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    Drummer Mike Sasso has been an active musician in the Jersey Shore original music scene for over 30 years.

    During that time, Mike has had the opportunity to share the stage with over 50 national recording acts since beginning his drumming career.

    Aside from his drumming abilities, Mike has also written several songs which have appeared on The Jersey Syndicate's debut cd.

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    Latest News

    February 14th, 2021

    I'd like to wish all the lovers out there a Happy Valentines Day!!

    January 13th, 2021

    My condolences go out to the friends and family of New York Dolls guitarist, Sylvain Sylvain. "Personality Crisis" by the New York Dolls remains one of my favorite songs and I suggest everyone give it a listen and remember Sylvain today...

    January 1st, 2021

    I'd like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! May 2020 bring you health, happiness, and hopefully, riches! Let's hope 2021 will be a better year than 2020!

    December 25th, 2020

    I'd like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! May the holiday season bring nothing but joy and happiness.

    November 26th, 2020

    I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the day with family, friends!

    November 11th, 2020

    I'd like to wish all those who have served to protect this great country of ours, and Happy Veterans Day! Thank you for all you do!!

    October 31st, 2020

    Wishing everyone a Happy Halloween!

    October 6th, 2020

    I would like to offer my condolences to the friends and family on the passing of Eddie Van Halen. Van Halen was such an important part of rock history, and there will never be another band like them. I thank Eddie for all the beautiful music he created and its such a great legacy to leave behind. Van Halen's "1984" tour was the very forst rock concert I ever attended, and those memories alone make me appriciate Van Halen all the more.

    October 2nd, 2020

    I would like to thank everyone for all the birthday wises yesterday. You guys really know how to make someone feel special. Words cannot express how much I appreciated reading all the post/messages/emails/texts, etc that you all sent. I am truly honored to have friends like all of you in my life. Once again, thank you all so very much!!

    August 21st, 2020

    Sorry to hear about the passing of Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali. I had the pleasure of opening for Quiet Riot several times with The Jersey Syndicate and Frankie actually always remembered me by name and would come up and bullshit with me before every show. It was Frankie and Kevin Dubrow who recommended The Jersey Syndicate for the first Rocklahoma, and they always made us feel like friends when we saw them. RIP Frankie, thanks for the music and memories....

    July 4th, 2020

    Wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July!

    June 21st, 2020

    Wishing a Happy Fathers Day to all the awesome dads out there, including my dad... Miss you!

    May 25th, 2020

    Wishing everyone a Happy Memorial Day! Thank you all for your service!

    May 10th, 2020

    Happy Mother's Day to all the awesome moms out there, including one very awesome mom, Donna Overlock Sasso! (and not to mention my mom Jacklyn! I love you and miss you...)

    April 20th, 2020

    What a nice way to start my day... I happened to be watching some videos on youtube, and saw the the video from The Jersey Syndicate for our song "Tell Me" has been viewed over 260,000 times! (A song I co-wrote with guitarist Shaun Cooney and vocalist Stevie Samay) Considering it was only at 254,00 before the whole quarentine thing started, thats pretty amazing. (believe it or not, the other videos on our channel also saw an incredible spike in views. "Hurt Anymore" is now up to 113,044, "Why Can't Everyday Be Like Christmas" is now at 115,006, "All The Gold" is at 79,824, "Learning to Live" is at 67,571, "Who Says You Can't Go Home" is at 42,285, and "Road to Rocklahoma" is up to 71,690.) Our channel is close to 750,000 views for all our videos have received. Not bad for a local original band!

    April 12th, 2020

    Wishing everyone a Happy Easter & Passover!

    April 1st, 2020

    Usually I'd post a silly April fools prank today, but in light of everything thats going on in the world, I'm going to pass on it. On this day I just want all my friends to be safe, happy and healthy. Please take care of yourselves, and also keep a helpful eye on others that might need your help. It's time to think about others as well as your family and love ones.

    March 17th, 2020

    Happy St. Patricks Day to all my Irish friends!

    February 14th, 2020

    I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day!!

    February 10th, 2020

    10 years ago my original band The Jersey Syndicate released our debut CD, and headlined the Stone Pony in Asbury Park NJ. The first single off the cd was a song called "Tell Me". The music was written by myself & my guitarist Shaun Cooney and the lyrics by our vocalist Stevie Samay. To date, the video for that song has been viewed over 254,000 times. I've been talking with Shaun and our keyboardist Rich Gurtler about writing some new songs and possibly going back in the studio to record. Let's see what this year has in store for us. In the meantime, I invite you to check out the video. Hope you enjoy it!

    January 17th, 2020

    ATTENTION!! DUE TO THE PENDING SNOWSTORM, THE STARLAND BALLROOM HAS DECIDED TO POSTPONE OUR SHOW. I'M VERY SORRY TO HAVE TO MAKE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, AND UNDERSTAND THE SAFTY ISSUES THEY ARE CONCERNED WITH. I WILL POST A NEW SHOW DATE WHEN CONFIRMED. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.

    January 12th, 2020

    Last full band rehearsasl/show run through for our headlining show at the Starland Ballroom next Saturday. Got tickets? I have a VERY LIMITED amount of comp tickets left if you'd like to come. Shoot me a pm if interested. Hope to see everyone next Saturday!

