have merged the Witness & Witness Reloaded Blogs!
don't like to type things twice )
Blog Posts can be found Here !
We welcome back Apollo Artists Attractions and Eli as our Exclusive
agency! The band will be booking under the name Witness
now has it's own domain!
With the help of Patrick Maley Of "SIRIS", a new
logo has been developed for Witness Reloaded! (Mitch &
JD helped a bit too) I like the thin and trimmer "itness"
and the slight play on words in Re-Loaded ! Thanks Pat!
Many members of Witness Reloaded play in other bands. Here is a new
feature that lists the
Witness Reloaded has taken a step off the drawing board and into real
life! The new website
Reloaded covers the band with a little more depth.
Basically, we are back!
concerns about the gig on the 20th were well founded. It appears that
it wasn't coming together and indeed has been postponed until the fall
(Thus the 5/25 deleted post.) Our next rehearsal is scheduled for July
6. Our fans may not have to wait until the fall to hear the
band, as there is something else in the works. It is too early to make
a formal announcement.
More of an idea right now, but the conversation has come up at several
of our Steakhouse meetings. Basically, start playing again on a
regular basis! All the members of our current reunion band are
active musicians, still performing on a regular basis. Why not start
playing together again? Click on the menu icon for more.
time at rehearsal! We got a lot of work done on some new songs despite
periods where uncontrolled laughter took over! It was just in the air
despite the heat. Holly and the gang cooked up a great meal on the
grill so we all left happy and full! It looks like there may be
some type of South Jersey Witness show coming together in the fall as
well, but you know how those things go!
for the July 20th show, we are getting together for rehearsal starting
June 8. It won't all be work, as we are going to try to have a bit of
a BBQ and some pool action if time and weather permit ;)
other Witness news, we met at the Texas Roadhouse to discuss the
upcoming job as well as set up a rehearsal schedule and add some
more songs. (As well as enjoy some great steak!) L Roy showed us
his new bike, which has a larger engine (1800cc) then most of
our cars do! Sandi, who is a bit of a bike enthusiast, had to go
for a ride. (NEVER too old to Rock and Roll)
is up for doing a series of club gigs this fall. We are looking
to chose some clubs that will allow as complete a production as
we can pull off. Things are going to get very interesting
for bigger pic, or go to our Flickr
Photo Site for more.)
us a neat old picture of Flip and Gloria playing in SYN from 1978 !
It's on our Flickr
appears to be "Time Travel" week for me as some of the
members of bands that were the precursor to Witness have been
making contact! Last month, it was Deems, who was the original
Witness soundman and also worked with Morgen, the band that
started Morgen Management, and later Quik. Today it was Scott, the bass player
from Morgen and Quik. Those who are very observant will notice
the band name "Quick" stenciled on a lot of the early
Witness equipment. Quik was known for a very pyrotechnic Star
Wars show, and the plain that would fly over the audience's
heads during Live and Let Die. Of course when the plain hit the
stage, the whole stage would blow up. One might also note
the gold backdrop, which later showed up during early Witness
pictures (old & new) have been added to our Flickr
now listed in the UK on the AOR-FM
database Website! Cool!
Ticket (Marc, Flip, Michael & the other HT members) is
playing a gig this week:
|Dear HT Fans,
I has been such a long time since we did a public venue I almost forgot to send this notice out. Hot Ticket will be playing a benefit Beef-n-Beer this Saturday,
May 10. This should be a fun time and it would be great to catch up on some gossip and dirty little secrets, and boy, do we have some!!!. Plus, a great cause, great food, beer, live music and beer.
Hope to see you there!
Beef and Beer Benefit for the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life
Pomeroy Fire Company
1918 Valley Road
Coatesville, PA 19320
6-10PM $20.00 per person, tickets available at the door
Thank you, Marc Britton
Rip Chords (Mitch playing guitar in a real 60's band!) have
some upcoming gigs as well:
|May 16 2008 9:00P
||OCEAN CITY MD.CONVENTION CENTER
||Ocean City, Maryland
|May 17 2008 7:15P
||"Deptford Days" Concert In Fasola Park In Deptford N.J.
||Deptford, New Jersey
|Jun 14 2008 6:00P
||Washington Township Car Show and Concert...the day before Fathers Day!
||Washington Township, New Jersey
now on Flickr ! With so many photos coming in, I set up a Flickr
Photo Account too! Check it out!
truck, the next generation?
Well, sort of. I needed a truck for the lighting business
so now I have one, and that will make future Witness gigs a
little easier to pull off!
awaiting a full video tape of the show, but I suspect Mark is a busy
When I get it, we should have some pretty cool video to put up
on the site.
I am told, The Firemen did pretty well on the 20th, and this
will help out the Delaware County Fireman's Fund.
have about 200 photos on the site from the 20th. Thank you
(I received over 1000 from all the of you.)
out to Ray
& Denise Brown for
the pictures they added!
continues ! (?) We are looking at the logistics of doing another show
on July 20, 2008 (Yep! two and a half months from now!) If everything
pans out, it will be at the Springfield Country Club (not too far from
the last location.) We should know in the next couple of weeks if this
is going to come together so stay tuned!
