Five Firsts: Sean Rowe

Sean Rowe (photo by Leif Zurmuhlen)
(photo by Leif Zurmuhlen)

NAME: Sean Rowe

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Falco! I must have been about 11 or 12 years old. I bought a huge suitcase cassette holder and graced it with the one tape cassette that I owned … Falco. I thought I was cool. Actually, no … I was cool!

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Debbie Gibson on her Electric Youth tour at the RPI Field House. I have nothing to say for myself other than … it was my sister’s idea. And I didn’t pay for my ticket, I swear!

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … a marine band classic harmonica. Uncle Tony would give me one, which I would play for a few days and then sell on my own personal black market in Round Lake, NY for a dollar, which I would subsequently purchase candy with. This process was repeated several times. I did love the sound of that thing, though. It was years later when I would figure out how to bend a note.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Forever I Will Sing,” written by my Uncle Frank. He let me sing lead occasionally in the church group he had. I was probably 8 or so years old at the time. My voice even at that age was baritone. OK, kidding.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Savage Youth! The first song we wrote was called “Life.” It had no words, and I could only play one string on the bass. We never played in front of an audience other than our parents and siblings, but we had some amazing plans to rule the world.

Sean Rowe plays his last Nippertown show of the year at Club Helsinki Hudson in Hudson at 8pm on Monday. Admission is free. Catch him in action while you can. Rowe is headed off for a west coast tour in January, and Anti- Records is re-releasing his album, “Magic,” in February, which means that he’s likely to be out on the road for quite a while.

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