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America's loudest lounge singer Richard Cheese performs swingin' Vegas versions of rock and rap songs, "swankifying" popular Top40 hits into retro vocal standards. Imagine Sinatra singing Radiohead, and you've got Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine. Since 2000, Cheese has released 18 albums and sold more than 200,000 CDs; his music is available on iTunes, in stores, and at www.richardcheese.com.

Richard Cheese's songs have been featured in the movies "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice" and "Dawn Of The Dead," on ABC-TV's "Dancing With The Stars," and he's performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, CNN with Anderson Cooper, The Jonathan Ross Show, KROQ's Kevin & Bean Show, MTV's Say What Karaoke?, Jonathon Brandmeier, Howard Stern, Opie & Anthony, and as the house band 20 times on NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly. The lounge legend has played hundreds of sellout concerts all over the world, from Las Vegas to London, from Portland to Portugal, from Honolulu to Hollywood, from New York to New Orleans. With his snappy jazz trio, his tiger-striped tuxedo, and his enormous microphone, Richard Cheese presents the perfect mix of music, martini, and madcap. Viva Las Queso!

 

Richard Cheese


Following is a complete BIO and Richard Cheese's fabulous CAREER HIGHLIGHTS.

 

 

RICHARD CHEESE - OFFICIAL BIO


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RICHARD CHEESE & LOUNGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
TOMORROW'S STANDARDS TODAY!

 

OFFICIAL BIO

 

America's loudest lounge singer Richard Cheese performs swingin' Vegas versions of rock, rap, and Top40 hits, "swankifying" contemporary songs into traditional pop vocal standards. With his Lounge Against The Machine swing band, Cheese has released more than 20 albums, sold sold more than 200,000 CDs, and played hundreds of sellout concerts around the world.

The finger-snapping, liquor-lapping, night-capping crooner first stepped into the spotlight in 2000 with his LOUNGE AGAINST THE MACHINE album. This critically acclaimed CD featured "swankified" versions of alternative rock songs, such as Radiohead's CREEP and Limp Bizkit's NOOKIE, arranged for a big band sound. Thanks to radio stations including KROQ/Los Angeles, Z100/New York City, and the nationally-syndicated Dr. Demento Show, Cheese soon found an audience that shared his love of lounge music, including rockstar Brian Setzer, who hired Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine to play at his private Christmas party with The Stray Cats!

Soon, Dick landed a gig as the co-host and bandleader on MTV's Say What Karaoke series. He was also interviewed in 2001 on CNN, profiled in The Los Angeles Times, and featured as a category on VH1's Rock 'N' Roll Jeopardy. RC also headlined frequent concerts at The House Of Blues in Los Angeles and Anaheim, The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, and radio station festivals like 91X XFest in San Diego, the WHFS HFSmas Nutcracker in Washington DC's Patriot Center, and the Y100 Feztival at Philadelphia's Tweeter Center. Richard Cheese was also hired to entertain at Blink182 drummer Travis Barker's first wedding!

In 2002, Richard Cheese was back in blacktie with his TUXICITY CD, an album of uncensored alternative, rap, and pop covers, including loungey remakes of Sir Mix-A-Lot's BABY GOT BACK, Van Halen's HOT FOR TEACHER, and System of a Down's CHOP SUEY. RC's popularity grew with sell-out concerts around the U.S.A., plus a slot as the opening act for the Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Concert at the world famous Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles. Cheese also made appearances on The Opie & Anthony Show, The Jonathon Brandmeier Show, and The Howard Stern Show, Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends Morning Show, and RC & LATM appeared a dozen times as the Vegas house band on NBC's Last Call With Carson Daly. The standing-room-only concerts continued in 2003, as RC crisscrossed the country playing venues from the Mercury Lounge in New York City to Sunset Station Casino in Las Vegas.

Cheese returned in 2004 with his I'D LIKE A VIRGIN CD, an intuxicating collection of "loungified" covers, including a snazzy remake of Snoop Dogg's GIN AND JUICE, and an inspired version of Michael Jackson's BEAT IT accompanied by a children's choir. That same year, RC performed PERSONAL JESUS and BABY GOT BACK on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live, and his cheesey version of Disturbed's song DOWN WITH THE SICKNESS was featured in the 2004 Universal motion picture DAWN OF THE DEAD, thanks to director and Richard Cheese fan Zack Snyder. Cheese played concerts all over the world in 2004, including a private party performance at the Playboy Mansion, and sellout gigs in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Portland, Seattle, Honolulu, Portugal, and London.