    January 1st, 2020

    Wishing everyone a very Happy New Years! Looking forward to seeing what the year has in store... My project Those Amazing Decades had such an awesome show last night at the brand new event center at the Mount Airy Casino Resort, and looking ahead we will be HEADLINING the Starland Ballroom on the 18th. (second time headlining the Starland...) I have some awesome things in the works for Those Amazing Decades, in some really nice venues, and will announce when dates are confirmed. And, speaking of projects, I'm going back to my true love of original music, and have decided to put together a new original band. I have the name and most of the musicians lined up, and will be making an announcement soon. (believe it or not, I already have the new website designed and ready to go!) I'll be hitting the studio in the early part of the year to record some new music, and once I have it ready to go I'll post here. I want to thank everyone for their continuing support, and look forward to seeing everyone on the 18th!

    December 25th, 2019

    Wishing everyone a Mery Christmas! I hope Santa was good to you!

    November 28th, 2019

    From my family to yours, wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 11th, 2019

    So proud that my band The Jersey Syndicate's video for our song "Tell Me" has over 250,000 views on youtube. Not bad for a local band from NJ!

    October 31st, 2019

    Happy Halloween!! Please remember to key an eye out for the kiddies Trick or Treating....

    October 29th, 2019

    Just announced! My new project Those Amazing Decades will be ringing the New Year at the new event center at The Mount Airy Casino Resort! What a awesome way to ring in 2020!

    October 21st, 2019

    I'll be back headlining the Starland Ballroom in January.... Tickets on sale now via the Starland Ballroom website & box office!!

    October 9th, 2019

    I've been playing drums for over 30+ years professionally in various bands. I've had success in all the original bands I started, from Without Love to the The Jersey Syndicate, and also found major success in my 80's tribute band Max Headroom "a totally rad journey through the 80's". I've played sold out shows at the Stone Pony (opening for the Gin Blossoms), even headlined the Pony 4 times. Two years ago I formed my newest project called Those Amazing Decades, and today I'm excited to announce that we will once again be headlining Starland Ballroom on January 18th! I put this show together with some very talented musicians, many whom I've worked with in the past. I hope you all can come out and celebrate the night with us. What a great way to begin 2020!

    October 3rd, 2019

    I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who took the time to wish me a happy birthday on Tuesday. I really appreciate the messages, texts, and phone calls from everyone! Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You made this old man feel special!

    September 11th, 2019

    Always on my mind, never forget....

    July 10th, 2019

    So very proud of my daughter Kayla. As many of you know, she's very active in soccer, just returned from the Premier SuperCopa in Dallas TX, and even recently had her name in the paper. Tonight the Manalapan Township committee and mayor presented Kayla with a certificate of recognition for representing Manalapan in the Supercopa tournament. Thank you Mayor Susan Unger Cohen, and the township committee for the honor. Kayla really appreciates all the nice things you had to say. She will continue to make Manalapan proud!!

    July 7th, 2019

    Congratulations to the USA Womans Team for their victory today!!

    July 4th, 2019

    Wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July!

    June 16th, 2019

    Wishing a Happy Fathers Day to all the awesome dads out there, including my dad... Miss you! Also, special shout out to all the dads here in Texas with me rooting our girls on from the sidelines! And for the girls coach, who is not with his family today so he could be here with his CSA family, Happy Fathers Day to you!

    June 15th, 2019

    I was 16 years old the very first time I got my name in the paper for playing in a band. This past Wednesday, my daughter Kayla got me beat by 6 years and got her name in the paper for playing soccer! I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, lol....

    June 7th, 2019

    Got to love it when the mayor of the town your from congratulates your daughter on her achievements. Thank you Manalapan Mayor Susan Unger Cohen for the kind words and posts about Kayla. Also, thank you for the phone call. Kayla was very excited that "our mayor" (her words, lol...) called and spoke with her!

    June 5th, 2019

    Exactly one week from today, Kayla will get the opportunity of a lifetime, as she and her teammates from the Cedar Stars Academy travel to Dallas Texas to compete in the invitation only Premier SuperCopa soccer tournament. Their team just happens to be the ONLY female team representing NJ in the tournament, and it's such a honor that NJ Governor Phil Murphy personally called the girls last week to congratulate them! This is such an incredible and talented group of girls who continue to amaze me everyday. I'm so proud of my daughter for the passion and dedication she puts into this, all the while maintaining her good grades in school and keeping up with her homework and even finding time to sing in the school choir and play in the school band. Way to go Kayla! Last week I posted a video of the call from the Governor. Realizing it was difficult to understand what he was saying (The video was done from my phone) I went back and added captions of the conversation. So, here it is again, with captions. Enjoy the video, and kudos to the Governor for taking the time to call the girls. You made a bunch of 10 year olds very happy!

    May 29th, 2019

    AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME! The most amazing thing just happened and I just have to share it.... as many of you know, Kayla plays forward on the Cedarstars girls 09 soccer team. The girls have been doing great, and in just two weeks they will be heading to Dallas to play in the Premier SuperCopa soccer tournament, playing against teams from all over the USA. Kayla's team is the only female team representing NJ in the tournament, and today at practice, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy called the girls to congratulate them, wish them luck, and to tell them that they "are a inspiration"! How cool is that?? I say it all the time, and really mean it, this is such a awesome bunch of girls, and getting a phone call from the Governor is just amazing!!

    May 27th, 2019

    Wishing everyone a Happy Memorial Day! Thank you all for your service!

