BLUE ONYX SONG LIST
1979 – The Smashing Pumpkins
3 a.m. – Matchbox 20
Alive – Pearl Jam
American Girl - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
And Fools Shine On – Brother Kane
Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz
Blurry – Puddle of Mudd
Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day
Bullet the Blue Sky – U2
Bullet With Butterfly Wings – Smashing Pumpkins
Cherub Rock – The Smashing Pumpkins
Closer to Free - The BoDeans
Closing Time - Semisonic
Counting Blue Cars - Dishwalla
Creep – Radiohead
De Do Do Do De Dah Dah Dah – The Police
December – Collective Soul
Desire - U2
Drive – Incubus
Driver 8 – R.E.M.
Even Flow – Pearl Jam
Everlong – Foo Fighters
Every Breath You Take – Police
Far Behind– Candlebox
Flesh for Fantasy - Billy Idol
Fly Away – Lenny Kravitz
Good Things – The BoDeans
Hard to Handle – Black Crows
Hash Pipe – Weezer
Heart Shaped Box
Heaven - Los Lonely Boys
Hemorrhage – Fuel
Higher Ground – The Red Hot Chili Peppers
How’s It Gonna Be – Third Eye Blind
Hunger Strike – Temple of the Dogs
I Alone – Live
I Don’t Wanna Be – Gavin DeGraw
If You Could Only See – Tonic
In a Day Dream – The Freddy Jones Band
In Bloom - Nirvana
Inside Out – Eve 6
Interstate Love Song – Stone Temple Pilots
Island in the Sun – Weezer
It’s Been Awhile – Staind
Kick – Blue Onyx
Killing in the Name of – Rage Against the Machine
Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down
LA Woman - Billy Idol
Last Night – The Strokes
Like A Stone – Audioslave
Machinehead – Bush
Man in the Box – Alice in Chains
Message in a Bottle – The Police
Mr. Jones – Counting Crows
My Hero - Foo Fighters
My Own Worst Enemy – Lit
No Excuses – Alice In Chains
One – U2
One Love – Bob Marley
Outside – Staind
Push – Matchbox 20
Rocky Mountain Way – Joe Walsh
Rooster - Alice in Chains
Santeria – Sublime
Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
Shared Dreaming – Blue Onyx
Shine – Collective Soul
Slide – Goo Goo Dolls
Slither – Velvet Revolver
Suicide Blonde – INXS
Summer of 69’ – Bryan Adams
Surrender – Cheap Trick
The Middle – Jimmy Eats World
The Way – Fastball
Times Like These – Foo Fighters
Torn – Creed
Vasoline – Stone Temple Pilots
What I Got – Sublime
White Wedding – Billy Idol
Wicked Garden - Stone Temple Pilots
Wish You Were Here – Incubus
Would – Alice in Chains
Zero – The Smashing Pumpkins
Blue Onyx is back in the studio later this month to work on new music. Adding to the music catalog is an important part of staying creative and letting you know we hear you (plus it makes each show a unique experience for everyone). Blue Onyx has been working with MAXIM Entertainment Group for the past 5 years, recording in studios around the Chicago area.
This session was at GreTsch Recording Studio in Elmhurst, IL. GRS always has great energy and state-of-the-art recording equipment. This time around, we recorded LA Woman by the Doors (the Billy Idol version he did for the Doors movie soundtrack) and one of our fan favorites, Santeria by Sublime (thank you John Towner for all you do). Look for these tracks on this site once the masters are completed.
WHAT'S UP NEXT?
Is it over?? Almost. New live Blue Onyx 90's Rock Experience shows coming in April...Stay Tuned.
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We will follow the states guidelines for indoor and outdoor events. If you are planning an outdoor event, feel free to contact Blue Onyx for more information.
