Gelheads Live at House of Blues

Photos © 2004 by: Beth Shandles


The Gelheads exploded on the local Chicago music scene in 2001 and have wowed listeners for almost a decade. It all started with a demo sent to Chicago’s Q101 which made it into the hands of a DJ who started spinning their track “Deer In Headlights,” Before the band knew it they were no longer playing small clubs, but packing large veunes and opening for national acts across the country.

The trio’s sound and live performances both draw heavily from high energy pop-laden arena rock. Once dubbed as “Cheap Trick meets the Foo Fighters,” the Gelheads are continually praised for their high-energy shows and addictive melodies which appeal to a wide variety of listeners across many genres of rock.

The Gelheads quickly earned a reputation as one of the hardest-working unsigned bands in the U.S. by planning their own national tours and forging a vast network of relationships with radio and media cross country. Through creative grass-roots efforts and the dawning of social networking the Gelheads built a giant fanbase on a small budget.

The Gelheads have shared the stage with a wide variety of acts including KISS, Everclear, Fall Out Boy, The Killers, Puddle of Mudd and Papa Roach. After sending a CD to Gene Simmons, the band received a personal call from Gene himself praising their work and asking for more music.

After a three-year hiatus, the band regrouped in 2008 and have returned to doing what they do best, writing great songs, playing big shows and winning new fans by simply doing what they love.


Frankie D’Angelo: Vocals/Guitar
Tim Lydon: Drums
Jeff Malas: Bass
Eli Chen – Guitar
Mike Catani: Sometimes Guitar!

past members:
Mike Adams – Bass
Andy Titchenal – Bass
Tim McDonald – Bass
Mark Tulloss – Bass

Genre: Rock