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Token Entry, formed in 1980 as Gilligan's Revenge and renamed Queens' Token Entry in 1984, is a NYC based hardcore band. Associated NYC and East Coast acts include: Bad Brains, Black Train Jack, Gorilla Biscuits, Greyarea, In Your Face, Nine Lives, and Redemption 87.

Hometown Throwdown is an annual music festival held in Greater Boston. It is hosted by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The festival features local Boston-area acts, focusing on ska, punk and hardcore bands. The festival is traditionally held in December, usually the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve at clubs around Boston. The first Throwdown was held in from July 27-31, 1994 at The Middle East in Cambridge. Starting in 1995, the festival moved to December, where it has remained ever since. It ran annually until 2002, when the Bosstones went on hiatus. Both the band, and their festival, returned to active status in 2007, and it has been held annually ever since, with the most recent Throwdown, the 22nd, being held December 27-29, 2019 at the House of Blues in Boston.

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Festivals have been held annually from 1994-2002 and again from 2007-present. The most recent was in 2019.[1][2]

1July 27-31, 1994The Middle EastMighty Mighty Bosstones

Black Train Jack

Still Home

Love Huskies

The Goats



Steady Earnest

The Belle Isles

2December 13-17, 1995The Middle EastMighty Mighty Bosstones

Big Lick




Doc Hopper

The Hornets


3December 11-15, 1996T.T. the Bear's Place
The Rathskeller
Mama Kin's (now House of Blues)
The Middle East
Paradise Rock Club
Mighty Mighty Bosstones

The Agents


The Outlets

Betty Goo

The Racketeers

4December 10-14, 1997The Middle EastMighty Mighty Bosstones

The Allstonians

The Mission 120

Clowns for Progress

9 Lives

The Smooths

Pressure Cooker

Johnny Too Bad and the Strikeouts


5December 9-13, 1998The Middle EastMighty Mighty Bosstones

The Spitvalves

The Enkindels



Clowns for Progress

Ann Beretta

The Smooths

6December 8-12, 1999The Middle EastMighty Mighty Bosstones


The Raging Teens

The Radiation Kings

Big Bad Bollocks


7December 6-10, 2000Axis (now House of Blues)Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Venus 3


The Interpreters

Kings Of Nuthin

Sinners And Saints

8December 12-16, 2001Axis (now House of Blues)Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Jake Brennan & The Confidence Men

The Worried

5 Bucks!

9December 11-15, 2002Axis (now House of Blues)Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Favorite Atomic Hero

The Kenmores

Suspect Device

River City Rebels

10December 26-31, 2007The Middle East
Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Gaslight Anthem

Bouncing Souls


Westbound Train

Street Dogs (two nights)

