David Victor: Bio
San Francisco Bay Area native vocalist/guitarist DAVID VICTOR truly lived out Mark Wahlberg’s “Rock Star” movie dream, being plucked from a tribute band into the namesake band he was paying tribute to: the multi-platinum band BOSTON, with whom he appeared on two North American tours and had a #1 Classic Rock hit in 2014 with the song “Heaven On Earth”.
David first picked up a guitar at the age of 16 after seeing his sister’s boyfriend strum a few chords. At age 18, David began performing with several original hard rock and cover bands in northern California. In 1991, David financed, wrote, recorded and produced his first commercial release PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT.
David put together the original rock act VELOCITY in 1996 and recorded and produced the debut album IMPACT in 1997 which included drummer Pat Torpey (MR. BIG, ROBERT PLANT, THE KNACK) on drums. VELOCITY performed throughout the U.S. IMPACT went on to sell briskly in the U.S. and over 5000 copies in Utah alone, where the album received regular airplay on rebellious rock station K-ROCK. IMPACT sold worldwide with deals on Europe’s MTM Records and Japan’s AVEX records and continues to sell to this day. VELOCITY also released the “ACTIVATOR” 5-song EP in 2001.
In 1999, David moved to Los Angeles and found many opportunities to perform live. LA bands included BOSTON tribute band SMOKIN’, as well as a high-level rock jam band that featured such notables as Chuck Wright of QUIET RIOT, Jason Hook of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and the amazing Pat Torpey.
In 2008, a YouTube video featuring David performing with SMOKIN’ caught the attention of BOSTON founder Tom Scholz, who contacted David to join BOSTON for their 2012 and 2014 North American tours. David also appeared at BOSTON’s first show in over 20 years in the city of Boston, as the band opened the “Boston Strong” benefit for the Boston Marathon bombing victims. David was also featured as lead vocalist on BOSTON’s #1 classic rock charting single “Heaven on Earth” from their 2014 album “Life, Love & Hope”. During BOSTON shows, David sang BOSTON hits including “Peace Of Mind”, “More Than A Feeling” and BOSTON’s other #1 single from 1986, “Amanda”.
David regularly performs as lead vocalist and guitarist with several rock-based acts he founded including BOSTYX performing the music of BOSTON and STYX, as well as the cinematic rock show ROCK STARS & STRIPES: The American Rock Experience.
David also teaches music privately and in group sessions with the innovative new “Strum & Spirits” group guitar-and-sip classes, and is active as a performer at numerous functions in and around the San Francisco Bay Area.
David currently resides in San Ramon, California.