Tony Watkins and the ‘Smokebreakers’ have been performing in Russia since 1997, and from 1999 to 2010 the core group members have remained the same (Tony, Andrey, Vitaliy, and Igor).
Having toured over 40 cities in Russia, all the countries in CIS, and countries in Europe (Germany, Ireland, Spain, Romania, Baltics, Denmark), the group rose to fame thanks to quality of their live performances including interaction with audiences.
Their main performances consist of covers of popular rock and pop hits from over 60 years of rock n roll. Though in addition Tony has a number of original songs from his seven albums.
Smokebreakers have participated in many original musical projects such as “50 years of Rock-n-Roll” (in 2004 accompanied by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra), and made corporate songs for brands like Stimorol, Caterpillar, Nutricia etc.
One song, “Baby, Baby, Let’s Dance”, was included in the computer game SIMS™ 2 PETS – a worldwide best seller whose launch was in 2008. The song was performed in the language of the game’s heroes and was renamed “Nubu, Nubu, Leep’sNurk”
In 2009, Tony released “Love’s Roads” – a 20 chapter book and an album of 20 songs – a Moscow love story.
The band actively support the charity Diema’s Dream Foundation with concerts during the year including an annual fundraiser each year in GUM, next to the Red Square.
Their latest project 60 Years of Rock n Roll will again see Tony & the band collaborate with an orchestra – including a tour of China in the Autumn of 2016.