Posted on April 27, 2012 by MAXX12

 The MAXX 12 Chronicles depicts life before and after a cataclysmic event where every nuclear reactor on the plant malfunctions at the same time spreading numerous clouds of radiation across the globe. In this storyline the event is called: “ The Haze”.

We are currently looking for creative minds to post survivor blogs to the story line. If you do, we will use your real name, location, and of course your survivor blog post, on our site once the new MAX12 site is re-made. Here are some fictional blog sample made by our staff:

Excerpt # 49 The MAXX12 Chronicles survivor blog
Jonathan Segal, Brooklyn NY USA
AT THE TIME OF THE “HAZE”: Worked at the Federal Reserve building on lower Manhattan.
WE HAD PLENTY OF CASH TO BURN – literally burn; When the “HAZE” began we found ourselves at the lower basement of the FEDERAL RESERVE building in NY.That first night we put about $600 K in a metal garbage bag and set it on fire. I was hungry and pissed off but I was warm. $600,000 worth of heat.

Excerpt # 50 The MAXX12 Chronicles survivor blog
Jonathan Segal, Brooklyn NY USA
AT THE TIME OF THE “HAZE”: Worked at the Federal Reserve building on lower Manhattan.
ALL THAT MONEY IN OPEN VAULTS & Hardly any food. I’d gladly would have given a million dollars in cash,(maybe even 2 million) for a SNICKERS bar. Do you know how sad it is to have all the money in the world and not being able to get a fucking SNICKER bar.

Excerpt # 29 The MAXX12 Chronicles survivor blog
Ronda Loving, Tempe AZ
AT THE TIME OF THE “HAZE”: Breast Cancer survivor and Condo dweller in a 55+ Adult community.
6 days after the “HAZE” began the food inside the basement laundry room at our high rise ran out. Someone, I think it was Mrs. Bloom said we should not eat the rats because they’ve been outside and could be infected with the radiation. “How about the pets we have with us?” suggested Old Sam from apartment #201 “ If worse comes worse we can always have them”. “And when we ran out of pets?” I replied “ what then?” “Ourselves?”.

To add to our survivor blog, please send your story to:   MAXX12

5669 Snell Ave., #357

San Jose, CA  95123

Posted on February 10, 2012 by MAXX12

Maxx12 cover the Bobbie Gentry classic “The Ode to Billie Joe”!

Maxx12 “Cottonmouth Moon” Music Video

Posted on January 19, 2012 by MAXX12

Maxx12′s Final Cut of their Cottommouth Moon Video!

MAXX12 and Their Heavy Friends Review

Posted on December 13, 2011 by MAXX12

MAXX12 and their “Heavy Friends Review”…mid 70’s–mid 80’s rock…continue to pack the house with sell out shows…along with being the thunderous sound of rebellion in a post apocalyptic world, they have created a new generation sound sure to please hard rock enthusiasts worldwide…executive produced and supported by legendary guitarist Ronnie Montrose…the talents of Ronnie Montrose’s classic rock sensibilities combined with the MAXX12 wall of sound, they have created a new genre…”Swamp Metal”…”Apocalyptic Rock”…a show not to be missed…the upcoming show is sure to sell out!

A Great Review from…El Portal Del Etal

Posted on November 8, 2011 by MAXX12

Submitted by Lucas Gordon on Fri, 04/11/2011 – 19: 30
This band comes to me by a friend, Paula, who makes me listen to a topic and definitely captivated me, generating the curious to hear more.
Then, after saying that I would like the album, the group sends me a professional package that includes, in addition to the cd, other multimedia with a video CD and much material, several photos of high quality, and information about Maxx 12, everything in a folder of luxury.
Maxx 12 is a power trio of Northern California, if I am not mistaken in San Francisco.
On this album debut entitled “Raw”, the trio proposes a classic rock hard.
At boot time it gives me the impression that their influences extend a bit of heavy metal type came up with “Mongoose” Although the chorus seems taken from Van Halen.
The first thing would be for the vowel extension in certain notes, which was ‘The voice of metal’ label.
“Wild Years” tends to sound a little more AOR with a rate of half-time and coralmente reminds me not know if a Foreigner or Boston.
“Moonshine Runner / Electrified Blue” would come to be two items in a single track. The first is acoustic and the second rotates 180 degrees becoming as well electric name, but in both cases of great intensity.
One of the tracks that I like is “Bad Blood (Illuminati)” by rhythmic changes and arrangements.
I think it is more than clear that this combo has a good product in their hands, which produced no less than Ronnie Montrose (Montrose, Edgar Winter).
If you want to know more about them click the link below and this also take them to myspace page.