    May 12th, 2019

    Happy Mother's Day to all the awesome moms out there, including one very awesome mom, Donna Overlock Sasso! (and not to mention my mom Jacklyn! I love you and miss you...)

    May 4th, 2019

    Performing with Those Amazing Decades tonight @the brand new event center at the Mount Airy Casino!

    April 22nd, 2019

    Wishing everyone a Happy Easter & Passover!

    April 12th, 2019

    New show announcement!! I'll be playing with my project, Those Amazing Decades May 4th at the Mount Airy Casino! This makes my first time back at Mount Airy since I opened for Blues Traveler with the Jersey Syndicate! Can't wait to bring my new project to Mount Airy. Also, keep checking back for new show updates. I'm working on some new dates and will announce them as soon as I get confirmation...

    April 1st, 2019

    I'm so happy and excited to announce that I'm be playing drums for a few dates with Bon Jovi! Stay tuned for the official tour dates. I can't wait to play a few dates with the boys from Jersey!.... BTW, April fools!!

    March 17th, 2019

    Happy St. Patricks Day to all my Irish friends!

    February 14th, 2019

    Wishing everyone a Happy Valentines Day!!

    January 23rd, 2019

    I'm working on some new shows for 2019! Be sure to check back for more updates....

    January 1st, 2019

    From my family to yours, wishing everyone a Happy New Year and a happy 2019!

    December 25th, 2018

    Wishing everyone a Mery Christmas! I hope you were all on the nice list..

    December 18th, 2018

    New things in the works. Stay tuned for some exciting news!

    November 22nd, 2018

    From my family to yours, wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 11th, 2018

    Happy Veterans Day! I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone, from past, present, and future, for all you do protecting this great country of ours. Your sacrifice to keep us safe is always taking or granted. We sometimes lose site of what is important to us, but let me offer a hardy thank you from my self and my family....

    October 31st, 2018

    Happy Halloween! As a public service announcement to all my friends, please be mindful when driving home this afternoon of all the kids trick or treating. Please don't assume they will be looking out for you. Enjoy, stay safe, and have a great Halloween!

    October 3rd, 2018

    I wanted to thank everyone for taking the time from your busy lives to wish my a happy birthday on Monday. All the messages, texts and phone calls really made my day. From the bottom of my heart, I thank each and everyone of you!

    September 16th, 2018

    I wanted to thank everyone who made it out to the Sherman Theater last night to party with my band, Those Amazing Decades. We had a great time and hope you all enjoyed it as well. Special thanks go out to my bandmates for taking this adventure with me, our dj/Mc for the nigh, Michael Chiuchiolo Jr.Michael for joining us onstage, our road manager John, and of course, the staff and crew of the Sherman Theater for taking good care of us! We'll see you all again real soon!

    September 14th, 2018

    Tomorrow night I return to The Sherman Theater in East Stroudsburg PA, where I'll be performing with Those Amazing Decades. (Last time I performed there was with The Jersey Syndicate as direct support for the Gin Blossoms!) I have a couple of pairs of FREE tickets if anyone is interested in coming to the show. Shoot me a PM and I'll hook you up. It's a all ages show (yes, they have adult beverages, lol) and the doors open at 7:30.

    August 2nd, 2018

    New video posted! Check out the new promo video of "Those Amazing Decades". Thanks to Shottie Shotwell for doing such a great job with the video.Hope you enjoy it!

    July 4th, 2018

    I'd like to wish everyone a very Happy 4th of July! Happy birthday America!

    June 28th, 2018

    This week closes out a major part of my childhood. RIP Toys R Us. Thanks for year after year of such much fun and excitement. I'm glad my kids got to share in some of that excitement and were "Toys R Us kids." You'll surely be missed.....

    June 17th, 2018

    Happy Fathers Day to all the awesome dads!

    May 31st, 2018

    Hey guys, I just finished designing the new website for my band "Those Amazing Decades" Please stop by the page a have a look. Hope you enjoy it! (page link is listed on my "bands" page...)

    May 28th, 2018

    Wishing everyone a Happy Memorial Day!

    May 24th, 2018

    Tickets are now on sale for "Those Amazing Decades" @ The Sherman Theater!

    May 13th, 2018

    Happy Mothers Day to all the beautiful moms!

    May 12th, 2018

    Very excited to announce a new Those Amazing Decades show at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg PA in September. Hope to see alot of friends at this one!

    April 1st, 2018

    From my family to yours, wishing everyone a Happy Easter & Happy Passover!

    February 14th, 2018

    Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine's Day!!

    January 14th, 2018

    I wanted to thank everyone who made it out to my Those Amazing Decades show on Friday at the Starland Ballroom. It was great to see some many friends at the show, and it was a incredible debut! When you were hoping to have only a couple of hundred at the show and find out that the official attendance was 963, it reached far more than any expectations I could have had for a debut. I also wanted to give a shoutout to the musicians who shared with my vision on creating this show and for making it such a success... David Artiaga, Justin Turk, Nikki Cap, Amanda Tucci, Joey Rapps, Dan Bourguet, Rich Gurtler, Michael Gabriel, Brian Chesney, Darryl Jacobsen and roadie John Salisky. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Look for new show dates coming soon!

