Five Firsts: Joe Putrock of the Charlie Watts Riots
NAME: Joe Putrock
BAND AFFILIATION: The Charlie Watts Riots
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I actually bought three cassettes simultaneously from Columbia House Record Club. J. Geils Band’s Freeze Frame, the Rolling Stones’ Tattoo You and Abacab by Genesis. I got three new records for a penny, and my mother was stuck paying full price for 12 more records over the following two years!
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The Steve Miller Band at the Palace Theatre. I went with a couple of girls that I went to high school with; we thought it was the best to be out that late on a school night. Unfortunately, it was his Born 2B Blue tour, and half the show he was playing covers of old jazz standards!
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … The French Horn!! The school custodian used to laugh at me every time he saw me wheeling that thing in for my lesson, saying “How can you play that thing? It’s bigger than you.” Eventually my teacher told my mother that I didn’t have enough air for it, and maybe I should think about the trumpet.
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … It was either the Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me” or “Say, Say, Say” by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson. I don’t remember which one came first, but I know we rocked both of them in the grade school gymnasium.
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Aside from school bands, it was the Coal Palace Kings with Howard Glassman.
The illustrious drummer-photographer Joe Putrock will be seated upon the drum throne to fuel the Charlie Watts Riots through their double-header on Saturday (September 21). The fab power-pop trio will be playing a free show at the Washington Avenue stage at LarkFest at 3pm, before heading over to Valentine’s Music Hall for the official CD release party for their sophomore album, “A Break in the Weather,” later that same night.
AND DON’T FORGET:
GO HERE to enter to win a pair of FREE tickets to the Charlie Watts Riots’ CD release party at Valentine’s on Saturday evening…