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Kevin Valentine is the original drummer in the Cruisers and played on all of the band’s best known tracks, including “Love Is Like A Rock,” “That’s The Way Love Ought To Be,” “Ah! Leah!” (of course), and the brand new “Little Black Dress.” No one bangs them like Kevin. Happily, Kevin has made somewhat of a comeback with the band and often plays at “special” Donnie shows or whenever it works for everyone (so, fans, you never know who will be playing drums at a Donnie show these days).

Donnie, Mark, and Marty are so proud of Kevin who “has done well for himself” in Los Angeles, California, where he moved with his wife, Denise, to start a family and careers in the late eighties. Over the years, as a re-recording mixer for Laser Pacific Sound Services, Kevin has mixed sound for a variety of major television shows and feature films, including “Charmed,” “7th Heaven,” “State Of Grace,” “South Of Nowhere,” “Big Shot,” and Bruce Lee’s “A Warrior’s Journey.”

Kevin is also still deeply involved in the music side of the business, having produced, recorded, and/or mixed tracks for Graham Bonnet, Neverland, and Gene Simmons of “Kiss.” Kevin has also mixed the front of the house for Kiss’s
“Un-plugged” tour and supervised aspects of live recording for Westwood One’s mobile unit.

Most of all, Kevin Valentine is one of the music industry’s finest drummers. Besides the early Donnie & the Cruisers records, Kevin has played drums in the studio for Paul Stanley, Kiss (“Psycho Circus”), and Cinderella (“Still Climbing”). He even played on one Bob Dylan cut in the recording studio and has toured extensively with Donnie Iris & the Cruisers, of course, as well as Mason Ruffner, Harlow, and the late Sam Kinison (to name just a few)
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DONNIE IRIS | MARK AVSEC | MARTY LEE HOENES | PAUL GOLL | KEVIN VALENTINE
BRICE FOSTER | ALBRITTON MCCLAIN | JIMMY MARKOVICH | DANNA AVSEC
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