    January 12th, 2018

    Tonight I get to return to one of my favorite venues to perform at, the Starland Ballroom! Last time I took the stage at the Starland was with The Jersey Syndicate as direct support for The Gin Blossoms. (we actually did 3 shows with them, The Stone Pony, The Starland & The Sherman Theater) I'm very excited to making my new shows debut at such a awesome venue! I've put together a great bunch of musicians, and even get to make my Starland return with fellow Jersey Syndicate musicians keyboardist Rich Gurtler and bassist Dan Bass. (Dan played bass with the Syndicate before bassist Chris Cooney joined, and played with the Syndicate when we opened for RATT/Extreme at the Starland..) Tonight is going to be such a great night and I hope to see alot of familiar faces. There are some tickets still available at the box office. Doors are at 8pm, showtime roughly 8;45-9pm. See you all tonight!

    January 10th, 2018

    This Friday, I debut my new project called "Those Amazing Decades" at the Starland Ballroom in Sayerville NJ! 30 years of music in one night! If your a fan of the 70's, 80's and 90's, this show is for you. We're playing hit after hit, year after year of all your favorite tunes! Doors open at 8, and we hit the stage at 9. A limited amount of ickets are still via the Starlands website. Hope to see you all there!

    January 6th, 2018

    Hey guys, here's your last chance to get your FREE tickets in the mail before my show next Friday, if not, they can be purchased at the door the night of the show for $12. If you need some tickets, please pm me with you complete mailing address and amount you need and we'll get them out by Monday. Thanks!

    January 1st, 2018

    Happy New Year! Let's make 2018 a great year! Looking forward to lots of cool things this year, some music related, some not. In regards to music, I get to debut my new show "Those Amazing Decades" in two weeks at the Starland Ballroom. It's a totally awesome show I put together, and I put together a great band, playing 30 years of music in one night! I'm very proud of this new project and can't wait to see what the future holds for it. Have a great new year, and I'll see you soon...

  • Upcoming Shows

    Mount Airy Casino w/ Those Amazing Decades 12/31/19

    The Mount Airy Casino is located at 312 Woodland Rd, Mt Pocono, PA 18344

    The Starland Ballroom w/ Those Amazing Decades 01/18/20

    The Starland Ballroom is located at 570 Jernee Mill Rd. Sayreville, NJ 08872

    Press

    Past News Stories

    We are pleased to present Mike's "Press" section! Here you'll find print & audio interviews/writeups & stories on Mike and his many projects. Some articles date all the way back to 1982! Enjoy.....

    Additional Goodies

    Stop by and view Mike's current kit setups as well as some links to Mike's various projects, endorsements and friends!!

  • My Current Bands

    The Jersey Syndicate

    The Jersey Syndicate is a 6 piece female fronted original rock band based out of New Jersey. The bands music is has been compared to a mix of Bon Jovi meets Carrie Underwood..
    Full Bio <> Official Website

    Those Amazing Decades

    Presenting "Those Amazing Decades", the show that brings you 30 years of music in one night! Come along as we play hit after hit, decade after decade. Those Amazing Decades is the one show you have to see! Special guest MC's will be your guide through this musical journey, which is more of a "show" than cover bands playing songs.
    Full Bio <> Official Website

    Max Headroom

    Max Headroom is quickly becoming the areas "must see" 80's tribute act. Considered the "new kids on the block", Max Headroom is proving that they can "rock onto Electric Avenue" with the best of them.
    Full Bio <> Official Website

    Without Love

    Without Love was a original rock band formed in 1992. They were a 6 piece band that played original rock & roll and played regularly at the Club Bene, Escapades, & The Stone Pony. In the short period of time together, Without Love became one of the areas hottest original acts.
    Full Bio <> Official Website

  • Play List

    Discography

    "The Jersey Syndicate" - 2010

    The Jersey Syndicate released their debut cd, "Moon Motel", in the fall of 2010. The cd featured 10 songs, and two of it's tracks were mixed by noted rock producer, Beau Hill. The two tracks, "Tell Me" & Hurt Anymore" would become the bands first singles, and "Tell Me" was the first video released off the cd. Not only did Mike record all drum tracks, but also co-wrote several songs on the cd.

    "Jersey Artist For Mankind" - 1986

    Jersey Artists For Mankind (or "JAM" as it was called) was a two song disc produced by The E Street Band's Garry Talent. The title track "We Got The Love" had a guitar solo played by Bruce Springsteen. Mike, while a member of Mischief, sang backing vocals on the track, along with other notable Jersey shore musicians in the local original music scene.

    "Mischief - Only Losers Left Alive" - 1985

    Mischief recorded it's only album "Only Losers Left Alive" in the fall of 1985. The album was produced by "The Lords of The New Church" guitarist Bryan James. The entire album was recorded in a single day, with most of the tracks recorded live and in one take. The album featured 8 songs, with the title cut being "Only Losers Left Alive".

