NAME: Vinny Padula
BAND AFFILIATION: BISHOP
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Slip by Quicksand
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Lollapalooza ’94 – L7, Beastie Boys, Babes in Toyland…
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … Fender Jazz Bass Special Fretless from Drome Sound back in ’94 – I didn’t have an amp, so I played with the headstock against the kitchen garbage can for about three years to make it “louder.”
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … My older brothers in Dead Bishop had me get onstage at Bogie’s when I was 10 years old to sing “In the Meantime” by Helmet. They were playing to a pretty packed house, and I ended the night by saying “Good Night, MotherF%^#ers!” The crowd went wild (or they wanted to kill me). Hahahaha. It must’ve been a trip to see this little fat kid doing that!
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … BISHOP. In 1998, my brothers in Dead Bishop parted ways with their bass player. I remember the deal was I had to keep my grades up in school to be in the band. I just wanted to play in bars and drink. Hahahahaha. Hence, BISHOP was formed.
My first gig was Woodstock ’99. We had gotten a spot on some side stage. I just remember having to hang out at this bar all day with the other local bands until we were able to be shuttled into the concert area. The bartender girl felt bad for me, so she let me pound a few drinks. I was 14 years old. I still have the Artist shirt and passes we all got. Awesome.
Since then we have opened up for bigger bands, went on tours all the way to Vegas and back, and it’s still the three of us – me, my brother Tommy (guitars/lead vox) and my brother Rocky (drums/vox). We’ve put out three albums, and we are about to put out our hardest yet, “Hate Wide Open.” My brothers are the best musicians I could ever play with, and the best brothers to have, period. And I’m glad we are still together after all of these years. I can’t forget our little brother, Dominic, who is now 22 and will be part of the crew for our upcoming shows also. He doesn’t play an instrument, but he is big and makes a good roadie/security guy/merch guy/beer-drinking partner!
As you can see, It’s been a family affair from the beginning!
Bassist Vinny Padula and his brothers in Bishop roar into Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Saturday (November 10). The show kicks off with Cancer Killing Gemini at 8pm, as well as DJ Handikap spinning rock and hip hop before, between sets, and after the bands. Admission is $5.