Five Firsts: Johnny Morse of the John Morse Band, Starstruck

October 30th, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg
Johnny Morse

Johnny Morse

NAME: Johnny Morse
BAND AFFILIATION: The John Morse Band, Starstruck
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, Vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Three Dog Night Captured Live at the Forum.” Loved the photos in the album.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Rush at the Palace Theatre

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … Guitar at age eight

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Eighteen” by Alice Cooper, I think. Maybe Freebird?

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … not sure of the name. Maybe Serenity Rocks. Used to play solo guitar at age eight for pennies in the projects of Cohoes.

Singer-guitarslinger John Morse leads the John Morse Band into Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Troy for a free show at 10pm on Friday (November 2). Morse is also slated for a solo acoustic show at Bat Shea’s in Troy on Friday, November 9.

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LIVE: The Fleshtones @ Bat Shea’s, 4/1/12

April 4th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg
Ken Fox and Peter Zaremba of the Fleshtones

Ken Fox and Peter Zaremba of the Fleshtones

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

“We remember the Ramones. We were there,” said frontman Peter Zaremba midway through the Fleshtones’ matinee gig at Bat Shea’s in Troy on Sunday, as the band launched into a buzz-saw homage to their CBGB-via-Queens compatriots: a Sex Pistols-baiting tune called “Remember the Ramones.”

Released as a b-side on a limited edition 7” single last year by Yep Roc Records to commemorate the Fleshtones’ latest album, “Brooklyn Sound Solution,” the song pays tribute to the American punk rock progenitors who formed in 1974 – only two years before the long-running Fleshtones.

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