  • Video Gallery

    Those Amazing Decades


    "I'll Be There For You - Live @ The Shrman Theater (fan submitted)"
    "2018 Corporate Promo Video"
    "Those Amazing Decades" Official Promo Video

    Max Headroom


    "2016 Corporate Promo Video"
    "2016 Live Video Compilation"
    "Come On Eileen - Live @ The Grasshopper Off The Green (fan submitted)"
    "Don't Stop Believing - Live @ The Grasshopper Off The Green (fan submitted)"
    "Here I Go Again - Live @ The Grasshopper Off The Green (fan submitted)"
    "Live Video Montage"
    "It's Tricky"
    "Wake Me Up Before You GoGo"
    "I Think Were Alone Now"
    "Working For The Weekend"

    The Jersey Syndicate


    "Tell Me" Official Video
    "I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas"
    "Hurt Anymore"
    "Who Says You Can't Go Home"
    "Tell Me" Live
    "Road to Rocklaholma"
    "Learnin' To Live"
    "All the Gold" LIVE

    Without Love


    "Little Bit Of Bad"
    "Stranger In Your Life"
    "Take My Hand"
    "Tears"
    "Do Ya"
    "To A Breath"
    "Never Been So Blind"
    "Through These Eyes"
    "Halfway There"
    "Just Like A Woman"

    Well Of Souls


    "In Passion"
    "Tumblin"
    "No More Rain"
    "Darkness"
    "Sell My Soul"
    "1000 Tears"

    Mischief 25 Year Reunion


    "Smash The Glass"
    "Stop Talking At Me"
    "Rotten To The Core"
    "Nothin"
    "Girl I Need"
    "Let Us Prey"
    "Only Losers Left Alive"
    "Seasons In The Sun"
  • Wall of Fame

    Blues Travler
    The Gin Blossom's Robin Wilson
    Motley Crue
    Steel Panther
    Constantine Maroulis
    Night Ranger
    Night Ranger's Brad Gillis
    Savatage/TSO Guitarist Chris Caffery
    Trixter Guitarist Steve Brown
    Quiet Riot Guitarist Carlos Cavazo
    RATT/Lynch Mob Bassist Robbie Crane
    That Metal Show's Eddie Trunk
    Extreme Vocalist Gary Cheron
    Extreme Guitarist Nuno Bettencourt
    Extreme Bassist Pat Badger
    Extreme/Slash Drummer Kevin Figueiredo
    Kings X Vocalist Doug Pinnick
    Eddie Money
    Rainbow Vocalist Joe Lynn Turner
    Quiet Riot Guitarist Carlos Cavazo
    Ozzy Bassist Phil Soussan
    Dio Drummer Vinny Appice
    Dream Theater Drummer Mike Portnoy
    Danger Danger Vocalist Ted Poley
    Guns N Roses Drummer Steven Adler
    Skid Row Guitarist Dave Sabo
    Skid Row Guitarist Scotti Hill
    Quiet Riot Vocalist Kevin Dubrow
    Quiet Riot Drummer Frankie Banali
    Warrant Guitarist Erik Turner
    Warrant Bassist Jerry Dixon
    Firehouse Vocalist CJ Snare
    Motley Crue Vocalist Vince Neil
    That Metal Show's Eddie Trunk
    Enuff Z Nuff Bassist Chip Z Nuff
    Howard Stern Show's Richard Christi
    Slaughter
    Warrant
    Quiet Riot Vocalist Kevin Dubrow
    Quiet Riot Drummer Frankie Banali
    Skid Row Guitarist Dave Sabo
    Skid Row Bassist Rachel Bolan
    Kip Winger
    Winger Drummer Rod Morgenstein
    Twisted Sister Guitarist Eddie Ojeda
    Twisted Sister Drummer AJ Pero
    Quiet Riot Vocalist Kevin Dubrow
    Quiet Riot Drummer Frankie Banali
    Bon Jovi Drummer Tico Torres
    Pauly Shore
    Motorhead
    Slaughter Guitarist Tim Kelly
    Great White Vocalist Jack Russell
    Firehouse Vocalist CJ Snare
    Survivor Vocalist Jimi Jamison
    Poison Vocalist Bret Michaels
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  • About Mike....

    Drummer Mike Sasso has been an active musician in the Jersey Shore original music scene for over 35 years.

    Starting in 1982, Mike joined the original/cover band "Mischief", which played all over the tristate area, including the Brighton Bar, The Green Parrot, and the now defunct "CBGB'S" in NYC.

    Mischief signed with Mutha Records, and in the spring of 1985 released the album "Only Losers Left Alive". (which was co-produced by Brian James of The Damned/Lords of the New Church fame)

    The album saw mild success and the band toured the east coast in support of it, and shared the stage opening for national recording acts "The Lords of the New Church" & "Richard Lloyd". They even reached number 28 on the top 50 countdown on 90.9 FM, WONY Oneonta.

    Mischief also had the privilege to record group backing vocals on the song "We've Got The Love" for "Jersey Artist For Mankind" to help raise money for the homeless in NJ. The song featured Max Weinberg, Southside Johnny, Glenn Burtnick, and a guitar solo by the boss himself, Bruce Springsteen!

    In the fall of 1986, Mike left Mischief, but would reunite with Mischief guitarist/frontman Tom Kanach in a new band, "Well of Souls". Mike would continue to work with Well of Souls for two years, recording over 20 songs, but left the project in 1989.

    After taking some time away from the music scene, Mike formed the original rock band "Without Love" in 1992, which would also featured songs co-written by him. Without Love would record several songs in a two year period, and made it's mark along the Jersey Shore music scene playing at such venues as Club Bene, Birch Hill Nightclub, The Playpen Lounge, The Fastlane, Studio One, and the Legendary Stone Pony, which the band headlined 2 times.

    The band also shared the stage opening for national acts Survivor, Slaughter, White Trash, Trixter, American Angel, Savatage, Jake E. Lee, & Dee Snider's Widowmaker.

