I started playing guitar when I was 13 years old. The first song I ever learned was Dead Cities by The Exploited. I learned how to sing from Billy Idol (Gen X ) and Glen Danzig ( Misfits ).Since I spent most of my teen years in and out of jail, I didn’t start my first band until my 20’s. B-Movie Blitz was our name. I remember the first time I ever played live, I almost crapped my pants. After a few stints in prison I started playing with The Bar Room Heroes in early 2000’s. I’m having more fun playing Rock & Roll now than I ever have. I love all kinds of music:punk, reggae, country, metal, pretty much all genres have something to offer if you have an open mind. I will play music until the day I die. It’s the most powerful way to communicate, and it’s where I truly come alive. I love God and my family. I do my best to love people and life in general. Life is too short to live with resentment and anger, bitterness and jealousy. Tomorrow is not promised, so LIVE, LOVE, ROCK !!
Lead guitarist Steve Byars is a multi-instrumentalist who’s varied musical background brings a fresh angle to The Heroes . With his seminal bands, The Jonnies and early skate rock pioneers No Rules, Steve brought punk rock and established an underground music scene in the Deep South based on the Mississippi gulf coast . Then he moved to rockabilly, surf and country music with a passion and mastery of those genres . This veteran musician brings all these styles to the stage and studio with confidence and energy .
Music critics often describe me as a veteran of the SoCal Roots-Rock, Blues & Americana scene. However, I’d rather be remembered as a team player that knew his role in each group, did his best to support his band mates, & ultimately brought out the best in every song that each writer had crafted.
I’ve been bridging rhythm & melody on acoustic & electric basses since before I was 12 years old. When I was 14, I formed a rockabilly band with my brother Dave Lee, known as The Red Devils. We had a very unique live sound & stage presence. Because of this, we were fortunate enough to be asked to warm-up countless concerts for many successful bands, like X, The Blasters, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Cramps & even The Ramones.
By age 17, I was recruited by Exene & John Doe of X, along with Dave Alvin of The Blasters to play upright bass for their pioneering Alt-Country project, “The Knitters.” We still perform to this day, & every time we do, it’s a magical event.
From 1984-1992, I was extremely fortunate to play electric bass for The DIs, an original rock outfit led by the Axxel G. Reese & Dave Drive, the singer & drummer from seminal L.A. punk band, The Gears. That group was an incredible band of brothers, & I still miss them all dearly.
In 1988, I put together a blues combo called The Red Devils with The Blasters’ drummer, “Wild Bill” Bateman. That band wound up being signed by Rick Rubin, touring the world several times, even recording with Johnny Cash & Mick Jagger.
Today, my love for the many varied styles of American music has made my involvement with The HEROES a joy. Chris Jones’ songwriting is so incredibly fun to play bass to. It’s got catchy melodies, memorable hooks & positive lyrics that really set us apart from our peers. When we hit the deck together, we give it all we’ve got & nobody’s safe from the intoxicating grooves of The HEROES. Come & see for yourselves !
Rue Rivera has been a veteran in the OC punk scene for over 25 years.
He began playing drums as a Fountain Valley teen , and toured across the USA during the 1990s with both Los Infernos and The Ballistics as well as having continued success with The Grabbers.
Rue has been one of the original members of the legendary Manic Hispanic since inception, and is happy to join The Heroes for a new chapter to his rock and roll resume.