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After a 23-year hiatus, Joker is back! The band is coming together again to release their 1992 album the Cool Deal.

The band formed back in 1985, with Tony Ingala providing lead vocals, Joey Miroballi and Nick Sikich on guitar, Brian Smolar on bass, and Mike Stone on drums.

Back in the 80s and 90s, Joker made an impact with its fresh, powerful sound, which ranged from soft ballads to heavy metal. True to its name, the band has always had a sense of humor and has described its sound as “heavy aluminum.” The band was signed to Chicago label Red Light Records in 1990 and put out its national debut album, self-titled Joker. The band went on to record the album Cool Deal, with producer Gary Loizzo (Styx, REO Speedwagon). Due to politics with distributor Zoo/BMG, the album was only released in Japan.

The band, in conjunction with Red Light Records and Pavement Entertainment, are re Cool Deal, which will be available soon.

Guitarist Nick Sikich says the spark to come back together came from wanting to have “the opportunity to re-visit our music and share it together with ourselves, as well as with the fans of our music.”

Vocalist Tony Ingala adds, “We didn't want to be a parody of ourselves, so it took some time to to relearn the intricate guitar parts and vocal harmonies. The show we put together will be a special treat for our amazing fans, and a breath of fresh air for someone who is new to Joker.”

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Joker got their start in 1986. Mike and Joey were together jamming in a garage on 79th street on the Southwest side of Chicago. Tony was invited to a rehearsal to just hang out. There was a singer there that was not very good and was forgetting the lyrics. They asked Tony to sing a few tunes and sucked him back in. Tony was previously playing drums and was looking to start an all original band.

From there Joker moved their headquarters to 55th & Christiana (The Garage). The name Joker was coined there in that Garage. Over the next 3 years, the band spent many days and nights perfecting the trademark guitars and vocals. It wasn’t until 1988 that Joker went through some member changes. The band was contacted by Red Light Records about a record deal that ushered in the change in the lineup to include the powerhouse of Nick and Brian. In 1989, Joker finished recording what would be the self-titled record “Joker.”

Nick and Brian brought in a fresh perspective to songwriting. It was a very natural and creative process. In 1990, Joker moved their headquarters to Wheeler Studio, in Orland Park. That is where the 5-days-a-week rehearsals took place and the ground work for Cool Deal was written.

Red Light secured a distribution deal with BMG, and Joker headed back to the Studio to record “Cool Deal.” They spent the summer of 1991 in Pumpkin Studios recording Cool Deal. Following the recording, Joker took the show on the road to LA to master the CD and play the Sunset Strip circuit that had been so famous. Unfortunately, this was right when music was going grunge. The Strip wasn’t anything it had been throughout the 80s.

 

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New Show To Be Announced Soon! New Show To Be Announced Soon!

04/06/2017

Keep checking here foe updates, but rumor has it the band is preparing for another BIG show very soon!

AFTER A 23-YEAR HIATUS, JOKER IS BACK! THE BAND IS COMING TOGETHER AGAIN. AFTER A 23-YEAR HIATUS, JOKER IS BACK! THE BAND IS COMING TOGETHER AGAIN.

29/05/2017

After a 23-year hiatus, Joker is back! The band is coming together again to release their 1992 album the Cool Deal.

The band formed back in 1985, with Tony Ingala providing lead vocals, Joey Miroballi and Nick Sikich on guitar, Brian Smolar on bass, and Mike Stone on drums.

Back in the 80s and 90s, Joker made an impact with its fresh, powerful sound, which ranged from soft ballads to heavy metal. True to its name, the band has always had a sense of humor and has described its sound as “heavy aluminum.” The band was signed to Chicago label Red Light Records in 1990 and put out its national debut album, self-titled Joker. The band went on to record the album Cool Deal, with producer Gary Loizzo (Styx, REO Speedwagon). Due to politics with distributor Zoo/BMG, the album was only released in Japan.

The band, in conjunction with Red Light Records and Pavement Entertainment, are releasing Cool Deal, which will be available digitally online and in stores nationwide on July 7, 2017.

Guitarist Nick Sikich says the spark to come back together came from wanting to have “the opportunity to re-visit our music and share it together with ourselves, as well as with the fans of our music.”

Vocalist Tony Ingala adds, “We didn’t want to be a parody of ourselves, so it took some time to to relearn the intricate guitar parts and vocal harmonies. The show we put together will be a special treat for our amazing fans, and a breath of fresh air for someone who is new to Joker.”

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29/05/2017

Welcome to the new JOKER website!  Get the latest news, shop for merchandise, or inquire about booking the band right here on this site.