Monsters of Rock 2015


Feb 28th, 2015

Feb 28th Will be a very busy day and night for AJ Fratto. Throughout the day from 10 am to 6 pm AJ and good friend John Turner will be acoustically performing at the Crowne Plaza Hotel downtown Pensacola for Pensacon. At 8 o’clock pm AJ & Gotham City Troubadour will venture out to Capt Funs on Pensacola Beach Florida and kick off a hell of a party with Pensacola favorites Rumor Mill…. Come on out and say hi!!!! Get your tickets for Pensacon!!!! it’s going to be a blast and enjoy the nightlife in Pensacola after you’ve got your fill full of fun day / night of characters, actors, action, Wrestlers , Monsters and Trekkies too!!


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amersoldierTour of Duty

by Rob “Bubbs” Harris

Queensryche’s American Soldier Comes Home

Queensryche has been one of the standout names in hard rock and heavy metal for over two decades. Their latest full length album, entitled “American Soldier,” is a hard-hitting tribute to the heroic men and women of the U.S. military who put their lives on the line every day to protect the freedom that Americans sometimes take for granted. With personal accounts from actual soldiers and their family members who have witnessed the grief and pain of war first hand intertwined with the music, “American Soldier” is one of those albums that really hits home, especially as a Pensacola native. As Queensryche makes their way to our little city on their current U.S. tour, I caught up with the local man who was granted the most tremendous opportunity to represent our armed forces as the “American Soldier.”

A.J. Fratto is a fourteen-year veteran of the armed forces and ex-Blue Angel who recently completed his service to our country this past July. The father of three and devoted husband from New York who now calls Pensacola home is now on another tour of duty, but this time the battle isn’t on the ground or in the air–it’s on the stage. Fratto, after a chance meeting in Seattle, was asked to accept the honor of touring with Queensryche and being the face of the “American Soldier” campaign. As a longtime fan of heavy metal and one who would never pass on an opportunity to serve his country any way he can, he jumped at the chance and never looked back. Now, after more than fifty dates with the band, he is finally coming home, not to relax, but to rock this town to its core before heading back out for another thirty dates.

Fratto will be joining Queensryche on stage when they storm the Saenger Theatre later this month with Lita Ford. But performing in front of the hometown crowd is nothing new to this gentle giant, who has the hulking frame of a professional wrestler with the charismatic personality to boot. As the lead singer of Below the Stitch, a local rock outfit that will be celebrating their own album release at The Break on Oct. 10 while Queensryche takes a break from the road for two weeks, getting up there and capturing the hearts of the fans is almost second nature for Fratto. “I’m a rocker,” he says. “It’s what I love to do. To be able to be a part of this tour and the Queensryche family is a great honor and a heck of a lot of fun.” After lobbying very diligently to have Pensacola added to the list of cities on the tour, Fratto is determined to make this show one that the audience won’t soon to forget. “I can’t wait to get up there next to Geoff Tate and perform for the hometown crowd. This means the world to me, and I’m going to give it everything I got. You’re not going to want to miss it.”

As a former rescue swimmer, Fratto knows that a few short minutes can be crucial, and he sees his time with Queensryche in the same light. “When I was jumping in that water to pull somebody out and up to safety, I couldn’t hesitate or falter for one second. With this tour, I only have seven minutes to win the hearts of the crowd and make them remember those few minutes for the rest of their lives. If I don’t get up there and put everything I have into it, I am not just failing myself, but I am also failing the fans, the band and my country. I just can’t do that.”

You might be wondering how, out of the tens of thousands of soldiers in the U.S. armed forces, Fratto was picked to become the poster boy for the album and tour. “We were doing a show up in Seattle,” recounts Fratto of his time spent as head crew chief of our beloved Blue Angels. “I was asked to give a presentation to a group of folks, who just so happened to be the Tates. One of my daughters was around the same age as their little girl at the time and we hit it off and became friends. Not too long after that, Susan Tate called me up and asked if I would be willing to lend a hand to the new record and tour with Queensryche.” The chance was one that Fratto could not turn down, not in a million years. Not only does he get to stalk the stage and pump up fans in every city lucky enough to host this live spectacle, but his voice is actually the first thing you hear when you pop “American Soldier” in your CD player. “When you hear that big loud voice say ‘On your feet’ at the beginning of the first track, that’s me,” Fratto boasts. “How cool is that?”

Fratto, who is no stranger to the effects that war has on those who fight, as well as those that wait with baited breath for them to come home, having served in several conflicts in the Middle East, knows that Queensryche’s salute to our brothers in arms is not just another rock record, but a truly heartfelt and captivating testament to the triumph of the American spirit. “This album is not a political record in any way. Nor is it a way to cash in on exploiting the war. It was written by Geoff Tate as a gift and a way to say thank you to our troops. Queensryche has an enormous amount of respect and appreciation for what these men and women do for us so that we can live our lives how we want to. It’s personal, it’s emotional, and it’s real.”