    Without Love broke up in 1999, and Mike would continue to play in various projects, but never found the chemistry he had with his previous bands.

    In the fall of 2002, Mike put together a Bon Jovi tribute act, but after a year and a half, Mike called it quits with the project, but not before recording several Bon Jovi songs.

    In 2006, Mike went on to form "The Jersey Syndicate", a six piece rock band that saw the most success out of all Mike's previous projects. Mike even tapped a unknown female vocalist he had worked with in the Bon Jovi band to front the new project.

    The Jersey Syndicate quickly rose to the top of the original music scene, playing such venues as The Starland Ballroom, Irving Plaza, The House of Blues, The Sherman Theater, Mt. Airy Casino, Great Adventure, The Saint, and The Stone Pony.

    The band became the "goto" band to open for national acts. To date, the group has shared the stage with over 32 national acts including The Gin Blossoms (three times), The Blues Traveler, Charlie Worshon, Fountains of Wayne, Ryan Cabrera, American Idol's Constantine Maroulis, Eddie Money, 38 Special, Edgar Winter, Night Ranger, RATT, Extreme, Slaughter, Warrant, Trixter, Stryper, Kings X, Pretty Boy Floyd, Danger Danger, Twisted Sister, Bang Tango, Winger (twice), Skid Row (three times), & Quiet Riot (three times), just to name a few.

    The band also had the privilege of playing the first annual "Rocklahoma Music Festival" in Pryor Creek Oklahoma in 2007 with acts like Poison, RATT, Firehouse, Enuff-Z-Nuff, Great White, LA Guns, Queensrÿche, Dokken, Jackyl, Y & T, and many other of the top 80's "hair bands".

    The festival, which some say was the best in the series, proved to be beneficial for the band. They were the only original act to perform two days in a row, (no other act, either national or local, would play two days in a row at any of the festivals) they were the only female fronted rock band (both national or local) to perform at the first festival, and the only original act invited to perform the first festival. (other original acts won contests to perform and the following years actually had to pay to perform.)

    In 2010, The Jersey Syndicate recorded their debut CD, with Grammy winning rock producer Beau Hill producing a couple of tracks. (Beau Hill has worked with Stevie Nicks, Joe Crocker, and on successful debut albums by RATT, Winger & Warrant.) Aside from songwriting credits on the cd, Mike also co-produced the cd as well. The band would return to the Stone Pony for their cd release party. (marking the third time Mike would headline a show at the Pony!)

    The band has filmed videos, appeared on several FM radio stations, performed on TV, and has been featured in over 45 newspaper/music magazines all over the country and as far away as Europe! To date, the video for their song "Tell Me" has been viewed more than 260,000 times! (all The Jersey Syndicate have a combined views of over 750,000!)

    2010 also saw Mike reunite with the original members of Mischief to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of "Only Losers Left Alive" to a packed house at the famed Brighton Bar in Long Branch, NJ..

    In the spring of 2011, Mike put together a backing band for a new up & coming young female vocalist named "Amanda Fugel", and performed at the Stone Pony in support of national recording artists "The Bangles".

    At the end of 2011, The Jersey Syndicate recorded their version of Bon Jovi's "I Wish Everyday Would Be Like Christmas" which would find it's way onto several local FM stations on Christmas Eve, which is STILL being played today!

    Due to other commitments, Mike has decided to put the Jersey Syndicate on hiatus for awhile, but still plans to record new material with the band, and play a select few shows with them as well.

    In the spring of 2012, Mike formed an 80's tribute act called "Max Headroom". The band quickly rose to the top of the tristate cover scene, playing some of the areas top rooms and casinos. The band performed all over the tri-state area, and would perform at major corporate parties and even weddings! (Interesting side note, Max Headroom made it's performing debut by headlining thier first show ever at The Stone Pony, making it the 4th time Mike would headline a show there!) In 2017, after much thought, Mike decided to end Max Headroom and put his attention in other areas.

    In the fall of 2017, Mike announced his newest project called "Those Amazing Decades", a show that's features 30 years of music in one night! Starting with the year 1970, the show features one hit after another, playing a hit a year all the way up to 1999! The show has already saw major success, as they have headlined the Starland Ballroom, The Sherman Theater, and were the very first band/act to play at the brand new 1200 seat event center at the Mount Airty Casino!

    Who knows where the future will take Mike, but we're sure it will be an adventure....

  • The Jersey Syndicate

    The Jersey Syndicate is a 6 piece, female fronted rock band formed in 2006 by former "Without Love" drummer Mike Sasso. The original lineup only lasted one show, after which Mike replaced the full lineup with what he describes as "the best bunch of guys that I've ever had the pleasure to work with!"

    Since then, the band has grabbed the music scene by the horns, and hasn't let go. With a sound compared to Bon Jovi meets Sugarland, the band has rose to the top of the original music scene. They have already amassed a resume to make other bands jealous.

    Their first gig was at the House of Blues in Atlantic City, playing to over 2500 screaming fans. They have also had the privilege to share the stage with over 33 national recording acts, including the Gin Blossoms, Blues Traveler, Ryan Cabrera, Fountains of Wayne, American Idol's Constantine Maroulis, Country star Charlie Worsham, 80's rockers Eddie Money, 38 Special, Edgar Winter, Night Ranger & Extreme, just to name a small few.

