During Robby's hiatus from Kansas in the 80's and early 90's, Robby and Rick Moon formed a band known as "Steinhardt~Moon".
When Robby left Steinhardt~Moon to return to Kansas in 1997, Rick rebranded the band and "Stormbringer" was born .
Stormbringer quickly became one of the number one bands in the Tampa Bay FL area and still hold that title through today. Not only do they draw huge crowds to the local stage, they have become a highly requested back up band for famous singers such as....
Mickey Thomas/Jefferson Starship, Steve Augeri/Journey, Joe Lynn Turner/Deep Purple and Rainbow, Jon Anderson and Alan White/Yes, Jimi Jamison/Survivor, Buck Dharma/Blue Oyster Cult, Mike Reno/Loverboy, Bobby Kimball/Toto, Mark Farner/Grand Funk Railroad, John Cafferty/Eddie and the Cruisers, and Rick Derringer/Edgar Winter Band ...just to name a few!
Today, the members of Stormbringer have once again joined with Robby to honor the works of the band Kansas, playing the music they love and respect created by Steve Walsh, with honorable permission from the multi-talented, Kerry Livgren.
Together they are...
Robby Steinhardt & The Music of Kansas
Rick Moon, Guitar/Vocals
Dana Newcomer, Drums/Percussion
JOHN “SPOCK” ZAHNER’S BIO & EQUIPMENT
ORIGIN: SAN LUIS OBISBO CALIFORNIA
RESIDENCE: PALM HARBOR, FLORIDA
MARRIED: TO EVI ZAHNER
OCCUPATION: KEYBOARDIST, SONGWRITER, PROGRAMMER, AND SYNTHESIST.
EARLY DAYS: JOHN STARTED HIS MUSICAL ADVENTURE WITH PIANO LESSONS AT AGE 6.
STUDIED: CLASSICAL PIANO AND ORGAN UNDER CLARA DENK AND JOSEPH BOTTI UNTIL 21. WITH JOSEPH BOTTI HE COMPLETED THE CHICAGO SHURWOOD SCHOOL OF MUSIC PIANO AND ORGAN CURRICULUM.
INFLUENCES: CLASSICAL - MOZART, BEETHOVEN, KHACHATURIAN AND PROKOFIEV. MODERN – YES, ELP, DREAM THEATER, GENESIS, KING CRIMSON, THE BEATLES, KANSAS, OPETH, AND A PLETHORA OF PROGRESSIVE ROCK.
FAVORITE MUSICIANS: INCLUDE JIMI HENDRIX, KEITH EMERSON, RICK WAKEMAN, TONY BANKS, JON LORD, CHICK COREA, CRISS OLIVA, MATT LaPORTE', AND JORDAN RUDESS.
JOHN HAS WORKED ALONGSIDE ALAN WHITE AND JON ANDERSON OF YES, PLUS MARK FARNER OF GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, DON DOKKEN, PAT TRAVERS, MIKE RENO OF LOVERBOY, BOBBY KIMBALL, OF TOTO, MICKEY THOMAS, OF STARSHIP, STEVE AUGERI, OF JOURNEY, JOHN CAFFERTY, AND MICHAEL TUNES, THE BEAVER BROWN BAND/ EDDIE AND THE CRUISERS, JOE LYNN TURNER, OF DEEP PURPLE/RAINBOW, AND ROBBY STEINHARDT OF KANSAS.
HE IS GRATEFUL TO HAVE SUPPORTED BILLS THAT INCLUDE ALICE COOPER, METALLICA, OZZY OSBOURNE, SCORPIONS, ANTHRAX, QUEENSRYCHE, BAD COMPANY, EDDIE MONEY, 38 SPECIAL, KANSAS, MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, FOREIGNER, GUNS & ROSES, KAMELOT, ALICE IN CHAINS, METAL CHURCH, HEAVEN & HELL, MOTORHEAD, LITA FORD, DREAM THEATER, OPETH, MOTLEY CRUE, AND MANY OTHERS.
