How did the band form?
Myself, Tony, and Rob were in a Band with another Bass Player called "BAD COMPANY". When we decided to dismiss the Bass Player, We found BILL GILBERT in another Local Band, ask him to Join, and changed the name to "THRILLS".
How did you meet each other?
We all played in different Bands, in PENN HILLS, and went to the same High School. Tony and I met earlier, when we were about 12 or 13 years old, through other friends.
How much time went into writing and the studio, roughly, per album?
If I remember correctly.....Several Months. Between Writing and Rehearsing.
What is your fondest memory of Thrills?
The WHOLE Experience with "THRILLS" was Fond!!! LOL! It was something that ALOT of Musicians don't get to experience, and I am Forever Grateful and Blessed, for being able to be Part of!
What was your favorite part of being in the band?
I Loved Playing the LIVE Shows for Large Crowds.
Is there one gig in particular that has been the most memorable?
The ONE that really Sticks in My Mind is opening up for "FOREIGNER" in New York.
What were your musical influences at the time?
I listened to SO MUCH Music back then, but My Biggest Influence was "CHICAGO", and TERRY KATH, the Guitar Player for The Band.
When and why did you learn to play your instrument?
I was 8 years Old, when I saw one of My friends holding a GUITAR, sitting on his Porch. He said "LOOK WHAT MY DAD GOT ME"!!! That was IT!!! I wanted One TOO!!!.... and Then when I Heard "THE BEATLES"......I WAS ON MY WAY!!!!! LOL!
What is the best thing that came from Thrills?
It was a GREAT Learning Experience!! I had Been writing SONGS for Myself and All of my Other Bands before "THRILLS", So to actually be Part of a Team, and Hear Our Music on RECORDS......Phenomenal!!!
How did you come up with the name Thrills?
It's funny, but I usually came up with the Names. I was always thinking of COOL NAMES for Bands!!.....One day "THRILLS" popped Up in My Head.....SOUNDED COOL......OK.....DONE!!! LOL!
What was the tour life like?
Touring was TIRING, But we were YOUNG Rockstar Wannabees , So WE would Do anything we Had To, If It was Part of Getting to THE TOP OF THE HEAP!! We WERE DETERMINED!!!!!
What are your hopes for the revamping of your digital music?
I have always LOVED "THRILLS" Music, and VERY Proud of What we did and Wrote! I have always Thought that WE should Have Made THE RANKS of The ELITE. I truly Believed and I still Do, That there definitely was a SPOT for "THRILLS"!! I hope More people can Experience The MUSIC of "THRILLS".......Because It TRULY is......BADASS!!!!!!!
What were your initial thoughts on the revamp?
It's Been SO Long ago, and I am NOW "62" Years Old. If whoever wants to REVAMP, or Whatever........GO FOR IT!!!! Its All done with GOOD intentions.
Where did you grow up and where do you reside currently?
I grew Up in Wilkinsburgh, Pa (Pittsburgh), Moved to Penn Hills, Pittsburgh, when I was about 10 years Old. Now I Live In BOYNTON BEACH FLORIDA.
What is your current job?
I am an ASST. Operations Manager for HELENA CHEMICAL CORP.
Do you still play? Were you in any other bands before/after/during Thrills?
I have NEVER Stopped Playing!!!.....I have always been Involved in some Sort of Music through the Years, and have Always Continued My Songwriting, Which is in Full Force as WE Speak. I am Also Playing in an AMAZING "BILLY JOEL" Tribute Band With TONY MONACO!!!....Called "TURNSTILES"....Check It Out... thebillyjoeltribute.com.......YES, Tony and I are STILL performing together on STAGE, and It IS absolutely Phenomenal!!!!
What was your favorite song to play live?
My Favorite Song to Play LIVE was...........MMMMmmmm...........I can't answer THAT!! I Loved Them ALL!!!! I wish I would have been able to Perform "THRILLS 3" LIVE......But It ALL ended Before we had a Chance To Do THAT!!
Do you have a favorite song overall?
Thrills 3: You’ll Be Back, Best of Everything, It’s Too Late, Let Me Love You, Falling Out Of Love – Front Page News: Tonight, Don’t You Know, High Side Of 55, Follow Your Dream, Take Me Away, You Don’t Remember Me – First Thrills: Changing My Ways
What are you up to now?
Well at This Point in My Musical Life, I am Still writing MY SONGS, Playing in "TURNSTILES".....And I will be Concentrating More on MY SONGS in 2018!! I will be Retiring Early from MY Day Job, which will give ME A LOT more Time to DEVOTE to MUSIC!! I am SO Looking Forward to THAT!!!!
I heard you had "about a billion guitars". Do you have a favorite?
Well I don't have a BILLION!! LOL!....But I do have ALOT!..... I get Most of My Guitars from a Company in CALIFORNIA named "KIESEL/CARVIN". They are Custom Made, and NOT sold in Stores. They are INCREDIBLE Instruments, and I even Played them Back In "THRILLS"!!!