Mike Magrann - Channel 3

About Mike Magrann

Channel 3 was formed in 1980 by Mike Magrann (vocals, guitar), Kimm Gardner (guitar), Larry Kelly (bass) and Mike Burton (drums), in the suburban community of Cerritos, South Los Angeles, California. Their first release was an EP on Californian labelPosh Boy Records in 1981. Manzanar, a track from this EP was played heavily by UK disc jockey John Peel.

In 1982, Jack DeBaun become their new drummer and Fear of Life was retitled I’ve Got A Gun in the UK with some differences in the track-listing.

Their next release, After The Lights Go Out, failed to recapture the interest that accompanied their first UK single. Former member of The Simpletones and Ex-Stepmother Jay Lansford joined the band in 1984. Their 1985 collection for Enigma Records (with Dusty Watson on drums) revealed that the band had navigated the transition to a more straightforward rock format.

We've been at it for a lot of years, and it's always been a compromise between portability and sound when it came to touring amps. With the Blackstar HT Stage 60 we've finally found a combo amp that truly has a full sound and commanding stage presence. Many thanks to the people at Blackstar for making fine quality gear for the working musician!
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