Happy Birthday Fred Norris!

Published July 9, 2015 by Maryanne

Fred+Norris+AYxYJw0I28rmFred Norris (photo swiped from Google Search)

Happy Birthday to Fred Norris! Here’s an interview I did with him for The Montclair Times back in 2004. This was to promote his gig at this great Irish bar, Tierney’s. When I attended the gig that night, Fred Norris gave me a “shout out” from the stage and said what a great article I wrote. He said he loved the article so much, he was going to read it to his 2-year-old daughter. I guess she is at least 12 now!! ENJOY!

King Norris Band plays at Tierney’s
Wednesday, October 13, 2004

By MARY ANNE CHRISTIANO
of The Montclair Times

Did you ever wonder what it’s like performing in a rock band all hours
of the night and then getting up at the crack of dawn to be on the
Howard Stern radio show?

It’s fascinating and exhausting, according to Fred Norris, who can be
heard daily on broadcasts of the Howard Stern show and performs with
his rock outfit, the King Norris Band. Norris is backed by Frank
Fallon on drums and vocals and Robert Boyd on bass and vocals. On the
Howard Stern show, Norris’ guitar-playing was praised by longtime
rockers Leslie West and Ozzy Osbourne. The music is all original

The King Norris band didn’t start out as a serious thing, but was
purely accidental. Norris said, “Frank Fallon, the drummer, used to be
a radio sales person at K-ROCK, the Stern show’s station. We got
thrown into doing some Christmas music at a mall in Jersey somewhere.
Frank and I hit it off. He was always a cool guy around the station.”
Norris didn’t see Fallon for two years, then out of the blue, Fallon
called Norris and they got together to jam. Norris said, “We started
playing, it started sounding better. I got the stupid idea, ‘Let’s
play out together.’”

As a kid growing up in Manchester, Conn., there wasn’t a lot to do.
Norris lived on the outskirts of town, where there was a lot of
farming. He said, “It was very painful. The guitar was a way to pass
the time.”

Back then, he loved the Beatles, Credence Clearwater Revival and a lot
of blues stuff. And he daydreamed about being in a band and being on
the radio. Norris said, “Every kid has a dream to do that.”

Norris met Howard Stern when he went on to college for radio, which he
says was the right idea at the time, but music came first for him, in
terms of playing. But the band didn’t take off until 10 years after
Norris was on Stern’s show. Then they began playing gigs all over the
United States, from big outdoor concerts to dive bars with dart boards
and pool tables. Norris said, “And now we’re coming to New Jersey! If
it’s good enough for The Boss, it’s good enough for me.”

Norris, who writes all the songs, said, “We play because we love to
play, not for the glory or the bucks. Anybody that likes music, c’mon
down to see us at Tierney’s.”

When Norris isn’t on the Howard Stern show or playing with his band,
he works out and writes for the radio show. He also spends time with
his daughter. Norris said, “I learned a few years ago it’s not a good
idea to drink booze anymore. It’s a way of life. I have a daughter
that’s almost 2 and she needs a daddy to be there for her.”

This article originally appeared in The Montclair Times October 13, 2004.

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

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