ROCK STAR OF THE WEEK - PETE CROCO!!!
Vocals and Guitar
When did you start playing music and what was/is your influence for playing music?
I remember when I was a kid in the 70's and the radio station KING.FMwas just getting started and it seemed that a new great sounding song and band was playing every day. I was in 4th or 5th grade and my cousin and I would pretend we were John Lennon and Paul McCartney as we sang Beatles songs together. Towards the end of the 1970s and beginning of 1980s New Wave was becoming popular and for most of my middle school years, I was listening to Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, The Cars, The Boomtown Rats, Joe Jackson, and The Knack. I sang it all and continued rocking in high school to Hard Rock including AC/DC, Van Halen, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Def Leppard, Scorpions, Billy Squier, Journey, Steve Miller, and Sammy Hagar. As I got older I’ve added Blues and Grunge artists to my playlist.
Tell us about your musical journey.
In 2008 my health took a turn for the worst as my back was injured and I required two back surgeries, which also started me on a long five-year path on disability. Music became my therapy and I found myself wanting to sing more and more. It wasn't until spring of this year when I joined RiverCity and started playing guitar (and singing) that although I had tried before, RiverCity’s great instructors, hands-on approach, and supportive bandmates is the right choice for this guy! I have so much fun at RiverCity!
What is your favorite song you've played at RiverCity?
I would have to say when I first sang ‘Black Betty’ by Ram Jam and I had a real live band performing with me.
What are your favorite bands or artists right now?
I like so many songs and bands, but my go-to bands (this week anyway) are The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Ram Jam, ZZ Top, and Elvis Costello.
What is your ‘day job’ (besides a Rock Star at RiverCity)?
Right now I am a disabled vet and I recently started classes at Chemeketa Community College in the Building Inspection Technology and Plan Review Program. I hope to work for one of our local city, county or state building departments when I've completed the Associates Program in a couple of years and I am able to get off of disability. I was a contractor for almost 15 years before my back problems.