Bio

Pharoah played the role of the east coast’s tonic to the masses for the over saturated 1980’s L.A. Glam Scene. Pharoah was best known for their outrageous stage antics, half blond and half black hairdo’s and beat-conscious rock ‘n’ roll. Armed with their self-indoctrinated credo “Sex, Glam, Gloom” the band would dominate the tri-state area’s music scene during the 1980’s.

With Pharoah being on everyone’s “A” list for record executive parties, (including guests like Paul Schaeffer, Jeff Beck, Gene Simmons and Joey Ramone), it wouldn’t be long before a company like CBS Records would rush in to capitalize on the band’s success. But the turn of the decade would bring a dramatic change in the music industry, and the band would find themselves faced with a “too much, too soon” reality. Not willing to compromise, Pharoah would step aside and wait for the cycle to come around again before reuniting to awaken the ghosts of Rock n Roll past.

During their career, Pharoah would open for multiple national acts, release two records on their own label (Lipstick East), showcase a video on MTV’s “Headbanger’s Ball”, appear on over a dozen cable shows including Manhattan Cable’s “New Music Show”, “Tucci at Two”, CTN Networks “The Underground Café”, “U-68”, and South Jersey’s “TV35”. The band would cause quite a stir amongst local viewers, however, live that stir turned into shock, and shock at it’s best. Veterans of the stage, Pharoah played such venues like “The Cat Club”, “Club Nirvana”, “CBGB’s”, “The Limelight”, “Studio One” and “The Dirt Club” to name a few. With rave reviews in “East Coast Rocker’s” center-fold (August 27th, 1986) and a full-page feature in “Rock Magazine” (November, 1988), rock ‘n’ roll’s best kept secret would gain national notoriety and develop a loyal fan-base that still stands the test-of-time.

CHRONOLOGY

1985: Nelson Pop joins the band after replacing drummer Steven Reigns and the final lineup is complete. The band acquires their first management deal and heads into the studio to start work on their debut album "First Strike."

1986: The release of their debut album "First Strike" on Lipstick East Records hits the market sending record sales soaring. The release of an audiocassette would follow featuring a bonus track titled "Gonna Get U." The band gains instant popularity and starts opening for national acts.

1987: The band releases their second vinyl effort, a "Limited Edition" picture disc. "Red Flag" would become the soundtrack for the video and the band would continue to tour for the rest of the year.

1988: "Red Flag" the music video is released and premiers on MTV's "Headbanger's Ball." The band would share much success and would start appearing on many cable TV shows and magazine publications.

1989: "Cleopatra's Ball" would kick-off the year with a U.S. tour starting in Philadelphia. Now headlining their own shows, the band would continue to tour. Plans for a new video were in production - but tensions were looming. With their management contract running out and the decade screaming to a halt, the band would soon part their own ways.

1991: After taking a break for a year and a half, the band reunites again, this time without Rikk and the "Feast Of Fools" tour kicks off. The band plays the first half of the tour before finally calling it quits.

2011: Pharoah joins Cinderalla for the middle of the "Glam Slam Tour 2011" celebrating 25 years of Glam Rock music.

TODAY: Original members Karl DeKira, Rikk Fabio, Dennis Lords, Nelson Pop and Scott Archer still make occasional appearances and remain active recording new material.