The Band

Bacon Fat is a three-piece rock ‘n roll band, rooted deeply in the blues and drenched in a hard-rock/funk-soul-reggae/free-jazz sauce. These guys make sure the sixties and seventies musical heritage will live on. Whether you bang your head on hard-rock, trip away on psychedelic jazz or melt down for smooth howling bluesy guitars and funky beats, it is all there.

The band name comes from an obscure hit of Andre Williams in 1957 called Bacon Fat. It fits the band in many ways, one could say.

As with most great performers, the best chance for you to feel the vibes from this unique band is to watch Bacon Fat perform live on stage.

Having said that, you know what to do!

Detailed Band Biography

Bacon Fat Line-ups

At the end of the nineties, W. Johnson lost his interest in playing covers and left The Bluesfactory. He decided to go his own way and started writing his own songs. Two years and a first failed line-up later he teamed up with drummer Luke Lammenzo and bass-player Mr. Nasty.

On July 18th, 2000 Bacon Fat was born.

Six months later, after an intensive period of songwriting and rehearsing a first demo-CD was recorded. Bacon Fat was ready to go on stage now with mainly new and original songs.

On March 9th, 2001 W. Johnson made his debut-appearance as the leadsinger and frontman of Bacon Fat. From that moment on Bacon Fat succeeds in playing show after show, and becomes a well known name in the blues- and rockscene in the lowlands.

Meanwhile W. gets in touch with Le Duc De Berloz and Le Grand Rititificateur. They would take care of all the design and web-building for the band from here on. The first result of this cooperation was the notorious cover of the second demo Plain Sustain in Januari 2002.

With the accompanying tour, Bacon Fat played their first shows in Holland.

In November 2002 they hit the studio again to record their third demo called Show Some Steel. This was still Bacon Fat, but clearly on a higher level and even more dynamic than before.

These recordings pointed out that Bacon Fat is a true rock ‘n roll-sensation. Gig after gig they knew to confirm that reputation.

75 shows later – in less than three years – they found themselves ready to release their first official CD. To keep everything under control from a business point of view, W. Johnson founded Grease It Up Music cvoa.

The CD Boogielicious Baby (released December 2004) happened to be the ultimate compilation of the first years of Bacon Fat, completed with 5 new tracks.

2005 naturally became the year of the Boogielicious Tour and Bacon Fat played concerts and festivals all over the Benelux. But between W. Johnson on one hand and Luke and Nasty on the other, a different point of view on the future of the band was rapidly growing. So with spring 2006 in the air, Luke and Nasty left the band and started their own project.

Meanwhile, W. didn’t just sit down waiting for a solution falling down from heaven or outer space. He found some new strength in the likes of Benjamin Cestillo (bass and backings) and Enrique “Rico” Gee (drums).

With this new line-up the real Bacon Fat spirit is back and the future of the band is assured.

June 2007 marks the release of the second full-CD Reinventing The Mojo.

Received with great reviews worldwide, this album holds the spotlight on the band during a period of musical exploration. By the end of the year they finally got the right recipe to present their live set in a way that covers the whole history of the band while keeping an open mind for further musical directions in the future…

2008 marks the year of the MOJO Tour. These performances show the band has grown a lot since the recording-sessions for ‘Reinventing the Mojo’ and also brought us the very first new original material.

Bacon Fat also did it’s first shows in Germany.

After six years the band replaces Pretty little thang by Liberty Bell as ultimate finale of the set. This song opened new directions for the band and it’s music. It became that important it became the name of the 2009 tour: the Liberty Tour.

Bacon Fat celebrates it’s first decade with the Greasy Decade Tour 2010. The band performs most of the new material here already.

After the summer the boys dive into the studio to record their third album: The Art Of Freedom.

The try-out for the 2011 tour shows a band that is absolutely ready for it’s second decade. The new material is going musically further than the band has ever been and all the aspects of Bacon Fat ARE there. The songs fit together very clear while they are very different at the same time.

In February 2011 Bacon Fat plays the first show of the Play With Feel Tour. In March they launch the track One on one as a free MP3-single, announcing the upcoming release of The Art Of Freedom later in April.

The album got blessed by great reviews in leading magazines such as RifRaf and MindView. Ironically this did not result in better exposure for the band. Although Bacon Fat played outrageous shows for drooling audiences, nevertheless the amount of gigs went down. On top of that Benjamin seemed to have lost his focus on rock ‘n roll music resulting in his departure of the band in 2012.

Instead of looking for a new bass-player, W. brought in Neelzz, a former guitar-student he felt would fit in superbly with the band. He only needed to learn to play the bass. After 8 months of intensive rehearsing with W. and Rico he managed to create his own style on the bass-guitar, learn 32 songs including backing vocals and choreography and prove his value for the band in general with his overall attitude.

The renewed band kicks off with a new show in February 2013, serving a fine mix of all the classics and then some. The band also wrote some new songs which resulted in a first home-recorded demo at the end of the year.

The Digging for Root Tour saw the new line-up getting tighter and tighter. On top of that Bacon Fat played it’s first show in France. In the meantime the band produced more new material, and recorded a new demo during the summer. By the start of the second leg of the tour in August it was clear we were dealing with the ultimate incarnation of the band. The show at Fiestas du Rock was shot on DVD and finally 2014 was closed in style with a semi-acoustic appearance on Radio Scorpio in Leuven.

2015 becomes the most important year in Bacon Fat history so far. For the first time in over 10 years the band plays over 20 shows in one year thus making the Digging for Root Tour the most successful one to date, clocking in at 37 gigs. In between the boys recorded the fourth full album Band Of Brothers, which was released in early 2016. Recorded at Noise Factory studio in Namur, this was the first completely digital recording of the band. Ironically it was also be the first time that Bacon Fat released and album on vinyl. And if that wasn’t enough the boys produced their first ever video clip under guidance of Pascal Baillien, who also does the videos for Channel Zero, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Buscemi a.o.

The band then promoted the new album throughout 2016 with the Heartbreaker Tour.

Then in November 2016 Rico came with some very sad news indeed: he decided to leave Bacon Fat due to family and professional reasons.

A replacement was found in Tommy McDuff,  who they knew from the monthly jam sessions at cafe Del Mar. Tommy’s audition with Bacon Fat was on the same day Rico broke the news that he would leave the band. In the following weeks Bacon Fat rehearsed with 2 drummers to make the transition as smooth as possible. The idea was that Rico would play the remaining 2016 shows, with Tommy stepping in for the first show of 2017.

But then fate struck again: just 2 days before the second last gig of 2016, Rico had an accident at work, so he couldn’t perform! The band had no other choice but to play the last 2 gigs with the new drummer, almost a month earlier as planned. Luckily they rehearsed like madmen in November and December, so Tommy managed to perform a full set of 27 songs without too much dead bodies falling out of the closet.

The Band Of Brothers tour started in January 2017 and by the end of 2018 the band had played 45 shows, wrote and recorded a new album and teamed up again with director Pascal Baillien for another video. ‘Heart Rock & Soul Fire’ is released in December. With their fifth studio album and the accompanying video for ‘Burning Desire’ in the pocket Bacon Fat is ready to launch itself again onto the stage in 2019.

Bacon Fat 2018
Bacon Fat 2018