- 7/20/15 Recognize
this place? Yep, that is the building that used to be The London
Ale House! (Pic snapped by a longtime fan and fellow musician,
- 1/5/13 Some
new rumors are floating around about a 2013 reunion gig that may
feature early members of the band. I cannot confirm or deny them,
however, the rumors are floating around between Band
Good news and bad news- The Silo is still around, which is good
news as many of the clubs we played are now parking lots. The
bad news is they are falling on hard times. The local DA has
been trying to get them closed as a "Nuisance Bar." (Pictures
of Witness at The Silo) Here is the full story in the Reading
Lot of fun times there !
- 4/8/12 Finally
have a few pictures from the January gig listed below. The band went
under the name "Brian Filone & Friends" but we all
remember them as "Trespass." Below are a few pictures, a
full set can be found on the Band's Facebook
Web Site under
the "Chaplins" page.
Labuono on Keyboards
Right Marc Britton on Guitar (Flip hiding in the back)
Brian Filone on flute
Right, Brian Filone again, but in something only Genesis fans would
- 3/28/12 As
of the hat'
to a song many people heard at our gigs, but
the band never played,
I have added a little tribute to Warm
you never heard it? Well, if you remember the old Tull show from the
years 79 to 82, then you did! A small piece of it has been added to a
couple of select pages.
||Michael Labuono, along
with the Britton brothers (Mark and Flip) have joined forces with
the very talented Brian Filone and Brian Powers to form a Genesis
(The name is a
secret for now)
The band will have
it's Debut Performance at
Music Cafe on
January 14th 2012 at 8:00 pm! The focus is on the early Genesis
music from 1970 to 1975.
Long overdue !!!
"From one of the premier songwriter/performers in the Philadelphia area for the past few decades, comes an incredible new cd. Once again Billy has re-invented himself with songs that you'll want to hear again and again.....and again. Check it out!"
on the picture for the album page)
to a whopping 300% increase in domain charges, we will be
consolidating the two Witness sites (Witness-Rocks.com
Since most of our traffic comes in via Witness-Rocks, that is the
domain we will keep. If you have been coming to the
"reloaded" site via http://velmadinkley.com/witnessreloaded/
you will not need to do anything! All of the content from both sites
will be retained, only
the WitnessReloaded.com link
is being discontinued. You can bookmark the direct link (
) as that link will remain, but around
May of 2011, the WitnessReloaded.com
link will be discontinued.
there was yet another rumor going around that Billy Spence had died. I
shot him an email and just got the following back from him-
||"Wow! Who buried Paul? Maybe we should keep the rumor going just
to stir up the website! Sorry it took so long to get to you but I was
in Jamaica for the past week with the Higgins'."
(He wasn't kidding when
he said he looked better
than the rest of us!)
"I'm still here traveling
quite a bit, but would love for you to give my best to all the members
of Witness, past and present. Also let the fans know I'm ok. For now you can post this picture of me ready to take
a break from a session I did in November in L.A. (notice the shorts).
Sorry I wasn't holding up a copy of that day's paper to confirm "proof
of life". Give my best to the fans as always." - Billy
have now crossed the three year mark since I put this site together. I
thought it might be interesting to look at where we are at. On Youtube,
Witness videos have now been viewed over 240,000 times! Total
page-views at Witness and Witness-reloaded have topped 2 million.
(That means the average visitor sticks around for awhile after they
find the site!) The band has preformed three shows. (Another one is
being planned.) Almost every member connected with the organization
has checked in at one time or another. One unexpected and pleasant
outcome has been that many of the other bands that frequented the
Wildwood Strip have put their own websites together! Some of
those are still playing as well! Sites include Magnum, DEK, and Pegasus
just to name a few. Many more are on Myspace and check out "South Jersey Rock Bands From The Past"
on Facebook! Although most Witness members now have kids and
grandkids, and our lives are all more hectic, we are still working
hard to get together for the occasional rehearsal and show! Thanks
also go out to the thousands of Emails we have received from our old
fans! Witness.. at 33 !
an Update!!! We are in the very early stages of
seeing if we can put together a
Witness Reloaded Holiday show! This
may all change around a bit, but the early concept may be an
show (5 to 9pm) on Sunday,
December 6 The
show would also feature (possibly) Hot
Ticket and Magic
Elf !! The gig
proceeds would benefit "Toys
just in time for the season of gifts! Stay tuned for more info!
