Named after Benatar's 1983 live album, LIVE FROM EARTH celebrates the music of rock legend Pat Benatar. Since 2014, this band comprised of top-notch LA veteran musicians led by accomplished singer Jill Marie Burke, offers powerhouse vocals & stellar showmanship as they bring to the stage an explosive tribute to one of the most influential and favorite female rock vocalists of all time. They provide their audiences with all of Pat’s big hits including Heartbreaker, Love Is A Battlefield, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, and even a few non-Benatar rock classics! Watch, listen & experience the very best of 80’s female Rock-n-Roll.
IT'S BENATAR ... THE WAY YOU REMEMBER IT!
MEET THE BAND:
Jill Marie Burke - Vocals
Tim Kleiman - Guitar
Rick Zaccaro - Bass & Vocals
Trevor Thornton - Drums
Tuzy Ellis - Keyboards & Vocals
Tiny physique, huge voice, and full of attitude! Jill Marie Burke displays her rocking tribute to one of her favorite vocalists of all time. A Los Angeles native and former Miss Anaheim, her first professional work began performing for the Walt Disney Company, portraying such princesses as Jasmine, Ariel, and Pocahontas. While traveling the world, she was a principal vocalist for Norwegian and Holland America Cruise Lines. Most recently, she was a headliner on Crystal Cruises with the cabaret revue Hollywood Revisited. You can hear her singing the popular “Priceline Negotiator!” jingle in commercials running nationwide. She is an executive committee member and actor for the Musical Theatre Guild, sings in the a cappella band Vybration, is the female vocalist for the master percussionist C.G. Ryche, and frequently belts out our National Anthem for the Anaheim Angels.
Initially, it was the visual side of rock and roll that prompted Tim Kleiman's journey into music. Captivated by the costumes and theatrics of the band KISS, at age five he began taking guitar lessons. After a stint playing violin in the school orchestra, he began forming rock bands, and later he was part of the Seattle music scene during the grunge era. Tim attended The Evergreen State College, where he obtained a B.A. in music. Over the years Tim has written, recorded and toured with many bands, including jam band Spirit Union Revival, Ready, Willing & Abel, Primal Order, Culprit, and R&B/metal group The Seventh Hour. In addition to covering the guitar duties for LIVE FROM EARTH, Tim is a touring member of the legendary 80's heavy metal band Culprit, and teaches guitar and bass lessons.
Who better to bring the thunder than the San Fernando Valley’s own Rick Zaccaro. This bass master provides the concrete foundation that was forged from years of assimilating Led Zeppelin and Rush albums. A veteran of the LA scene, Rick has had the pleasure of working with many hard rock bands including Sonomaris, The Seventh Hour, and most notably Green Vinyl Dream. GVD released three highly acclaimed albums and toured with the likes of Linkin Park, Fuel, and the actual Pat Benatar! Other credits include musical productions Spellbinder and Evel Knievel: The Rock Opera.
Trevor Thornton began playing drums at the age of seven and started playing professional gigs at twelve years old. His long list of album credits include Asia's "Asia--Live in Osaka", Q-Feel's "Orbital Be-Bop", and John Vidor's "Blue Flux Deluxe". He has toured internationally, playing with many diverse acts including Asia, Saxon, Nelson, Walk on Fire, Kim Wilde, and One Nation. He has also sat in on sessions with Def Leppard, Dave Stewart, Dexy's Midnight Runners, Flock of Seagulls, and Lynx. As a drum instructor, Trevor has taught master classes at NAMM, the British Music Fair, the Frankfurt Messe, and the Scottish Music Fair.
Tuzy Ellis grew up singing rock ‘n’ roll. After 10 years fronting her own original rock band, she spent the next 15 years as a classical singer. She finally returned to the rock stage as “Christine Mc Vie” in a Fleetwood Mac tribute band. Since then, she has performed in several tribute bands as the lead singer, backup singer, and/or keyboardist. She has a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Texas, College of Music.