Dean Tracking Solos

December 10, 2009 by  

Hey all! Here’s a video of Mark and I re-recording the solo to my tune “Paradise” – again. The original version of it, which is available on the Sampler CD’s that have been sold up until now, is very close to this one (or vice versa), I did change one little section in the middle. This should be the final version of it…

As you can see, the recording process goes soooo smoothly… I tend to prepare my solo’s ahead of time, for the most part, but occasionally will wing it, hoping for happy accidents. Obviously, if I don’t like the results, no one but Mark and I will hear them, so consider yourself “special”, hahahaha! We’re also working on the new FM record, with several tracks pretty much done-we’re currently playing two of these live: “When Love Plays Dead” and “Die Hard”. We’ll see you all in the trail! Peace-D!C!/FM

Returning…

November 26, 2008 by  

Hello all!

I thought that I’d drop you a note, after getting settled into my new home, that being FM, of course. Yes, I’ve returned and glad to be back! It’s been several years and I’ve been through numerous musical endeavors-some successful, some not so successful (hopefully not of my doing!). About a year ago, Mark and I got back in touch, in a parking lot in Leesburg and talked about Rush (there’s a little more, but that’s the nutshell version). Being aware that I was beginning the process of recording a disc of my tunes, he fully offered his assistance & resources, to which I said, “Yes!” to. He even suggested that he’ll sit there and turn the knobs, with his mouth shut, if that was desired, but I knew better-he’s got a good set of ears on him! Things rolled along and we “reconnected” in the process. I’ve always had a fun time hanging with him (that’s a non-gay kind of comment…not that there’s anything wrong with that…), so that was a big plus to the fact that the music was sounding great. He liked the idea of playing bass on the tunes…he’s a bassist…so that was “no brainer”. Still, things rolled along…

Fast forward…no, further than that… Coming to the end of another recording session, Mark fills me in on situation with Rob’s departure and offers up the idea of my filling the vacancy. After a couple of phone calls among all of us, things were a go. My first show was on Nov 15th at an old haunt, Fat Daddy’s in York, PA (there’s pix posted elsewhere on our site and on our Flickr site-check ’em out!). Since then, it’s been quite enjoyable to be out there rocking with my friends, on and off stage, as well as starting to catch up with my FM friends & supporters.

We are currently working on a new FM record, which we hope to unleash up your ears…and receive a overwhelming “YIPPEE!” for. Also keep an eye out for another block of tunes from my solo CD to be released soon. If you wish to contact me directly, please drop a line to: dean [at] funnymoneyband.com

I truly hope to see you front & center at an FM show in the near future!

Peace-D!C!

Old Friends at RTB ’08

September 5, 2008 by  

This doesn’t have anything to do with Funny Money BUT . . . it was good to see Dee Snider again in Houston when he surprised me from behind and came up for the sing along in Cold Blood. As you may know, Jimmy and I sang backups on Twisted Sister’s ‘Love is for Suckers’ LP which was produced by Beau Hill. So Dee and we go way back and it was good to see those guys again.

Dee Snider and Steve during the sing along in 'Cold Blood'

Dee Snider and Steve during the sing along in 'Cold Blood'

Brett Michaels is one of the nicest most genuine guys you’ll ever get to meet and has always been that way. Brett is from Harrisburg and Poison (then known as Paris) was a local band playing the same circuit KIX was back in the day. In Houston, Brett graciously invited me over to his tour bus and we had a nice extended chat about the old days. I hope to see Brett and perform with him again soon.

Steve and Brett Michaels at Rock The Bayou '08

Steve and Brett Michaels at Rock The Bayou '08

Jimmy on RTB and Rocklahoma

September 4, 2008 by  

This past summer was a lot of fun for me.  We got to play both the Rocklahoma and Rock The Bayou festivals and I got to catch up with some old friends, like Fred Coury of Cinderella and AJ Pero of Twisted Sister.

Even though Cinderella wasn’t able to play Rocklahoma due to Tom Keifer’s throat problems, it was great to see Fred play with Lynch Mob.  He’s as solid as ever, even with just one week of rehearsals with them.  He sounded awesome.

Jimmy and Fred Coury from Cinderella (Lynch Mob) at Rocklahoma

Jimmy and Fred Coury from Cinderella (Lynch Mob) at Rocklahoma

What can I say about Twisted Fuckin’ Sister.  I was so excited when I found out they would be playing the same day we were at Rock The Bayou.  They’re always a lot of fun and they rocked harder than any band I saw at either festival.

Jimmy and AJ Pero of Twisted Sister at Rock the Bayou in Houston

Jimmy and AJ Pero of Twisted Sister at Rock the Bayou in Houston

Sitting Down on the Job

August 28, 2008 by  

If some of you noticed I was looking a little under the weather at the recent gig at the Chambersburg Moose club, I had sinus surgery (again) the Wednesday before. I was assured by my surgeon that I would be ok after a few days but it was not to be. Drilling out new holes in my skull turned out to be much more invasive and painful that I had thought. When I got to the club I was wiped out from the two hour trip and was seeing stars already, and not in a good way.

Gene managed to find a decent bar stool for me to lean on and I used it about half the show. I only tried to sing backups once when Steve and I sing the middle part in ‘Sex’ together, and after a few words I was in the cockpit of the Millenium Falcon making the jump to hyperspace – the streaking of stars wiping my vision! That was the last time I sang a word that night.

So thank God and Gene for the barstool! And apologies to the fans for looking like a disinterested lounge act bass player!

Mark sitting down on the job - Chambersburg Moose 8/23/08 - photo by Marcy Royce

Mark sitting down on the job - Chambersburg Moose 8/23/08 - photo by Marcy Royce

And here is the BEFORE the second surgery pic, some fucked up sinuses in there even after one operation. Oh and look ma – no brain!

Mark's Sparsely Populated Skull

Mark's Sparsely Populated Skull