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Basketcase

Truth be told, I’ve always thought The Fourth Green Day has the best job in the world. He gets to reap all of the benefits of being a rock star, without any of the hassle — no publicity, no scandals. Hell, he doesn’t have to write the songs! He just plays the parts on tour (and let’s face it, Green Day doesn’t write particularly difficult tunes). But he still gets the chance to stand on stage and rock out to an adoring crowd, and get paid handsomely to do so.

If you offered me that gig, I’ve take it in a heartbeat.

“The Other Guy In Green Day” on Five By Five Hundred

Final ALEJANDRO AND THE FAME demos

We’ve been working on these for about a month between recording, mixing, and mastering, but I’m finally satisfied with the results — and I hope you are as well! All instruments were recorded/engineered by my, except for the lead vocals which were done by Paul Cantillon (aka “Cody Grey“). We’ll be sending these out to some clubs as we try to book some more shows, so keep an eye out for our updated events list. In the meantime, enjoy, and tell your friends to do the same.

Beyonce’s Hardcore Breakdown

Here’s another look at one of our new Alejandro and the Fame demos — “Telephone” by Lady Gaga (featuring Beyoncé). It’s still a little rough, but you get the idea.

And I mean, c’mon — Beyoncé’s breakdown has never been this hardcore.

Alejandro and the Fame: Boston’s premiere all-male Lady Gaga cover band. Putting the fucking metal into Lady Gaga since 2011.

Da-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-BAT-BOY!

For the next 10 days, you can find me in the pit (well, okay, technically balcony, but it’s still called the pit) playing guitar for MetroStage Company’s production of BAT BOY! The Musical, directed by the lovely and quite talented Miss M. Bevin O’Gara. Here are the performance dates, for those of you who are interested:

  

  • Friday, June 3 at 8pm
  • Saturday, June 4 at 8pm
  • Sunday, June 5 at 2pm
  • Thursday, June 9 at 7:30pm
  • Friday, June 10 at 8pm
  • Saturday, June 11 at 8pm

Performances take place at the Cambridge Family YMCA Theatre in Central Square, Cambridge.

And the synopsis (in case you’re somehow unaware of the “Bat Boy” trend that once ruled The Weekly World News):

Based on a story in The Weekly World News, BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a “normal” boy by the veterinarian’s wife, Meredith, and teenage daughter, Shelley. Bat Boy is happy with his new life, but when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded people of Hope Falls, they turn on him, prodded by the machinations of Dr. Parker, who secretly despises Bat Boy. Shelley and Bat Boy, who have fallen in love, run away together from the ignorant townfolk and have a blissful coupling in the woods, but their happiness is shattered when Meredith arrives and reveals a secret. Soon the entire town arrives and hears the shocking story of Bat Boy’s unholy origin.

Alejandro and the Fame: Live In Concert

For those who missed (or those who simply want to relive it), here’s the complete (minus the talky parts) Alejandro & the Fame performance from last Friday, May 20, at the Boston University Theatre for the Huntington Theatre Company’s 35 Below party. It was pretty epic.

(and yes, some of the video is blocked by people, but you were more interested in listening than seeing anyway, weren’t you? Thought so)

Born This Way

The Fame

Telephone

Speechless

Pokerface

Paparazzi

LoveGame

Summergirl (Summerboy)

Brown Eyes

Boys Boys Boys

Judas/Bad Romance

We also did an encore of a Foo Fighters song that we never actually rehearsed. The songs we played were all the songs we knew, but the crowd really wanted an encore, and most of us knew the song, so we tried went with it. One girl even grabbed our lead singer from the crowd and said “I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU PLAY JUST PLAY ANYTHING.” So we did.

My Hero (Foo Fighters)

Alejandro & the Harbingers of the Apocalypse

Friday night was the first performance of my all-male Lady Gaga cover band, Alejandro & the Fame. In light of the then-impending rapture, we changed our name to Alejandro & the Harbingers of the Apocalypse. We have since returned to the Fame.

Audio/video to come, but for now, here’s some pictures to tide you over:

Alejandro & the Fame, Boston's premiere all-male Lady Gaga cover band, at the Huntington Theatre Company's 35 Below party
From left to right: Thom Dunn (guitar/bass/keys), Allon Dubbler (bass/keys), Paul Cantillon (vocals), Chris "The Doctor" Barone (drums), and Greg Ney (guitar)

Yes, I’m wearing leopard print leggings and jean shorts. No, I do not own the leopard print leggings. Yes, I did make my own jean shorts.

Here's a picture from the back of the room. Not a bad crowd!

Photos by Justin Seward