STARFIRE Announces New Drummer

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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LOS ANGELES, Mar. 31, 2015 / Nearly five years after their debut release and first performance in Los Angeles, Starfire announces their new Drummer: Jake Michael Hayden.

Hayden comes to the band from Ohio and for almost 20 years, has worked with some of the biggest and best names in the business, having toured with Adam Lambert and was hired by American Idol judge and A&R/producer Randy Jackson to record and perform with "The Canyons" as well as other new acts like Ryan Cabrera.  However, it was Jake's other work that really appealed to founder and frontman for Starfire, Dairenn Lombard

"I was looking for a change," said Lombard.  "I'd been in the market for a new drummer and, in my opinion, the drums is one of the most important parts of a rock song.  The biggest difference between what you might call heavy metal and 'indie' could sometimes hinge on the style of drums being played.  So, I needed someone who really 'gets it,' and gets the sound of Starfire.  A musician who knows and appreciates the bands that fit the style that our fans want to hear.  When I took one look at Jake's background, I knew I'd found the drummer."

Jake Michael Hayden has shared the stage with Steel Panther, Rick Springfield, Toto's Steve Lukather and performed with New Wave/Rock act Missing Persons.  He has also recorded with producer Tom Fletcher (Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Lukather) and Ross Hogarth (Van Halen).  Jake Michael Hayden's musical backgrounds also includes a degree from the Berkelee Musical Institute, rounding out experiences gained from studying drummers like Duran Duran's Dave DiCenso and Dream Theater's Mike Mangini.

"It was clear that any drummer that understands and appreciates the style of bands and artists like those will play the music of Starfire exactly the way it was meant to be played.  I am so excited and really looking forward to performing with Jake at the next Starfire concert."

Starfire is Dairenn Lombard (studio keys, guitars & vocals), Greg Pajer (guitar, backing live vocals), Andrew James (bass, backing live vocals), Neara Russell (keys, backing live vocals), and Jake Michael Hayden (drums), one of the only new Melodic Rock bands from southern California, featuring three studio albums where ever CDs are sold, and a live DVD available now from their website at

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