Texas Roadhouse Meeting Update:
Nancy joined Michael, Holly, Mitch, Amy, Roy, Michelle, Sandi, and
myself (JD) for a juicy steak dinner at our Favorite feasting grounds!
We are still working on the Spring Witness reunion. There has been
another date change (I know, we hear you all moaning!) but we are
shooting for something near our original reunion date in April. The
primary reason for the change is that several of our members are
enjoying some good successes playing together! (see 11/11 below) It
seems there is a real public desire for the type of music Witness did
so well. Currently, "Hot
does primarily private jobs, but if a public show comes up, you will
hear about it here. Another consideration was the unstable weather
that March usually has. By the way, we misplaced Billy's number, so if
someone has it please Email
PS: Our best wishes go out to Ted Scandlin who is currently in the
It's hard being a
1980's Lighting Designer in the 21st Century!
I thought I would
bring a little humor to these quiet times as we approach the
Holiday Season. Pictured at right is my Roscolux Swash Book from
1979, my trusty companion for many years with Witness. As it is
now 29 years old, I figured I should get a new one which I received
in the mail yesterday. One color, shown at right, always brought
a chuckle to those in my profession. Imagine my shock and dismay
at the Political Correct world we live in now when I opened up
my new Swash Book! (click on picture)
Looks like the date
has been tweaked a bit due to some Rip-Chord gigs, but there is some
great news! We have booked the hall for Saturday,
March 22 and
Steelman is reserving the date! (As for Billy, see milk carton
below.) We really want to do this one with you Billy, so give us a
Witness will begin rehearsals in a few weeks for the April show.
Marc, Flip, and Michael are playing together (see below) in
with the old bass player John from Egdon Heath. On non-show weeks
Mitch and Roy will be rehearsing with M,F & M. Steelman, if
you happen upon this thread, Michael and Mitch are going to be calling
you so we can make sure everyone is available for the Saturday gig in
April. In other site news, we are going to be working on a
"Stories" page to cover some of the outrageous times that occurred
at some of the Private gigs the band did! (Like the Booze-Cruise where
that band played on a boat out at sea... "Boat" might be an
over-description of the vessel!)
"Roadhouse" got put off, there is some news in the
"Witness- Other Lives" front: Flip, Marc, and Michael
LaBuono did their first gig together in the Britton's band, "Hot
Ticket", although he is currently missing from their website
info. Congrats Mike!
If you have trouble getting into chat, check the date in the upper left of your screen. It should be today's date. (GMT) Computers have a habit of displaying old pages and this trips up our anti-spam system! If it's old, refresh the page, or delete you temp internet files. Remember, always use the "Shoutbox" button on the left of the screen.
Changed the site navigation
today. I hope it works out for everyone! The new system should make it
easier to jump around the site and look at things without having to
loop back to the opening page so much.
strange story. Had our fall reunion gone ahead, it would have
meant I would have had to rush back from my 25th anniversary
Honeymoon at Disney, and scrambled to get the Witness show
together to do at Brownies (formerly known as 23 East.) The irony
was that 25 years ago, I rushed back from my Honeymoon at Disney
the Witness show ready for.....
(You guessed it!)
took a picture of the 1982 October Witness schedule. (see
In other Witness news, Michael LaBuono is no longer with the
band "Sound Investment", he has now joined Marc &
Flip Britton's band "Hot
Ticket", so there are now Three former Witness members
playing in the same band! (This is breaking news so it looks
like the HT website has not caught up with that quite
In looking back over
the years, we thought it would be fun to compose a list of all the
clubs the band played over the years... Kind of surprised when the
list hit 150! Brings back a lot of memories. Where did you first see
Witness? Here is a list of the possible
locations! (we may have missed a few)
We met at the
Roadhouse tonight to discuss the reunion. The feedback we have
been receiving is that we would be better off waiting on the
reunion until we can get more members involved and actually rehearse
and produce a show on the caliber of what we did back in the
band's heydays. So, the November show is off. As soon as we have
solid plans, we will be announcing them here. One thought is to
do a club gig on a Saturday night.
Reunion date up in the air, we are inviting fans to give us
their opinion on how we should handle some key questions. You
can be a part of this discussion by dropping by our Shoutbox!
