Tim Kleiman

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Initially, it was the visual side of rock n’ roll that prompted Tim’s journey into music. He was so captivated by the band KISS at age five that he carried around his Paul Stanley action figure everywhere. Tim started guitar lessons, but because of his small size he was handed a ukulele. Tim played violin in the orchestra, but soon the lure of rock and roll was too much to resist.

TIM AGE  5

READY, WILLING & ABEL

Inspired by groups such as Led Zeppelin, Rush, Black Sabbath, and Iron Maiden, Tim picked up the bass guitar and at age 12 began forming rock bands. By 14, Tim had acquired his first Fender Stratocaster guitar and Metallica riffs soon replaced the Bach fugues that earlier had floated from his bedroom.

PRIMAL ORDER

Tim lived in Seattle during the grunge explosion and became a fixture in the scene—writing, recording and performing on bass with rock bands such as "Ready, Willing and Abel” and "Primal Order."  At this time Tim obtained a B.A. in music, and began teaching private music lessons.

SPIRIT UNION REVIVAL

By the mid 90’s, Tim would play bass with Tucson-based jam band “Spirit Union Revival.” The band released an album and toured on the West Coast, playing small clubs to large festivals. Tim lived with the band at Wind Spirit, a non-profit intentional community in Arizona where the band members created a permaculture desert oasis and hosted retreats.

DEBRIS

Shifting into the new millennium, Tim grabbed his Stratocaster again and concentrated on creating more music. He moved back to his home town of Los Angeles and formed the rock band “Debris” with Memphis-based musician Ty Crook. Debris went into the studio and released a record in 2004.

THE SEVENTH HOUR

"The Seventh Hour" was formed in 2008 with former Lenny Kravitz back-up singers Todd and Troy Garner. The band's self titled debut album is available on iTunes. The band can sometimes be seen performing in and around Hollywood CA at such venues as The Roxy and The Troubadour.

CULPRIT

In the summer of 2010 Tim packed up his guitar to tour with the veteran rock/metal band “Culprit,” headlining the Headbangers Open Air Festival in Hamburg, Germany, part of the band's reunion tour.

Tim also performs with "Live From Earth", the ultimate Pat Benatar tribute band. The group features Jill Marie Burke on vocals, see the show schedule page for a current list of dates.

Tim now lives in North Hollywood, California, where he teaches guitar and bass when not involved in his own music. Tim also leads rock-school-style workshops and hosts live concert performances with his student rock group “Obvious Plagiarism.” Reminded of his five-year-old self when he recently spotted Paul Stanley at his neighborhood market, he reflected, “Who knew my early fascination with KISS would give me such purpose—and a lifetime of creating and teaching music?”