Five Firsts: Vegas Nacy of Selfish Needy Creatures

August 17th, 2011, 11:01 am by Greg
Selfish Needy Creatures

Vegas Nacy (left) with Selfish Needy Creatures

NAME: Vegas Nacy
BAND AFFILIATION: Selfish Needy Creatures

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … My parents were buying me albums from Kiss and Meatloaf since I was eight years old, but the first one I bought with my own money was “Shout at the Devil” from Motley Crue.

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Selfish Needy Creatures to Play SPAC on Friday

August 15th, 2011, 2:30 pm by Greg

Selfish Needy Creatures

Selfish Needy Creatures

Congratulations go out to hometown rockers Selfish Needy Creatures, who won radio station Q103’s Q-Ruption Play for the Stage battle of the bands last Friday night.

Led by frontman Vegas Nacy, Selfish Needy Creatures emerged victorious in the final round of the band battle at Savannah’s in Albany on Friday night, besting Pipebomb and Tamerlane.

As the grand prize winners, SNC – which also features guitarist Karl Von Heilman III, bassist Tommy Q and drummer Chris Patti – will be gracing the stage of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs on Friday as the opening act of Q-Ruption, which also features Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Skillet, Sick Puppies and Egypt Central. The concert starts at 6pm, and tix are priced at $39.50, $49.50, $59.50 & $65; lawn $20.

Nippertown Music Notes

July 11th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg

Dick Solberg

Dick Solberg

Dick Solberg – known to many of his fans as the Sun Mountain Fiddler – was seriously injured on May 28, when he was aboard a cabin cruiser that hit an unmarked submerged rock on the Fall River in Massachusetts. He went flying, breaking a table and ending up on his back on the deck unable to move his arms or legs. He was Medivaced to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence with a scalp wound, two broken ribs and trauma to his neck and spine. He’s home now after lots of hospital time and many more hours of physical therapy. “I’m on the mend. Everything works – just not that well,” says Solberg. “63 years of the world’s best luck, followed quickly by a fraction of an instant’s bad luck…ups and downs.” He was forced to cancel six weeks of gigs, but he’s hoping that he might be able to get back in the spotlight in time for upcoming gigs later this month at the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge at 8pm on Sunday (July 17) and the Inn at Saratoga in Saratoga Springs (7pm on Friday, July 22). Stay tuned to his website for updates.

No, it’s not about the economy, but the Charlie Watts Riots have down-sized from a quartet to a trio, following the departure of guitarist-vocalist Brendan Pendergast. The parting is amicable (Pendergast was in the crowd cheering on his former band at McGerary’s last Thursday), and as a power trio, CWR pump out a somewhat leaner, more muscular sound, packing more power into their power-pop. New tunes – like “Omaha” and the stompin’ “Caveman” – take advantage of the band’s new less-is-more approach.

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