Five Firsts: Darren Lyons of the Darren Lyons Group


Darren Lyons

NAME: Darren Lyons
BAND AFFILIATION: The Darren Lyons Group

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WASFragile by Yes. First, I heard the single “Roundabout.” This was the year they released it. I then purchased the LP, which led to all kinds of music I listen to today like Weather Report, Tribal Tech and Allan Holdsworth. Gino Vannelli’s The Gist of Gemini was another album I purchased shortly after.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … in was early ’70s, and my mom would take me to concerts since I was quite young. Our first was Yes on the Relayer tour. It was mind-blowing for me.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … a drum set. My mom decided to take me to drum lessons at age four because I was a hyper-active child, long before they knew how to diagnose this. As a result, we went to a music store and the owner asked me if I was sure drums were my choice. As he stood behind the counter pointing at various other instruments, I remember being quite sure that drums were the choice for me. I was lucky, I guess.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … That is tough to recall because I did some recitals as a kid, as well as performances at junior high with school bands.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … a punk band called the Senile Delinquents, senior year in high school with a band of friends in New Jersey. I was just talking with a high school friend yesterday about our short-lived band. It was a group of quite talented guys from Lyndhurst, NJ, all of whom have gone on to do pro things in music. We had some really wild times, most of which you couldn’t do today. We ended up in some crazy situations, too, onstage and off.

Dynamic drummer Darren Lyons powers the NYC-based jazz/fusion Darren Lyons Group – also featuring guitarist Chad McLoughlin, keyboardist Chris Clark and bassist Dave Johnsen – into Red Square in Albany on Saturday night (May 3), in support of their new album, “Evil Genius,” produced by David Sancious. Doctor Magnum kicks off the evening at 9pm. Tickets are $10.

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