In 2005, Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine released their fourth album, APERITIF FOR DESTRUCTION, an all-new CD of kooky covers for lounge lovers. This 18-track record included Vegas versions of songs originally by Guns 'N' Roses, U2, Black Eyed Peas, The Beastie Boys, Metallica, Slipknot, and many more. From 2 Live Crew's ME SO HORNY to Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT, Cheese served up another "fromage homage" to the hottest hits in music. Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine performed a giant sellout concert at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, and the band was hired to entertain at big-time showbiz events like the TVLand Awards, the Daytime Emmy Awards, and a Hollywood Hurricane Katrina benefit.

In 2006, RC released two new albums. His greatest hits CD, THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE MOON: THE BEST OF RICHARD CHEESE, featured 10 all-new recordings plus 8 of RC's cheesiest favorites. The album boasted newly re-recorded 2006 versions of Cheese classics RAPE ME, CLOSER, CREEP, NOOKIE, COME OUT AND PLAY, and FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT. Backed by a big band and a bigger sound, this was the biggest Dick yet!

In the winter of 2006, Cheese was back with his sixth CD, SILENT NIGHTCLUB, a collection of happenin' holiday hits just in time for Christmas. The all-new album included 14 spirited covers of songs like HOLIDAY IN CAMBODIA, DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS, PERSONAL JESUS, and ICE ICE BABY. Plus, Richard Cheese recorded an all-new original song called CHRISTMAS IN LAS VEGAS, which was featured on the NBC-TV series Las Vegas. And, Cheese's versions of SILENT NIGHT and Beyonce's NAUGHTY GIRL were featured in the NBC-TV soap series Passions.

In 2007, RC & LATM hit the road for their nationwide "Drinkchronicity" tour. The band performed sellout shows for thousands of fans at the House Of Blues in Chicago and New Orleans, the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, The Derby in Los Angeles, The Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco, and The Social in Orlando, plus venues in Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, and San Diego. Richard Cheese also began headlining at The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, including a sellout show on New Year's Eve.

Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine released their 7th CD in fall 2007, DICK AT NITE. This album features lounge-style versions of classic TV theme songs, including THREE'S COMPANY, THE BRADY BUNCH, and GILLIGAN'S ISLAND, plus more recent theme song hits like SOUTH PARK and SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS. The album was also released on iTunes with exclusive bonus songs, and several tracks were included in promotional events for TVLand.

In 2009 and 2010, Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine released three all-new CDs. The first album, VIVA LA VODKA: RICHARD CHEESE LIVE presented live performances from RC’s 8 years of concerts, radio interviews, television appearances, and private party gigs. The band’s next release, O.K. BARTENDER, was an all-new studio album, featuring covers of hits by Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Weezer, and Radiohead. And, Richard Cheese produced a new CD for Waikiki lounge singer Johnny Aloha called JOHNNY ALOHA: LAVAPALOOZA, featuring Hawaiian-style “tiki music” versions of popular rock and rap songs. Richard Cheese was also interviewed in a feature article in The Wall Street Journal, and performed live on The Kevin & Bean Morning Show on KROQ/Los Angeles.

RC returned in 2011 with his 10th album, LIVE AT THE ROYAL WEDDING, an unbelievable live performance recorded at Wills & Kate's reception at Buckingham Palace in England! The album included live swing trio versions of some of Cheese's most popular songs, plus new numbers like ANARCHY IN THE U.K., PUSSY CONTROL, and TOO DRUNK TO FUCK. The band headlined a sold-out show at London's Forum, and also played for 15,000 people -- at 11:30AM -- at England's SONISPHERE FESTIVAL. RC & LATM also toured the U.S. with big concerts in Vegas, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, Denver, Houston, Boston, Atlanta, and on a boat in New York City. And, the band performed at a private party at Muse drummer Dominic Howard's home in Hollywood.

Later that year, Richard Cheese released his 11th album, A LOUNGE SUPREME, with a whole new collection of new loungified hits like LIKE A G6, BOOM BOOM POW, TIK TOK, MARGARITAVILLE, and SHOTS. The album also introduced two new original songs, RC's new original BIRTHDAY SONG, and his swingin' salute to laziness, LET'S LOUNGE.

In 2012, Richard Cheese released BACK IN BLACK TIE, a new album paying tribute to the deadest rockstars in music history. The CD includes songs like Led Zeppelin's STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN, Nirvana's SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT, Bob Marley's ONE LOVE, and Eazy-E's GIMMIE THAT NUTT. The band also performed at the 2012 Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Convention, and played big shows in Seattle, Houston, and San Francisco. RC also returned to London for a headlining concert at Cadogan Hall, and a private Halloween party performance at the home of British TV presenter Jonathan Ross! On the same London trip, the band also appeared as the house band on The Jonathan Ross Show on ITV1, and at the band Muse's concert after-party on a boat on the Thames River! Also in 2012, Richard Cheese released two new greatest hits compilation albums, DOWN WITH THE DICKNESS: RICHARD CHEESE'S DIRTIEST GREATEST HITS and HAIL TO THE CHEESE: RICHARD CHEESE'S ALL-AMERICAN GREATEST HITS, available at shop.richardcheese.com.

