HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD

Every once in a while a band comes along that I wish I would have met before their meteoric rise to stardom and get to know the guys when they are young and hungry. Very happy to have met Hold On Hollywood this year and see these Houston guys open for Bon Jovi at the Toyota Center and a few months later take the big stage at The Woodlands Pavilion.... and go, and go, and go. Amazing year for Nick, Ian, Corey, and Devin -- These guys are guys you want to root for. If you haven't heard their single 'The Chase' go search it on YouTube and you will see why it is reacting so incredibly in Houston on 94.5 The Buzz.”

Elliott Wood (Program Director at 94.5 The Buzz)

Ian Dartez - Vocals/Guitar 
Nick Dees - Guitar/Vocals 
Corey Morgan - Bass 
Devin Holden - Drums


HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD is a rock band based out of Houston, TX. Their sound combines powerful vocals, massive guitars, unforgettable melodies, relatable lyrics, and infectious pop hooks that will have you singing along before the first chorus ends. Since debuting in April 2015, HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD has built a dedicated fan base through their steady stream of live shows, and active social media presence. Notable acts that HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD has performed with include: 
Bon Jovi | Blue October | Awolnation | A Perfect Circle | Chevelle | The Dirty Heads | Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) | Scott Stapp (Creed) | Puddle of Mudd | Candlebox | Hinder | The Struts | The Nixons | Badflower | Theory of a Deadman | Buckcherry | Steel Panther | Drowning Pool | Saving Abel | Framing Hanley | Red Sun Rising | Gemini Syndrome | Black Tide | Burn Halo | Robert DeLong | Grandson | Blacktop Mojo | The Bunny The Bear 

2018 saw HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD landing the opportunity of a lifetime, where they opened Bon Jovi's "This House Is Not For Sale" tour date (READ MORE) at Houston's Toyota Center (18,300 capacity), and led to HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD's debut single "The Chase" being picked up and put into regular rotation on Houston's biggest Rock/Alternative station 94.5 The Buzz. The song spent the second half of 2018 in the station's Top 40, often making it's way into the Top 20. "The Chase" finished out the year on The Buzz's "Top 94 Songs of 2018" list. 

Things have been on a steady upward climb for HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD since then. The band released the music video for "Save Me", the title track off their debut EP in April of 2018, and toured the East Coast with The Bunny The Bear and It Lies Within in May. HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD performed at two of Houston's biggest annual festivals, the "94.5 The Buzz Bud Light Roast" in July and "Buzzfest" in October. "The Roast" took place at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (16,500 capacity), where they shared the stage with Blue October, Awolnation, Theory of a Deadman, and Robert DeLong. A new video for "The Chase" was filmed at that show and released on July 25, 2018. HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD returned to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for "Buzzfest" in October, where they performed with A Perfect Circle, Chevelle, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, The Dirty Heads, The Struts, Badflower, and more. Houston Press listed HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD's set as one of the festival's Top 5 performances of the day (READ MORE)

The band spent 2019 recording new music, headlining shows at all of the major venues in the Houston area, and touring regionally. 2019 included HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD's second performance with Blue October, where they headlined the second stage at Blue October's 1st Annual "Houston Music & Arts Festival" at White Oak Music Hall (4,500 capacity). The band also did a run of dates with Candlebox, and numerous one off shows with bands such as Puddle of Mudd, Buckcherry, Hinder, Blacktop Mojo, and more. HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD was named "Rock Artist of the Year" at the 2019 H-Town Awards, where they were also nominated for "Entertainer of the Year" and "Music Video of the Year". The band finished out 2019 with the release of their newest single "Take Me Home Tonight" (produced by Stephen Bogle), were nominated for six awards at the 2019 "Support Local Music Awards", and headlined a multi-stage event at Houston's Warehouse Live (1,800 capacity) to celebrate the band's 5th Anniversary. 

HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD released their second EP "Love Stories" on Valentines Day 2020. It features four new original songs produced by Blue October's Matt Noveskey, plus a cover of Eddie Money's hit "Take Me Home Tonight" produced by Grammy Nominated Producer Stephen Bogle.