In other news, show and set design work is well under way. At
right is a pic from a 3d CAD program that we are using to work
out some lighting design issues.
artwork, care of Mitch, for our fall show ! (Composed out of a
1989 promo shot) Also, we updated the
members / crew page to include Mark Allen and Brian Yokum.
For some reason, no one took picture back in the day!
Mark's picture was from our April 2007 reunion, Brian's was a TV
shot he sent us. At right, an ad page Mitch did for "Brazen Guitars"
As usually, click for larger views!
A new feature
has been added to the Shoutbox. When needed, we can post a "topic
of the day" at the top to get peoples (your) opinion on
date still has not settled down, with new factors coming into play
each week. The location may be coming into focus: Brownies!
(The old 23 East Cabaret, not the other one.) We shall see.....
meeting was very productive.
There has been a last minute change in plans. We are trying to
arrange things so that we can include one or two key members of the
band that could not make the April reunion, and had a scheduling
conflict with the November 11th date. We may be able to arrange a
November 4th date, possibly in a "Real" club that is in the
same area! STAY TUNED !
I made some long overdue changes to the Shoutbox, and also added a
Help page to the room. You can give the help page a read here,
or click on the word "Help" at the bottom of the Shoutbox
screen when you need it.
Part Four of our Witness Story, called - Something's
on the Move is now up! (or start with Part
1) This chapter continues the Witness story up
to our current date! We will be adding more "Reflections" as
band and crew members send them in.
Due to popular request, I have added a way to turn off the
auto-refresh on our Shoutbox. Remember, when it is off, you will have
to hit "Manual Refresh" to see anything new, including your
own posts! This allows you to have time to scroll through all the
posts without it popping back to the top of the page. (You can
then turn it back on.)
There may be a date change in the works, The place where we really
wanted to do the gig is booked for October 6,
so we are seeing what
options we have. Because a lot of halls are in use on Fridays and
Saturdays for weddings, we are looking to do the show on a Sunday. We
could do the gig where we wanted to, but would have to change the date
by a month to November 11. Once we know what is for sure, we will post
the info here as well as Email the gig info to our fan club.
Just returned from our planning dinner with Mitch, Roy, Michael, and
all the significant others! It was very productive. The plan this time
actually involves some rehearsal as we want to put on a show with
sound and lights! The date still looks to be --- (Date
Changed) although we are
checking for conflicts at our possible venue. The real task now is to
get the word out to our fans! When we compared notes, it was obvious
that many fans missed the last show and were not happy about it!
So as soon as things are set we need to get the word out! If you have
not signed the fan list here or become a member at the myspace site,
please do so now as that will be our main way of delivering news about
Our next planning meeting will be July 29.
With it being summer, it has been hard to get everyone together, but
that does not mean things aren't happening!
Reunion meeting update: Roy,
Michael L, and I met at the Roadhouse this last week to continue
work on the next reunion. October 6th still is the date of favor.
Steelman has indicated he can make it. (still waiting for word on
Billy.) It is shaping up to be a "Club" type gig of one or
maybe two nights.
New Toys! Tonight, we have another planning
meeting at the Steakhouse. As we move into summer, we are collecting
some new toys that will kick this fall's gig into high gear. (Below;
trussing, lifts, and a new followspot are added to the collection of
Vari-Lites and control equipment as DAE builds up for the fall
"Songs from the
Wood" has been added to our AV Page from
our 1981 Heaven show.
Updates will be a
little quieter this month, but not due to a lack of activity! I
have decided to resurrect my Lighting and production company ( DAE
Lighting ) as a result of our Witness Reunion Party. This
should make things REAL interesting at this fall's Reunion. In
the meantime, I am preparing for a May show for Witness's Drummer
Mitch Schecter and his band The
The Video's section
(which was getting large) has been sorted out into something that
More Time! "Roundabout" has been added to the AV
Section from our Reunion Party!
for the next Reunion GIG is underway! Tentative
changed to Nov 11)
round out two weeks of Reunion Videos with "Rosalita" What a
way to end it! AV Page
of "The Who" with LRoy fronting! This time "5:15" AV
come up and belts out "Born to be Wild" as only he
could! AV Page
third and final installment of the Cecile Erkel Show is up! AV
we have the second of three videos of Flip as Cecile! "Life
During Wartime" AV Page.
is back as "Cecile" !!! Check out the AV
Page. BTW, someone needs to videotape this fall's gig, cause I'm
going to be busy doing lights! (expect surprises)
could we have a Reunion Party without Pur singing "Smoke on the
Water"? Of course he did! AV Page
we add the Who song "Real Me" sung at the party by LRoy! AV
additions today, "Aqualung" from our party (AV
Page) AND Part 3 of our Witness Story ! 1986
performs "Cross Eyed Mary" at our party! AV
the beginning of the night, Michael LaBuono made a presentation that
set the mood for the night. This has been added to the AV
Page along with our first of many performance video's, Flip doing
the video processing has begun! First a short interview from the end
of the night! AV Page
have Blisters on my fingers!"
