Original TASTE band member and Legendary drum virtuoso Virgil Donati is playing live at Bird’s Basement late January 2017!

TASTE’s original drummer Virgil Donati, one of the most revered drummers working in America now based in Los Angeles, is returning to Melbourne in Jan 2017 to play a series of gigs at Bird’s Basement

In 2016 all the original band members of TASTE (Ken Murdoch, Joey Amenta, Virgil Donati & Michael Tortoni) regrouped in Melbourne with Virgil to perfom a signature 40 year reunion gig at the Ding Dong.  You can watch the video below.

Virgil Donati recounts from his home in LA: “TASTE was the band that set me on the rock’n’roll road as a teenager back in 1975.  Ken Murdoch, Joey Amenta and Michael Tortoni are my musical brothers and I can’t wait to get back on stage to play some of the songs that started this incredible journey!”

Catch Legendary drum virtuoso Virgil Donati live at Bird’s Basement late January 2017!

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Michael Tortoni went on to found Bennets Lane Jazz Club in Australia which is one of the world’s most famous Jazz venues and has recently created a new Jazz space in Melbourne called the Jazz Lab.

TASTE will be performing regularly at the Jazz Lab in 2017 with new drummer Damian Corniola and also will be performing some further re-union gigs with Virgil Donati in Australia, later this year.  If you want to subscribe to TASTE’s Band Newsletter we can send you updates whenever Virgil is playing next.

Virgil was born and raised in Melbourne Australia. From the time he could barely utter a word, he keenly observed the regular band rehearsals his father held in the house.

Virgil’s interest in music and instinct for rhythm had been apparent to his parents for some time.

They began considering a musical path for him, and, one month prior to turning 3 years old, he found himself sitting behind his first real drumset!

 His next taste of commercial success came in the early 90’s with Southern Sons.

The band reached double platinum with their debut album. At the same time, throughout the mid 80’s and 90’s, Virgil’s interest in progressive music was exploited with several bands he initiated, most notably Loose Change, and later, On The Virg..

Joining his first rock band and signing with his first major label at age 15 was surely the right choice for the young drummer. The band was called TASTE.

This was to give Virgil his early experiences in the studio, with three releases by the band.

The relentless touring also allowed him to cultivate and improve his skills where it counts – on stage.

At the age of 16, Virgil turned pro to enable him to tour and focus on music, and has since devoted his whole life and soul to his art.

This motivation has been his endless and restless pursuit to express himself through his playing.

At the age of 16, Virgil turned pro to enable him to tour and focus on music, and has since devoted his whole life and soul to his art..

The motivation has been his endless and restless pursuit to express himself through his playing.

At age 19 Virgil traveled to the U.S. to further study drumming, and also took classes in composition and arranging.

Returning to Australia at age 21 his career was alight.

He was in demand playing many genres of music, including jazz, rock, pop, theatre and studio work.

He also worked with many visiting artists, including jazz pianist George Cables, vocalist Mark Murphy, Branford Marsalis and Kenny Kirkland, Melissa Etheridge.

 His next taste of commercial success came in the early 90’s with Southern Sons.

The band reached double platinum with their debut album. At the same time, throughout the mid 80’s and 90’s, Virgil’s interest in progressive music was exploited with several bands he initiated, most notably Loose Change, and later, On The Virg..

In 1996 Virgil uprooted and relocated in the U.S.A. to expand onto the world stage.

This move paid of and has become a very productive time for Virgil with lots of growth and development and a rich experience with other bands.

Since 1996 Virgil has been recording and touring with the likes of Planet X, Steve Vai, Allan Holdsworth, CAB, Scott Henderson, Steve Walsh, Tribal Tech, Tony MacAlpine, Billy Sheehan, Derek Sherinian, Mark Boals, Dave Stewart, Kiko Loureiro, and many others, Virgil continues to push the limits of the the drums to astonishing new levels.

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“Read What The Press Has To Say About TASTE”

“The story of TASTE is a legend from the lost pages of Australian rock’n’roll: the meteoric rise and fall of a mid’70s glam-rock quartet with a fiery reputation among such lofty peers as AC/DC, Queen, Suzie Quatro and the Sweet.  But history can wait.  Fast forward 40 years and Life On Earth is a document of rare craft reunited with newfound passion. An album for our times.”

Michael Dwyer

Australian Music Scene

“Thunderous epic sound driven by songs written from thought provoking stories and clearly not made to appease a record company. Everytime I listen to ‘Life On Earth’ I feel like I am witnessing a huge rock operatic spectacular on a giant theatrical stage. It’s sure to leave a great Taste in your ears…”

Neil Bartlett

Aussie Radio Show

“They’re back, with this epic rock song full of explosive vocals, stark guitar harmonies and head banging solos!” David Bruce

Australian Musician Network

“If Queen & Metallica Had a bastard baby it would be called TASTE”

Brian Mannix

Uncanny Xmen

“Unlike other classic rock projects, TASTE are the real deal, and their groovy vibe feels just as at home in the post-modern dystopia of the film clip as it would at the grassy countryside of Woodstock. Where other bands of their ilk today may find themselves lost to nostalgia or faded by the plethora of modern recording processes, TASTE strut the tightrope with confidence and poise that does their legacy justice.”

Jordan Sibberas

Music Injection

“I Am God is a stunning post-apocalyptic vision stalking the havoc of a world in flames.” Kate Eardley

Mixdown

“It blasts through with guitar riffs that essentially urge you to burst into a good old fashioned mosh pit.” John Ardic

Rave It Up

In the 70s there were no radio networks, no Internet and no 24-hour music television. Bands made their name by where they toured and lifted their profile city by city until the songs made the radio. Taste in the 21st century is one tough rock band.

Paul Cashmere

Noise 11

“It has everything a Metallica fan of the late ’80s could want – shredding solos, deep, crunching rhythmic chords and eerily airy vocals that descend into well-tuned yelling.” Editor's Playlist

Mint Magazine

“Seventies Style lofty ambition – with warts and all attitude!

Rolling Stone

“A breath of fresh air in a stale and somewhat contrived Rock market.”

Rob Manser

PopRepublic TV

“Queen meets Zeppelin, with just the right amount of Spinal Tap.”

Jeff Jenkins

Mag Review

“They Rock nice and hard!

Dylan Lewis

Nova 100

“You’ll be hearing this a lot on Radio.”

Richard Stubbs

“Timeless Rawk Vibe that will never go out of Style.”

The Music Network

“Distinctive ’70s sound with guitar echoes of Led Zeppellin’s Jimmy Page and Queen.”

Leon Gettler

The Age

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