Theory of a Deadman is a Canadian rock band from Delta, British Columbia, formed in 2001. The band is currently signed to Roadrunner 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 5 top 10 hits on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, including one #1 hit, "Bad Girlfriend". They have also scored two #1 hits in their native Canada. In 2009, they played Cr??e Fest 2.
Tyler Connolly - singer of Theory of a Deadman, Live in Concert
Theory of a Deadman was founded in 2001, the band was named after a working title for a song titled "Last Song", a track Connolly penned about a man who writes his memoirs before committing suicide. Theory of a Deadman released their eponymous debut album on , 2002. With four singles released from it, with two international videos for "Nothing Could Come Between Us" and "Make Up Your Mind." These two songs propelled them into mainstream music and acknowledgment. After the fairly substantial recognition from the band's debut the band's lead singer Tyler Connolly was called up to work again with Kroeger and Josey Scott, lead singer of the band Saliva to perform the song Hero on the soundtrack of the first Spider-Man film, of which both a single and video were released. This also brought attention to the band. In 2003, the band won the Juno Award for New Group of the Year.
On , 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 , Theory began a promotional tour including them, with headliners Breaking Benjamin and The Exies. Theory has risen in popularity with songs from Gasoline appearing 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 , 2008..
On April 1, 2008, Theory of a Deadman released their third album, Scars & Souvenirs, which contains their six singles, "So Happy", "Bad Girlfriend" (which borrows heavily from The Cult's hit single "Fire Woman") "All or Nothing", "Hate My Life", "Not Meant to Be" and "Wait for Me". The song "By the Way" features vocals from Chris Daughtry. On April 6, 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.
The band currently touring the United States and Canada in support of the new album.
On , 2008 during the Montreal Alouettes and Calgary Stampeders football game, it was announced that they will be one of the musical acts during the 96th Grey Cup halftime show along with Suzie McNeil and Andree Watters on , 2008.
It was recently announced Theory of a Deadman will be supporting Kory Jans along with Hinder during their fall '08/winter '09 tour.
Total Nonstop Action use their song "Got it Made" from the album Scars & Souvenirs for their special 2008 year review video.
On April 9, 2009 Scars & Souvenirs was certified gold by the RIAA, with sales reaching 500,000 copies in the U.S. alone.
"Not Meant to Be" is now featured on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - The Album.
Scars and Souvenirs Tour (with Airbourne and Saving Abel)
The Rock is Alive Tour (with Black Stone Cherry and the Parlor Mob)
Scars & Souvenirs Tour (with Black Stone Cherry, Hinder, the Veer Union, and a portion of M?Âtley Cr??e's Saints of Los Angeles Tour)
Cr??e Fest 2: the White Trash Circus (with Charm City Devils, Drowning Pool, Godsmack, and M?Âtley Cr??e)
Leave This Town Tour (with Daughtry and Cavo)
Tyler Connolly - lead vocals, lead guitar (2001 onward)
Dean Back - bass (2001 onward)
Dave Brenner - rhythm guitar (2001 onward)
Joey Dandeneau - drums (2007 onward)
Tim Hart - drums (2001-2003)
Cayla Baarda - drums (2003)
Brent Fitz - drums (2004-2007)
The video game Indigo Prophecy features four songs from the band's second album Gasoline, the songs featured are 'Santa Monica', 'No Surprise', 'Say Goodbye' and 'No Way Out'.
The video game American Chopper used the song "Leg to Stand On".
The video game NASCAR 09 features the song "Got It Made" from Theory of a Deadman's third album Scars and Souvenirs on the soundtrack.
The song "Deadly Game" was recorded and released on WWE's theme compilation WWE Wreckless Intent.
The song "Invisible Man" was featured in the film Spider-Man. The song was as well featured on an episode of Smallville.
Their song "Sacrifice" was played on NBC as the background music for its promotional commercials for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials.
They performed at the half-time show at the 2008 Grey Cup, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The song "Got It Made" was used by TNA Wrestling for their 2008 Year in Review video.