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Frank Secich at The Record Collector, Bordentown, New Jersey

Published January 9, 2016 by Maryanne

SAM_9476Frank Secich (photo by Maryanne Mistretta)

Today was a dream come true meeting musician/songwriter/producer/author, Frank Secich. I’ve been a fan of his music since I was a teenager. He played (and wrote songs) on one of my favorite teenage albums, “Disconnected” by Stiv Bators. Frank also played in Club Wow, Blue Ash, The Deadbeat Poets, The Infidels and more.

A few years ago we met on FaceBook and Frank was kind enough to endorse my first book “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” (available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X).

And, I became a fan of his newest band, The Deadbeat Poets.

I also interviewed Frank for this blog: https://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/interview-with-frank-secich-musiciansongwriterproducer/

So you can just imagine how super excited to learn that Frank Secich was going to be at The Record Collector in Bordentown promoting his new book “Circumstantial Evidence” (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/circumstantial-evidence-frank-secich/1122604553)

As soon as I walked in the store, I was greeted with a great big, “Maryanne!” by Frank! He’s so cool and down-to-earth. I also met his son, Jake, who was very kind to take our photograph, and other great people. The vibe was awesome as fans and friends listened to Frank share stories about Stiv Bators and a cool story about Michael Monroe (of Hanoi Rocks who recorded Frank’s song “A Million Miles Away” – please do not confuse with The Plimsouls song, both songs are fab, but I do like Frank’s better *wink*). Frank also spoke of the stories behind his songs. These humorous adventures are included in the book “Circumstantial Evidence.”

Frank played, acoustic, “A Million Miles Away,” “It’s Cold Outside,” “Circumstantial Evidence” and some songs by Deadbeat Poets.

As I’m writing this blog, I have the “Circumstantial Evidence” book in my hands, waiting to be read!

SAM_9471Frank Secich and Maryanne Mistretta (Photo by Jake Secich)

The Rezillos, Wonder Bar, Asbury Park New Jersey 7-9-15

Published July 10, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_7982The Rezillos

Guitarist Jim Brady, Fay Fife and Eugene Reynolds on lead vocals

Amazing!

I was so excited to see this band, because I had seen “The Revillos” version back in 1981 at the old Peppermint Lounge in NYC when I was just 18. The two versions of the bands had the same singers, Eugene Reynolds and Fay Fife, and different musicians. The Revillos was a later version of the band and they were incredible (and back then I was right in the front as I was last night!)

The current line-up is:

Fay Fife: Vocals, Theremin
Eugene Reynolds: Vocals
Jim Brady: Lead guitar, Backing Vocals
Chris Agnew: Bass
Angel Paterson: Drums

And so, last night, I was able to see the Rezillos line-up! A punk-new wave band from Scotland who to me sound slightly like the B-52s on steroids. Such tight, outrageous musicians, each and everyone of them.

Their songs are so much fun and upbeat, which I love! We always need more fun in this world. My favorites included: Flying Saucer Attack, No, Top of the Pops, My Baby Does Good Sculptures, River Deep Mountain High, and as an encore, Somebody’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked in Tonight.

I was right in the front dancing my little heart out. I haven’t sweat like that at a show in ages! I almost got hit in the head by Jim Brady’s guitar. And after the show I said to him jokingly, “Thanks for not hitting me.” We laughed about how close it was. And he complimented my dancing.

I also met the incredible Fay Fife! After all these years she’s still beautiful and super cool, as you can see her great outfit! I told her she was an “inspiration!”

I didn’t meet Eugene, but he smiled at me in passing after the show. I didn’t meet the bassist either. It was so casual and not such a big crowd, but so many fans were surrounding them to chat, as this isn’t a band that comes to New Jersey very often.

Fay, Jim Brady and the drummer Angel Paterson autographed their set list for me. All such very nice, genuine people.

It was a great audience! I saw a girl there that I recognized from the Anabella Lwin show a few years back. Another girl came up to me and hugged me because she was so happy. As was I! It was such a wonderful, positive evening! My husband enjoyed them too. He wasn’t familiar with their music and let me go right to the front stage while he hung in the back. But every time I turned to meet his eyes, smile and wave, he had a big smile on his face. He loved the band!

Here is their website: http://www.rezillos.rocks/index.html

SAM_7980Drums: Angel Paterson, Fay Fife and Eugene Reynolds, Bass: Chris Agnew

SAM_7987Angel Paterson

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SAM_7995The Wonder Bar

And even though I took photos with the band, I’m not sharing them because I sweat so much from dancing and jumping around I look like a drowned rat! Ha-ha-ha! My husband said I still have the energy of a teenager! Well, with the Rezillos, it ain’t hard!

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

Empty Hearts and The Dough Boys at Wonder Bar (Asbury Park)

Published May 30, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_7515The Empty Hearts

My husband and I had the most fabulous time at the Wonder Bar, Asbury Park seeing The Doughboys http://www.thedoughboysnj.com/ and The Empty Hearts http://theemptyhearts.com/

We missed most of The Doughboys set but what we saw was phenomenal! This was the second time we saw them and they are just off the hook. They’re a New Jersey garage rock band and have been around since the 1960s.

Next up were The Empty Hearts — my new favorite band, power pop at it’s finest, as you have the legendary Elliot Easton (guitarist from The Cars), Clem Burke (Blondie drummer), Wally Palmer (of The Romantics) on vocals and guitar and harmonica, and Andy Babiuk (of The Chesterfield Kings) on bass (and he broke a string! Did you ever see a bassist break a string before? Those strings are THICK!).

They played every song from their CD and also Cars, Blondie and Romantics songs. We were so lucky to get right in front of the stage, but unfortunate for the band, the place wasn’t packed. So sad, it was the greatest show everyone missed.

After the show they signed autographs. I grabbed their set list and got that signed. Enjoy my pictures! (All taken by my husband, Dennis. Please do not swipe!)

SAM_7491Power Pop Guitar Legend ELLIOT EASTON!

SAM_7504Clem Burke

SAM_7507Wally Palmer (left) and Andy Babiuk

SAM_7516Elliot’s guitar!

SAM_7514Wally’s guitar and Andy’s bass

SAM_7506Elliot’s pedals!

SAM_7517Andy, Me, Elliot

SAM_7518Clem Burke

SAM_7519Wally

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SAM_7524Set List

They only did ONE encore, so we didn’t get to hear the last two songs. Not fair.

I almost cried during “Just What I Needed.” ❤

SAM_7486Lighting setting is off, but I wanted to show my cute outfit

(before I got so sweaty from all that jumping around!)