I GO SOLO
I decided to continue my music and go to college. In effect, this allowed me to continue pursuing by musical goals while constructing a backup plan in case I never made it as a musician. The problem was that this was back in the days where if you wanted to "make it" in a band, you had to move to Los Angeles. This did not sound good to me. I heard all the stories about six guys living in a one-bedroom apartment in Hollywood trying to get signed. No thanks. Still, I realized I was more likely to get sucker-punched by Tattoo from Fantasy Island as I was to get discovered in Colorado Springs.
Fortunately for me, my friend Wendy Pearlstein had some good connections in the industry and she was kind enough to hook me up. She put me in touch with a lady in Los Angeles named Lucy Forbes. She had a company called Rock Congress. Essentially, what Lucy did was sign musicians looking for bands to her agency. When a band was looking for a player, she would try to get auditions for her clients. Sometimes, bands would call her first if they needed someone. Of course, if she got one of her clients hired, she got a 15% cut of whatever that client made in the band for two years.
I put a promo pack (tape, picture, biography) together and sent it to her. She liked it and I became a client. Over the next year or so, she got my promo pack to a number of decent sized bands. I almost flew out to L.A. to audition for Lita Ford and I recorded two tracks for a guy named Lenny Wolfe. He was looking for a bassist for his band Kingdom Come. In the end, nothing quite panned out. I now realize that at nineteen years old, I probably did not have a great chance of being hired by an internationally known band. Still, maybe I came close and I definitely learned a lot about the art of self-promotion while with Rock Congress.
When I was 20, I was still shopping myself when I received a call from a guy named Marc Ferrari. He had previously been the guitar player for a band called Keel. They were actually quite successful on the international hard rock scene. His new band was called Cold Sweat and they were signed to MCA Records. He was looking for a bass player and had heard my demo tape. This was very cool because he was established in the industry, had a record deal and was actually calling me (instead of the other way around). As it turned out, the opportunity with Cold Sweat disappeared as quickly as it came up. Marc got an offer to be the guitar player in the movie "Wayne's World" and that put everything on hold (permanently).
By this time I was getting tired of not being in a band. I had been spending a lot of time studying jazz and fusion, so my playing was developing nicely. I had also started learning the guitar and writing some songs. So what! I needed to start playing with other musicians. The problem was that there were no decent bands in town looking for a bassist. The solution, of course, was to start my own band. This resulted in the band Trip Romeo.