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Umphrey's McGee

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Chicago, United States (1997 – present)

Umphrey’s McGee is a / from South Bend, IN now based in Chicago, IL.

They are influenced musically by bands such as King Crimson, Yes, Dream Theater, and Genesis, as well as bands such as Iron Maiden. The band also identifies The Police, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin as primary influences. However, there really isn’t a style of popular music that Umphrey’s does not cover. Artists covered in concert by Umphrey’s range from Lionel Richie to Metallica to Toto to Snoop Dogg to Paul Simon.

Formed at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana in December 1997 by guitarist/vocalist Brendan Bayliss, bassist Ryan Stasik, keyboardist Joel Cummins, and drummer Mike Mirro, Umphrey’s McGee combined members of Tashi Station and Stomper Bob, two popular Notre Dame rock bands.

In mid-1998, the band released their debut album complete with a tongue-in-cheek title, Greatest Hits Vol. III. The group decided to record an album immediately because it was easier to get live gigs with an official CD. Long out of print, the album contains many of Umphrey’s future concert warhorses, such as Divisions and All In Time.

Shortly after the release of the album, the band added a fifth member, percussionist Andy Farag. Farag’s father became the band’s agent, and a second pressing of Greatest Hits Vol. III featured Farag in the album’s inner sleeve and credits.

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