Mike's life is music. As a percussionist he began his career at age fifteen, playing rhythm and blues with Albert King. At age twenty he landed a drumming position with Chuck Berry's band which also featured Billy Peek (a one time guitarist for Rod Stewart) and Johnnie Johnson, Chuck Berry's original piano man. Mike moved on to become Bo Diddley's drummer and then turned down an offer to tour Europe with Chuck Berry (at the time of the London Sessions album and My-Ding-A-Ling) to form his original band, Pavlov's Dog.
The first album, "Pampered Menial" (ABC/CBS) still stands out as one of the great masterpieces in rock history selling double-platinum in Australia and Europe. In 1975, Safron's original Pavlov's Dog signed the largest recording contract for a new group. They toured the country and headlined over many other groups that have since become well established such as Journey, Heart, Nazareth, and Bob Seger.
Mike currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri and is the father of a three year old son.
Patience is a virtue which helped Tom co-produce Mike's latest effort. A humble, creatively talented keyboard player, Tom's meticulous ways give a professionalism and quality precision to PD 2000's Wall of Sound.
Tom has played many regional concert venues with The Wave Band and The Action, once two of the hottest regional acts. He has also lended his respected musical ear, talents, and professional advice to many musical projects of other artists.
Coming from a background rich with musical genes, Julie's style reflects a hint of the sounds she grew up listening to. Her father, Buddy Moreno, was one of Harry James' boy singers and the leader of the Buddy Moreno Big Band and her mother is also a singer. Julie excels in her approach to high energy rock and roll as well as being equally at home with the music of Cole Porter and George Gershwin.
Julie is a versatile singer having worked the Las Vegas and Tahoe show circuit, the Muny Opera and various nightspots around the U.S. Her strong, bluesy vocals are reminiscent of those of singer Annie Lennox, a voice Mike Safron knew would fit well into his new group.
Steve takes a unique and personal approach to his music. A self taught musician, he has an unorthodox, by-the-seat-of-his-pants style of guitar playing. Influenced by rock guitar greats like Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck, Simon, as he is commonly known, has created a sound and style that is "Simontaneously" his own.
Formally of The Wave Band and The Action, Simon dabbled in other projects that encompassed different styles of music ranging from fusion and blues to country and rock and roll. When not playing live on stage, Simon spends time in his studio writing and producing his own music.
Steve Simon's versatile guitar work brings an intense and energetic style to PD 2000.
A graduate of Musician's Institute in Los Angeles plus a B.A. in Music from Webster University-St. Louis, Hunter's musical background is diverse. He has studied, played, and recorded with musicians ranging from Jeff Berlin and Joe Pass, to members of DEVO and the Circle Jerks. Hunter has taught, recorded extensively, and is part owner and director of Amandala Records,Inc. (St. Louis, MO).
Hunter's ability on the fretless bass adds a unique quality that leads you into a different dimension of music.
A professional musician with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Ron adds the touch of class and classics to the electrifying, unique sound of Mike Safron's music. During the past eight years, Ron has toured Japan twice, and performed Carnegie Hall three times with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Ron also played The Muny Opera for twelve years. Ron's style is not limited to classical alone; he has also played lead back-up violin for Led Zeppelin, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Rogers, and Smokey Robinson to name a few.
Please note that the above individuals played on the End of the World CD.
Pavlov's Dog 2000 is not currently performing or recording. However, Mike Safron is playing drums for a St. Louis, Missouri R&B band.
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