While Fratto enjoys some much needed relaxation time with his family in Pensacola before getting ready to head back out on the road for the remainder of the tour, he reflects on the good fortune that has befallen him. “I have been given a wonderful gift. Even though this tour will end and I will return home, I will always be a part of the Queensryche legacy, and nobody can take that away from me. I am the ‘American Soldier.'”

Past Events

AJ’s BraveHearts

Saturday, 6 May 2014

Relay For Life Cancer Run/Walk

Bailey Middle School

Perdido Key, FL 6:00pm


Gotham City Troubadour

supporting Gemini Syndrome , with Eyes set to Kill,  Starset

Tuesday ,29 April 2014

Vinyl Music Hall
2 S. Palafox St., Pensacola, FL 32502


AJ’s BraveHearts

MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE  out of Miami FL to Mexico & Monster Island

March 29th 2014 – Gold Lounge 12:30am

March 31st 2014 – Black & White Room 6:30pm


AJ Fratto was the MC at the following Events Feb 23rd 2014!

Be there at PENSACON AJ rap with everyone from the Original Michael Myers to a far away place in the galaxy with Boba Fett & even some of The Walking Dead!
10:30-11:30 – I Was a Walker – Savana Wehunt, Michael Koske, Triston Johnson, Jerrad Vunovich, Melissa Cowan
11:30-12:30 – How to Play a Bad Guy – Robert Z’Dar and Vernon Wells
12:30-1:30 – The Boogeymen: Horror Film Actors with Tony Moran, RA Mihailoff, John Dugan, J. Larose


Gotham City Troubadour / AJ’s BraveHearts

Game of Thrones Event Pensacon

Outdoor Stage World of Beer 9:00pm

Friday, 21 Feb 2014

Gotham City Troubadour
supporting Cruiserweight Reunion Show
Saturday, 23 November 2013
Vinyl Music Hall
2 S. Palafox St., Pensacola, FL 32502

Toys for Tots benefit with John Corabi & Friends

Paul Taylor, Billy Mercer & AJ Fratto perform “The Letter”

Friday, 6 December 2013

Nashville Tenn.

Location: Drifters bar-b-que in East Nashville.


2013 Road to Recovery Conference

Anthony James “AJ BRAVE HEART ” FRATTO will be a guest performer with WARRIOR SPIRIT BAND
Dec 12th 2013
Universal Studios / Disney World Orlando FL.
AJ will perform two motivational rocking songs and speak to veterans and politicians during the event….
Come get some AJ MOTIVATION!!!!!!!!


AJ’s BraveHearts / GCT

Private Event: US Navy Blue Angels

Saturday, 9 November 2013


Gotham City Troubadour supporting Filter!

Thursday, 19 September 2013
Vinyl Music Hall
2 S. Palafox St., Pensacola, FL 32502


Gotham City Troubadour supporting Cherrie Currie (Voice of The Runaways)!
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Vinyl Music Hall
2 S. Palafox St., Pensacola, FL 32502

Living Colour- “Vivid” 25th Anniversary Tour
Lugosi supported the show
Sat, July 20, 2013

Dates with Queensryche, American Soldier Tour 2009

16 – Snoqualmie Casino – Seattle, WA
17 – Snoqualmie Casino – Seattle, WA
18 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
19 – Senator Theater – Chico, CA
22 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
23 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
24 – House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
25 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
26 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
28 – Paramount – Denver, CO
29 – Voodoo Lounge – Kansas City, MO
30 – Potawatomi – Milwaukee , WI