We have a massive update with over 100 pictures from the Reunion
Party... Start HERE! (Its part of a new
section about the April 2007 Reunion)
is safe to say that this party was the biggest blast I have had
in years! The
feelings in the room have been unmatched for over 15 years!
of video and pics to follow, so stay tuned this week !!!!
think this was the highlight of Billy's Joel show, "Captain
Jack" has been added to the AV page! Sunday
is the big party so there should be some interesting stuff for next
week barring any technical problems, or two feet of snow!
is a sneak preview of the special
Witness shirts that have been made up for
(Click pictures for larger images)
See You There !
some way, Billy's Theme song! "Billy the Kid" has been added
to the AV Page
one of the Girls favorites, Billy singing "You're My Home." AV
Billy week continues with "Somewhere Along the Line from the 1980 Ale
House show AV Page
Today we added "Still Rock and Roll to ME" from the 1980 Ale
House show AV Page
"Billy Joel" week kicks off with this 1980 Ale House clip of
"All for Leyna" AV Page
"From the Witness Who Show, "The
Punk And The Godfather" 1980
London Ale House! AV Page
"Band's Eye View" This footage was shot from the stage at
Dick Lees to give the bands view of things! AV page
"Skating Away" has been added to our AV
page, from the 1980 Shady Lane performance.
shares his experiences from joining
the band, to when he left and what direction his journey in life
has taken him in this Open Letter.
Marc Britton and Michael Disston play in this special version of
"Scenes" from 1983 AV page.
(Video Rated L "R"
again, we got together to do some final planning on our
15 Reunion Party!
Click on the picture to see the results.
We were going to edit this down, but the outtakes were too
- 4/2/07 Video
of the Alternate Ending to "Tommy's New Guitar" I call the
"Wizard of Oz" ending! AV page
And now for something completely
different... "Uncle Albert!" AV page
Witness original "Taking Your
Time" has been added to the AV page
Our latest addition to the AV
page is a clip of Eric Rudy singing The Police "Synchronicity"
Original Witness! "Alive at
Night" has been added to the AV page
By total coincidence, a new video has
been added, Kent singing "Distant Early Warning" AV
Kent Warner has been found! I spoke
with our missing bass player, he is alive and well!
Yes: "All Good People" recorded
at the Playpen is the latest addition to our AV
- 3/26/07 NEWS:
April 15th 2007
That's right, Sunday April 15th 2007 Michael La Buono will be having the party at the Collingdale Fire Co #1 on Clifton Ave
(10 minutes from Phila Airport) from 4pm to 9pm.
If you can attend, Contact Michael
for more information and also let him know if you want a special Witness T-shirt as he is
having them made up! Contact is
required as we need a count to make arrangements. (The shirts will be made by the same company that made all of our
Stranger" fills out this Billy Joel trio, with some cool shots
from behind the drums! AV Page
can forget Steelman and Billy doing "Big Shot !" Well,
guess what we just added... AV page
footage from the Playpen, Billy doing "Pressure!" with all
his antics, on the AV page
digging through the 1979 tapes, today we add "The Minstrel in the
Gallery" to the AV page.
Photo update on Tull and Promo-pics
page. Also some boring tech stuff that makes viewing pictures better!
new page has been added to our "Beyond" section, covering
the "Robert Palmer" skit / show!
BIG Thank you goes to Brian in Wildwood for some great pictures we
just added to the Ale House page!
priceless shots have been added to the Originals
pictures have been added to our Backstage page!
Tull week ends, two more clips are added.
"Teacher" from 1979 Ale House, and "Something's on the
has been added to our "Witness by the Venue" section!
