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Weapon of Choice

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Flea, the bass player for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, said this about Weapon of Choice: “Lonnie's one of the funkiest bass players alive today - I've totally copped stuff off him...” (source: Bassplayer Magazine). Stone Gossard, guitarist for Pearl Jam, who originally signed Weapon of Choice to Sony550, has this to say: “I signed this band first and foremost because of their musicianship and stage personality, they're the kind of band that likes to tour to break down barriers, so nothing's going to stop them.” One listen to Weapon of Choice, one live show experience, and you're hooked. Weapon of Choice was formed in late 1992 by South Central Los Angeles native Lonnie “Mega*Nut” Marshall. WOC subscribes to the musical style and feelosophy called “Nutmeg Music,” a term coined by Mega*Nut, and later adopted by bands like Fishbone, as a way to express a musical style that includes rock, alternative, funk, hip hop, jazz, reggae, and others in between. Deeply rooted in 70s style funk/soul, and groove heavy rock, Weapon of Choice has become synonymous with a truly unique and captivating sound. Rated as one of the Top 8 Funk bass players in music, along with Flea, Larry Graham, Bootsy Collins, Victor Wooten and others, (Bass Player Magazine), Lonnie “Mega*Nut” Marshall leads the band not only as the groove controlling bassist, but as the lead vocalist, continually amazing crowds with his unparalleled stage presence and talent. When attending a Weapon of Choice show, fans are blown away by the stage presence and high energy within the band. Lonnie Marshall's main focus during a performance is to connect with the audience, get them to participate, and rock em and knock em alive! With a bellydancing, headbanging vocal vixen, a hard rocking, captivating trombonist, groove controlling drums, thick, rubbery bass lines, crunchy guitar, and wild keys, Weapon of Choice is as wildly entertaining, energetic, and soulful, as they are creative and unique. Weapon Of Choice was originally signed to Sony550/Loosegroove, by Stone Gossard, the guitarist for Pearl Jam. Under this label, Weapon Of Choice released 2 records, “Nutmeg Sez: Bozo the Town,” and “Highperspice,” to critical acclaim. In 1998 Weapon Of Choice released a compilation CD, “Nutmeg Phantasy,” followed by full studio record, “Illoominutty” in late 2000, and later, “Color Me Funky,” a greatest hits collection, featuring a special cover of “Color Me Funky” by George Clinton. In 2006-2007 Weapon of Choice released a DVD Box Set, “Uncut Nut:1992-2006” chronicling the band's amazing career with live performances, music videos, tour footage, bootlegs, and special performances with Flea, George Clinton, Les Claypool, Stone Gossard, Victor Wooten, and many others. It is Weapon of Choice's most comprehensive release to date, and will be followed by a new studio record, set to release in early 2008.

 

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