Like most musical groups, Desperados evolution through the years has included a few member changes.
The latest line up is even more powerful & entertaining than ever before, and promises to be the finest Eagles experience to be had, outside of an actual Eagles concert.
With their exciting stage & visual presence, world class guitar work, rock solid rhythm section, and dynamic vocal work, Desperado satisfies their audiences with a Big Stage quality experience. As you are in the presence of a group of extremely accomplished & well seasoned, world class musicians.
A Desperado performance isnt just about an audience enjoying their favorite Eagles hits Its about that & much more.
The professional visual impact, astounding accuracy & obvious soulful appreciation & personal enjoyment which is shown by the performing musicians takes the great music of the Eagles far beyond the typical tribute band experience. A Desperado audience has a memorable, world class, Major Artist Concert type of musical experience that they will talk about to their friends & peers, for years to come.
Founding members Jeff Ballew (guitars, banjo, pedal steel, mandolin & vocals) and Michael Olivieri (guitars, keyboards & vocals) are joined by newer members Mike Lamper (guitars, keyboards & vocals), Bruce Fitzsimmons (bass guitar & vocals) and Ron Davis (drums & vocals).
Jeff Ballew: Guitar and vocals Guitars, banjo, vocals
Born into a musical family, Jeff has been playing the guitar since he was nine years old. He moved to San Francisco at the age of twelve and recorded for local bands throughout the bay area at the age of 13. In 1967 Jeff attended the Monterey Pop Festival where he, and America, were introduced to Jimi Hendrix. Inspired by Jimi, Jeff moved to Southern California and founded WWIII, an extremely popular Southern California Rock Band.
In 1983, Jeff moved to Texas to play lead guitar for Chastity Fox, with whom he toured the United States. Following this success, he returned to Southern California and was signed to RCA Records Jack Street Band, worked as a staff writer for Chrysalis Records, performed on the soundtrack for the full-length feature film "Dangerously Close" and toured with platinum recording artist Rick Springfield. He has appeared in concert opening for Survivor, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Leann Rimes, Kansas, and many more!
In 2002, Jeff became a founding member of the Eagles tribute band, Desperado and toured the United States with them. Following his love of the music of Chicago, Jeff has now formed Colour My World.
Davis: Drums, vocals
Over the years, Ron has played in bands with players from many now famous bands, such as: Motley Crue, Guns n Roses, Ace Frehleys Comet, Roxanne, Pure Prairie League, Detective, Heart, Point Blank, Spocks Beard, & more. Ron has shared the stage with such artists as: Queensryche, Def Leppard, ZZ Top, Santana, Eddie Money, Collective Soul, Tommy Shaw (Styx), Randy Bachman (Guess Who, BTO), Duff McKagen & Matt Sorum (Guns n Roses & Velvet Revolver), Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), John Taylor (Duran Duran), Chuck Berry, Johnny Winter, etc Ron has recorded at major studios, has played the club circuit/s extensively, and has performed at major concert venues, municipal auditoriums, colleges, etc Ron has also had airplay on major radio stations in the USA & Europe with various artists and original bands.
Olivieri: Keys, Guitar and vocals
Lamper : Guitar, keys and vocals
FitzSimmons: Bass and vocals