Work continues on a possible reunion party!
week continues with two more cuts off the earliest known video
of Witness, 3rd Hoorah, Living in the Past"
to be hitting the "Tull" archives this week! Here's two
Videos, "Bungle" and "Crossfire"
Witness Music! Thanks to Mitch, "She Gets Down" &
"Make Me Feel Right" are now on our Audio
big Photo Update and New Pages! Check out the new "Beyond"
picture update (40 !) New Venue "Brownies"
and a big upgrade to "London Ale
House" Galleries !
"Mitch-Master" has put two more MP3s together! Finally
Fallen in Love & Look Around! (Audio
also, a rare demo done by Billy & Mitch, called The Fugitive
has been added.
added Dick Lee's to the Venues page.
Found these shots in our official archives.
Stone Balloon has been added to our
"Witness by Venue" page. 27 Great pictures from Charlie,
Witness Story continues with Part #2 Prime
Time, the early 80's If you did not read Part
#1, read it first!
great Promo shots (1989 & 1993) have been added to our
promo pics page.
Also our Site
Map is upgraded!
from "Syn" and "Money" have been added to our
"Wildwood Strip" group on the AV Page.
MP3 cuts of "Theresa" and "One Good Reason" have
been added to page 4 of our AV section.
of the Skies has been added, as well as some footage of other
bands that played the Wildwood Strip!
A new page covering Cecile
!!! It will be expanded to cover some of the other later shows as
(Pictured, JD, LRoy, Michael La Buono, Mitch Schecter.)
We met Sunday to
discuss Witness Past, Present, and Future! Also along (not
pictured) was Mitch's wife Amy and JD's wife Sandi. Plans are
in the works for a Witness Party in April.
Found some unique artwork done of the members and crew around 82.
Added it to the Members page.
A new Photo page has been added covering the 1993/1994
Witness Lineup (After Billy)
People keep asking about the Yes Steelman used to sing, well, I
found it! AV Page.
Original "With You" and from the Genesis Show "Squonk"
have been added to the AV page.
Originals "Anybody's Man" & "Look Around"
have been added to the AV Page.
Picture Update! A new page has been added covering the Steelman
Reunion ! Thanks go to Charlie for the pics!
From the 92/93 NYE party at the Green Pine, two
more videos: Nothing is Easy and Hocus Pocus
For those with Dial-up connections who haven't been able to enjoy
the YouTube stuff, don't worry, we have a lot of new pictures and
other stuff in the pipeline that will be coming soon.
"One More Chance" and "From the Begining" have
been added to the growing list of videos!
clips from the McDade House: Funeral Line (Written by Steelman)
and classic Clapton- Cocaine.
of songs recorded LATE at night at the McDade
House, including "Steelman's Favorite Song."
Videos! One of "Bend in the Road" (an Original) and
the other from the Who Show, Baba, the full cut.
L.Roy sings Peter Gabriel's DIY & Solsbury Hill in
these clips filmed by a fan on NYE 1992 at the Green Pine
With the addition of
"My Present" & Wait Until", we now have 20
Originals on the site! AV page
Two more new videos
from the Who show, "Sister Disco" &
"Substitute" have been added to the AV
Two new videos of
the originals "She Gets Down" & "Hey Kid"
have been added to the AV Page
I received an email
asking why there was so little of the Who show on the site. Me bad!
Fixed: AV Page
From the Witness
Genesis Show, "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" filmed in
1982 AV Page We also
had to add a third a/v page to handle all the videos. We now have
over 60 for you to enjoy!
For the Ale House
crowd, Billy doing an early ELP show piece from 1979,
"Josie" AV Page
Here is some raw
footage shot at the Playpen (raw/unedited) of "Poor Lonely
Man" AV Page
Very early (1979)
footage of the early version of the Tull Show at the Ale House has
been added. AV Page
also, another 1979 video of Michael La Buono playing "Root
Beer Rag" in the Billy Joel Show.
Some goodbyes from
Steelman's last night with Witness have been added.
(bottom of page)
New Page ! The story of the early years of the band has been written! How
it all Started
sad addition to the AV Page, The last Witness
show with Billy Spence; "Parting Shot" (bot. of page 2)
Another day, another new show! This time featuring an Original
where do I start! We have a whole new feature on the site! You can
watch an entire Witness Show! I am going to add more shows, and
an originals set, but for now we only have the one Tull
Show. It has twelve songs in it. You can watch the songs in
sequence, or skip around and only play the ones you want! Give it a
try, Just remember to only click on the big "play" button in
the middle of each screen.