1 – Potawatomi – Milwaukee, WI
3 – Northern Lights – Walker, MN
5 – Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
6 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
7 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
8 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
10 – Palace Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
12 – Turning Stone Casino – Verona, NY
13 – Palace Theatre – Stamford, CT
14 – Starland Ballroom – Sayerville, NJ
15 – Nokia Theater – New York, NY
16 – Showboat – Atlantic City, NJ
17 – House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC
19 – Ruth Eckerd – Tampa, FL
20 – House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
21 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
22 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
23 – Hemisfair Park – San Antonio, TX
24 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
27 – Fayetteville, AR    Arkansas Music Pavilion (AMP)
28 – Oklahoma City, OK    Coca Cola Bricktown Events Center
29 – Albuquerque, NM    Kiva Auditorium
30 – Phoenix, AZ    Dodge Theatre
31 – Flagstaff, AZ    Pine Mountain Amphitheater
01 – Tucson, AZ    Rialto Theatre
03 – Agoura Hills, CA    Canyon Club
04 – San Francisco, CA    The Fillmore
05 – Kelseyville, CA    Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa – Showroom
06 – Eugene, OR    McDonald Theatre
15 – Munich, Germany    Metropolis
16 – Stuttgart, Germany    Longhorn
17 – Berlin, Germany    Huxleys Neue Welt
18 – Saarbrucken, Germany    Garage
19 – Hannover, Germany    Capitol Hannover
21 – Clisson, France    Hellfest Grounds
22 – Dusseldorf, Germany    Stahlwerk
23 – Langquaid, Germany    Gate Music Hall
24 – Pratteln, Switzerland    Z7
26 – Zaragoza, Spain    Festival Grounds
27 – Bologna, Italy    Arena Parco Nord
28 – Bucharest, Romania    Arenele Romane
29 – Sofia, Bulgaria    Akademic Stadium
09 – Zoetemeer, Netherlands    De Boerder
10 – Zwolle, Netherlands    Hedon
11 – Gavle, Sweden    Kilafors Herrgard
12 – Weert, Netherlands    Sportpark Boshoven
24 – Clifton Park, NY    Northern Lights
25 – Poughkeepsie, NY    The Chance Theatre
27 – Toronto, ON    Phoenix Concert Theatre
28 – Montreal, QC    Club Soda
29 – Hampton Beach, NH    Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
30 – Boston, MA    House Of Blues
31 – Lockport, NY    Molson Canal Concert Series
01 – Columbia, MD    Merriweather Post Pavilion
15 – Pueblo of Acoma, NM       Sky City Casino
22 – Tokyo, Japan    O-East
23 – Tokyo, Japan    Akasaka Blitz
24 –  Osaka, Japan    Big Cat
27 – Perth, Australia    Capitol
29 – Brisbane, Australia    The Hi-Fi
30 – Melbourne, Australia    Billboard The Venue
31 – Sydney, Australia    Metro Theatre
02 – Monroe, WA    Evergreen State Fairgrounds
25 – Berkeley, CA       Greek Theatre      (opening for Chickenfoot)
26 – Valley Center, CA    Open Sky Theater @ Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort    (opening for Chickenfoot)
27 – Universal City, CA    Gibson Amph. At Univ. CityWalk    (opening for Chickenfoot)
15 – Louisville, KY    City Block / Coyote’s Music Hall
16 – Montgomery, AL    Montgomery Performing Arts Centre
17 – Pensacola, FL    Saenger Theatre
18 – Asheville, NC    The Orange Peel
20 – Charlotte, NC    Fillmore Charlotte
21 – Raleigh, NC    Lincoln Theatre
22 – Philadelphia, PA    Theatre Of The Living Arts
23 – Norfolk, VA    NorVa
24 – Englewood, NJ    Bergen Performing Arts Ctr.
25 – Westbury, NY    The Capital One Bank Theatre At Westbury
27 –  Covington, KY    Madison Theater
28 – Columbus, OH    Newport Music Hall
29 – Indianapolis, IN    The Vogue
30 – Fort Wayne, IN    Piere’s Entertainment Center
31 –  St. Louis, MO    The Pageant
01 – Joliet, IL    Rialto Square Theatre
02 – Fargo, ND    The Hub Entertainment Destination
04 – Missoula, MT    Wilma Theatre
05 – Spokane, WA    Knitting Factory Concert House
06 – Boise, ID    Knitting Factory Concert House
07 – Stateline, NV    Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
10 – Houma, LA    The City Club of Houma
11 – Nashville, TN    Cannery Ballroom
12 – Atlanta, GA    The Masquerade
13 – Jacksonville, FL    Plush
14 – Fort Lauderdale, FL    RevolutionAppearing at “Shiprocked” November 2009
15 – Fort Lauderdale, FL    MSC Poesia
16 – Fort Lauderdale, FL    MSC Poesia
17 – Fort Lauderdale, FL    MSC Poesia
18 – Fort Lauderdale, FL    MSC Poesia
19 – Fort Lauderdale, FL    MSC Poesia
20 – Fort Lauderdale, FL    MSC Poesia
05 – Prestatyn Sands, United Kingdom    Pontins

The Mission

Help Rescue animals

Toys for Tots

Women in crisis 

Veterans with invisible injuries 


Upcoming Events

AJ’s BraveHearts / Gotham City Troubadour

Pensacola Musicians Memorial (Multi Band Event)

Monday, 19 May 2014

The Dock on Pensacola Beach:

4 Casino Beach Blvd  Pensacola Beach, FL




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