In 2013, RC returned to the road with headlining shows in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., Orlando, Honolulu, and of course, Las Vegas. And, the band released THE ROYAL BABY ALBUM, a studio version of their 2011 Royal Wedding album performances. Then, just in time for Christmas, the band released RICHARD CHEESE: COCKTAILS WITH SANTA, an all-new CD collection of holiday standards, recorded in Santa's workshop at the North Pole! Next, RC performed several U.S. concerts in 2014 on his ON THE RUM tour. Meanwhile, a new digital compilation album, MUCHO QUESO: 13 COMPLETE RICHARD CHEESE ALBUMS, was released exclusively at shop.richardcheese.com. And, RC wrote and sang the theme song THINK AGAIN for a World Hepatitis Day music video.

In 2015, Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine released three new CDs: BAKIN' AT THE BOULDER: RICHARD CHEESE LIVE AT THE BOULDER THEATER, a live album from their sold out April 2015 concert; SUPERMASSIVE BLACK TUX, an all-new studio album featuring THE FRIDAY SONG, another original Richard Cheese number; and a Star Wars album THE LOUNGE AWAKENS: RICHARD CHEESE LIVE AT THE MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT CANTINA. The band also headlined in New York City, Seattle, Atlanta, Orlando, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Portland, plus sold out shows in San Francisco and Las Vegas. In the fall, Richard Cheese presented the first-ever LOUNGING MAN MUSIC FESTIVAL at Bimbo's San Francisco, and, RC&LATM headlined Jack Black's FESTIVAL SUPREME concert at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

But the best was yet to come: In 2016, director Zack Snyder featured two songs by Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine as background music in his blockbuster motion picture BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. RC's MAKE AMERICA CHEESEY AGAIN tour followed, with visits to San Diego, Orlando, Las Vegas, Cleveland, New York City, Houston, and more cities around the U.S.

Now, sixteen years after the debut of his LOUNGE AGAINST THE MACHINE CD, a new autobiographical book is in the works. "ATLAS LOUNGED: THE MUSIC, MARTINIS, AND MADNESS BEHIND RICHARD CHEESE & LOUNGE AGAINST THE MACHINE" by Mark Jonathan Davis will be published in 2017; info is at www.atlaslounged.com.

The hardest working Dick in show business continues to perform sellout shows all over the world, from Las Vegas to London, from New York to New Orleans, from Hollywood to Honolulu. Thanks to twenty albums, hundreds of concerts, 130,000 FaceBook fans, and a million martinis, Richard Cheese has earned a prominent place in that prestigious pantheon of lounge legends: Frank ... Sammy ... Dean .......... and Richard Cheese.

 


 

 

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Here are some noteworthy Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine appearances:

  • ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live - Live Television Network Performance

  • Featured in Universal Motion Picture "Dawn Of The Dead" (2004)

  • ITV1's The Jonathan Ross Show - Live Television Performance

  • CNN Anderson Cooper 360° New Year's Eve - Live From Las Vegas

  • NBC's Las Vegas Series - featured "Christmas In Las Vegas" song

  • NBC's Last Call With Carson Daly - 25 appearances as Co-Host and House Band for live show tapings at NBC New York City, Los Angeles, and The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas

  • Howard Stern Show - featured on nationally syndicated radio program

  • Fox News Channel Fox & Friends - Live outdoor concert performances on 6th Avenue in New York City

  • Three soldout concerts at The Bowery Ballroom in New York City; three soldout concerts at The Derby in Los Angeles

  • Opie & Anthony Show on XM Satellite Radio - numerous live on-air radio show performances (including WNEW/New York City)

  • Featured in The Wall Street Journal (2009)

  • NBC's Passions Soap Opera - featured "Silent Night" and "Naughty Girl" songs

  • KROQ/Los Angeles - Concert performances at KROQ Acoustic Christmas Concert, Kevin & Bean Valentine's Day Singles Party, and at KROQ Christmas CD Release Party, plus numerous on-air morning show performances; "Christmastime Is Here" featured on KROQ Holiday CD; "Last Resort" featured on Top106.7 Songs of 2000 Countdown

  • CNN Showbiz Today - Full feature story on CNN Network, Headline News, and CNN.com

  • MTV "Say What Karaoke: Las Vegas" Show - Series Co-Host and House Band

  • SpikeTV Launch Party Broadcast at Playboy Mansion

  • Monthly Headlining Performances at The Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas

  • TVLand Awards - House Band for event parties

  • Daytime Emmy Awards - House Band for Creative Arts Ceremony in 2004 and 2005

  • Universal Amphitheater - Headlining Performance with Brian Setzer Orchestra

  • House Of Blues - Numerous Headlining Concert Performances at Hollywood, Anaheim, Vegas venues, plus sold out shows at Chicago (1400 tickets) and New Orleans (1100 tickets)