Two new videos have been added to the AV Page,
both of Billy, one from the Joel show, one from the Who show.
Billy B has been found! He emailed me tonight! That leaves only Kent
Warner on the Missing list! ALSO, for Witness Tull fans, two new
videos have been added to the AV page including
footage from the McDade house.
more videos, some great stuff on Michael La Buono, as well as two
originals (one Michael D, One Billy)
videos have been
added to the AV Page, Michael D, Higgins, Billy
are interviewed at the Ale House, also an interview with Pur, and a
great rendition of Locomotive Breath. (Good audio on this, Thanks
BIG UPDATE! First, two new videos have been added. One is an Ale House
interview with JD. The second is titled "Billy Unleashed!" (AV
page) Also, Silo, Trax, and Tally Ho have been added to the "Witness by the Venue"
new videos added ! another Live at Tally Ho & Evening Magazine
recorded at Kajem, AV page.
A new section called "Witness by the Venue"
has been added. Pics are by where the band was playing!
Big update (over 20 pictures) to our Scrapbook
Page, which is now two pages!
New crop of pictures (Thanks Kathy Z.) are on the Parties
New pics on the Billy page! Also, Thanks go
to Mitch who did some GREAT work on our MySpace
Witness now has it's own "MySpace"
The band "Syn" joins Witness on stage for a crazy moment!
Also, a flute solo my Flip has been found! AV page
Video - "Steelman Vs Schecter!"
and a great Mitch drum solo have been added to the
Five short interviews and some intense
footage recorded at the Playpen in 84 have been added to the AV
01/18/07 Two New videos have been added to the AV
Page from the JDF Telethon (Bleedin, She Made Me Cry)
The Witness Fan club Lives again!
Want to join or reactivate your old membership
We have a NEW Domain name! www.witness-rocks.com
The old address will still work!
01/17/07 New pictures have been added to the Scrapbook
and Backstage pages.
Two New videos have been added to the AV
Page "Theresa" from AM Philly & "Finally
Fallen in Love"
01/16/07 Two New videos have been added to the AV
Page "One Good Reason" & "You Do It
01/16/07 Performance shots have been added to the Challenging
Locations page (see section on Ale House)
A new page focusing on memorable facial expressions called The
"Eye's" Have it! has been added.
01/15/07 Pictures from the Studio
Work, and a Friends & Parties page
have been added.
Pictures on the Billy
and the Tull pages have been updated..
spent the afternoon with Roy Altemus who gave me about 400 pounds of
all things Witness.
It will probably take a year to process it all and get it on the web,
but some of it is REAL cool !
Great new picture/wallpaper of Michael in
the "Pirate" outfit has been added to the Wallpaper
01/13/07 Thanks go to long term fan Nancy E. for sending us her pics of Witness
Three new videos shot at the Playpen have been added to the AV
Page (and another "Crew" video)
"Missing" list has been shortened by one! Band missing are-
Kent Warner, Tim Rooney, & B.Bidebech.
On our Crew, we are still missing- Ted Matkowski, Eddie Waldic, Joe
White, & Craig Dwyer.
01/12/07 By request, I
added a short YouTube clip to the AV Page with
the Audio from that Truck Meeting.
01/11/07 "Tommy's New
Guitar" has been added to the AV Page, for
01/11/07 More promo
stuff has been added thanks to Michael La Buono!
01/11/07 Proof that John
Higgins can sleep through anything! New YouTube! on AV
01/11/07 A second
page of Challenging Locations has been added, along with "The
01/11/07 Screen caps
of Eric Rudy "Police" show have been added to the Challenging
have been added to "The Scrapbook"
and "Promo-Pics" pages.
Playpen" has been added to our Challenging
01/09/07 A new page called "The
Scrapbook" has been added with Random pictures in it!
01/09/07 A Link has been
added to Mark & Flip Britton's band site.
01/09/07 A Site Map link
has been added to the site to help people navigate the site
01/08/07 A new page has
been added to our sound & lights page explaining some of the challenges
we had at some of the locations we played. You can jump to
01/08/07 Wheeu! We just got
the site up, but when we add things, we will list them here, so check
this page each time!