In1988 Michael teamed up with fellow Heart founding members Roger Fisher and Steve Fossen to form "Alias" with two ex-members of the Canadian band Sheriff.
Alias was a Canadian album-oriented rock/hard rock supergroup band, formed in 1988 by vocalist Freddy Curci and guitarist Steve DeMarchi of the Canadian arena rock band Sheriff ("When I'm With You"), along with Heart founding members Roger Fisher, Steve Fossen, and Mike DeRosier.
The band released its self-titled debut album in 1990 which went gold in the US and platinum in Canada, scoring hits with power ballad "More Than Words Can Say" (#2), "Waiting For Love" (#13) and "Haunted Heart" (#18 on Mainstream Rock Charts). They also recorded the Tonio K song "Perfect World" for the Christina Applegate film, Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead.
Alias toured extensively through 1990, including touring with REO Speedwagon. The band also performed twice on The Tonight Show, once with Johnny Carson and once with Jay Leno. Michael cites the two TV appearances as great career moments.
Alias was featured in the Top 20 AOR Records of All Time, ranked at number 17. The impressive list includes Def Leppard, Foreigner, Toto, Boston and Journey.
Michael teaches and drums for fun these days at his farmhouse located in eastern Washington state. He still drums live when he gets the chance strictly for fun and personal enjoyment. He reunited in 2010 with his ex-Heart bandmates for a few songs on stage at a local event.
Originally an endorsee for Ludwig, Michael found himself leaning towards his own personal kit setup and for the last 15 or so years has been making his own custom drums.
His advice to young drummers:
"It takes a lot of sticking with it, a lot of work. I practiced all the time. My friends were out horsing around and I was inside practicing. Just keep trying. Do what you want to do. You can’t do anything that’s not fun. You know it comes down to, why would you do something you don’t like. It seems like common sense, but a lot of people find themselves wasting a lot of time doing things that aren’t satisfying to them. I went for what I wanted; I knew that’s what I wanted to do so-it worked for me."
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Drum Dungeon Bio - MICHAEL DEROSIER
Michael DeRosier - is an American musician largely well-known as the drummer and fellow founding member of rock bands Heart and Alias.
Michael was born in Edmonds Washington, Lake City by way of Northgate Hospital. His family moved to California for a year, but came back to Edmonds and Michael spent the majority of his life growing up there. He attended Edmonds high school.
He started playing drums at the age of 12, and cut his early percussive teeth in junior high and high school marching, jazz, and concert band. Local garage bands also kept Michael busy till he graduated and beyond. Being adept at drumming helped keep his grade point average up throughout school.
So learning his chops in local bands and working throughout his early years, Michael found himself in his first original band, one that did not last long but had earned him a spot in the local music grapevine. Working his day gig and going to college for music, Michael was told by co-workers that some friends of theirs was looking for a drummer.
"I had a day gig at the time, I was going to college taking music and stuff, not playing much, and then I decided I wanted to get back into playing live, so some people that I worked with told me that there was some friends of theirs looking for a drummer. So I went and talked to them and saw them play and then they came down- 4 of them, came down and saw me play in my bedroom at my parents’ house and they liked what I played -- that was Heart. I went with them to Canada and finished recording the first record and that was 1975. So I did that until about 1982. ’75 to ’82 all the records during that period of time a bunch of em, all the greatest hits, all that stuff."
In 1984 Michael was in a band called Orion, with a couple of guys from a band called Boston. They did an album which had a couple of songs on it that did real well on the radio. Orion was together for about a year and a half, and then the band blew up for various internal reasons.
In 1987 Michael played drums on tracks for Richard Marx's second studio effort titled "Repeat Offender".
Michael DeRosier playing LIVE with Heart in 1976. Unquestionably their best line-up [Howard Leese, Steve Fossen, Roger Fisher and Ann and Nancy Wilson].