The man behind the curtain
It all began with the Beatles debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. This is the same event that created a lot of rock drummers, guitarist, and bass players. As for myself I dreamed of being Ringo. Following the usual playing and destroying of mom’s pots and pans and singing to Beatles songs and other British Invasion bands, my first drum set was given to me by my father, deciding it was cheaper to buy a set of drums than keep replacing kitchenware. So, with my set in tow and record collection, I was banished to the attic to practice. In 1968, I joined my first working band, going to a Wisconsin gig with a very temperamental van packed with instruments and band members but having fun. This gave me a taste of what band life could or would be like. In 1971, I joined my first rock band drumming on music I had always wanted to play. We morphed into other groups that played what we called side B songs but still popular. 2002 was the year I got a chance to be in a Beatles Tribute band where I could finally be Ringo. Playing music has given me a chance to speak in a different voice that reaches beyond language and culture into the realm of dare I say it “Emotion”. Today, I’m still playing my drums but changing drum heads instead of cookware. By the way, I still see myself as Ringo. Like Vince it all started with the Ed Sullivan Show. I was only 10 years old at the time and my parents were not regular viewers of the Sunday night show. But at school the next day I knew that I had missed something BIG! A couple of weeks later I finally talked my parents into watching Ed Sullivan. But the Beatles were not on that night. Instead he had another band from England. Now I hadn't seen the Beatles, but the band I did see blew me away!!! POWER! FORCE! PURE ROCK & ROLL!! I saw the second band in the British Invasion wave - The Dave Clark Five! And it warped my musical tastes for the next forty-five years!! I wanted to be a drummer. I talked my father into a snare drum, hoping to build a set slowly, but it never happened. I realized later that you have to practice in order to improve. I also realized that practice was not my strong suit! I finally picked up a guitar when I was 17 and taught myself to play it. And this time I did practice and formed a band, with a couple of friends, my brother and my "little" cousin Eric. Black Diamond lasted for a short while, playing a few school dances, parties and very small events. This band kind of morphed into Sunrise, but unfortunately without cousin Eric. When disco hit, the lead player and drummer wanted to play that style of music. I couldn't so I left! Many years, and five kids later, while talking to cousin Eric, it came into our heads to give it another try. And so we did! Enter Instant Rewind! (you are now up to date!) My mother was a piano teacher and church organist, so I played classical piano first. I loved a lot of the British Invasion stuff, but mostly I was more of a casual than a serious player. What I was really drawn to musically were bands with full, tight vocal harmonies – Beatles, Beach Boys, CSN, Queen. I always liked singing, and was in a band during junior high – which was fun – but I never saw myself doing that on a regular basis. So after years of the two of us occasionally jamming, my friend Jeff approaches me about being in a “real” band with him and his cousin Eric, and I say, Sounds like a lot of work, It’s too much of a commitment, blah, blah, blah. Then I think to myself, “Wait a minute – you love to sing, you’ve always thought it would be cool to be in a band with Jeff – when exactly is that supposed to happen, if you don’t do it now?” And so here I am. And I’m having a ball. And the experience of playing with my son Ben – who later joined the band – has been amazing!
Not sure how to start...
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.
Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.
Call me Ishmael (I mean Ben).
(Ooops!! Out of room! Besides, I need to sort out the opening line.)
His name is Bob. And he is the man that makes the magic happen! All those nice vocal effects and well mixed sound are his doing. But he wants to stay - Behind the curtain!
The band, Instant Rewind, is simply a bunch of guys with very similar musical tastes who grew up in the 60’s and 70’s playing songs that impacted their lives.
The ultimate goal, for us, is to make sure our love and passion for this music leaps from our stage and into everyone in the audience, no matter which generation they are from.
We firmly believe that our style of rock & roll will never die. At any rate, we are doing our best to keep it alive and as energetic as possible!
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