Coming this Saturday to Center Stage at Lake Arrowhead Village:
Venice was started in Venice, California in 1977 by cousins Michael Lennon (born 17 July 1959) and Kipp Lennon (born 12 March 1960). Michael’s brother Mark (born 28 March 1963) joined the band in 1978, followed by Kipp’s brother Pat (born 9 November 1951) in 1980. Kipp and Pat are two of eleven siblings, and are younger brothers of the Lennon Sisters. Michael and Mark are two of thirteen siblings.
Members of Venice have performed alongside, or recorded with, Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Elton John, Heart, Phil Collins, Sting, Melissa Etheridge, Cher, Ozzy Osbourne, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Stevie Nicks, Billy Idol, Michael McDonald, Dave Mason, Tim Moyer, Chris Isaak, Robin Beck, Kenny Loggins, the Doobie Brothers, Styx, Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Bon Jovi, Michael Ruff, Warren Zevon and Dutch band Yellow Pearl. Tano Costa, the band’s original drummer, is the son of the late music arranger and record producer Don Costa, who arranged and produced for Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka and many other recordings artists in the 1950s and 1960s jazz and pop era.
In 1993, Venice shared the staged with Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson in Jingu Stadium, Tokyo.
Venice has been featured nationally on such television programs as Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, E! News Daily, CNN’s Showbiz Today, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, The Jerry Lewis Telethon and Rick Dees’ Into the Night.
To date, Venice has found their biggest success in The Netherlands. In 2003, the band won an Edison Award (the Dutch version of the Grammy) for Best International Artist, beating out superstars U2 and Coldplay. In that country, Venice’s singles are a mainstay on radio, their tours sell out consistently, and they’ve been guests on countless television programs, most notably Two Meter Sessies, a popular prime-time program that has devoted three entire half-hour episodes to the band; the “Venice – 2 Meter Sessies” CD has gone gold.
The backing vocal duties on Roger Waters 2010 and 2011 tour The Wall Live are being carried out by Venice’s Kipp, Mark and Pat Lennon (who replaced Michael following vocal difficulties exhibited during pre-tour rehearsals).
Mark Lennon performed new backing vocals to the controversial 2002 reissue of the 1980 Ozzy Osbourne album Blizzard of Ozz. The album also featured re-recorded bass and drum parts, much to the displeasure of Osbourne’s longtime fans.