Whiplash formed in Passaic, New Jersey, in 1984, on Jackson Street — 2 blocks from the legendary Capitol Theater concert venue. At first as a power trio, they were referred to as the 3 Tony’s:
Tony Portaro, guitar & lead vocals; Tony Bono (R.I.P. 2002), bass; and Tony Scaglione, drums.
For Whiplash’s first release, Power and Pain, in 1986, and under the Roadrunner (Roadracer in USA) label, the lineup was the 3 Tony’s. Ticket to Mayhem, released in 1987, had a lineup change with Joe Cangelosi on drums. Then, in 1989, Glenn Hansen was added on lead vocals for the record Insult to Injury, when Whiplash became a foursome.
Cult of One, on Massacre Records in 1996, brought in new members Warren Conditi on guitar, James Preziosa on bass, and Rob Gonzo doing lead vocals, and also brought back drummer Scaglione, introducing a 5-piece version of the band. In 1997, Sit, Stand, Kneel, Prey returned Whiplash to a foursome, with Portaro, Preziosa, Conditi picking up the lead vocals, and had Bob Candella on drums. In 1998, the apt title Thrashback reunited the 3 Tony’s once again.
A decade passed, which saw the tragic loss of Tony Bono, and became a time of personal endeavors for the remaining founding members. In 2009, a deal with Pulverized Records saw Cangelosi return on drums, and Rich Day joined on bass, for the Unborn Again record lineup with Portaro.
In 2010, Whiplash reformed with Dank Delong on bass, and Dan Foord on drums. By 2014, Charlie Zeleny joined on drums for touring. From 2015 forward, Whiplash would perform with an arsenal of drummers that included James DeMaria, Tom Tierney, and a brief 30-year anniversary reunion with Scaglione. The addition of Ron Lipnicki as drummer came in 2018, as Whiplash signed a recording deal with Metal Blade Records. The subsequent global pandemic that affected every person and industry from 2020 onward saw Whiplash released from their contract.
Whiplash has performed throughout one quarter of the United States, and also 24 countries, including: Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, plus 3 times in international waters while thrashing the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruises to Grand Cayman Island in 2012, Jamaica in 2015, and Cozumel, Mexico in 2020.
Always an original, thrash/speed metal band, Whiplash continues writing new thrash material, and performing their classic, neck-breaking music to both older generation and young metalheads around the globe.
Thrash Til Death!