STUDIO AND LIVE PERFORMANCE CREDITS INCLUDE:
SECRET SERVICE: 80-85), DRAMA (90-92, 2011 - ), CIRCLE II CIRCLE (2003), CRYPTIC VISION (2004 – 2006, 2011), SAVATAGE (91-92), JON OLIVA’S PAIN 2004-2009. DARK MATTER-2012.
STORMBRINGER / STEINHARDT MOON (94-2017),
CRIMSON GLORY – KEYBOARDS AND PROGRAMMING ON “TRANSCENDENCE”, TOURING MEMBER (86-89) AND BACK FOR THE MIDNIGHT MEMORIAL SHOW @ PROG POWER X, (2009 - 2011) EURO TOURS IN 2011 & 2012 INCLUDED FESTIVALS IN GERMANY, FINLAND, SWEDEN, BELGIUM, AND GREECE.
JOHN IS A FOUNDING MEMBER, AND RECORDED & TOURED WITH JON OLIVA’S PAIN, WITH A 3 CD DISCOGRAPHY. THE FIRST IS “TAGE MAHAL” ON SPV, THE NEXT “MANIACAL RENDERINGS” ON AFM WAS RELEASED ON 9/01/06. THE THIRD “GLOBAL WARNING” ALSO ON AFM WAS RELEASED IN EUROPE 5-08. JON OLIVA IS THE MASTERMIND BEHIND SAVATAGE, AND TSO (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA.)
TECHNICAL SUPPORT: JOHN HAS WORKED WITH SEVERAL MANUFACTURERS IN SOUND DESIGN, PROGRAMMING AND BETA TESTING THEIR INSTRUMENTS.
FOR TECH FREAKS:
WITH STORMBRINGER and STEINHARDT MOON - JOHN PLAYED KEYS ON BOTH PROJECTS AND TOURED AND PERFORMED LIVE.
WITH CRIMSON GLORY – “TRANSCENDENCE” WAS PERFORMED ON EMU E-MAX, ENSONIQ MIRAGE, YAMAHA DX7- II AND A ROLAND D-50. HE ALSO HELPED PROGRAM AND PERFORM ON THE NEW ENGLAND DIGITAL SYNCLAVIER AT MORRISOUND STUDIOS.
WITH JON OLIVA’S PAIN – HIS PERFORMANCE ON “TAGE MAHAL” INCLUDED HAMMOND ORGAN, KORG and KURZWEIL SYNTHESIZERS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAMMING INCLUDING THE VOTA CHOIR. ON “MANIACAL RENDERINGS” HE PERFORMED ON KURZWEIL K-2600 W/ PROSOUND AC-3, KORG TRITON STUDIO PRO, AND A YAMAHA MOTIF ES8,
WITH CRYPTIC VISION-JOHN HAS ALSO RECORDED WITH THIS PROGRESSIVE ROCK GROUP ON THE “IN A WORLD.” CD. IN ADDITION HE HELPED ARRANGE, RECORD, AND PERFORM THE “LIVE AT R.O.S. FESTIVAL” CD. HE ADDED SOLOS AND SOME SCORCHING DUELS WITH GARY SCHUTT ON “OF INFINITE POSSIBILITIES” THE NEW CD.
John Vasalakis, Lead Vocals
Eddie Pecchio, Bass/Vocals
Best sound in the south!
I first met Stormbringer on Nov 30, 2011. Going through a divorce with nothing to do, one day my neighbor said "Johnny, you need to come out and see this band Stormbringer", so I went with him. From that day on I was going out every night to see them, taking pictures and posting them to my Facebook page. Two months went by when Rick Moon and John Vasalakis came to me and said, "since you come out to see us every night, why don't you post your pics on our Facebook page?" I said "hell yeah". That's how I got together with Stormbringer band.
I have met a lot of big stars since I've been with Stormbringer. Back in the 70's, I used to open all my car windows and blast Kansas songs, and now here today, I'm friends with Robby Steinhardt!! It can't get any better.