Five Firsts: Teddy Weber of the Wiyos
NAME: Teddy Weber
BAND AFFILIATION: The Wiyos
INSTRUMENT: guitars, steel guitar, brass
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I think it was Guns N’ Roses’ “Appetite for Destruction” on cassette tape!
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Well, the first legitimate live band I saw was a cover band called the Traveling Boobanas at the Phone Booth somwhere in northern NJ. They were a tight band. I was 16, but I somehow managed to get in with them playing trumpet for a few gigs. The first big concert I saw was Phish at the Portland ME Civic Center on New Year’s Eve, 1991, 92?. I thought I was going to see Fishbone. Ha. I had a good time anyway.
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … My grandfather’s cornet. I still have it and use it in the studio and at live shows.
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … That’s a tough one! Aside from various trumpet solos I cracked my way through in grade school and high school, it was probably a song I wrote on guitar called “Blake Wull.” I was in college in Maine, and it was the local open mic. My friends drank Schaefer and heckled me. But I cut my teeth there, and after a few years of open mics I started to figure out what it took to stand on stage.
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Oatmeal Cookies. I played electric bass. I was 16 and in high school. We played all the cliche covers and a few random obscurities. Trumpet was my ticket though, and the first real gigging band I helped form was a punk/ska band in NJ called the Good Times Band. We played at Studio One in Newark, the Lions Den in Manahattan, opened for the Misfits, etc. Later, some other band sent us a cease and desist letter claiming the rights to the band name “The Good Times Band.” So that was the end of that. The band changed its name to Right Turn Eddie. I went off to music school in Pennsylvania and discovered bluegrass and jambands. My punk/ska days were over.