Gimme Danger


Loved Ones

Big D and the Kids Table


Victims Of Circumstance


11December 26-29, 2008The Middle EastMighty Mighty Bosstones

Westbound Train

Roll The Tanks

Big Bad Bollocks

Have Nots


The Attack

Big D and the Kids Table


Murder Mile

Tip The Van

Far From Finished


The Agents

12December 26-29, 2009House of Blues

The Middle East

Mighty Mighty Bosstones


Razors In The Night


Void Union

Bim Skala Bim


Far From Finished

Side Effects

13December 26-28, 2010House of BluesMighty Mighty Bosstones


We Are The Union


Less Than Jake


14December 28-30, 2011House of BluesMighty Mighty Bosstones


Ducky Boys


Have Nots

Smoking Popes

Bomb The Music Industry

15December 29-31, 2012House of BluesMighty Mighty Bosstones

Soul Radics


Bouncing Souls


Amazing Royal Crowns

Big D and The Kids Table

The Convictions

16December 27-29, 2013House of BluesMighty Mighty Bosstones
Street Dogs with Rick Barton
Youth Brigade (band)
Sam Black Church
17December 26-28, 2014House of BluesMighty Mighty Bosstones
Big D and the Kids Table
The Interrupters
The Warning Shots
Andrew W.K.
Lost City Angels
18December 26-28, 2015House of BluesMighty Mighty Bosstones
The Upper Crust (band)
The Neighborhoods
The Queers
The Real Kids
The Outlets
19December 28-30, 2016House of BluesMighty Mighty Bosstones
The Skatalites
The Planet Smashers
The Porkers
The Skints
Los Kung-Fu Monkeys
20December 28-30, 2017House of BluesMighty Mighty Bosstones
Piebald (band)
The Doped Up Dollies
Vic Ruggiero
Rude Bones
The Pietasters
Kicked in the Head
21December 28-30, 2018House of BluesMighty Mighty Bosstones
The Aggrolites
Stray Bullets
Bedouin Soundclash
R.W.W. (Reggae Workers of the World)
Color Killer
22[3]December 27-29, 2019House of BluesMighty Mighty Bosstones
Art Thieves
Walker Raiders
Suicide Machines
Big D and the Kids Table


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  • Live from the Middle East, a Mighty Mighty Bosstones live album recorded over 5 days at the 1997 Throwdown


  1. ^'Setlists for Hometown Throwdowns'. The Setlist Wiki. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  2. ^'Reunion and the future (2007–present) | The Mighty Mighty Bosstones'. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  3. ^'The Mighty Mighty Bosstones announce supports for Hometown Throwdown 22'. PunkNews. Retrieved December 28, 2019.

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Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresHard rock, southern rock, heavy metal, comedy rock
Years active2002–2010, 2018–present
LabelsSpace Horse Records (2018-present)
Associated actsTenacious D, Kyle Gass Band, Wynchester
MembersDarryl Donald (JR Reed)
Klip Calhoun (Kyle Gass)
John Bartholomew Shredman (John Konesky)
Boy Johnny (John Spiker)

Trainwreck is an American southern and comedy rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 2002. It was founded by Tenacious D guitarist Kyle Gass and actor JR Reed.

The band originally started out as a three-piece, with Reed on vocals, Gass on guitar and Kevin Weisman as the drummer. The band adopted pseudonym names for its band members, Reed was 'Darryl Lee Donald', Gass was 'Klip Calhoun' and Weisman was 'Kenny Bob Thornton'. Gass and Reed began to search for backing musicians, as they felt Trainwreck's musical style was 'too close to Tenacious D'. The band met electric guitarist John Konesky and bassist John Spiker in Ohio through a mutual friend, with them relocating to Los Angeles to form Trainwreck as 'John Bartholomew Shredman' and 'Boy Johnny' respectively. Nate Rothacker replaced Weisman as the drummer in the mid-2000s, going under the pseudonym 'Dallas St. Bernard'.

The band released one studio album, one live album, one EP and a single before splitting up in 2010. The band would reform in 2018 and announce a reunion tour, as well as work on a second studio album, which has since been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



Gass started the rock band Tenacious D along with Jack Black in 1994. Black became very popular in the turn of the new millennium with many film and TV roles which led for Black to not have as much time to spend playing gigs with Gass – so Gass created Trainwreck to keep him musically active when Black was busy.[1]In December 2001, Tenacious D played a concert with Weezer and Jimmy Eat World in Value City Arena, where Kyle Gass befriended Erin Robinson, who described herself as a 'huge D fan.'[2] In 2002, Trainwreck was formed, but just as an occasional band with JR Reed on vocals, Kevin Weisman on drums and Gass as guitar. The group played their first concert at Highland Grounds in Los Angeles on 2 August 2002. In 2003, Gass asked Erin Robinson to recruit electric backing musicians for the 'Trainwreck side project' so she found bassist John Spiker and electric guitarist John Konesky.[2] At this point, Gass, Reed and Weisman also added Chris D'Arienzo as keyboard in addition.[3] The band released their first single '2 Tracks' sometime in 2003 and their live album, Trainwreck Live, in 2004. Trainwreck made their first TV appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2004 and featured on Current TV's 2005 Halloween special performing 'TV Theme' as the musical guest.

