Life-long friends Bob Hughes and David Anderson dreamed of a project where they could flex their musical muscles on difficult progressive rock material, showcasing a talent not typically seen in cover bands.
They realized their dream in 2011 when they gathered several like-minded musicians from around Southern California. Without Warning was born.
Soon, the band branched out into the tribute scene, finding that the doors opened to better shows under this format. They chose to be a "genre tribute" instead of donning wigs and acting the part. Members carefully selected some of the most complex hard rock and metal songs from the 1970s through present, placing musical accuracy above a look-alike package.
At the forefront through much of this time was Megan Dawn, an established businesswoman in the entertainment industry who was also known for tearing it up in karaoke bars. She brought her marketing savvy to the table, as well as her singing talent, helping the young group make its mark on the South Bay and beyond.
Jamie Kichline, a shredder guitarist from the Coachella Valley, and Rialto bassist GB Rodzz also came into the fray permanently after several lineup changes. Without Warning has fired up audiences around the Southland, from BriXton South Bay and Saint Rocke in the Hermosa and Redondo Beach areas, to the Queen Mary Dark Harbor. They've shared stages with signed international acts such as Don Dokken and The Bullet Boys, as well as the legendary tributes Atomic Punks and the Iron Maidens. The band also performed with Steel Panther at the House of Blues Hollywood.
In early 2014, Megan parted ways with the band due to other commitments, but remains close with its members. This led to a pivotal point for Without Warning, where the founders had to decide between hanging up the project or seeking a replacement. The band was able to go with the latter, recruiting an Inland Empire singer named Melissa Pinion from the metal band, Dead Moves.
And so begins the next chapterů