FIVE FIRSTS: Deke Dickerson


Deke Dickerson

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NAME: Deke Dickerson

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS… First album I ever bought was Elvis’ Greatest Hits Vol. 1. I bought it the day after Elvis died with my allowance money. I was 8.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS… First concert I ever saw was Van Halen in 1982. I was dating a little redhead, and her daddy bought tickets. I’ll admit it, I’m still a closeted Van Halen fan. But only with Diamond Dave, no Van Hagar for me! I still remember we were in the nosebleed seats and we had to share a pair of binoculars. I got the binoculars and focused in right when Diamond Dave went into “Bottoms Up” and turned around and showed his assless chaps! Burned into my memory banks, that one…

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … The first instrument I ever owned was an alto saxophone that I played in school band. I told them I wanted to play sax like Bill Haley & the Comets, and they told me that was bad sax playing. I learned all the stuff they wanted me to, but I still wanted to learn how to play like Bill Haley & the Comets!

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … The first song I ever performed in public was “Peggy Sue” by Buddy Holly.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … The first band I ever played in was a horrific Top 40/heavy metal band called Aces and Eights. They were local guys (and a gal singer) who lived near me. They looked like Beavis and Butthead, and I looked like a little 13-year old rockabilly kid. I insisted that we do Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison songs, which they did reluctantly. I played really, really terrible guitar parts on Judas Priest and AC/DC and Bette Midler songs. Luckily for all of us, no audio or video survives of Aces and Eights.

West coast roots-rocker Deke Dickerson brings his twangified band to the Hangar on the Hudson in Troy on Wednesday evening (November 22) for a big pre-Turkey Day bash. Opening the show at 8pm will be Bloodshot Bill. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $10.

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