Theory Of A Deadman

Theory of a Deadman

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Theory of a Deadman

Theory of a Deadman is a Canadian rock band from Delta, British Columbia, formed in 2001. The band is currently signed to Roadrunner Records as well as 604 Records. The band also includes traits of other music styles, such as country and acoustic, as well as their post-grunge and alternative rock base. So far, they have a total of seven top 10 hits on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, including two No. 1 hits, "Bad Girlfriend" and "Lowlife".


Theory of a Deadman became the first act to sign with Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger's 604 Records imprint in 2001. Tyler Connolly (vocals/guitar) reportedly slipped a copy of the band's demo (which would become the song "Invisible Man") to Kroeger at a post-concert party and the two were soon collaborating on songs together.

They released their eponymous debut album Theory of a Deadman on 16 September 2002. The name of the band comes from a song off their first album whose lyrics describe a man preparing to commit suicide. That track was renamed to The Last Song.[1]

On 28 March 2005, Theory of a Deadman released their second album, Gasoline. After the release of the album, the band toured with Shinedown and No Address. Starting 28 February of that year, Theory began a promotional tour, headlined by Breaking Benjamin and The Exies. Songs from Gasoline appeared in the soundtrack of the 2005 video game Fahrenheit, which was released under the title "Indigo Prophecy" in the United States.

The band performed the theme song to World Wrestling Entertainment's No Way Out 2006 pay-per-view, a cover version of "Deadly Game" from the WWE Anthology album. The song was released on the WWE Wreckless Intent album. They also did a cover of "No Chance In Hell", the theme tune for Vince McMahon. The song was released on WWE The Music, Vol. 8 on 24 March 2008.[2][3] As well as performing the theme song for the 24th Annual WWE SummerSlam.

On 31 March 2008, Theory of a Deadman released their third album, Scars & Souvenirs, from which they released eight singles, "So Happy", "By the Way", "Little Smirk", "Bad Girlfriend", "All or Nothing", "Hate My Life", "Not Meant to Be" and "Wait for Me". The song "By the Way" features vocals from Chris Daughtry and Robin Diaz. On 5 April 2008, they appeared at the Juno Awards in Calgary, Alberta, after making various stops across Canada in a promotion known as Journey To The Junos.

Theory of a Deadman also performed in the 96th Grey Cup halftime show, along with Suzie McNeil and Andree Watters, on 22 November 2008.[4]

Theory of a Deadman, along with Hinder, supported Mötley Crüe during the fall '08/winter '09 tour. They also played at Crüe Fest 2.[5]

Total Nonstop Action uses Theory of a Deadman's song "Got it Made", from the album Scars & Souvenirs, for their special 2008 year review video.[6] The song later went on to be used by Sun Sports for Miami Heat post-game video recaps during the 2010-11 season. It was also used in the NASCAR 09 video game.

On 8 April 2009, Scars & Souvenirs was certified gold by the RIAA, with sales reaching 500,000 copies in the U.S. alone.[7]In 2009 singer Tyler recorded a dance song called "Loaded gun" with the famous Belgian DJ Regi Penxten.

In late 2010, it was announced that the band would start recording their fourth studio album, which was projected to be released in mid-2011.[8] It was then confirmed by Tyler Connolly, that the band's fourth album would be released on 11 July 2011.[9] The first single from the album, "Lowlife", was released on 16 May 2011.[10] The title of the upcoming album was announced to be The Truth Is...[11]

In 2011, Theory of a Deadman co-headlined the second annual Carnival of Madness Tour with Alter Bridge. The supporting bands were Black Stone Cherry, Adelitas Way, and Emphatic.

The band contributed a new song, which was co-written with The Exies singer Scott Stevens, called "Head Above Water" to the Transformers: Dark of the Moon soundtrack, which is to be released on 13 June 2011. Another track titled "Drag Me to Hell" was made available through the official Roadrunner Records website on 15 June 2011, for free download.[12] The second official single, "Out Of My Head", was released on 13 June 2011.

On 8 November 2013, it was confirmed via Theory of a Deadman's official Twitter that pre-production on their yet to be titled 5th album had started. On the 29th of January, 2014, Theory of a Deadman stated that the band was "finishing up record number 5 next week" with release dates and news soon to come.[13]


  • The Rock is Alive Tour (with Black Stone Cherry and the Parlor Mob)
  • Scars & Souvenirs Tour (with Black Stone Cherry, Hinder, The Veer Union, Down Shift, Airbourne, Saving Abel and a portion of Mötley Crüe's Saints of Los Angeles Tour)
  • Crüe Fest 2: the White Trash Circus (with Charm City Devils, Drowning Pool, Godsmack, and Mötley Crüe)
  • Leave This Town Tour (with Daughtry and Cavo)
  • Avalanche Tour (with Stone Sour, Skillet, Halestorm, and Art of Dying)
  • Carnival Of Madness 2011 (With Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Adelitas Way, and Emphatic)
  • Alter Bridge 2011 UK Arena Tour (With Alter Bridge and Black Stone Cherry)
  • Occupy Canada Tour 2012 (With Jordan Cook)
  • Self Titled Tour 2012 (With Pop Evil and Stellar Revival)
  • Jingle Bell Rock 2012 (With Big Wreck)