ABOUT THE BAND
Behind The Scenes
The Blue Onyx 90's Rock Experience captures the best of the 90's Rock seen. Playing from a set list of 75 plus songs from bands like: Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Sublime, The Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, 3 Doors Down, Lenny Kravitz, Green Day, Matchbox 20, The Goo Goo Dolls, Live, Bush, Velvet Revolver, Counting Crows, Collective Soul, Incubus, Radiohead, U2 and many more. 90's Rock with a few choice 70's, 80's and current songs, check out Blue Onyx. Available for corporate events, private parties, or catch them at your local Chicagoland bar. For booking information call (847) 877-6551 or email:
2- ALTO Professional TS312 - 2,000 Watt PA System
5 - ALTO TX-8 - 280 Watt Monitors
Sound Board - X AIR XR12 System from Behringer
Sure SM48 Microphones
Fender Sonoran SCE Acoustic/Electric (Ruby with pearl accents)
Epiphone - Les Paul Special II Plus Limited Edition – Transpart Blue
Fender Affinity Strat (Black with Rosewood fingerboard and white pick guard)
Shure SM48 microphone
Digitech RP350 Guitar effects pedal
Digitech Vocal 300 vocal pedal
Crate MX65R AMP
Bose Effect pedal
BLACKSTAR – Amp
Guitars: Fender Stratocasters
Amps: Orange and Mesa/Boogie
Fender Elite Precision, Music Man Stingray, PRS Grainger, Rick Turner Acoustic
Pedal - Tuner
Amp EG V-4B Tube Head, Mesa Boogie Subway 800 Pre-Amp, Mesa Boogie cabinet 1x12, Warwick 4X10
PDP 805 Series Ivory with black hardware
“We spend a lot of time just playing through everything until we make it our own, sort of jamming it all out, to get our sound just right,” Craig says.
Craig Biwer, the lead singer of Blue Onyx, is no stranger to performing. Craig’s been playing rhythm guitar and singing lead for the past 15 years in the Chicago music scene. His current band Blue Onyx is a 90’s cover band featuring vocals that travel the full spectrum of 90’s music. From Goo Goo Dolls, “Slide” to Radiohead, “Creep” to The Black Crow, “Hard to Handle” to Alice in Chain "Man in the Box", and everything in between. Craig leads Blue Onyx both on stage and off as an up and coming Chicagoland fixture.
Sum of Talented Parts
Rhythm Guitar, Backup Vocals
Stu started playing guitar in his early teens to Pink Floyd and Billy Squier before discovering New Order and the Smiths in college.
Working for a telecommunication firm with Craig Biwer in the 90’s, Stu and Craig have been friend for 20 years. Stu joined the band 4 years ago after a round of golf.
Current influences are the Black Keys, the Decemberists and Dwight Yoakam.
Sum of Talented Parts
Native of Chicago, Rich has been playing guitar for over twenty years, initially started studying piano, but soon after being exposed to Van Halen, decided trying guitar instead and has not looked back.
Rich has a drive and passion for music, he enjoys performing live and the group comrade associated in a musical group context.
Main liked genres are Rock, Pop Rock, and Rock Fusion Jazz instrumental music.
Main guitar influences are Jeff Beck, David Gilmore (Pink Floyd), Neil Schon (Journey), and Alan Holdsworth (Rock/Jazz fusion guitarist)
Sum of Talented Parts
Beginning in the Late 1980’s Steve played with various classic rock bands in college. He dropped out of music until 2002 when in a fit of midlife crisis, he dusted off the bass and played again for a short time for local classic rock bands like for Discount Rack All Stars - an original rock band based in the Northwestern suburbs and The Davenport Project for 7 years, an excellent Classic Rock cover band. With Blue Onyx Steve looks forward to focusing on Progressive Rock of the 90's and Beyond!
Why play six string Bass-
"Well the thing I like most is that nearly everything you need to do is on the lower end of the neck -its easy to reduce everything to simpler patterns. Also a lot of people haven't seen a six so bass geeks like it. "
Sum of Talented Parts
As the newest member of Blue Onyx, Russ brings years of both touring experience and industry know how as President of Perfomance Lighting Inc. Russ studied drums and percussion with Phil Stranger for 10 years from 1981-1990. He then joined a national touring band called WAR DANCE from 1983-1988. Next playing in a pro jobbing band called the Spontians House Band at Bub City from 1991-1993. As part of Big Band Rodeo, Russ in 1993 won the runner up prize on the popular TV show STAR SEARCH. In 1993 Russ retired from music. In 2018 Russ joined Blue Onyx.