In the late sixties, Mike Pinera and his group BLUES
were co-founders and house band at THEE IMAGE, a Miami Beach concert
opened and co-headlined on weekends. There Mike performed, met and
such artists as JERRY GARCIA & GRATEFUL DEAD, THE CREAM with ERIC
THE YARDBIRDS with JIMMY PAGE, ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS, BLOOD
TEARS, FRANK ZAPPA & THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION, JIMI HENDRIX, THE
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, TED NUGENT & THE AMBOY DUKES. And many more.
Mike filmed and recorded many of these shows and received clearances to
distribute them. He and the BLUES IMAGE
to Hollywood California playing local gigs and appeared in the movie
WAGON with CLINT EASTWOOD.
They soon signed with Atlantic Records where they had a major hit with
CAPTAIN RIDE which Mike co-wrote and sang.
From 1970 - 1972, Mike joined IRON
BUTTERFLY. Their hit IN A GADDA DA VIDA stayed on top of the
charts for a
record-breaking 52 weeks earning them the first Platinum Record Award
given. Their tours with such bands as LED ZEPPELIN (as the opening
DOORS, SANTANA, JIMI HENDRIX, THE WHO and others were legendary. Albums
feature Pinera are METAMORPHOSIS, EVOLUTION, BEST OF and LIGHT &
Collectively, the IRON BUTTERFLY albums have sold over 50 million.
Their song IN
A GADDA DA VIDA is in The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. It has gone on
multi-platinum. They helped to make a new format for music, the
music video. The DVD, IN A GADDA DA VIDA on RHINO RECORDS featuring
singing "BUTTERFLY BLUE" is still a best seller today.
During this time Pinera helped discover and co-produce BLACK OAK
ATLANTIC RECORDS resulting in a million seller in less than a year, now
Beginning in 1973, Mike began producing and performing in concert
tours which he also recorded and filmed for television. Over thirty
hours later, he continues to do today.
He and JIMI HENDRIX drummer MITCH MITCHELL formed the band RAMATAM. The
was acclaimed as a cutting edge progressive rock band. The album
Atlantic Records is considered to be a monumental highlight in
Pinera then joined CACTUS. The album NEW CACTUS BAND - SON OF CACTUS,
mixture of blues and boogie. Tours with TEN YEARS AFTER, EMERSON LAKE
PALMER, ROD STEWART, AEROSMITH and others, sold out stadiums and arenas.
1979 Mike released his first solo album ISLA on Capricorn records and
second, FOREVER on Spector / Capitol. Self-written and produced, he had
single with the song GOODNIGHT MY LOVE. Tours with JOURNEY, TED NUGENT,
SEGER and others were labled as "ground-breaking."
Pinera and and good buddy Nugent turned their nightly jamming at the
“THE GUITAR BATTLE OF THE CENTURY.” It was an exciting blend of high
playing and audience participation. “Kind of like American Idol meets
World-Wide Wrestling” jokes Pinera.
In 1980, Mike joined up with long time pal ALICE COOPER. The albums he
with Alice were SPECIAL FORCES and ZIPPER CATCHES FLESH. Pinera
Alice and helped produce a national TV Special for France called ALICE
He would open some of the sold-out stadium concerts with his own MIKE
BAND then return to play in THE ALICE COOPER BAND.
Throughout the 80s, Pinera began creating and producing his solo
television. Selling CD's on TV and later DVD'S via infomercials, he
create a new way of distributing music to the world via Direct Response
Mike starred and co-produced the first anti-drug Rock Video
PAINSCAPE, which is still shown in schools today.
He also began producing concert events for non-profit charities
CLARK'S AMERICAN MUSIC FOUNDATION, THE NATURAL HIGH FOUNDATION,
VINE SUBSTANCE ABUSE RECOVERY CENTER and HELP THE CHILDREN.
Mike co-headlined in the THIRTY YEARS OF ROCK AND ROLL tour. This
successful compilation tour ran for several years playing festivals,
theatres and stadiums. The show included some of the most popular rock
Pinera co-produced the show's Classic Rock Video in 3-D. It also
the first time legendary classic artists appearing in film-style music
Never before seen videos of Rock & Roll’s all-time biggest selling
like THE COASTER'S CHARLIE BROWN and YAKETY YAK, THE SURFARI'S WIPE
HERMIT'S KIND OF HUSH and MRS. BROWN YOU'VE GOT A LOVELY DAUGHTER, TINY
TIPTOE THROUGH THE TULIPS, THE MONKEES MICKY DOLENZ doing I’M A
with PINERA performing RIDE CAPTAIN RIDE and IN A GADDA DA VIDA, were
for the first time with conceptual story lines, all in 3-D VISION.
In 1992, Mike formed the first Classic Rock Supergroup,THE
CLASSIC ROCK ALL-STARS. The band included lead singers and stars
RARE EARTH, SUGARLOAF, THE HEADHUNTERS, THE MONKEES, SPENCER DAVIS, and
The first show in Sarasota Florida, produced by Mike and Wally Devlin,
featured THE TEMPTATIONS and was a benefit for Cerebral Palsy. Jamming
night were pals from ALLMAN BROTHERS, MOODY BLUES and AC DC.
CLASSIC ROCK ALL-STARS continue to
huge crowds today.