FULL BIO on JIMI BELL from Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
A giant on the guitar, Bell has used his talent's to work with many top artists in music and the entertainment Industry.
Jimi Bell appeared in the 1986 Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett film "Light of Day" where he was both a performer in the movie and he played on the soundtrack and his band toured with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.
As 1987 drew to a close Bell was selected to audition for Ozzy Osbourne. The auditions would narrow down to two candidates with Zakk Wylde pitched against Bell. Although Wylde scored the gig, Bell would be diverted off into another branch of the Black Sabbath family tree, joining bassist Geezer Butler's solo band the Geezer Butler Band. (Uncredited as a writer but still listed) joining bassist Geezer Butler's solo band the GEEZER BUTLER BAND. Here he wrote the track 'Master Of Insanity', subsequently used, but uncredited, on BLACK SABBATH's 1992 'Dehumanizer' album.
Bell performed guitar work on Cannata's CD's from 1993 to 2013: 'Watching The World', Myslerium Magnum, Tamorok and "Harlequin of Lights".
Long time friend and drummer BJ Zampa recruited Jimi for the German based Rockers band 'Thunderhead' for their 'Ugly Side' record. This formed a partnership between the two for many future projects. THUNDERHEAD toured Europe in partnership with METAL CHURCH. Bell and Zampa then signed on for David Wayne's 'METAL CHURCH' Project. For 2001 album on Nuclear Blast.
In 2003 Bell was a contributor as a guest soloist to the Rob Rock album 'Eyes Of Eternity'.
2003 Bell and Zampa joined former lead vocalist Mike Vescara from OBSESSION & LOUDNESS Band for the 'MVP Project'. The CD was released in 2004 in Europe and Japan.
In mid 2005 Jimi Bell joined celebrated Melodic Rock Band 'House Of Lords'. Jimi then recruited Drummer BJ Zampa and Bassist Chris McCarvill to join original vocalist James Christian to complete the band. This line up continues to tour, write and record. They have release together the following CD's: 'World Upside Down', 'Come to My Kingdom', 'Cartesian Dreams', and' Big Money' Precious Metal, Indestructible, Saint of the lost Souls, and more to follow. In 2017 Chris Tristram became the new Bassist for HOL. In 2020 Jimi looks forward to the release of 'New World New Eyes' by House of Lords on Frontiers records.
In July of 2019 Jimi joined the legendary band AUTOGRAPH as the lead guitarist. www.autographband.com.
2020 was looking to be a lot of touring for Jimi along with being inducted into the New England Music Hall of Fame and a new music being released with Autograph.
In addition, Bell is also the “go to” guitarist for studio work for sports giants like ESPN, WWE, Impact Wrestling and NASCAR.
Bell is an official endorser of Roberts Guitar, Viper Guitars, Charvel Guitars, PVX Guitar, Funk Guitars, Ovation Guitars, GHS Strings, Rocktron, Randall, Marshall Amps (Europe), and KickAss Cables. Jimi Bell is also the inventor of the SHREDNECK.
Currently Jimi is writing and getting ready for the 2021 tour season or whenever the Lockdowns are over.
Recorded CD with former lead vocalist of Metal Church / Reverend, David Wayne. Composed and played the music for 10 tracks (not including lyrics). Sessions were recorded at Silver Cloud Studios (Burbank, CA) and released on Nuclear Blast label (2001).
Recorded and released CD with former lead vocalist for Loudness and Yngwie Malmsteen, Mike Vescera. Composed and played the music for 5 tracks (not including lyrics) and played on an additional four tracks. Released in Europe