Legendary Guitarist, Founder of Blues Image and former member of Iron Butterfly
Mike Pinera, singer, guitarist and songwriter is known around the world as the driving force from legendary and iconic bands Iron Butterfly (In A Gadda Da Vida) Blues Image (Ride Captain Ride) Alice Cooper Band (Schools Out) and Mike Pinera solo (Goodnight My Love.)
He has received numerous awards from Rock Godz Hall Of Fame, Legendary Rocker Award, Multi Gold and Platinum from the National Recording Arts and Sciences.
A native of Tampa Florida, he started playing at age 15. One year later he and his band The Motions were backing some of the top stars in music at The Clear Water Star Spectaculars. From pop icons like Gene Pitney to R & B Legends Bobby Blue Bland, Jo and Jerry Butler.
At age 16 he hit the road playing casinos in Nevada and legendary blues joints on The Chittlin' Circuit in Florida's backwoods.
Pinera then formed The Blues Image in Tampa. A progressive blues band playing rare blues songs by iconic British blues bands.
He and Blues Image moved to Miami where they were co-founders of the famous rock venue THEE IMAGE in Miami Beach. Mike headlined and performed weekly with such legendary artists as The Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton & The Cream, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors & others.
One year later they moved to Hollywood California Mike and received a recording contract from Atlantic Records where they had a huge hit with RIDE CAPTAIN RIDE which Mike co-wrote and sang. Ride Captain went to number 3 on the Billboard Charts earning a platinum record award..
From 1970 - 1973, Mike played in the IRON BUTTERFLY who received the first Platinum Record Award ever given to any artists.
Iron Butterfly Albums which feature Pinera are METAMORPHOSIS With PINERA & RHINO which hit number 16, EVOLUTION, BEST OF IRON BUTTERFLY, LIGHT & HEAVY, IN A GADDA DA VIDA Laser Video Disc.
The single EASY RIDER written by Pinera reached number 66 on the Billboard charts making it the band's biggest hit aside from In A Gadda Da Vida. The album is noted for having the first use of the guitar talkbox which Mike co-invented.
During this time Pinera discovered and co-produced Black Oak Arkansas on Atlantic Records resulting in a multi-million seller, now multi-platinum.
He and iconic JIMI HENDRIX drummer MITCH MITCHELL formed the band RAMATAM recording the album RAMATAM. The group was acclaimed as a cutting edge progressive rock band.
In the mid seventies Pinera joined Cactus. He and Ted Nugent went on a national tour together. They turned their nightly jamming at the end of the shows into a climactic finale entitled “THE GUITAR BATTLE OF THE CENTURY.” It was an exciting blend of high energy playing, wrestling and audience participation.
In 1979 Mike released his first solo album ISLA on Capricorn Records. His second album FOREVER on Capitol Records featured his international hit single GOODNIGHT MY LOVE still receiving radio play and sales in Latin America.
In 1980, Mike joined up with long time pal ALICE COOPER for two world tours. The albums he recorded with Alice were SPECIAL FORCES and ZIPPER CATCHES FLESH. Pinera co-wrote with Alice and helped produce a national TV Special for France called ALICE IN PARIS. He would open some of the sold-out stadium concerts with his own MIKE PINERA BAND then return to play in THE ALICE COOPER BAND.
In 1992, Mike formed the first original Classic Rock Supergroup, THE CLASSIC ROCK ALL-STARS. The band included lead singers and stars from RARE EARTH, SUGARLOAF, SPENCER DAVIS, Headhunters and himself. Special guests included members of Kansas, Toto, Allman Brothers, Steppenwolf, Moody Blues, and many others.
They are the NUMBER ONE CLASSIC ROCK SUPERGROUP in the world.