PAN ROCKS is the brainchild of heavy metal drummer turned internationally recognized steelpannist, Tracy Thornton. Last summer PAN ROCKS entered the Ocean Studios Burbank in Los Angeles, CA, recording 5 songs for the “Project LA” sessions, with Producer Matt Starr (Mr Big, Ace Frehley) and 30 steel pannists from around the world, along side Billy Sheehan (Mr Big), Tracii Guns (LA Guns), Bruce Kulick (KISS) and Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction).
This is what Tracy Thornton, the mastermind of the Project, has to say on the documentary:
This is the documentary of the “Pan Rocks Project LA” sessions that features the Pan Rocks Steel Orchestra led by steelpannist Tracy Thornton and joined by members of Jane’s Addiction, KISS, LA Guns, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth as well as Cellist sensations Emil & Dariel. This documentary takes you inside this groundbreaking musical project recorded at Ocean Studios Burbank in Los Angeles, CA. Hear from the steelpannists involved, the rock stars that signed on, producer Matt Starr and Pan Rocks creator Tracy Thornton on how all of this came about and went down. Enjoy!
Watch the documentary here:
“Pan Rocks” soul purpose is to get people excited about the steelpan art form, while at the same time, show the world the possibilities, the capabilities and diversity this amazing gift to the world from Trinidad & Tobago has by introducing it into uncharted territories and musical genres such as Rock, Punk and Heavy Metal!
Metal Shock Finland‘s Tarja Virmakari had a very interesting chat both with the PAN ROCKS mastermind, Tracy Thornton, and the drummer/producer Matt Starr, talking in detail about this unique project, PAN ROCKS, and the details around it. Join the conversation below:
Also watch below the videos PAN ROCKS have released from the LA Sessions: