April 30 - 2004
Pizza Roma: 8360 Perry Hwy, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
9:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Fri.
Rumor is Norman had a hard time finding this very easy
to find club. We heard he drove around the North Hills
for 2 hours aimlessly. He had no trouble finding the
groove on this rainy night. "How You Like Me Now", "Last
Night I Had A Dream", "That's Enough About Me", "Nothin
To Lose". After that, a great early version of "Rock
You". Norman said he was happy to be playin in the North
Hills, then let loose and incredible version of "Burnin
Up". Lots of dancers tonight. Norman talked to a young
local, Joe and gave him some pointers on how to talk to
women. Joe left the club by himself. Hey, like Norman
said, "Some people never learn". Nice mix of older and
younger rock n roll people in the house. If you're into
real Pittsburgh Rock N Roll, tonight was a great night
to be out. The guys just played their asses off all
Notables in attendance: Beverly & Patty, Cowpants
and Jan Man, Dave & Carol, Cindy from Mike's at
April 29 -
Parkway Tavern: 312 Center Rd, Monroeville, PA
15146 (412) 372-8199
8 p.m. - 11 p.m. - Thurs.
The groove started with a smokin version of "Help Me"
and it was on! "Three Times Your Fool" showed up early
in the first set by special request. Norman dedicated
"Sick N Tired" to an American Soldier named Matt who was
just back from Iraq. The whole place applauded this
young buck. Norman was in a great mood tonight as were
the guys. Lots of fun here at the Parkway! Local hero
Bud, bass player of 8th Street Rox got up and sang
"Honky Tonk Women" under protest. He stayed up to share
lead vocals with Norman on "Brown Eyed Girl". Very cool
ending for an evening.
Notables in attendance: Nancy, Bud & Heather, Rat
N Betty, Ann, Tara & Matt just back from Iraq, The
April 24 -
Penn Monroe Grill: 3985 William Penn Hwy,
Monroeville, PA 15146 412-373-1180
10 p.m. - 2 a.m. - Sat.
It seems painfully obvious that Norman has a great time
at the Penn-Monroe. Once again "Rock Solid" first set.
Harry Bottoms did "Pots N Pans" after a wild Norman rant
about broken hearts and the white trash. Oh! Those
lonesome men with broken hearts. "Three Times Your Fool"
sounded incredible in the second set. Norman shouted out
"Let's do Freddy Fender's "Who Were You Thinking Of" and
proceeded to weave a hilarious bullshit rap. Where does
he come up with his bullshit?!
Notables in attendance: Scott & Patty, Ron &
Patty, Ron & Lynn, Nancy
April 23 -
2004 DOUBLE EVENT!!!!!!
Starlite Lounge & Moondog's: 364 Freeport
Rd (Starlite is 2 doors down from Moondog's), Blawnox,
9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. - Fri.
"Rock Steady" first set. Young Zack Weissinger opened
the second set on guitar and played a great solo on
Little Willy John's "I'd Like To See My Baby". Zack is
really growin up fine. Word is that he and Norman have
been spending time in the studio working on a Zack solo
record. Local celebrity Chuck Koehler got up to sing a
couple of Elvis tunes and somehow stepped on Harry
Bottom's guitar wire, pissing off Harry. Drama! We love
Notables in attendance: Grant, Tammy, Larry &
17 - 2004
Excuses: 2526 E. Carson St. (South Side),
Pittsburgh, PA (412) 431-4090
10:30 p.m. - 2 a.m. - Sat.
Pittsburgh music legend Dom DiSilvio (former owner of
The Decade) was in the audience tonight and put on a
show of his own. At one point in between songs he yelled
out at Norman "I always liked your brother better!"
Watching Dominic dance and party gave everybody
inspiration. The guys played great tonight, especially
"Burnin Up" and "Nothin To Lose". When the guys finished
playin the song "Play", Dom stood up and said to Norman
" it sounds like you've been takin lessons!" Another
long time Pittsburgh music lover, Sasha was in the
audience tonight and he gave the young people dancin
lessons. Norman said that on Friday, he met Presidential
hopeful John Kerry's campaign manager. After hearing
Kerry speak, Norman told the campaign manager that if he
could get Kerry to put the words "douche bag" into his
speeches, he could probably reach and please even more
people. I wonder if that's true or did he make that up?
The first set ended with a killer "Smoke Two Joints".
Notables in attendance: The South Side Girls,
Lori, Janel, Collette, Gail, Angelo & Abby, Dom
DiSilvio, Sasha, Dave & Carol, Nick & Minnesota
April 16 -
The LongVue Lounge: N. Versailles, PA - Call
Jackie if lost at 412-823-9602
10 p.m. - 2 a.m. - Fri.
First time appearance at The Longvue. Nice room and a
fun night. Norman was playin a lot of old songs tonight.
"Burnin Up", "Love Dog", "That Girl", "Nothin To Lose".
The Longvue has a nice high stage and tonight you could
really see and hear Whitey Cooper and Harry Bottoms
layin it down. Even when Norman stops playin the music
sounded so big and full. "Boilermaker" and "Good Rockin
Man" both sounded very powerful tonight. The local girls
where up on the dance floor most of the night and that
seemed to please the manful handful. Norma's cousin Pete
Oddo got up and played some kick ass drums while Whitey
belted out some strong R&B vocals. Then Norman called up
another drummer form the audience. "Crash McCracken" who
also played some great tubs while Whitey continued to
kick ass. Pete Oddo can be seen playing with Frank
Joseph band. Crash works with the Granati Brothers.
Notables in attendance: Red, Lou, Dominic, Rat,
Betty Lou & Wayne, Ann & J.P.
April 12 -
Wilberts: (After Cleveland Indians Opening
Game!!!) New club Downtown Cleveland by "The Jake"
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.. - Mon.
A cold and rainy day in Cleveland Ohio. Baseball season
home opener just across the street. Go Tribe! Wilbert's
was a mad house. The first set was stone rockin.
"Boilermaker", "That's Enough About Me", "White Trash
Tragedy", "Rock N Roll City". The music was just pourin
off the stage. One young Clevelander tried to give
Norman some trouble when he saw a Pittsburgh Steelers
insignia on Norman's Strat. So Norman had to verbally
take the young buck down. No hard feelins man, but ya
can't mess with the manful handful when he's rockin.
CAPISCE?! The second set was a little looser with some
country and blusier stuff. Norman said it was good to be
in the rock n roll capital of the world and it sure look
like he meant it.
Notables in attendance: Jim from Pittsburgh
(Nick's brother), Kimmy & Mike, Paul & Brigette
April 10 -
EON: 106 East Eighth Ave (at foot of Homestead
hi-level bridge) coming from Pittsburgh, straight across
hi-level bridge into Homestead. Make a left and park.
Big neon sign in window - can't miss it! 412-462-4626
9:30 - 1:30 am. Sat.|
Great lookin new Pittsburgh Club! Norman always said the
more you play the better you play and the guys played
great tonight. "Last Night I Had A Dream" sounded
incredible as did the whole over 2 hour first set.
Norman said ho excited he was to be standin right next
to the girl's room door. Harry Bottoms sang a couple
lead vocals tonight..."Pots N Pans" and the Marty
Robbin's classic "Singin The Blues". Whitey Cooper also
sang two lead vocals..."Shamalama ding Dong" and "Town
With No Name" Norman just stood up there all night
makin it look so easy. Slide guitar on "Little Things"
was smokin. A wild version of Johnny Cash's "Fulsom
Prison Blues" seemed to get to the young audience.
Norman sensed it and played a killer guitar solo hat
kicked everybody's ass. Strong!
Notables in attendance: Gene Aielo, Artie, Mario,
Ron & Patty, Debbie & Dale, Peanuts & The Dormer boys &
Ladies, Bartender Brittany
April 9 -
Crazy Horse Saloon Steak House
28 S Main St, Ellsworth, PA
9:30 pm - 1:30 am - Fri.
Out there where the owl F's the chicken a man can be who
he wants to be. Tonight Norman was exactly who he wanted
to be. A bad-ass guitar slinger, a wonderful writer of
white trash music and a bullshit artist extraordinaire.
You couldn't find a better performance for miles and
miles. This is what it's all about...Going into a room
full of strangers and standing up there for over 3 hours
pouring out your heart and soul. Details..details..we
could talk about details, but the overall power and
presence of what happened in Ellsworth PA was just so
impressive. This little 3-peice band is operating on all
cylanders...Love it! "Loverboy" by request..."Rock You"
by request. Norman just started singin the old Kris
Kristofferson tune "Help Me Make It Through The Night"
and it just sounded so real. Then Whitey and Harry
started makin up background gospel vocals. It was almost
like a miracle. If only you could touch it.
Notables in attendance: Bobby Moore, Dave & Pags
April 8 -
Moondog's: 378 Freeport Rd, Blawnox, PA (412)
9:00 p.m. - 1 a.m. - Thurs.
The first of three nights in a row. Tonight just seemed
like so much fun. Norman said he wanted to play the song
"Rainbow" for bartender Mary. He said he thinks she has
a crush on him. She appeared to think he's a simpleton,
so who knows the real truth? It looks like "White Trash
Tragedy" is turning out to be one of Norm's favorite
songs to play. His guitar just takes off on that song.
During the middle of the night Norman just kept
screaming out "Who's Gonna Kick My Ass?!" Sometimes he
seems insane but the whole time he has this weird smile
on his face. Sometimes it's just hard to tell. "What The
F*&% Chuck sang a couple tunes with the band tonight and
did a real good job.
Notables in attendance: Grant & Scott, Chuck &
April 3 -
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Chesapeake Steak & Seafood
1965 Streets Run Road,
Pittsburgh, PA 15236 412-885-0650
10 pm - 2 am. - Sat.
There seemed to be a lot of Norman virgins in the
audience tonight, so the guys played a lot of cover
songs. Norman later said he was tryin' to trick them
into sticking around so he could have his way with them.
The guys played a real wild version of the old 60's song
"Sonny", with Norman singing the lead but halfway
through Whitey took over the lead and really sounded
good. Norman thanked him for bailing him out. Crazy as
it seems, most everybody did stick around all night. A
different but very fun evening. The second set had some
great moments. "That Girl" in particular sounded
incredible tonight. It's hard to believe that song is 25
years old. Whitey sang "Chain Gang" and "Shamalama Ding
Dong" and as always kicked strong vocals on "Sick N
Tired". Harry sang a great version of "Pots N Pans" and
generally had a smile on his face the whole evening. Now
that I think about it, so did everyone else.
Notables in attendance: Kathy, Frank &
Jessica, The Rat Man, Betty Lou & Wayne, Martha,
Cowpants, Osh, Stephanie & Mimbo
April 1 -
Parkway Tavern: 312 Center Rd, Monroeville, PA
15146 (412) 372-8199
8 p.m. - 11 p.m. - Thurs.
The first set moved along just fine. "Three Times Your
Fool" came up strong which was cool. "That Girl" showed
up early, as did "Good Rockin Man" and "Till The Cows
Come Home". "Someone I Can't Live Without" opened up act
two. The wildness started after about 3 or 4 songs when
Mike, Bud and Phil came up from 8th Street Rox. "She's
About A Mover", "Brown Eyed Girl" and "Knockin On
Heaven's Door"...a very pleasant surprise. Phil stayed
up with the guys and played an incredible version of
"T-Bird". It almost sounds like Norman wrote that song
for him. "A Cold One And A Rolled One" sounded great
tonight. It was cool to see how easy Phil made it look.
Mike & Bud came back up for a crushin version of "I
Shall Be Released". Once again, Phil stayed up to finish
out the night, platin Little Willy Johns' "I'd Like To
See My Baby" and Elmore Jame3s' classic "Shake Your
Notables in attendance: Martha, Nancy, Moondog,
Bruce & Heather