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Los Angeles, CA
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Portrait of Nero Zero
NERO ZERO is a Los Angeles based Canadian Rock band conceived by three Kingston Ontario born eccentric musicians: vocalist “Diz Thomas”, his guitarist brother “Sick”, and bassist “Rikki Twist”. The band decided to relocate to Los Angeles after the completion of a US tour (with their former act) that landed them in Hollywood, California. NERO ZERO was formed, and soon after, began the creation of their self-titled debut cd. Once recording was complete they looked back to Canada to recruit drummer “Cory Hartless”, a Port Colborne native, and the NERO ZERO line up was complete.

NERO ZERO began writing and tracking the debut cd in their Santa Monica California studio, with additional recording support from Greg Pineda who offered up his Westlake studio to complete the sessions. In the fall of 2009, fellow Canadian and monster mixer Frank Gryner (Rob Zombie, Tommy Lee, The Crystal Method, Nickelback, Powerman 5000) met up with the guys at a well known coffee shop on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood and soon after came aboard to co-produce and mix the album.

“Capturing all the force and power of today’s Rock, the impact of NERO ZERO’s self-titled first release is reminiscent of “life changing” debuts from legendary bands such as AC/DC or Guns N’ Roses.
Dan Savoie – Rockstar Weekly – Vancouver Canada

The guys in NERO ZERO stormed the Los Angeles live stage performing many of the famous landmark venues including The Whisky A Go-Go, The Troubadour, Ventura Theatre, The Roxy Theatre, The Mint, and Universal City. Hype surrounding the NERO ZERO recordings soon got out and several major labels tabled offers. However, at this time NERO ZERO remains independent and releases under their own production moniker, RTR Entertainment, which is digitally distributed worldwide and also in stores across Canada at all HMV locations through IndiePool Inc.

Commercial radio airplay on a global level soon took to the NERO ZERO sound and in late 2010, K-ROCK 105.7 FM in Kingston Canada began to rotate “My Own Addiction” making this track the first single from the cd. In the spring of 2011, Los Angeles radio icons Heidi & Frank from “The Frosty Heidi & Frank Show” gave NERO ZERO huge national exposure in the US when they added NERO ZERO’s cover of the Rick James classic “Super Freak” to their show open and began spinning NERO ZERO’s album version of “F**king A Rock Star” during their talk radio show. In May of 2011, the largest radio program in New Zealand, “The Axe Attack” on The ROCK FM played an unprecedented four tracks from the NERO ZERO cd, a first in it’s 24 year history.

“This is incredible Canadian content and fits right into the K-Rock format”
Doug Elliott, Operations Manager - K-ROCK 105.7 FM - Kingston Canada
“This Nero Zero cd is fantastic; I can’t get it out of my player right now”.
Paul Martin – “The Axe Attack” The Rock FM - Auckland New Zealand

Julia Henry, a Creative Supervisor at Fox Sports Television and POC Media, passed by an open studio door at a Westlake California Studio. What she heard coming from inside was an early mix of the NERO ZERO debut cd. She immediately heard the commercial potential and when the boys in NERO ZERO invited Julia in for a listen, the rest was history. Since then Nero Zero has been heard by massive audiences during live stadium sporting events across the US including home games ranging from the NFL’s Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers and MLB’s Cincinnati Reds, to NCAA Florida Gators Football. Television Network plays include: Fox, Speed TV, Versus, IndieCar Series, NHL On Fox, NASCAR and ESPN broadcasts worldwide. (see below for a more detailed list)

NERO ZERO (self-titled) is an album jammed with stadium-crushing Rock songs.
Tracks include “F--king A Rock Star,” a spoof about the over-the-top hype-machined lifestyles of entertainment icons such as KISS’ Gene Simmons, while the rest of the album follows suit with more “over the top” subjects such as “King Of Rock City,” “My Own Addiction” and “Breathe.”