Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

1998-
Peter HayesVocals, guitar, bass, synths
Robert Levon BeenVocals, guitar, bass, piano
Nick JagoDrums1998-2008
Leah ShapiroDrums2008-
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  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club took their name from a 1953 movie. The name was name of Marlon Brando's motorcycle gang in The Wild One.
  • In 2003, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club had to stop a show halfway through because officials thought the floor of the venue might collapse. The band was playing at the Leeds Town Hall in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England when Leeds City Council officials suspected the 150 year old floor was about to give in. This led to the band sometimes being referred to as "the band who broke the floor."
  • At the 2004 V Festival in England, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club frontman Peter Hayes came out onstage early to sign an inflatable penis.
  • Tragedy struck Black Rebel Motorcycle Club after a gig on August 19, 2010. The band finished their set at the Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium only to find that bassist Robert Levon Been's father Michael had died backstage of a heart attack.
  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club drummer Leah Shapiro has been playing drums since she was 18. She played drums in The Raveonettes before getting the call to play with BRMC on tour in Europe. After drummer Nick Jago suddenly left the band in 2008, they asked Shapiro if she'd be interested in being Jago's replacement. Within a month, Shapiro had learned 30 BRMC songs and was ready to hit the road.
  • Although Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is now based in Los Angeles, frontman Peter Hayes says he'd rather be traveling than stuck at home. He likes moving around and says that "if you have a problem with not showering and not sleeping in your own bed, it's the wrong job for you."
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