Forwarded by John Higgins: To All our family and friends,
Tonight Bob received the call from Georgetown University. He will receive his transplant this coming morning. I write to all of you
hoping that while you do your morning routines, you will pray for God to give him the power to get through this, and bless my parents Joe and Jane Bello who are with him in DC at this very moment, that they will have the strength to cope with this very hard ordeal. For those that know Bob, you know that he is a fighter. Right before he got in the car to leave he turned and said "let's do this thing", and smiled. He is a brave man. Thank you all for your time.
I'll keep all of you posted, or you can call me if you like (856) 401-8229
Wow! An update to the Historic Witness site.. Maria sent in some
pictures from the Kent Motel (part of our Florida tour of the 80s)!
Talk about a blast from the past! Photo
Witness: Other Lives:
on Bob Bello Fundraiser: (More
info and Printable Poster)
As many of you might know, my brother Bob Bello needs an intestinal transplant.
It is a very serious surgery that requires a lot of support form those around him. Especially him being the only one in our area to ever
receive such an organ transplant. He has to go to Gerogetown University hospital for the operation, and then live in the DC area for months to follow. All of this will cost a great deal.
I know times are hard, but I'm asking you with all my heart and soul to
call or send this e-mail to all family and friends who maybe interested in coming to our event. It is time to spread the word about
The Bob Bello Transplant Fund" benefit. Tickets will be going on sale this week.
The Date is Sunday May 31, 2009, time 3pm to 7pm
at the Williamstown VFW on the black horse pike.
There will be lots of food and entertainment by Masquerade and Bandstand and many other friends of Bob.
Tickets are $25.00 per person. You can call me at 856 401-8229 or 215 668-6040 for tickets.
There will be raffles and 50/50 drawings. All procedes go to The Bob Bello Transplant fund
Thank you everyone for all your support. Love Janemarie Alshay
several years of hiding, Magic
Elf is starting to "meddle" around and is borrowing L
Roy back from us for a May to June recording session. Unfortunately,
this meant we had to scrap plans to play the old "Dick
Lee's" (Now known as the Pennant) which we were going to do in
May. In other sad news, there has been a passing in the LaBuono
family, and our prayers are with Michael and his family. Also, John Higgins
has informed me that the fundraiser for Bobby on May 3rd is now in
doubt. Donations are still being accepted for the transplant fund at
the address below.
Witness: Other Lives:
John Higgins asked me to pass this along to everyone as it involves a
friend of his:
"We are planning a Beef and Beer fundraiser for Bobby on May 3rd at the Bellmawr Fire house in Bellmawr , NJ.
A few bands are scheduled to play. Starts at 8 pm. We are still working out the details. We have started a fund to raise money
for the transplant of Bobs intestines. Checks can be made out to " The Bob Bello transplant fund " and sent to " 49 Stratton Lane
, Sewell , NJ 08080."
|SOUTH GLENS FALLS -
Jacqueline (Wacky Jackie) Renner, 60, of
South Glens Falls, passed away following a long battle with
cancer on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009. She loved
her rock and roll, her
Philadelphia Eagles and Witness,
a Philly-based phenomenal band she had the pleasure to host in
her London Ale House niteclub located in Wildwood
NJ circa 1984. She
is survived by many friends, including Lynn Etu and Mary Beth
Sears, Lori Schmiedel &
George Ross."So-long awhile Jack. I wish we didnt
skip a beat in the 25 years we've been friends." Lori, Mary
Beth and Lynn would like to thank Dr. Castro, Dr. Gillani, Donna
Boss, Rachel Meehan and all of her nurses on Tower two who
provided excellent care. At Jackie's request there will be no
calling hours. There will be a gathering at O'Malley's in South
Glens Falls on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, from 2 to 6 p.m. in her
memory. Contributions may be made in Jackie's memory to
the C.R. Wood Cancer Center c/o Glens Falls Hospital, 102 Park
St., Glens Falls, NY 12801. Arrangements are under the direction
of Radloff Funeral Home Inc., 136 Warren St., Glens Falls.
Witness: Other Lives:
Roy's Band) This was a great gig for a great cause!