  • WHFS/Washington DC - Headlining performance at HFSmas Nutcracker Concert at Patriot Center (12,000 people), plus on-air performances; headlining concert performance in Centreville;
    "Chop Suey" featured on "Top 99 HFS Songs of 2002" Countdown

  • Z100/New York City - on-air interviews and in-studio performance on Z Morning Zoo
    WPLJ/New York City - live in-studio performance

  • Tower Records - in-store performance at Tower Sunset and Sherman Oaks Galleria

  • The Highlands in Hollywood - Hurricane Katrina Benefit Concert

  • Mercury Lounge/New York City - Headlining Concert Performances

  • XM Satellite Radio - Live concert special on "The 80's Channel"

  • Las Vegas - Regular Headlining Concerts at Sunset Station Hotel & Casino, The Venetian Hotel Venus Lounge, Palace Station Casino, Santa Fe Station Casino, and The Double Down Saloon, plus morning show appearances on KOMP-FM, KLUC-FM, KSFN-AM, and XTREME RADIO, including OBC-6 Concert

  • Premiere Radio Networks - weekly syndicated morning show feature, plus live performances at Radio Megablast Convention at Aladdin Hotel/LasVegas

  • Travis Barker (Blink182 drummer) Wedding Reception - Private Concert Performance

  • Playboy Mansion - Headlining Entertainment for SPIKE-TV Premiere Party

  • Y100/Philadelphia Feztival, Tweeter Center, Camden, NJ - Performances on mainstage and sidestage, plus on-air morning show performances, and gig at The Trocadero/Philadelphia

  • TVLand Awards Party - House Band (2005)

  • Morning Show Bootcamp Convention - headlining performance at Aladdin Hotel Las Vegas

  • 91X/San Diego - Headlining X-Fest concert performances at Coors Amphitheatre, Headlining shows at San Diego Street Scene, Frosty The Showman concert performance, live morning show and headlining concerts at Canes Bar & Grill, plus numerous on-air morning show performances

  • Los Angeles Times - Calendar feature story and concert review

  • RollingStone Magazine - on-line feature story at rollingstone.com

  • El Rey Theater - sold out concert 2005 performance

  • CitySearch Los Angeles - Winner of "Best Cover Band" Reader Poll 2001

  • Associated Press - national feature story, syndicated to all AP affiliates

  • Citysearch.com - voted #1 "Best Tribute/Cover Band" Audience Pick on The Best of Citysearch 2001

  • Brian Setzer Christmas Party - Private Concert Performance

  • VH1 - Featured as "Lounge Against The Machine" category on VH1's Rock & Roll Jeopardy

  • National Radio Station Tour with live performances/interviews at 200 stations including:
    KNRK/Portland - Two concert performances at station Mardi Gras events, plus morning show on-air appearances
    WRZX/Indianapolis - MayDay Concert performance, plus on-air morning show performance
    K-BEAR/Salt Lake City - Concert performance at Hard Rock Cafe station event
    KZON/Phoenix - live concert performance, plus headlining appearance at Phoenix Greyhound Park

  • Appearances on nationally syndicated Opie & Anthony, Bob & Sheri, Bob & Tom, Rod Ryan, Kid Kraddick, and Frank Radio Shows

  • UCLA and Cal State Universities - On-campus lunch-time concert performances

  • Spaceland / Los Angeles - headlining concert appearance

  • BB King's Blues Club at Universal Citywalk - headlining concert appearance

  • Cinegrill/Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel - debut concert, October 2000

 

 

ABOUT THE BAND


Bobby Ricotta - Piano & Arrangements
Pianist Bobby Ricotta has been playing piano since he was just a kid.  His phenomenal talent is the end result of years of formal education, thousands of professional concerts, and a 39-hour period during which he was locked in a minivan with Anna and Ines Walachowski, a Casio MT-40, and a bottle of Ketel One Vodka.
FUN FACT:  Bobby is deathly allergic to ivory, so he must take cortisone shots before he goes near a piano.


Frank Feta
- Drums
Frank Feta is one of the most innovative drummers working in the music business today.  He is considered a pioneer in the field, and has developed a unique style of playing that has revolutionized the percussion genre.  His inventive methodology is difficult to describe to the layman, but essentially, Feta uses two wooden sticks, held simultaneously in his hands, to produce sounds from the drums by hitting their surfaces at different tempos, intervals, and intensities, generating a variety of thumps, clicks, bangs, and pops.  It has to be seen to be believed.
FUN FACT:  Frank's ATM card PIN is 9982.


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Bass
The Richard Cheese band has had so many upright bass players in the last 10 years that there isn't enough bandwidth on the internet to include them all here.
FUN FACT:  Hey, do you know anyone who plays upright bass?

 

 

 


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