Joey Gaydos Jr. Biography
Joey Gaydos Jr. is an actor and guitarist, best known for playing Zack ‘Zack-Attack’ Mooneyham in the 2003 comedy film ‘School of Rock.’ Thereafter, he appeared in popular television shows, such as ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.’ Despite receiving positive reviews for his acting skills, Joey chose music over acting. In December 2004, he released his self-titled album. In 2005, he formed a musical group called ‘Joey Gaydos Group,’ which released its debut album in July 2006. The group is currently signed to ‘Red Penquin Records.’ Joey was also associated with a band named ‘Badd Raquette’ and is currently the lead guitarist for a famous Detroit-based pop-rock band called ‘Stereo Jane.’
- Joey was born Joseph Stephen Gaydos Jr. on April 18, 1991, in Dearborn, Michigan, USA, to Joey Sr. and Marge. Joey, who is of Greek origin, began playing guitar when he was three years old. However, he did not consider making a career out of it until the age of eight. While attending school, he took part in a weeklong camp called ‘Dayjams’ in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Subsequently, he made a music video along with his bandmates which was viewed by the casting agents of ‘School of Rock.’ They auditioned him in Chicago for the role of a 10-year-old guitar player. Weeks later, Joey was asked to meet the director, producer, and writer of ‘School of Rock’ in California. He eventually landed the role of Zack and joined the likes of Jack Black and Joan Cusack on the sets of the movie.
- Directed by Richard Linklater, ‘School of Rock’ went on to become a commercial and critical success. Joey’s popularity increased after the release of the movie. As a result, he was invited as a guest to several popular TV shows, including ‘The Sharon Osbourne Show.’ In 2003, he appeared on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.’ He even started attending special screenings of the film in places like Asia, Europe, and Australia. Joey, who identifies himself as a musician first, released a self-titled album in 2004. In 2005, he appeared in a TV movie documentary titled ‘The 100 Greatest Family Films.’ In the same year, he formed a music group called ‘Joey Gaydos Group’ and released the group’s debut album, ‘On Display,’ in 2006. The album, which was released by ‘Red Penquin Records,’ has 11 tracks, including ‘Son of Rock N Roll,’ ‘On Display,’ and ‘Getting Through to You.’ Many of Joey’s songs are available on music platforms like ‘iTunes’ among others. After his association with ‘Badd Raquette,’ he joined the popular pop-rock band ‘Stereo Jane’ as its lead guitarist. Headed by twin-sisters, Sydney and Mia, the band is currently signed to ‘Atlantic Records.’
- Joey Gaydos Jr. was arrested in February 2009 for driving under the influence (DUI). He was also underage at the time of his arrest. Joey, who loves playing ‘Gibson’ guitars, cites Ozzy Osbourne, Led Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath as his musical influences. He has received guitar lessons from Kyle Neely, who has been collaborating with Andrew ‘Andy’ Patalan since 1994. Joey considers music as his true love and is not keen on making a career out of acting. He currently resides in Belleville, Michigan.
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