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Kris Hadlock is an accomplished rock and roll drummer, guitarist and lead singer. He was the drummer for the The Chesterfield Kings from 1994 through 1996. He played drums on their Surfin' Rampage album as well as the single Hey Little Bird (both credited). He also played on half of the band’s Where The Action Is album (not credited) and 6 of their other singles (also not credited). He toured with the band on the entire Let’s Go Get Stoned tour. From 1997 through 1999, he was a Hollywood actor and songwriter, releasing the CD Stayin’ On Track and three singles.

Since 2000, he has been the founder and lead singer of the band Hadlock, and has recorded and released 2 albums, After Sunset and Playin’ For Keeps, as well as the 3-song EP Your Wife’s Rock Band, and the unreleased experimental CD Full Disclosure, all under the independent label Lockout Records. In his spare time, he gives back to the music community by coaching and promoting youth rock bands in his hometown of Rochester, NY.

The Early Years

Kris has been playing music since he was eight years old. His first instrument was the accordion, which was his mom’s primary instrument. After mastering accordion, he saw the Kiss movie Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park on TV in 1978 and from that day on was completely hooked on rock and roll. He immediately started playing drums and guitar every hour he was not sleeping or in school. In 1984, he saw Bon Jovi perform at a small club in Rochester, NY, and realized that the purpose of his life was to reach people through his music. He spent the rest of his youth perfecting his craft.

The 1990’s

After being involved in two different local bands in the early 1990’s (Bad Action and Hate), The Chesterfield Kings saw Kris perform in late 1993 and immediately invited him to join the band. He recorded and toured with the Chesterfield Kings for the next 3 years. Although the band was very successful and Kris enjoyed playing with them, their 1960’s garage band style was not a match for Kris’s heritage, which was the hair and glam bands of the 1980’s.

So in 1996 he began his career as a lead singer, by releasing a CD called Stayin’ On Track and three singles: Catch Me I’m Falling, It All Comes Back To Me, and The Hurt Inside, as well as two music videos. And in 1997, he moved to Los Angeles.

For the next 3 years, while living in Los Angeles, he acted in commercials while writing what was to become a large collection of original songs, which were inspired by his personal experience working with various producers and trying to make it as a person and as a musician. He also acted in a variety of commercials and videos. And in 1999 he was on The Extreme Gong Show.

The 2000’s

He returned to Rochester, NY in early 2002 to form the Hadlock band with his good friend, collaborator and lead guitarist Richie Roccisano.[1] In addition to Richie, the band included Bob Maslin on drums, Ron Brock on bass guitar, and Bryan Babcock on keyboards, with Kris as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist. Also, during 2005 and 2006, Scotti Roblee played lead guitar and Jeremy Rezz played bass guitar.

From 2002 through the present, Kris and his band have been perfecting and recording their “modern 80’s” style of rock and roll, which combines the emotionality, power and rich vocal harmonies of the 80’s, with the edginess and energy of modern rock. This modern 80’s sound was perfected through a combination of creative direction from Grammy award-winning producer Bob Kulick (Kiss, Meatloaf, M?torhead and many others), Bob’s production partner Brett Chassen (together they are Office Studios),[2][3] and Will Russell of Wilburland Studios. [4][5][6]

In 2005, the band shot a full-length motion picture called The American Rock Star, which was directed by Richard Scudder. The film documented the rise of a band from nothing to stardom. The movie is not yet released, pending final editing and a distribution deal.[7]

The band has released 2 full-length CD’s, After Sunset (2006) and Playin’ For Keeps (2007), as well as their most recent 3-song EP release Your Wife’s Rock Band (2009). Starting in 2007, Kris and his band have worked with two world-class photographers, Neil Zlozower and Gene Kirkland. In early 2009, well-known author Lonn Friend, the founder and editor of RIP magazine, who is credited with helping to break bands like Guns N Roses, Metallica and Bon Jovi, as well as ushering in the era of Grunge, agreed to promote and represent Kris Hadlock, and wrote a biographical article on Kris.[8][9]


Stayin’ On Track (1996, produced by Kris Hadlock)

Catch Me I’m Fallin’ (2000, produced by Kris Hadlock and Craig Snyder)

After Sunset (2006, produced by Kris Hadlock and Richie Roccisano)

Playin’ For Keeps (2007, produced by Kris Hadlock and Richie Roccisano)

Full Disclosure (unreleased, produced by Bob Kulick and Brett Chassen)

Your Wife’s Rock Band (2009, produced by Bob Kulick and Brett Chassen, mixed by Will Russell)


  1. ^ Hadlock: Bringing a Contemporary Edge to 80's Rock, Canandaigua Messenger, June 29, 2006
  2. ^ Local Band Heading To Hollywood, RNews, Oct 13, 2007
  3. ^ A Rocker On The Rebound, Canandaigua Messenger, Oct 13, 2007
  4. ^ Wilburland Electric Studios website
  5. ^ Will Russell's blog on, Jan 26, 2009
  6. ^ "Livin' on a prayer" Daily Messenger Posted Jul 09, 2009 By L. David Wheeler, staff writer
  7. ^ Rollin the Film to Rock Your World, Canandaigua Messenger, Sept 25, 2005
  8. ^ Bio written by Lonn Friend, January 2009
  9. ^ Interview with Lonn Friend, Neil Daniels, December, 2008

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