(Varity Club) The Mangar people (who sponsored it) turned
the stage into a 30 foot wide Pirate Ship! The entire building
was done up with great props, including a fantastic mural that
covered the back wall as well. Sandi and I completed the look
with lighting and effects. Click on the picture to see some
better views up on our Flickr site!
It Be A Great Gig!
Witness: Other Lives:
L Roy will be playing
this benefit for the Variety Club with his band The
Cellar Ratz on February 28 at the VE club.
Sandi and I will be there as well because we will be doing
lighting and effects.
This should be a
fun gig! A costume party, kind of! Click on the picture at right
for more info, a better view of the poster, and a Treasure
actually just a map of how to get there.
The club, the VE
German Club is located on Davisville road between Street and
County Line roads in Warminister PA.
Tech Update: Have
we been calling you the wrong name? The site usually welcomes previous
visitors back, but our server company installed a new firewall that
made it lose its mind! All is well now... I hope!
Long overdue Witness Update: First
off, thanks go to Alan Fox who took some great pictures at Tom &
Jerry's. The best have been added to our Gallery,
with many more added to our Flickr
Photo Site as well !
In reviewing video shot at Tom & Jerry's, we discovered an age old
problem: The audio was trashed ;(
Camcorders and live bands don't get along too well. In 2007, we
used a "board feed" audio and those tapes turned out well.
It is quite a commitment in time to set that up, but we hope to do
that at the next gig.
Now, why so long since the last update? Well, I have been ill this
fall, but most of that is now behind me. After the gig, we all decided
to take the winter off as we are... umm... not as young as we used to
be and driving in the snow doesn't sound like fun! We expect to
resume operations in spring, and should be announcing what's up for
2009 at that time. In the meantime, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy
Picture have started to come in from the gig! Most of the pictures
will be at our Flickr
Photo Site but I also put a gallery of them
here on the main site. Enjoy! (And, Thanks!)
Back from the
After 16 years, Witness, in the form of
Witness Reloaded, is back! October 3rd was a blast! It was great to
see so many of our old fans show up, and it was a fun gig to do! Must
say, we are all a little tired today, after all, 2am is way past our
bedtime! (Most of us got home around 4 or 5 in the morning.) Pictures,
comments, and video should be following in the next week or two! For
now, I'm going back to bed!
I don't think they checked their own
map !!! If you are on the Blue
Route, get off at the McDade
Blvd exit (east) and as soon as you get off the ramps and on the
street, start looking to your left! It's only a couple of blocks
! REAL easy to find !!!
With only a few days to go, it's time for a map! Click on the
map at right to open Tom & Jerry's directions site!
Today is our last rehearsal before
the gig, and we have added one of my favorite Tull songs to the
set, as well as a couple of real surprises!
Plans also include a drop by at
the club today to get some pre-show tech work done. This should
be a classic Witness Reloaded event!
See you all on Friday !
Witness: Other Lives:
On 9/19 I returned to do a lighting job in Wildwood. What a blast! The
town sure has changed. The job was for Mitch's band, The Rip Chords.
There are some more pics on our "Flickr Reloaded" photo
then 2 weeks to the next Witness Reloaded Gig !
Just got back from rehearsal. It is always a shocking reminder to
remember how good they are! While rehearsing Tull, L Roy hit a note
and then with a questioned look on his face asked "What song did
that come from?" (He couldn't remember.) He hit it again and the
rest of the band joined in playing a song that none of them had played
in 20 some years! About five measures in, someone yelled out
"Hey, that's (song will remain a
secret for now)" and the band played it all the way
through with barely a mistake! Needless to say, this
"accidental" song has now been added back into the Tull
show! We also got a call from "Charlie" who got to
hear the band rehearse "5:15" from his home in Florida.
Everyone is psyched up for the October 3rd show!
Witness: Other Lives:
Hey Everyone... I am honored to announce that a track from my latest Solo CD ("Cool") is being included in an upcoming Tribute CD to Beach Boy Dennis Wilson.
The CD is being released by "Endless Summer Quarterly Magazine",
the official Beach Boys Fan Publication. My track is called "Surfers Lament",an Instrumental.
I'm so proud to be a part of this celebrated CD, which features many members of The Beach Boys extended family.
I've included a copy of the Magazine cover in this email for you all to see.
Here's the press release below. Talk soon....