Posted on September 29, 2011 by MAXX12

Top Row: Mike Crumpton, Norm Plischke, Rooster, and Eric Arbizu. Bottom Row: Vic Anderson and Mongoose.

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – September 29, 2011: Touring to a venue near you soon. MAXX12 brings their original brand of apocalyptic rock to your local venue. After 1 hour of MAXX12 radio hits with songs like “Politico”, “Bad Blood” and the swampy backwoods sound of the newest MAXX12 song, “Cottonmouth Moon”.

Next up will be MAXX12 Heavy Friends with your popular hard hitting top 100 songs from the late 70’s and early 80’s. Songs like Deep Purple’s “Highway Star”, Bad Company “The Sky is Burning”, and Thin Lizzy’s “Jail Break”.

A sure hit show that you will walk away from at the end of the night with great memories and humming the songs all the way into the following week.

For information on Rooster, Mongoose, or MAXX12, contact 888-486-8321 or, or visit


Posted on July 28, 2011 by MAXX12

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – June 28, 2011: MAXX12 made an unforgettable debut that people will be talking about for years to come. As the massive crowd poured into the venue at Gilroy’s 9 Lives Club on Friday, June 17, 2011, they were unaware that they would be transported into a world that allows individuals to denounce government without repercussions. They left feeling empowered.

“The Rooster” T Michael Riddle, “Mongoose” Jon Hampton and “Samurai” Craig Martin showed off their multi-talented skills of music and urban warfare. All three did vocals throughout the show led by The Rooster. Their words pierced the hearts of the evil in society. The Rooster strummed multiple guitars as Mongoose played several bass guitars. Samurai never let up on the drums. You could see why all three were touring rockers in the 80’s.

The stainless steel pyramid set the “stage” for a night of music that is unrivaled in the world today. At the top of the pyramid was an eye that eerily watched over the show, fog streamed out of its pupil. Samurai’s drums were directly under the eye so that he could protect the audience from its power. The Rooster and Mongoose moved around the stage flawlessly, keeping watch for additional evil. To the left of the stage was a hangman’s gallows that had a faceless body hanging at the end of a noose. On the lifeless body was a sign that displayed the songs of MAXX12 from their debut CD, Raw. One drunken, rowdy person stormed the stage. He pulled out a harmonica and started to play. Eventually the behemoth security that surrounds MAXX12, protecting them from governmental enemies, escorted the man off stage. In the end, there was no “Bad Blood” from the encounter.

There was one unassuming presence in the packed house of Gilroy’s 9 Lives Club. This presence was MAXX12’s Executive Producer, music legend Ronnie Montrose. He was pleased to see a packed house that saw an amazing performance by MAXX12 who gave their all. Jorge Briones, owner of 9 Lives Club, said “Having MAXX12 at 9 Lives was a great experience for us. The professionalism of their entire team was second to none. In every area the communication was detailed so everyone knew what to expect. The show was fantastic with the near capacity crowd loving what they saw and heard. Great music and a world class stage set just made the night that much more enjoyable. We would welcome MAXX12 back to 9 Lives and were honored to be selected as the venue for their debut performance.”

As the audience left, they knew they had experienced something new, something exciting. They had a new hope that has not been experienced in some time. The MAXX12 Nation had many new recruits who want to stand up for their rights. This is only the beginning as we lead you into the future.

Controversial MAXX12 Debuts at Gilroy’s 9 Lives on June 17, Introduces World to Apocalypse Rock

Posted on May 30, 2011 by MAXX12

MAXX12 – a new rock band with a provocative, post-apocalyptic message – will make an unforgettable debut at Gilroy’s 9 Lives Club on Friday, June 17, 2011. Comprised of three Bay Area ‘80s rock veterans, with music legend Ronnie Montrose as the band’s executive producer, MAXX12 will show the world that Rock and Roll isn’t kid stuff.

In fact, MAXX12’s entire musical catalogue is based on outrage with the government and serves as a call to action for those fed up with how the country is run. Through songs from its debut CD, Raw, the band will express its frustration with the state of the country, and encourage the audience to stand up for their rights and join the MAXX12 Nation.

MAXX12 ushers in a new music genre – Apocalypse Rock. Like its predecessors Psychedelic Rock, Rap and Grunge, Apocalypse Rock reflects the cultural and emotional state of today’s world.

