FIVE FIRSTS: Gus of Blackcat Elliot

GusNAME: Gus
INSTRUMENT: Guitar/Vocals
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Kiss’ “Alive II” or Ozzy Osbourne’s “Diary Of Madman.” I don’t remember which one came first, but I do recall buying them at K-Mart for the album cover designs. I was a sucker for rockers with make-up and evil tendencies.
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Men At Work at SPAC in the early eighties. I remember asking my brother what that funny cigarette smell was throughout the entire show.
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … the guitar. 21 years and counting…
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Coming And Going” (an original of mine). I kind of remember playing this catchy number at a battle of the bands gig at the Albany Jewish Community Center in 1987 that we actually won. I was 16 years old. Marky Balboa (who I perform with in Blackcat Elliot) was in that band as well. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … a band called Purgatory when I was 13 years old, but we never made it out of my drummer’s basement. So, I guess the first “official” band I was in and did get out of a basement was Dionysus. And yes, Marky Balboa was with me for this outfit as well.
Gus and his bandmates in Blackcat Elliot will be rockin’ at Savannah’s in Albany on Friday (December 18), sharing the stage with the Blisterz, the Statues of Liberty and the Velmas.

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  1. TL Stone says

    So Gus. what was that funny smell? Something from the land down under? Keep rockin’ man!

  2. Eva says

    Great read Gus! I’ve been stalking ‘er following these cats around town for a while now. Their music and talent have really matured. I can’t wait to listen to their new CD. I plan on going to their show on friday, should be a good time! (as always) Rock on BCE!

  3. Matt Mac Haffie says

    Totally Rocking

  4. Davey BLiSTeR says

    Cool article! Props to Nippertown and Gusserama!!!
    I think BCE should play ‘WHO CAN IT BE NOW?” on Friday night just to bring back the memories.

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