    The Jersey Syndicate has also had the privilege to play at the 1st annual Rocklahoma Music Festival in Pryor Creek, Oklahoma. The festival featured performances by some of the top 80's hair bands. (Poison, Ratt, Firehouse, Winger, Warrant, White Lion, & Dokken, were just a few of the bands to perform. )

    The festival proved to be very beneficial to the band. Here's some key points that the band is very proud of......

    *Aside from Skid Row, The Jersey Syndicate was the only band from NJ invited to play this event.
    *Aside from Skid Row and Twisted Sister, The Jersey Syndicate was the only band on the East Coast invited to play this event.
    *The Jersey Syndicate was the only band, both local and national, to play 2 days in a row.
    *The Jersey Syndicate was the only band, both local and national, to be female fronted.
    *The Jersey Syndicate was the only unsigned act invited to play this event. (all the other local/unsigned bands had to wincontests to get their spots to play!)

    In 2010 The Jersey Syndicate released their self titled debut cd with tracks mixed and produced by famed record producer, Beau Hill. (Stevie Nicks, Alice Cooper, Joe Crocker, Warrant, Winger, RATT, etc…..)

    In 2011 The Jersey Syndicate was invited to perform at the 52nd annual KABOOM Fireworks on the Navisink River in Red Bank NJ. (No other original act was invited to play on the river.)

    The Jersey Syndicate has had featured stories written on them in such publications as The Asbury Park Press, The Aquarian Arts Weekly, The Examiner, The Hub, The Independent, The News Transcript, The Sentinel, The Tri-Town News, The Press of Atlantic City, Hellomusic.com, The Jersey Shore Rag, Jersey Beat Music Fanzine, Florida Music Magazine, The Jersey Shore Metromix, Rockeyez Webzine, Rock Hard Magazine, NJ Underground Magazine, Muen Magazine, Bravewords.com, Hellomusic.com, & NJ.com.

    They have also appeared on various radio & internet radio stations, some of which include WRFF-104.5FM (a Clearchannel owned station), WZZO-95.1FM, WNNJ-103.7FM, WDAS-105.3FM, KWSS-106.7FM, WPNR-90.7FM, WVOX-1460AM, Banana Peel Radio (a Vancouver Canada based station), Cut-n-Dry Talent Radio (an iTunes podcast), Aiiradio.net (a UK based station), & Cyberstorm Radio.

    What's next on the horizon is anybody's guess. But if the path the guys are going on continues, it's sure to be an amazing journey. And we'd like to take you along with us, if just for 45 minuets at a time......

  • Max Headroom

    It was a different world, say those who were there, a time before iPods in a land innocent of cell phones, Crocs, grunge, hybrids, and Ryan Seacrest. Hair metal bands roamed the Earth untamed. Christi loved Billy, Ferris Bueller took the day off, and George Clooney could wear a mullet without irony. Anthropologists say it was called "the 80's" and estimate that it lasted, unchecked, for nearly a decade.

    The 80's gave the world E.T., Madonna, the collapse of the Berlin Wall and Smurfs. Lady Di became a Princess, Dr. Ruth lobbied for "good sex!" and Mel Gibson was anointed People's first Sexist Man Alive. In movies, Molly Ringwald was Pretty in Pink, the Brat Pack got detention, Tom Cruise made some extra money and danced in his underwear, and Michael J Fox went Back to the Future. In politics, Donna Rice proved a (Gary) Hart stopper, and on Wall Street, masters of the universe Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken were brilliant one minute, in handcuffs the next.

    And then there's the music... Bruce was Born in the USA, and Michael Jackson made it absolutely clear to anyone who would listen that Billie Jean was not, repeat not, his lover. Jon Bon Jovi was Wanted Dead or Alive, and the Flock of Seagulls Ran.

    Max Headroom ruled television, and as fate would have it, has emerge again in 2012, this time as the nations premier 80's tribute band.

    Formed with the desire to recreate the entire 80's vibe, Max Headroom delivers a action pack show, complete with vintage 80's costumes, incredibly tight musicianship, and their signature audience participation segments. The band is quickly becoming the area's most sought after tribute act, and has already developed a buzz as the "must see" band. Max Headroom is available for private and corporate parties, high school and college reunions, club dates, and weddings.

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    Intruments Played: Drums
    Bands I've Played With: Max Headroom, The Jersey Syndicate, Without Love, Well of Souls, Mischief
    Birthday: October 1st
    Birthplace: Kearny NJ
    Residence: Good ol' New Joisey!
    Favorite Food: Steak, pizzia, shrimp
    Favorite Beverage: Ginger Ale, Corona w/ Lime
    Favorite Color: Black
    Hobbies: Trying to find some free time to learn some hobbies
    Prized Possession: My 98 Corvette show car
    Favorite Bands: ELO, Bon Jovi, The Beatles, Cheap Trick, Elvis (after all he IS the "King"...)
    Pets: 3 dogs, 3 cats, and 3 very cool snakes
    Most Cherished Memory: The birth of my son & daughter
    Favorite TV Show: Walking Dead, Seinfeld, Family Guy, America's Got Talent, Bar Rescue
    Favorite Movie: 40 Year Old Virgin, Superbad, Spinal Tap, Brian's Song (a real tear jerker...)
    Favorite Song: Surrender (Cheap Trick), Dry County (Bon Jovi), Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (just kidding. Wanted to see if you are really reading this...)
    Favorite Sport: Is drinking a sport?
    Something I've Always Wanted: More time in the day
    I Wish I'd Played Drums on: Let It Be by The Beatles
    Drummer I Admire: Toss up between Bev Bevan from ELO & Tico Torres from Bon Jovi
  • Those Amazing Decades

    Those Amazing Decades is a celebration of 30 years of music. We take you on a musical journey, starting with 1970, and play a hit song for each year, leading up to 1999. That's over 30 songs in one action packed, entertaining show! And as a added bonus, our decades "guide" will be with you all the way, serving as mc, and pointing out various interesting music facts that helped shape the 70's, 80's and 90's. With a 10 piece cast, including 4 separate lead vocals, this is one show you definitely want to see!