Band members

Current members
  • Tyler Connolly – lead vocals, lead guitar (2001–present)
  • Dave Brenner – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2001–present)
  • Dean Back – bass, backing vocals (2001–present)
  • Joey Dandeneau – drums, backing vocals (2009–present)
Former members
  • Tim Hart – drums, backing vocals (2001–2004)
  • Brent Fitz – drums, backing vocals (2004–2007)
  • Robin Diaz – drums, backing vocals (2007–2009)


Main article: Theory of a Deadman discography
Studio albums
Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Rock
2002 Theory of a Deadman
  • First studio album
  • Release date: 16 September 2002
  • Label: 604 Records
4 85
  • CAN: Platinum
2005 Gasoline
  • Second studio album
  • Release date: 28 March 2005
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
10 58
  • CAN: Platinum
2008 Scars & Souvenirs
  • Third studio album
  • Release date: 31 March 2008
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
2 26 6 106
  • CAN: Platinum
  • US: Platinum
2011 The Truth Is...
  • Fourth studio album
  • Release date: 11 July 2011
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
2 8 1 68[18]
  • CAN: Platinum
"" denotes releases that did not chart


Juno Awards

Juno Awards are presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Theory of a Deadman has received one award and two other nominations.[19]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2006 Theory of a Deadman Group of the Year Nominated
2006 Gasoline Rock Album of the Year Nominated
2003 Theory of a Deadman New Group of the Year Won

Western Canadian Music Awards

The Western Canadian Music Awards are given out by the Western Canadian Music Alliance, a consortium of music industry associations from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Yukon Territory. Theory of a Deadman has received one WCMA award and two other nominations.[20][21][22]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2009 Scars and Souvenirs Rock Recording of the Year Won
2005 Gasoline Outstanding Rock Recording Nominated
2003 Theory of a Deadman Outstanding Rock Recording Nominated

BMI Pop Awards

"Not Meant to Be," written by band members Connolly, Brenner, and Back (along with Kara DioGuardi), was named a 2010 BMI Pop Awards Award-Winning Song.[23]


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  2. WWE builds brand with boutique sections.
  3. WWE: The Music, vol. 8.
  4. CFL names Grey Cup halftime entertainment. Retrieved on 2008-10-13.
  5. Cruefest 2 Comes to Virginia Beach Amphitheater.
  6. TNA 2008 Year In Review Music Video. YouTube (2008-12-28). Retrieved on 2011-04-08.
  8. TOADM. Theory of a Deadman (TOADM) on Twitter. Retrieved on 2011-04-08.
  9. Tyler Connolly From Theory of A Deadman Checks In From His Car On The Way To The Studio!. Retrieved on 2011-04-08.
  10. Theory Of A Deadman. Theory Of A Deadman. Retrieved on 2012-03-28.
  11. BLABBERMOUTH.NET - THEORY OF A DEADMAN To Release 'The Truth Is...' In July. Retrieved on 2012-03-28.
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  13. Twitter / TOADM: Preproduction starts today .... Retrieved on 9 November 2013.
  14. You must specify title = and url = when using {{cite web}}.. Billboard. Retrieved on September 19, 2010.
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  17. Zywietz, Tobias. Chart Log UK: DJ T Tzant. Zobbel. Retrieved on 2011-05-26.
  18. Theory Of A Deadman | Artist. Official Charts (2011-07-23). Retrieved on 2012-03-28.
  19. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Juno Awards: Artist Summary. Retrieved on 1 February 2012.
  20. Western Canadian Music Alliance. 2003 Awards. Retrieved on 1 February 2012.
  21. Western Canadian Music Alliance. 2005 Awards. Retrieved on 1 February 2012.
  22. Western Canadian Music Alliance. 2009 Awards. Retrieved on 1 February 2012.
  23. Broadcast Music, Inc.. BMI Pop Awards 2010. Retrieved on 13 February 2012.

External links

  • Official website


Tyler Connolly | Dean Back | Dave Brenner | Brent Fitz
Tim Hart | Robin Diaz
Albums: Theory of a Deadman | Gasoline
Singles: Nothing Could Come Between Us | Make Up Your Mind | Point to Prove | The Last Song | No Surprise | Say Goodbye | Santa Monica | Hello Lonely (Walk Away From This) | Better Off | Since You've Been Gone
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