On the post- Snerd years:
I continued to play music, doing some session work for Warner Bros. with Joe Bellia and Bobby Bandiera of Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes. These sessions were produced by Garry Tallent of the E-Street Band & engineered by Steve Marcantonio of Alabama & J. Geils Band fame.
I toured briefly with British songwriter Simon Tittley who was promoting a record on an independent label, did multiple demos with various Jersey bands, played tons of cover for years (with a few guys from Sayreville who played in a rival band of Snerd), wrote and arranged for a few original projects, and even got the opportunity at one point to actually open a show for the Ramones in Brooklyn (up close, their skin looked green…rest in peace Joey).
I pretty much stopped playing in clubs in May 2001. I became a Christian earlier that year (that's not why I stopped playing clubs) and became interested in Contemporary Christian worship music. In April 2005, I became a worship leader for my church in Old Bridge, NJ.
I currently have a band of 7 musicians that lead the congregation during services. I gotta tell ya, it's probably the best gig I've ever had (about 1,200 people at a service, great players, a great sound crew, an overall great body of people PLUS they don’t make me load in through the kitchen!)
Favorite bands then:
During the Snerd years I was into Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Queen, Mott the Hoople, Jethro Tull, KISS, King Crimson, Montrose and Black Sabbath.
Favorite bands now:
Today I still enjoy these artists but I also love the sound of the 80's hair bands (I'm a sap for a good power ballad!) I listen to a lot of Spock's Beard, anything by Neal Morse (a former Spock's Beard founder), Jordan Rudess, King's X, Ty Tabor and Neil Finn.
Along the lines of Contemporary Christian music, I also listen to Chris Tomlin, Paul Baloche, Steven Curtis Chapman, Casting Crowns along with many others.
A lifetime of music:
God has given me the gift of music as well as various platforms throughout my life to play it. Music continues to play a major role in my life and the lives of my family today. I've always had a great time playing and meeting different people along the way.
Thanks to all those who supported the band through the years and enjoyed what we did (especially the ones who would spray-paint our names on the sides of buildings!)
It was always sort of humbling to know that people enjoyed what you did and to know that in some small way it had an impact on them. Even to this day, I try to never take that for granted. It was and continues to be an honor and a privilege to play.
My thanks to all for allowing me to share in a small portion of your lives.