FIVE FIRSTS: Tony Bucci of Caleb Lionheart

Caleb Lionheart
Caleb Lionheart

NAME: Tony Bucci
INSTRUMENT: I sing/scream/yell

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Honestly? “Rebel Without A Cause” by Kid Rock and “Infest” by Papa Roach were purchased the same day when I was in seventh grade. I have no rebuttal for those actions. The first record I bought that really meant something to me and changed the way I thought about, listened to, and made music? “Dude Ranch” by Blink-182 and the Fat Wreck Chords compilation “Life In The Fat Lane.” Those were the most formative records in my early attempts at making music.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Saves the Day with Ash and Kind of Like Spitting at Saratoga Winners in the winter of 2001. It was one of the first headlining tours Saves the Day did to support “Stay What You Are” after getting off an arena tour supporting Weezer. They were and are my favorite band, so it was a really special show for me. As an adult, I’m really disappointed in my former self for not giving Kind Of Like Spitting as much of a chance at that show. I watched them and remembered liking what I heard, but after really diving into their extensive and varied discography several years later, I found out with some research that they were touring on the “Bridges Worth Burning” record on that tour. Probably their strongest effort, I would’ve appreciated that set so much more now than I did at the time.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … Every Christmas from five years old until I was about 14, I asked my parents for an electric guitar. Every year, my mother would gift wrap a guitar for me, and every year after unwrapping it, my little brother would break it somehow. For that reason, I didn’t actually start playing guitar until I was in college. My first instrument is percussion. I actually played drums on “Anchor Grill” a track Caleb Lionheart are submitting to a Descendents tribute compilation due out in the next few months.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Magic Changes” from the musical “Grease,” unless you want to count singing “Twinkle, Twinkle” with the one-man band at my grandmother’s 80th birthday when I was a toddler.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … A terrible punk band with Chris Tenerowicz (one of the guitarists of Aficionado on No Sleep Records) and some other friends from high school. We were in fifth grade. We were called Tuxedo Variety, and we only learned how to play one song: “American Jesus” by Bad Religion. God, I wish we had made recordings.

Tony Bucci and the rest of the members of Caleb Lionheart will team up with One Win Choice, Astpai and Ship Me Overseas for an all-star evening at the Hudson River Coffee House in Albany at 8pm on Friday.

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