Philadelphia native and ex Van Halen Executive Assistant Brian McConnell plays by his own rules and goes back to his rock roots with the release of his latest single “Hollywood 911”. McConnell explains that the song was the first he wrote when he moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 1996. “Hollywood 911” is a powerful rock anthem which features the iconic guitar licks of Doors guitarist, Robby Krieger. Krieger has taken the stage with McConnell at many sold out performances over the years at such venues as The Roxy Theater, The Key Club, The Viper Room and the House of Blueson Hollywood’s famed Sunset Strip. “Robby gave us the street cred we needed as we navigated our way through the LA club scene early on.” Brian adds, “To have a legend like Robby put his signature on your art is priceless!”. While in Los Angeles, McConnell also performed along side Country Music Superstar, Garth Brooks, and frequently performed at The Playboy Mansion.
Ironically, Brian’s musical journey began in the summer of 1995 when he had just finished reading the book “No One Here Gets Out Alive”, the story of Jim Morrison and the Doors. Brian was so inspired by what he just read, he decided to move to Los Angeles to start his own band. He struggled through the Hollywood scene for many years, playing bars and clubs while writing songs on Venice Beach. Brian was inspired to write “Hollywood 911” after experiencing first hand the ugly side of Tinseltown. Lyrically, “Hollywood 911” is a brutally honest example of those struggles that young Hollywood faces while seeking fame and fortune. Brian references Drew Barrymore, River Phoenix and Paris Hilton, while calling out industry executives and Hollywood’s tabloid obsessed culture.
McConnell spent most of a decade as personal executive assistant to Van Halen front man David Lee Roth. “Dave led by example and taught me all about the ‘dos and dont’s of rock n roll… but mostly the don’ts!” laughs McConnell. Brian played an instrumental role in the reunion of Van Halen in 2007, and after touring the world with his childhood heroes, he decided to take some time off get back to writing and recording his own songs.
Brian relocated and made Nashville his home base. For the first time he started co-writing with other songwriters around town. That decision gave birth to McConnell’s new single, “Neon Shades” which doesn’t dissapoint! The summertime party anthem can be downloaded on iTunes and the music video can been seen on YouTube. The video which was shot in the Cayman Islands and was produced and directed by McConnell for his production company Farmhouse Entertainment.
Lately, Brian has been splitting his time between Nashville and Chester County Pennsylvania, where he plans to open his own bar and restaurant in 2018.
As for his music, Brian says he doesn’t want to be pigeonholed to a certain genre. “I grew up on all types of music, I love it all, so I’m going to do it all!” “I hope people love what they hear, weather its a rock song, dance track or a sad country song, I just love making music!” “Making music should be nothing but fun with a sprinkle of more fun with no rules.” After all, McConnell adds, “Innovator’s don’t play by rules!”