Five Firsts: Berto of Cuttlebone
BAND AFFILIATION: Cuttlebone
INSTRUMENT: Lead Vocals, Guitar
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Van Halen’s “1984” on cassette with my paper route money. Played it to death on a single speaker GE tape recorder.
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Sha Na Na at the Glens Falls Civic Center. “Oom Boppa Oom Boppa Oom Boppa Mahw Mahw…”
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … A 1/2-scale violin. Age three. Big dreams of being on “The Lawrence Welk Show.”
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … Some violin etude by some dude who’s been dead for 200 years.
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Conquest. 8th grade. Van Halen, Ozzy, Kiss, Blotto and Beatles cover tunes. We were the Yugo of cover bands: Poorly put together, noisy, we couldn’t give ourselves away, and we didn’t last long.