The EP (2006–2007)[edit]

The band self-released their first 5-song EP, 'The EP' in 2006. Two songs from the EP ('Caveman' and 'I Wanna Know') were used on the official soundtrack for Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, and were later released on More Rocktastic Music From The Film. Gass wears a Trainwreck T-shirt during the vast majority of the film, as well as appearing in it on posters. For the concert tour to support the movie and soundtrack, Konesky and Spiker were recruited to play guitar for the shows based on their work with Trainwreck. Rothacker worked as a band assistant. Because The Pick of Destiny Tour featured all the members of Trainwreck, Trainwreck played shows in the cities they were in on their days off. This is notable because the band performed at the Scala in England, the Annandale Hotel in Australia and the Mod Club Theater in Canada which were the band's first international dates. In late 2006, Black expressed wishes for 2007 to take a break from the entertainment industry, this meant for Trainwreck to tour during 2007, especially in the summer, to keep Gass musically active.

The Wreckoning (2008–2010)[edit]

In September 2008, Trainwreck released their first music video 'Tim Blankenship' directed by Nick Simon. The actual song itself would later feature on their 2009 debut album.

The band released their debut 15-track album on 2 December 2009 at The Roxy in Los Angeles. There was also a music video created in support for the album – 'Brodeo'. The band also released a music video for 'Baby, Let's Rock' off of Trainwreck's 2003 '2 Tracks' single. The band went on a tour to support the new album throughout March and May in various cities of the United States. In June during Tenacious D's Bonnaroo Music Festival slot, Rothacker played for Tenacious D for the first time as he replaced Brooks Wackerman due to him being on tour with Bad Religion. Later on, in September, they began touring again after a short absence. The band played their last show on the 25th September 2010 at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago. This show was in the middle of their Transcontinental Railroad tour – the Chicago show was their tenth show into the tour, and due to 'unforeseen circumstances' the band cancelled the remainder of their tour.[4] After five months of in-activity, in March 2011, they announced their closure on their Facebook page as Gass, Konesky and Rothacker formed Kyle Gass Band.

Reunion (2018–present)[edit]

The band reunited at a Wynchester show (which features Konesky) at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon on the 2nd of February 2018, making a short on-stage appearance. This was due to both Gass and Reed being in attendance at the show, also Spiker performing with Wynchester as a guest. The drumming position in the band was filled with Wynchester's Matt Lesser, instead of Nate Rothacker. A couple of days after this, the band announced a show on their Facebook page at DiPiazza's in Long Beach, California for the 24th of February, opening for Kyle Gass Band. This show being a full-band reunion with Rothacker on drums. In April, the band posted a photo of themselves in a recording studio on their Facebook and Instagram pages.[5] The band also announced a September tour – playing nine dates throughout California. A few dates after the announcement of the tour, the band revealed they were working on a second studio album.

In July 2020, the band made a virtual appearance for Rootstock Music Festival, and in August 2020, the band made an appearance for Stand Up For America.[6]

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  • 2 Tracks (2003)
  • Trainwreck Live (2004)
  • The EP (2006)
  • The Wreckoning (2009)

Band members[edit]

  • Darryl Lee Donald (JR Reed) – lead vocals, percussion (2002–2010, 2018–present)
  • Klip Calhoun (Kyle Gass) – acoustic guitar, backing vocals, flute (2002–2010, 2018–present)
  • John Bartholomew Shredman (John Konesky) – guitars (2003–2010, 2018–present)
  • Boy Johnny (John Spiker) – bass, vocals (2003–2010, 2018–present)

Touring members[edit]

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  • T-Bone MacGruthers (Tim Spier) – drums (2018–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Kenny Bob Thornton (Kevin Weisman) – drums (2002–2005)
  • Slim Watkins (Steve McDonald) – bass (2003)
  • Lance Branson (Chris D'Arienzo) – keyboard, vocals (2003–2006)
  • Dallas St. Bernard (Nate Rothacker) – drums (2004–2010, 2018)


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  2. ^ ab'Destiny lands Ohioans jobs with'. The Columbus Dispatch. 2007-02-08. Retrieved 2007-03-11.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^Michael Libby (2004-10-20). ''Tenacious' musician starts his own Trainwreck'. Lifestyle. Archived from the original on 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2006-12-30.
  4. ^'Archived copy'. Archived from the original on 2017-08-03. Retrieved 2016-03-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^'Trainwreck'. Retrieved 2018-09-03.
  6. ^'Stand Up 4 America'. Retrieved 2020-11-23.

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