A week out
and things are finally calming down a bit. I am awaiting a full length
video of the night at which point we should have quite a lot of video
to upload, but it is good to be able to kick back a bit now that the
muscle aches have faded! When I review the night I can't help but
think how things went much better than expected! Here is a summary of
the four areas we added to the site to cover the gig:
about 100 more pictures from the April 20
2008 MLCT ! (They are mixed in on all pages)
OK, we now
have some more videos and a new video page for the 2008
M.L.C.T. ! (And a cool new wallpaper on our Wallpaper
page!) The current clips are short pieces of songs. We are hoping to
get some full length clips in soon!
Youtube snips are up (short ones) Mitch's
Drum Solo and the Wheelchair
Intro (thanks to Rose)
can finally be told !!! Part 5 of the Witness Story "This
Ain't No Party, It's a GIG!" is now online! Enjoy!
added a ton of pictures! Thanks go to Rita and the others! We now have
6 pages on site!
we severely underestimated the desire for Witness Shirts so
this year we made a ton!
has some left, they are available at $10 each and all proceeds
go to the Delaware County Fireman's Fund.
still available are Extra Large, Large, and Small.
You can order yours by emailing Michael LaBuono firstname.lastname@example.org
of the Show Pictures are up! Thanks go to Rose, Nancy E,
and Denise & Bob for sending them in!
100 so far!)
pic for more)
Since the band is now "Old and Feeble"
they were delivered to the stage in wheelchairs!
some shots taken during set up and tear down. I know, not as
exciting as show shots, but we are collecting them and will put
together a full scrapbook as soon as we can!
Witness Sign, restored from 1982)
think there is a single part of my body that doesn't ache this
morning! It was all worth it!! We are back! Now, on to business, since
Sandi and I were doing lights, we were unable to stop and take
pictures, so anybody that has some good pics of last night, email them
I know Mark Allen also was filming, but anyone with video clips,
please send them in as well ! The more we have, the better the chance
of getting some great stuff posted. Sandi has some still shots from
the end of the night, so I will try to get them up here later
today! For those who couldn't make it, here is a summery of the
Intro – (Wheelchairs)
Angry Young Man
You May Be Right
Can You See The Real Me
Won’t Get Fooled Again
Cross Eyed Mary
Too Old to Rock and Roll
Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Watcher of the Skies
Turn it On Again
| Burning Down the House
Life During Wartime
And She Was
Take me to the River
Long Distance Runaround
Suite Judy Blue Eyes
| Magic Carpet Ride
Born to Be Wild
can't move! What a great day! More as soon as we catch up with some of
we went with the larger truck! It is floor to ceiling flat up to the
rear door! (Just like the old days!)
Special thanks go out to Justin Bistany, who has been the stunt double
for my elder back ;)
Tomorrow is also Michael
LaBuono's Birthday !!
With a little under 15 hours to load in time, there is magic in the
As I write
this, we are 48 hours from Showtime! The equipment has been packed up
and ready for our truck to arrive. I will try to make one more
blog entry tomorrow, but I suspect the site will go quite for a couple
of days as the "Cyber World" of Witness is replaced by a
real world performance! Judging by last year's show, it will take a
few days before we can start posting the results! See
You All at the Reunion!
"Show" sets have been worked out, the first one kicks off
shortly after 2:00 and contains some of the best stuff! As a reminder,
things start early! The afternoon will be pretty packed with music,
with just enough time to down some Beef & Beer!
returned from the last rehearsal. We went through all three show sets
and put the finishing touches on song transitions and show cues.
Everybody is psyched up for next Sunday's gig! We got the green light
for our effects (Fog, etc) from the firehouse, so this should be a
show to remember!
still reminding everyone to bring their camcorders! Mark Allen, who is
providing and running sound, has also volunteered to videotape as
well! It looks like things are coming together! Tomorrow
is our final rehearsal and the set lists are shaping up. The show will
include about 30 songs that (unlike last year) actually have been rehearsed
and staged, including some of the nice theatrics that the band was
always famous for! This is going to be quite an event!
informs me that the firehouse has allocated a certain amount of
tickets to be sold at the door the day of the reunion! If you
would like to pre-purchase tickets, please email Michael Labuono
All Proceeds will benefit the Delaware County Fireman's Fund
Schecter, besides playing drums in Witness, also plays guitar
for the 60's band "The Rip Chords" Which just released
their latest CD (Pictured at left)
check it out at http://www.oldies.com/product-view/81602.html
Reunion Countdown: 10
shirts for the 2008 reunion are now in! (click for bigger pic)
You can preorder yours by emailing Michael LaBuono email@example.com
with the show, all profits will go to the Fireman's Memorial
Fund. Currently, slightly better then 150 of the 200 tickets
have been pre-sold, leaving about 45-50 that are still
Sandi and I went down to measure the truck we rented for the gig. This
turned out to be a good thing as it looks like we need to rent a
right, a little computer art from Mitch! The picture was
actually from his phone taken at our last rehearsal, and modified
to produce a painted look.
