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Mike Pinera
Mike Pinera
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Mike Pinera, singer, guitarist and songwriter is known around the world as the driving force from legendary and iconic bands Iron Butterfly (In A Gadda Da Vida) Blues Image (Ride Captain Ride) Alice Cooper Band (Schools Out) and Mike Pinera solo (Goodnight My Love.)

Pinera formed The Blues Image in Tampa. A progressive blues band playing rare blues songs by iconic British blues bands.

He and Blues Image moved to Miami where they were co-founders of the famous rock venue THEE IMAGE in Miami Beach. Mike headlined and performed weekly with such legendary artists as The Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton & The Cream, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors & others.

One year later they moved to Hollywood California Mike and received a recording contract from Atlantic Records where they had a huge hit with RIDE CAPTAIN RIDE which Mike co-wrote and sang. Ride Captain went to number 3 on the Billboard Charts earning a platinum record award.

Mike played in the IRON BUTTERFLY who received the first Platinum Record Award ever given to any artists.

Iron Butterfly Albums which feature Pinera are METAMORPHOSIS with PINERA & RHINO which hit number 16, EVOLUTION, BEST OF IRON BUTTERFLY, LIGHT & HEAVY, IN A GADDA DA VIDA Laser Video Disc.

The single EASY RIDER written by Pinera reached number 66 on the Billboard charts making it the band's biggest hit aside from In A Gadda Da Vida. The album is noted for having the first use of the guitar talkbox which Mike co-invented.

During this time Pinera discovered and co-produced Black Oak Arkansas on Atlantic Records resulting in a multi-million seller, now multi-platinum.

He and iconic JIMI HENDRIX drummer MITCH MITCHELL formed the band RAMATAM recording the album RAMATAM. The group was acclaimed as a cutting-edge progressive rock band.

In the mid-seventies Pinera joined Cactus. He and Ted Nugent went on a national tour together. They turned their nightly jamming at the end of the shows into a climactic finale entitled “THE GUITAR BATTLE OF THE CENTURY.” It was an exciting blend of high energy playing, wrestling and audience participation.

In 1980, Mike joined up with longtime pal ALICE COOPER for two world tours.

In 1992, Mike formed the first original Classic Rock Supergroup, THE CLASSIC ROCK ALL-STARS. The band included lead singers and stars from RARE EARTH, SUGARLOAF, SPENCER DAVIS, Headhunters and himself. Special guests included members of Kansas, Toto, Allman Brothers, Steppenwolf, Moody Blues, and many others. They were the NUMBER ONE CLASSIC ROCK SUPERGROUP in the world.


Purchase ‘Timeless’ by The Blues Image

featuring Mike Pinera at

Seventies classic rock heroes Blues Image return with this superb collection of recently recorded favorites and new songs! Blues Image founder Mike Pinera showcases both his past accomplishments with a fantastic new renditions of the blockbuster single "Ride, Captain, Ride" and Iron Butterfly's "In A Gadda Da Vida" (Pinera was Iron Butterfly's vocalist in 1970) as well as his present skills as a songwriter on such tunes as "Love Is The Answer," "Pay My Dues" and more! Includes guest performances by blues rock legend Pat Travers and Journey's Jonathan Cain.


Track Listings

1. Ride Captain Ride

2. In a Gadda Da Vida

3. Fantasy of Love

4. Come Back

5. Love Is the Answer

6. Touch My Heart

7. Pay My Dues

8. In the Garden of Eden

9. Leaving My Troubles Behind

10. Butterfly Bleu

11. Isla

12. Something to Say


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