Five Firsts: Steve Zucchini of the Zucchini Brothers
NAME: Steve Zucchini
BAND AFFILIATION: The Zucchini Brothers
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “The Best of Tommy Dorsey”
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Crosby, Stills & Nash/The Band in 1985: CSN were pretty good. David Crosby was in a catatonic state and not saying or moving much on stage. Shortly thereafter, he went to jail. I kick myself because the Band warmed up, and I wished I had appreciated them more than I did at the time. (I only knew a few of their tunes, “Up On Cripple Creek,” etc.) Richard Manuel was still alive and singing with them.
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … Piano. My first keyboard was a Univox with four sounds and an octave of real bass notes, a la Ray Manzarek (the Doors). It was pretty cheesy. Friends later nicknamed it the “organ grinder.”
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Peg” (Steely Dan). I’m sure it wasn’t even close to the right chords or the right words…it was an interpretation of “Peg” by a 15 year-old in the town park on a summer day. The next band up went over much better … they played Black Sabbath covers, and their singer was called Weezer.
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Tension. Nice name, don’t know why we thought of it; we weren’t that tense. It was a “get-together-and-jam-after-school” sort of thing. We played overly fast versions of “Summertime Blues,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” “Destroyer” and “Art Lover” (the Kinks).
In support of their new album, “Songs From ZucchiniLand,” Steve Zucchini and his bandmates in the Zucchini Brothers head into the Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany for family-friendly shows as part of the Vacation Daze series. Showtimes are 10am & 1pm on Friday (February 24). Tix are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. UPDATE: The 10am performance is SOLD OUT.