The band is fronted by “The Rooster” T. Michael Riddle, lead singer and guitarist. Riddle is an ardent supporter of constitutional rights. “Mongoose” Jon Hampton is bassist and vocalist. “Samurai” Craig Martin is drummer and vocalist. All three were touring rockers in the ‘80s. In addition to having musical talent, The Rooster, Mongoose and Samurai all possess their own unique urban warfare skills.

The Rooster’s bloodline goes back to the great Choctaw Chief Chata, who led the Choctaw West to prosper. This unique genetic heritage makes the Rooster a shape shifter, and he is able to channel the animal spirits that have always surrounded him. Mongoose’s heritage dates back to ancient India, where his Brahman mother gave birth to a mongoose son. When his father left to collect money, instead of watching the children, Mongoose was mistakenly killed for protecting his siblings from a cobra. Mongoose now protects the innocent from the greedy.

Samurai’s DNA goes back to Yamamoto Tsunetomo, considered the greatest Samurai of all time. Tsunetomo’s warrior spirit has been released once more in Samurai, who now draws his sword in defense of the last hope for humanity…the MAXX12 Nation.

The three have been recruited by a privately funded organization – NexCorp – and have spent 10 years in training to battle the elite New World Order forces that are trying to dominate the world. For a sneak peak of what MAXX12 is about, view the “Bad Blood” video trailer here:

As a brand new band, MAXX12 is impressively ranked at #200 and rising on the ReverbNation charts nationally. On the local charts, MAXX12 stands at #2. Globally, MAXX12 is at #320 and rising. Considering the more than one million already established acts on ReverbNation’s charts, this says a lot about MAXX12’s growing popularity. The Rooster’s single (visit and click on “Learn to Fly” under “Songs”) has gone to #20 on the local charts. You can also listen to other MAXX12 songs by visiting! and see the “Songs” section to play a tune.

The name MAXX12 is up to the fans’ interpretation. However, the band will soon run a contest to award the fan who guesses closest to the intended meaning of MAXX12.

MAXX12’s executive producer is Ronnie Montrose. Considered a household name in the rock world, Montrose reigns as one of modern music’s most innovative guitarists. He is best known for his namesake band Montrose from the ‘70s. Ronnie launched the career of the then unknown Sammy Hagar – who would later become famous for his solo work and as vocalist for Van Halen – by tapping him as Montrose’s lead singer. Ronnie was also formerly guitarist of the Edgar Winter Group. In addition, he played on Van Morrison’s Tupelo Honey and Gary Wright’s Dream Weaver, and for many other famous musicians.

Montrose said this about Riddle and Hampton: “T. Michael Riddle has carved out a very unique niche for himself when expressing who he is on guitar. And when I listen to the solid, confident, aggressive bass playing that is Jon, I would imagine that his personality would be the same of sorts…but Jon is a soft-spoken gentleman whom I doubt really knows how good he truly is.”

And about Martin, Montrose said, “If you think of MAXX12 as a ‘tripod,’ Craig is an absolute equal part of the musical triangle…he is a powerhouse drummer with a rock-solid groove, and he also supplies the seldom-achieved addition of superb vocals to the mix!”

Not only will the June 17 show herald MAXX12’s debut, it will also be a full evening of edgy entertainment. MAXX12’s epic and eclectic stage set will rival what’s seen at Kiss concerts – complete with a towering stainless steel pyramid and even a boar’s head. And opening for MAXX12 will be comedian Madeline Minx, who will present a musical act. Her genre-bending comedy has been praised in Film Threat, San Francisco Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Seattle’s The Stranger and many other publications.

After MAXX12 performs, the audience will be treated to an All-Star Tribute show by popular Bay Area metal bands from the ‘80s, featuring covers of hit songs by AC/DC, Judas Priest, Van Halen and more. The tribute will be hosted by Greg Hill, lead singer of ‘80s band Dammaj, and performers will include Dammaj, as well as former members of Moxy Lama, Mirage, Rellik, Krystal Jem, Mad Anthony, Lethal Creed and more.

Over the years, many famous bands have cut their teeth performing on the 9 Lives stage, including Papa Roach, Smash Mouth, Incubus, 311 and Sublime.

Doors for the show open at 8 pm; MAXX12 goes on at 9 pm. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. 9 Lives Club is located at 7430 Monterey Road in Gilroy, CA. Phone: 408.337.1799. For information on MAXX12, contact Jill Beaverson at 707.971.0687 or, or visit


Jill Beaverson, 707-971-0687

MAXX12 Debut / Industry Showcase

Posted on May 30, 2011 by MAXX12

MAXX12 is executive produced and supported by legendary guitarist Ronnie Montrose. Ronnie has helped many fledgeling artists gain visibility with his classic rock sensibility and production talents throughout the years. His bands include MONTROSE, GAMMA, and Ronnie Montrose solo electric and acoustic projects.

