Posted on March 22, 2011 by MAXX12

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – March 10, 2011: Fans of “The Zoo,” “Highway to Hell,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” and other metal hits won’t want to miss an upcoming show at the famous Avalon. On April 8, long-time favorites Dammaj will headline the Keystone Allstar Tribute Metal Jam.

The Avalon is where guitar greats like Ronnie Montrose, Michael Schenker, George Lynch and other international stars have performed. And this will be the first time Dammaj has performed together in 25 years.

Dammaj will play favorites from their 1986 album Mutiny, which will be released on CD the day of the show. Then, the band will host an ‘80s tribute concert, featuring the songs of The Scorpions, AC/DC, Judas Priest, Van Halen, Metallica, Motley Crüe and many other popular groups. The songs will be performed by bands that played Palo Alto’s Keystone Club in the ‘80s.

Making a very special appearance will be Dammaj’s old friends T. Michael Riddle (“The Rooster”) on guitar and Jon Hampton (“Mongoose”) on bass. Both are formerly with ‘80s metal band Valhalla; this will be the first time the two have performed together in more than 20 years. Craig Martin (“Samurai”), who has opened for The Tubes, Traffic, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blue Öyster Cult, will round out the trio on drums. Craig’s abilities add considerable thump to Riddle and Hampton’s sound.

The Rooster, Mongoose and Samurai will make a brief, exciting scene at the show. The three are now involved in a new project, MAXX12. Rock legend Ronnie Montrose is executive producer for MAXX12’s debut CD, Raw.

Montrose said this about Riddle and Hampton, “When we hear guitarists, we naturally tend to compare them to others of their ilk…However, upon close listening, 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…That’s not the case!  Jon is a soft-spoken gentleman whom I doubt really knows how good he truly is…Good for you, Jon! We need more like you in the music world.”

In regards to Martin, Montrose said, “If you think of MAXX12 as a ‘tripod,’ Craig is an absolute equal part of the musical triangle…Not only is he a powerhouse drummer with a rock-solid groove, he also supplies the much sought-after but seldom-achieved addition of superb vocals to the mix!” Martin, whose work with Viper Drums has resulted in displays at four Hard Rock Cafés internationally, said their stage performance will be eclectic and epic.

Other Allstar Jam appearances will be made by former members of Heathen, Moxy Lama, Eclipse, Rellik, Krystal Jem, Mad Anthony, Lethal Creed, Tonight, Wicked Wish, Kid Blue, Slam Nancy and Antarus.

Doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm for the Keystone Allstar Tribute Metal Jam. Tickets are $10 in advance or $13 at the door. The Avalon is located at 777 Lawrence Expressway in Santa Clara. Phone: 408.241.0777. For more information on Dammaj, contact or 408.772.1306. For information on Riddle, Hampton, Martin or MAXX12, contact 707.971.0687 or, or visit For information on The Avalon, contact

Ronnie Montrose – Executive Producer!

Posted on March 22, 2011 by MAXX12

In case any of you need a reminder as to whom the great Ronnie Montrose is, and the pivotal role he has played in rock history: Here is Sammy Hagar performing with Montrose (see video) before Van Halen was a twinkle in the night sky of ROCK MEGA STARDOM.


Bad Blood (Illuminati) Causes Controversy

Posted on December 22, 2010 by MAXX12

MAXX12′s song Bad Blood (Illuminati), which is featured on the Taylor Guitars and Elixir Strings: Test Drive Electric Contest at  Test Drive Electric 2010 has caused quite a stir and has elicited the attention of the Illuminati site (Illuminati site) itself!

Lovers of the current presidential administration and anti-gun proponents are furious about MAXX12′s pro-gun, anti-government stance. At the center of this controversy sits MAXX12′s song: Bad Blood (Illuminati).

Go check out the song and make up your own mind. That is, unless you want the government to make your mind up for you……….

- MAXX12 Marketing Team


Posted on December 6, 2010 by MAXX12

MAXX12 has been in the studio recording for their much anticipated album, due for release at the end of December 2010! Bringing a very hard, fresh, and new sound to the rock world, the band has been steadily gaining the attention of music lovers worldwide. Fans have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of MAXX12’s new CD project “Raw” to hit the scene.

Christmas is coming early! The duo that you enjoyed in VALHALLA is back at it again! 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, “RaceCar” 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 songs are heavily laden with catchy melodies and hard hitting riffs that emblaze themselves upon your memory banks indelibly and permanently,” quotes Rock World The songs are still available for preview on ReverbNation, MySpace Music, and the official MAXX12 website, but you don’t want to miss out on the chance to own your very OWN COPY of this CD!

“You can’t stay the same. If you’re a musician and a singer, you have to change, that’s the way it works,” says singer-songwriter Van Morrison. MAXX12 has been able to do what many artists struggle to accomplish; develop and grow as individuals while still remaining true to their musical roots. The musicians are able to incorporate their own individual styles while also gelling together to create what can only be described as: “Pure Magic” in the studio.

T. Michael Riddle has been endorsed by XOX Audio Tools with more endorsement deals under way. The band plans to start nationally touring in January 2011, starting in their hometown of San Jose, California and working their way out from there.

For information on how to get the new limited edition CD, please contact:

Holly Winn
Publicity & PR Coordinator
Maxx12, LLC


Posted on November 23, 2010 by MAXX12

MAXX12 is proving once again to be the Illuminati of rock music, taking it to a whole new level! When MAXX12 released their new single “Bad Blood- Illuminati” and received an overwhelming positive response, they knew it was time to show their fans what being “Raw” was all about.

San Jose, CA – November 22, 2010 –- Maybe “Heaven Can Wait” but MAXX12 fans won’t have to. This Thanksgiving, MAXX12 would like to thank their fans who have supported them along the way by posting an early release test sample of their new song “Heaven”.

MAXX12 members appreciate the comments they have received from fans on the numerous social networking sites the album songs has been posted on. The number of plays for the band’s album “Raw” have skyrocketed up to 80,623 with 5,470 fans on MySpace, 1,545 fans on Facebook, and 18,704 visits on the band’s Reverb Nation page! MAXX12 wants to keep providing music that their fans will enjoy. This is your chance to give feedback on the song before the final recording is put on the album!

What is truly beautiful about this song is its “Raw” quality. It isn’t overly produced an it incorporates a harmonic color all its own. After Bad Blood, the band shows their diversity byslowing it down a bit. Listeners really get to hear T. Michael Riddle (Vocalist and Guitarist for MAXX12) come out on his own and show what a talented musician he really is. No one puts it better than Brad Nowell (Lead Singer and Guitarist for Sublime) when he says, “Good music is good music and that should be enough for anybody.”

About Maxx12:
Jon (Mongoose) Hampton & T. Michael Riddle (The Rooster) have been in various bands together over the past 25 years, with the band VALHALLA being the most commercially successful one to date. Eventually, teaming up with Bay Area drummer, Craig (The Samurai) Martin, the three musicians formed Maxx12. The name stemmed from the spiritual belief in Mayan/Nostradamus predictions of the great cataclysm of December 2012.

-Holly Winn

The New MAXX12 Site is Here!

Posted on October 5, 2010 by MAXX12

Newly designed MAXX12 website is now here! We look forward to bringing you our first album this winter with songs available for purchase on our music page.

Want to learn more about what we’re all about? Read our band bio and learn more about each member!

Looking to book us for a show? We’d we glad to get in touch with you. We love to hear from our fans as well! Don’t be shy! Visit our contact page and give us a shout.