are truly thankful for the kind words of encouragement and the support!!  We want to wish all of you a VERY good holiday season, regardless of what you celebrate, as well as the very best wishes for a great 2014!

As for us, we've got 2 shows remaining on our 2013 schedule.  We're playing with 80's rockers ENUFF Z'NUFF at Tailgaters this Thursday December 12th, and finishing the year at our "home away from home" in Michigan, this time at a new club for us...THE FOUNDRY in Jackson on Dec 28th.

We have some big things in store for 2014, and we hope you'll be a part of it!!

Tony - Ron - Bob - Russ - Mo

What's happening...now? 

10/15/2013

So the CD Release party for "Meanwhile..." was nothing short of amazing, and even though we have limited sales on the new CD to our shows only (don't worry....it will be available everywhere soon!) it has done quite well!!   So we're getting out and about on a weekend "mini-tour" of the midwest.  We just got back from Kokomo, IN last weekend and met some great bands along the way.  This upcoming weekend we're in Steger, IL followed by an acoustic set in the south burbs and then we're off to our "home away from home" in Michigan (we love jamming out there!)

So here's a few shots from the CD Release:



We gave a huge THANKS to Joe Tiberi (Engineer, co-producer, head of Apothica Studios, string arrangement on "My Last Lie"), Mike Greninger (Artist extra-ordinaire, Mike has done our t-shirt art, as well as the art on every CD we've ever done, and the Breaking the Silence artwork!) and Mitch Moraylos (co-producer, head of Subclass Studios).  This CD ROCKS because of the work these folks did!!  And not to be forgotten, a special thanks to Stacy Nierman, our Street Team Manager.....who whipped up flyers for the event, did the merch booth for us that night, AND did a video slideshow that the club never got around to playing (yeah, thanks on that!) 

A shot from the stage.....thanks to EVERYONE who came out and made that show great!!



Oh yeah, and right before that we did a show with late 80's/early 90's rockers TRIXTER that was a LOT of fun!!  The guys in Trixter were nothing short of amazing, putting on a great set and hung out with EVERYONE after the show.  Tony and Cabo got a shot with the guys before they headed out to Minnesota....but you should all give a listen to "New Audio Machine" by Trixter....that CD is incredible!!



THANK YOU to everyone who has given us a kind word regarding the new CD.....it's exactly why we do this.  If you guys wouldn't listen, there'd be no reason to play.  We are grateful to each and every fan and friend we have.  We hope to have news on yet ANOTHER upcoming CD........VERY SOON!! 

Have you "Heard"? 

9/17/13

Ok, so the band is gearing up for the "Meanwhile..." CD Release party this Saturday, but we want to share with everyone as well (I mean, c'mon....we're pretty excited about this thing!) so here's a WEB EXCLUSIVE of "Come Back Down". The song was penned by drummer extraordinaire Ron Thomas, so give it a listen!! And do us a HUGE favor, leave a comment on our facebook page telling us what you think! We want to hear from YOU!! And speaking of "hear".....if you tune in to 105.5 The Kat FM THIS THURSDAY Sept 19th between 8pm and 9pm, you can hear the single we're pushing from "Meanwhile..." called "Standing Alone" on host Tim Lamping's show!! Hope to see all kinds of fans and friends at the CD Release Party at Shark City in Glendale Heights this Saturday Sept 21st....the new CD is the guest of honor and will be available for sale!! We absolutely realize that there is no reason to do this without our friends and fans, so most importantly, THANK YOU for stopping by.....we hope enjoy the song!!


Tony - Ron - Mo - Russ - Cabo

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