Along with being the thunderous sound of rebellion in a post apocalyptic world, MAXX12 with their unique live show and wall of sounds have created a new generation sound sure to please hard rock enthusiasts worldwide. MAXX12 are seriously dedicated and would love to have you check them out on DVD, CD and live show if they are in your area!@ 9 Lives.

Also, don’t miss Madeline Minx and Greg Hill’s All Star Jam

Doors Open: 8:00pm
MAXX12 Goes on:9:00pm

Ticket Prices: $8.00 Advanced / $10.00 Door

Click here to purchase tickets.

Great Review from Scott Thomas

Posted on April 13, 2011 by MAXX12

Date: 2011
Artist Name: MAXX12
Genre: Rock / Hard Rock
Title: RAW
Record Company: Self-Titled Indie

Review: Hey hey hey… Whadda ya say? OK !!! Well as for me, I’m doin’ mighty fine now that I’m sittin’ here rockin’ out to MAXX12 and their NEW Album “RAW”… Yeah, the music is definitely rockin’ hard here. Fans worldwide have been eagerly waiting in anticipation for this new and fresh sounding release. So get it while it’s hot !!!

The CD opens up with “Mongoose (Elephant Memory)” with some Van Halen-esque wammy-bar tribal drum extravaganzas then the guitarz rip into some kool pinch harmonic fuzz driven riff-rhythm groovez… Wow! This is some kewl ride!!! Yeah, if you like Dio, Sammy Hagar, Rainbow, Van Halen, and Deep Purple, then I know U’ll like this jam. This tune will definitely get U off and runnin’ in the right direction.

Now that I’m looking at the back of the CD Case, I notice that legendary Ronnie Montrose has got his handz in on this as Executive Producer… U go Ronnie !!! Now, the soundz, artists, and histories are comin’ together for me.

Next song up to bat is “Race Car”… And let me tell ya, in my mindz eye I can see and smell Talladega SuperSpeedway … I can smell oily odor of the petrol and hear those roar’n engines. A couple laps around the race track with this tune and U are assured to qualify … This should be Nicknamed “the Big One” The checkered flag goes down and is frantically waved. Go go go goooo !!!

Do U remember your “Wild Years” ? Now here is an anathematic tune that will put U into a reflective spirit of your energized foot-loose and fancy free yester-yearz. I really dig the syncopated lush guitar chords on this one. Of course my wild years were the early 80′s and the soundz on this neat tune bring me back to thoze fleeting dayz. This song remindz me of many bandz that were very popular back then. Such as REO Speedwagon and the like. I guarantee U’ll be singin’ right along w/ the chorus before this song finishes on your just first listen.

“Moonshine Runner / Electrified” – Now this tune should have you chug-a-luggin’ down the railroad tracks w/ their hard hitting riffs. I like the way this starts out too… Very acoustic and unplugged. Brake out the voodoo bags, chicken feet and chili powderz. This one would make the members of the 70′s Southern-fried rock band Blackfoot proud.

T. Michael Riddle (Guitarist and Vocalist) and Jon Hampton (Bassist) have joined with Craig Martin (Drummer) to form a new band called Maxx12. The band enlisted the help of well-known guitarist and producer Ronnie Montrose, who you might recognize from his namesake band MONTROSE and from Sammy Hagar’s Marching to Mars solo album, to work on Maxx12’s debut album “Raw”.

The band originally planned on releasing a promotional CD that would include two of its most popular songs, “Race Car” and “Mongoose”. But like rapid fire, MAXX12 has seen more fans showing interest in some of their newer songs, such as “Bad Blood” and “The Mast.” Due to the increased gravitation towards their latest recordings, the band has decided to offer its fans the opportunity to get a limited edition CD, which now includes 8 songs! There are only 500 available at the low price of $10.00 each!

The rest of the songs on this album follow suite as the previous four. “Politico” reminds me of Deep Purple’s Highway Star… U don’t want to miss this beautiful acoustic guitar piece “Heaven” either. Other songs of great interest to me are some of their newer songs on this album, such as “Bad Blood” and “The Mast.”

*** Parting Shot across the Bow >>> I thoroughly enjoyed this musical outing by MAXX12 and I will be looking and listening for more… Remember this is a limited CD offer.

Author: Scott Thomas
To see the actual review, click here

Stars: 4 Stars out of 5