Join Cowboy Mach Bell on Friday, April 8th, from 4 – 8 pm, Sat., April 9th, from 10am – 6pm, and Sun., April 10th, from 10am – 3:30 pm. for a wild weekend of Live Concerts, vendors, guitars, drums, vinyl, posters, Beatles, books, panels, autographs & photo ops. Only at the MusicCons Music Collectibles Extravaganza, located at the Boxboro Regency Hotel, Rte 495, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough MA.
Other scheduled music celebrities including Vinny Appice, Rex Smith, Liz Borden, June Millington, Jon Butcher, Jesse Blaze Snider, Gary Hoey, Barrence Whitfield and Cherie Currie! Sing with celebrities as Cowboy hosts Celebrity Fan-Tasy Karaoke, Friday April 8 from 8:00 – 10:00 pm in the Courtyard Friday Night! Sign up with Mach during the day Friday.
“Cowboy Mach Bell was a rock n roll singer who grew up in the next town over from me (Holliston, Massachusetts) and had a group called Thundertrain. He loved to rave and be in a band…” – Joe Perry
Mach Bell made his bones fronting the glitter-rock turned proto-punk group Thundertrain. Appearing in 1977 on both the “Live at the Rat” album as well as their own “Teenage Suicide” LP, which featured their original song “Hot For Teacher,” Thundertrain became regular headliners at Max’s Kansas City and CBGB’s in Manhattan, the Cleveland Agora, Boston’s Paradise Theater and, of course, the Rat.
Ohio-born rock singer Cowboy Mach Bell has recorded and toured extensively with numerous famed rock bands including: The Joe Perry Project, Wild Bunch, Last Man Standing, Mach 5 and the legendary Thundertrain.
“All leather and attitude, Thundertrain sat poised on the brink, a local hit album in its saddlebag and full support from the local media. Fronted by the irrepressible Mach Bell, who took no lip from anyone and took command at every venue, Thundertrain peddled and pummeled its metal ditties of thigh school love and lust with a basic two-guitar, bass and drums attack that also, surprisingly, featured a generous share of hooks to hang a hit on.” – Carter Alan
Mach explains his early days in rock and roll “People started calling me “Rock Star” even though I was just this skinny, broke kid. Only because I was acting like I knew exactly what I was talking about.”
Joe Perry’s management took notice and invited Cowboy to audition for the Project. He passed the try-out and went on a two year high voltage rock and roll journey that is highlighted in his new book. At this point in his career, Mach states “My rock’n’roll dream was resurrected. But on a whole new level… more professional production… bigger venues.” I recently talked with Mach about his musical career and the process of writing the book.
By 1982 Aerosmith lead guitarist-in-exile Joe Perry needed a new lead singer for his Joe Perry Project. Mach Bell (who Joe always calls “Cowboy”) was selected for the job. Bell and Perry wrote seven of the original songs for the 1983 Joe Perry Project album Once a Rocker Always a Rocker (MCA/Geffen).
The recording has been re-released 18 times (and counting) in North America, Japan, Europe, Australia and Russia. The video for their song Black Velvet Pants appeared regularly on MTV and later on VH1 Classics. The Project performed hundreds of concerts all over Canada, South America and the United States, rocking packed houses at venues like the Bottom Line, El Mocambo, Hollywood Palace, New England Dragway, El Poliedro and the Agora Ballrooms.
“Cowboy Mach, Joe Pet and Danny Hargrove. Without a doubt the wildest and most fun bunch of guys I ever played with. It was rocking as close to the edge as I will ever get. Truly a band of pirates.” – Joe Perry
In late 2019 Panther Rock Books published the long talked-about road diaries that were meticulously kept by Cowboy Mach Bell during his years as a member of the Joe Perry Project. In his book, the Cowboy shares his adventures and times spent with stars including Joan Jett, Stiv Bators, Ric Ocasek, Jim Dandy, Ric Nielsen, Steven Tyler and Bo Diddley.
Mach’s book “Once a Rocker Always a Rocker: A Diary” has been met with immediate critical acclaim. And his newest book “I Gotta Rock” has just been released and Mach will be signing books and records all weekend. https://oncearocker.com/
Join Rock n Roll Legend and Author, Cowboy Mach Bell for a wild weekend!
About this event
MusicCons Music Collectibles Extravaganza April 8-10, 2022, at the Boxboro Regency Hotel in Boxborough, MA for 3 days of Music Collectors’ and Fans’ Experiences.
Celebrity Guests signing autographs and offering selfie photo ops(both for a fee) including CHERIE CURRIE (The Runaways, “Foxes”), REX SMITH (Broadway, Teen Idol, Movies, TV), JUNE MILLINGTON (Fanny), VINNY APPICE (Black Sabbath), JIMI BELL (Autograph), JESSE BLAZE SNIDER and more to be announced on our website and Facebook page.
Music performances during each day including Robin Lane, Barrence Whitfield, Sal Baglio, Jon Butcher, Justine & The Unclean, Andrea Gillis, Speedfossil, Kid Gulliver, Justine’s Black Threads, Barry Marshall, The Marshalls, Emily Grogan, Mick Lawless & Tom Yates, Studio Two Beatles Acoustic and many more to be announced.
Rex Smith performs his one man, multi media show “Confessions of A Teen Idol” Saturday and Sunday (for an added fee).
Daily Screenings of the new documentary FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK (for an added fee) to benefit June Millington’s non profit music school.
Keep up with the News about the Collectibles Extravaganza April 8-10 at the Boxboro Regency Hotel and Conference Center in Boxborough, Massachusetts.
Cherie Currie, REX SMITH, Vinny Appice, Jon Butcher, Barrence Whitfield, Sal Baglio, Robin Lane, June Millington and many more. Information on guests can be found on the April 2022 news page!
Vendors of Vinyl Records, Guitars, Amps, Effects, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Collectibles, Memorabilia, Vintage and more.
David Bieber Archives, Chachi Loprete and Erik Taros The Beatles Magical History Tour and so much more to see and do.