Joe Deninzon’s Game of Chicken, Live from ProgStock, out on December 3

Article Contributed by Leighton Media | Published on Monday, November 22, 2021

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius are releasing a live single “Game of Chicken” on Melodic Revolution Records on December 3.  Recorded live at Prog Stock 2019, the song and music video is a taste of the group upcoming live CD/DVD to be released first half of 2022.

“Game of Chicken” originally appeared on the band’s most recent studio album, Guilty of Innocence. The "game of chicken" is a “Rebel Without A Cause”-styled competition in which two drivers drive towards each other on a collision course: one must swerve, or both may die in the crash, but if one driver swerves and the other does not, the one who swerved will be called a "chicken," or a coward.  

Joe says the song is about our collision course with one another as time is running out. “Our planet is on the verge of destruction and we are too busy trying to destroy each other instead of coming together to try to solve our problems.”  

ProgStock is an annual progressive rock festival that takes place in Rahway, NJ. Joe’s played it in 2018, 2019, 2021, and on their special Internet broadcasts in 2020.

Led by electric violinist/vocalist Joe Deninzon, who has been called “The Jimi Hendrix of the violin,” Stratospheerius’ members are: Joe Deninzon-electric violin/vocals (Bruce Springsteen, Renaissance, The Who, 50Cent, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Jason Gianni-drums (The Ultimate Queen Celebration, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Rock of Ages, Neil Morse Band), Michaelangelo Quirinale-guitar (Thrilldriver), and Paul Ranieri-bass (Mark Wood, Circuline, Riot Act). The band have showcased their “frenzied mélange of progressive rock, jazz fusion and funkabilly” throughout the world.

Their latest single is called “Cognitive Dissonance,” and recent album, GUILTY OF INNOCENCE hit number 4 on the Relix/Jamband radio charts, 72 on the European Indy charts. Their music has received over 3 million plays online, and the band’s opened for John5, Martin Barre, The Levin Brothers (Tony and Pete), Gary Hoey, Tim Reynolds, Mickey Hart, and John Scofield… Their live performances are filled with rip-roaring guitar/violin jams, and hooks that mix progressive rock with elements of jazz fusion, classical music, and Middle Eastern influences. Stratospheerius was a winner of the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition, and the Musician’s Atlas Independent Music Awards.