SUMMER 2008 - Endless Summer Quarterly Special
Edition, Dennis Wilson tribute CD:
The Summer edition is the true companion
piece for Dennis Wilson's PACIFIC
OCEAN BLUE: LEGACY EDITION — featuring interviews
with Jim Guercio, John Hanlon, Gregg
Jakobson, Dean O. Torrence, Billy
Hinsche, Bobby Figueroa and Carli Munoz in their
entirety (that were used in the liner
notes for the release). Additional interviews and
testimonials from Trisha Campo, Wayne Tweed, Ricci Martin, Daryl
Dragon, Fred Vail, Stephen J. Kalinich and David
Marks are included.
Along with this instant collectible, ESQ
is releasing an accompanying complimentary Dennis Wilson
tribute CD. The new collection features Brian
Wilson, Carl B. Wilson, Carnie
Wilson, Dean Torrence, Matthew Jardine, Mitch Schecter,
Bardowell and Peter Lacey, David Marks with Al
Jardine and many others.
Go to www.esquarterly.com for
Historic Witness fans will enjoy the pictures Nancy E just sent in.
They are from a special night at the Silo in 1986. It was one last
time when Michael D came up and played with the band! We also get to
see Joe Anello play guitar and Tommy Higgins (brother of John) on
drums! They were just added to our Flickr
Site. In other news, as we head into September, rehersals
are starting up for our gig at Tom & Jerry's!
Witness: Other Lives: Added some
pictures to the Flickr
site of the "Love Jones" band (Michael LaBuono
plays with them, pictured far right.) These were from the
"Best of Delaware" gig at the Dover Downs Casino on
7/17/08. Sandi and I did lighting (Apologies in advance for the
pictures as she snapped them WHILE running follow spot during
the show!) Cool gig! Lots of food and about 3,500 in attendance.
(The door prize was a brand new Mercedes!) My special thanks to
Mike as he helped roadie the show and was pretty darn good at
Witness: Other Lives: Added a picture of
the "Rummo & Koko" show (Mark Britton/John Knobler Duo,
with guest Flip Britton) to our Flickr
Witness: Other Lives:
Hey....some news from Mitch's Production Company...Home Room Productions! He just completed the recording of a theme for a movie called
"The Gold & The Beautiful". The music tracks were recorded by Mitch and his
wife, Amy, and then that was sent off to Hollywood where they had 2 singers record vocal tracks on top of it. We don't know when the film is coming out, but we are really excited about it. The song they recorded was written by the legendary Carol Connors, who co-wrote the "Theme From "Rocky".
Witness: Other Lives: Next week (July
17), I get to dust off the lighting equipment and do a gig with
Michael LaBuono's other band "Love Jones." They will be
playing at Dover Downs along with the band "Jelly Roll."
Remember, to see all the other bands prior members play with along
with any "Reloaded" gigs, visit our Band
A special "thank you" goes out to Patrick Maley at Pearl Drums in Nashville
from Mitch Schecter. Pearl Drums is the exclusive supplier for
Mitch on the
"Witness Reloaded 2008" tour!
(Also known affectionately by our members and fans as the MLCT
or "Mid Life Crisis Tour" !)
Witness Reloaded will be playing at Tom & Jerry's on
October 3. (click image for club's website.)
As always, you can check out all the bands and gigs that
members are playing by clicking "Band
Schedule" at the left of your screen! As you can see,
they are a busy bunch of guys!
We have merged blogs with the Historic Witness Site (Because I don't
like to type things twice!) so all the future updates will be on
welcome back Apollo Artists Attractions and Eli as our Exclusive
WitnessReloaded.com now has it's own domain!
With the help of Patrick Maley Of "SIRIS", a new logo has been
developed! (Mitch & JD helped a bit too)
Many members of Witness Reloaded play in other bands. Here is a new
feature that lists the
Mitch has put together a companion website at MySpace. Check it out
The Witness Reloaded Website has
officially been launched ! Although this is a new site, it comes
from a long heritage. The original Witness
was formed in 1977. In 2007, members of the original band got
back together for a totally unrehearsed reunion party and had so
much fun, they decided to see what would happen if they rehearsed
and added the full original production. That resulted in the very successful
MLCT gig on April 20, 2008. In the two months that have followed,
the band decided they just could not stay apart! And so... Witness
Reloaded was born!
Updates, (before 6/20/08) visit the historic Witness Blog on the Here