  • Without Love

    Without Love was a original 6 piece rock band from central Jersey formed in 1992 by drummer Mike Sasso, guitarist Michael Benford & bassist Dan Bourguet.

    Aside from Sasso, Benford & Bourguet, the original lineup also consisted of vocalist Joey D (Dante), guitarist Anthony Infantolino, and keyboardist Bruce Chamoff.

    The original line up saw mild success and became local favorites at such venues as the legendary Jersey City rock club, "Escapades". The band got it's first taste of opening for nation acts Widowmaker (featuring Twisted Sisters Dee Snider) White Trash, & Savatage.

    In 1994, guitarist Anthony Infantolino left the project and was replaced by Jorge (JC) Clavijo. Soon after the addition of Clavijo, the band replaced lead vocalist Joey D with Tony Sabbatino. (The addition of Sabbatino to the project began to take the band into a new direction. Sabatino was also a talented guitarist and songwriter, which help broaden the bands musical horizons.)

    Keyboardist Bruce Chamoff left the project in the fall of 1994 and was replaced for a short period by keyboardist Wayne Zivco. After only a handful of shows, Zivco left the project and was replaced by keyboadist/vocalist John Pine, who aside from keyboard duties, also brought along powerful vocals, to add the harmonies of the bands new music. This version of the lineup continued to open for national acts, including Trixter, Xenon, American Angel, and Jake E Lee.

    In 1995, guitarist Clavijo and vocalist Sabbatino formed a side project "The Rose", which focused more in the hard rock genre, moving them away from the "pop rock" sound of Without Love. Juggling two projects at the same time proved to be a difficult task, and in late 1995 both Clavijo and Sabbatino left Without Love to focus on their other project.

    After going through several vocalist auditions, fate would play a double hand in the success of Without Love. When vocalist Matt Chase (Karczewski) came to audition, he had come with his older brother Pat, to play along acoustically with him. The band being impressed with the two brothers, hired them both on the spot.

    Without Love now had a solid working lineup, which would also be the lineup to take the band to see it's most success in it's career. With the addition of the Karczewski brothers, the bands fanbase continued to grow, and they were starting to see the benefits of all their hard work. Becoming local favorites of venues like "Club Bene" and "The Stone Pony", not only did the band continue to open for national acts such as Slaughter, Survivor and Trixter, but would also move into the area of headlining their own shows.

    In 1996, Without Love headlined two shows at the "Stone Pony" in Asbury Park. The first show was in January of that year, followed up by a show in May. Both shows were met by an impressive crowd, and the band would then follow up with a visit to the recording studio to begin work on some new material.

    The recording sessions for the now unreleased material did not go as well as the band had hoped, and was put on hold while the band took a much needed break. (The band had been going non-stop for the past 4 years.) The break, which was only intended to give the band some much needed time away, was unfortunately the end of the project, with each member pursuing outside interests.

    Through all the years since the band unofficially "broke up", the members had continued to stay in touch with one another, even sharing the stage on several occasions. (Bassist Dan Bourguet, Keyboardist John Pine and vocalist Matt Chase have all performed with drummer Mike Sasso's follow up project, The Jersey Syndicate. In fact, three Without Love tunes would appear on the Jersey Syndicate's debut cd.)

    Fast forward to 2016. Some of the members of Without Love have continued to have a career in music. In 2010, drummer Mike Sasso released a cd from his new project "The Jersey Syndicate". In 2015, singer Matt Chase released his debut cd, "Matthew K". Bassist Dan Bourguet, keyboardist Bruce Chamoff, and keyboardist John Pine all continue to be active musicians, playing in various bands around the tri-state area. Vocalist Tony Sabbatino continues to write music for various artists, and opened his own recording studio. Guitarist Mike Benford choose a slightly differant creative path, graduated from Full Sail University, and has been leading a creative department in the National Football League (NFL) for the past 15+ years.

    Aside from the other various musicians that filled in with the band throughout their career, the band owes a debt of gratitude to the many who served as "road crew" to the band. Al, Rich, Mike, George, "Beeker", Ed, Jeff, and countless others who made sure the band got to where they needed to, got set up and ready to play, made sure the gear was packed and ready to go, and in some instances, made it a point to make sure the band made it home, you were all the backbone to the band, and for that we thank you!

    And lastly, what is a band if not for their fans? Without Love had one of the coolest, and most loyal fanbase of any local bands at the time. Aimee, Piper, Claire, Christine, Lisa, BillieJoe, Janice, Chrissy, Desiree, Gladys, Michelle, Dee, Alexis, Kim, and many, many, others, you made everything we did worthwhile. This website is dedicated to each and everyone of you. Without which, the band would have been nothing. We thank you all for being apart of this thing we called "Without Love".