Labuono, Mitch Schecter, Marc Britton, and L Roy
and Flip Britton
this day, Mitch gets mistaken for Timmy! (Despite the fact that
Mitch played with the band for 10 years! 1983 - 1993)
also finally found a good picture of Eddie Walldic (see Band
& Crew page)
pictures are from Nancy. They are of the old Circle Tavern. Sad
to say, it doesn't look too well! Witness played there
many times. It joins the list of clubs like The
(now a gravel lot) and The
(burnt down and now a housing development) that aren't.
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"Invitation" to the reunion! OK, they were
caught off guard and there were some goofs! Anyway, the
important words of wisdom to Witness insiders from today's rehearsal
A Big Thank You!
would like to thank Colonial Meat Market for donating the meatballs,
roast beef, and rolls for the 200 people coming to the reunion !
|Colonial Meat Market of Springfield
509 Baltimore Pike
||Colonial Meat Market of Folsom
241 MacDade Blvd
Thank You goes out to Mark Allen and Showorks Audio Visual who will be
supplying the Sound and Stage for the show!
Trivia and Artifacts-
might be fun to incorporate some of the stuff used with Witness
in the 80's in the reunion show. The light pictured at left was
used with the band from 1979 to 1990, however, more interesting
is the story about the cord... In the summer of 84', a new
ride was installed on the piers called "The Sea Serpent."
A contest started up between band members to see who could ride
it the most! (the number was in the hundreds!) At the end of the
summer, it narrowed down to me and Mitch. The cord is a piece of
cable cut off the Sea Serpent during some maintenance. It fed
the "emergency lift motor" and if you look close
enough, you will see the word "motor" written on the
wire by the German installers. (A feature Mitch and I used a
couple of times!) The light will be used near Mitch's drums at
Looking at the Shoutbox error logs, there are some common reasons
people are not getting into chat. The number one reason (besides
forgetting your password) is entering your password in capitals. I
made a change that allows the program to ignore that one. Another
biggie is a mismatch between username and password, or entering the
username slightly differently. Remember, you can always click on the
"Contact Us" button and request your password be emailed to
you again. I'll email it to the address you used when
So, how do
you rehearse a Light show? Well, you start by rewiring your
house, setting up thousands of watts of lights, varilites,
dimmers, etc. in your family room..... (Then your wife calls the
local mental hospital!) Actually, Sandi has been pretty
cool about the whole thing!
the band took the week off from rehearsal, the emails have been
blazing with show ideas, set lists, and all the other things
that went into pulling off a Witness gig. Of course, we didn't
have Email back in the eighties, so we had to use the technology
of the day... Carrier Pigeons!
Spence Phones Home! I
spent a long time on the phone with Billy today. First and foremost,
I want to relate that he said:
time I spent with Witness was the best years of my life!"
always loved the fans! They were the greatest and I miss them
with all my heart!"
Billy's life has taken some interesting turns, but he has
contracts that get in the way of any current involvement with
the band. Also, he spends a lot of time on the road and
generally has to leave on short notice, so it would be very
hard to schedule something and then have to disappoint
everyone at the last second. He would like to wish the best to
GREAT to hear from you!
back from the rehearsal
in Glenolden! (Pictures below, click for large view.) We started around 3pm, and the
next time someone looked at the clock it was 7pm! A lot of ground
was covered including Yes, Genesis, Tull, Who, Edger Winter,
Springsteen, Talking Heads, and more. Again.. the strangest feeling
was that it was only yesterday that we were all at the Ale house!
One thing that is different is that we are all there because we want
to be. Lets face it, when we used to do 90 days in a row, we would
all get burned out. Now, it's fresh and exciting again! It's like
reliving your youth. Michael indicated that early ticket sales are
strong, and they expect a sell out. I must admit I have a lot of
catching up to do so that I live up to what they wrote about my
lighting in the press release, but I'm ready for some hard work, and
by April 20, it will be up to our old standards!
The cost of the hall is now being donated which greatly reduces the
per ticket price! Press release
spam, we now have a Sign In system for the shoutbox! Registration is
easy and it prevents someone else from using your name! Simply
click on Register/Login and get your password.
release for the 2008 Reunion can be found here.
All Proceeds will benefit the Delaware County Fireman's Fund to help built the monument at Rose Tree Park in Media Tickets are $35.00 and there will be Beef and Beer Included!
The date is
set! There will be 200 tickets available. Tickets will be going
on-sale on the Witness websites as soon as we pin a few things down.
Check back here!
All Proceeds will benefit for the Fireman’s
Collingdale Fire House
510 Clifton Avenue
Collingdale, PA 19023
maps to right for a better view)
2008 Then & Now Reunion !
date that will live in infamy! Planning is underway for a
full show! We are still rounding up some of our old members, and
ALL old members of the band are welcome to join in the rehearsals
is an open gig so all fans are invited to attend what will
be quite an exciting evening!
dates have been set up and we are now working on making sure logistics
will be covered for the April 20 reunion at the Collingdale Fire
House. If all goes well, we should have a formal announcement within a
week or two!
"You Don't Know" has been added to our Audio