Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!


Pat DiNizio At Page One

Mike Perciaccante By

Sign in to view read count
Pat DiNizio
Page One
Glen Cove, NY
April 27, 2014

Pat DiNizio achieved public recognition as the lead singer and principal songwriter of the Carteret, NJ-based the Smithereens. The band achieved success by writing and playing catchy 1960s-influenced power pop. The group gained its first taste of success when its song "Blood and Roses" was included on the soundtrack as the theme song of the movie Dangerously Close, and the video got airplay on MTV. The Smithereens were the final band to perform at the fabled Bleecker Street nightclub Kenny's Castaways, in New York's Greenwich Village, on its closing evening in October 2012. In 2013, DiNizio and the Smithereens toured with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

A modified version of DiNizio's hit Las Vegas show Confessions of A Rock Star touched down in Glen Cove, Long Island on Sunday, April 27. The Smithereens front man shared his one-of-a-kind experiences through a casual and intimate evening of music and rock 'n' roll stories with fans as part of the new "Friends of My Father's Place" shows at a sold-out Page One restaurant. In addition to the Confessions of A Rock Star portion of the evening, the show was billed as a sort of WLIR-FM reunion. The audience was littered with many of the seminal modern rock station's former staff members, so the phrase "remember when" and "back in the day at WLIR" resonated through the crowd as if the evening's festivities were as much a WLIR Tribute as a Pat DiNizio show.

The night started with a bluesy acoustic set by former Sam Moore, Willy DeVille and Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs sideman Mark Newman that was highlighted by his originals "Fire On The Water," "Hard In The Rain" (which he noted was his melody with lyrics provided by Domingo Samudio, aka Sam the Sham), "Dead Man's Shoes" and the cover of It's A Beautiful Day's "White Bird," featuring Naomi Margolin. His short set also featured "Under the Sun, "Must Be A Pony" and the set closer, a thought provoking song about the Underground Railroad called "Goin' Underground."

After a short intermission, during which Newman's guitars and equipment was cleared and replaced by DiNizio's, former WLIR air personality and Michael "Eppy" Epstein (the proprietor of the late great Long Island music venue, My Father's Place) introduced DiNizio. Acoustic guitar in hand, he did not disappoint. Wasting no time, he launched into "Behind The Wall of Sleep" and his performance was off to a flying start.

The evening's performance included "Somewhere Down The Line," "Blue Period" (which DiNizio explained was originally written for Belinda Carlisle from the Go Go's. "She couldn't record it," he explained, "but did us a great favor and sang background on it on Smithereens 11 (Enigma/Capitol, 1989)."

DiNizio asked the audience to not be bashful and join in on other Smithereens hits such as "Only A Memory," and "Especially For You." As the performance continued, he explained the genesis of the evening's festivities and how he "did a variation of the show at the Riviera in Las Vegas for six nights a week in 2012." He introduced "She's Got a Way All Her Own" from 1999's God Save The Smithereens (Velvel/Koch Entertainment) as having been written for his daughter and how he had recently taken her to Brooklyn's Barclay's Center to see Black Sabbath. While at that show DiNizio said, "She turned to me and said, 'Dude, they're awesome, ' so now I'm not Dad, I'm Dude."

Other highlights of the music and laughter-filled evening were "I'd Like To Say I'm Sorry But I Won't," "Since You Went Away" (which he dedicated to his late father), "Kiss Your Tears Away," and "Blood And Roses" (which was preceded with a story about walking down Sunset Boulevard feeling really good about himself and the success that the band was enjoying. DiNizio explained that a beautiful girl stopped him and asked if he was Pat DiNizio from the Smithereens. "When I said 'yes I am," she told me that she loved my song 'Guns And Roses.'"). They also performed "No Love Lost" from his first solo offering Songs and Sounds (Velvel Records, 1997), Buddy Holly's "Well Alright," and what DiNizio characterized as his favorite Beatles song, "I'll Be Back," punctuated by the story about how his lifelong love affair with the Fab Four was born in December 1964 when his mother bought him a copy of Beatles 65 (Capitol Records, 1964).

The show ended with, what is arguably the Smithereens' best-known hit, "A Girl Like You," and a standing ovation from the audience. After leaving the stage to towel off and get a cold drink, a refreshed and jovial DiNizio returned to the merchandise table to greet fans, shake hands and sign CDs. When last seen he was sharing stories and remembrances with some new and long-time fans.

Photo Credit
Christine Connallon (view concert photos)
[Additional article contributions by Christine Connallon].


comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Mary Ellen Desmond: Comfort and Joy 2017 Live Reviews Mary Ellen Desmond: Comfort and Joy 2017
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: December 15, 2017
Read Jazztopad Festival 2017 Live Reviews Jazztopad Festival 2017
by Henning Bolte
Published: December 13, 2017
Read Vivian Reed at Feinstein's/54 Below Live Reviews Vivian Reed at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Tyran Grillo
Published: December 12, 2017
Read Henry Threadgill at Tilton Gallery Live Reviews Henry Threadgill at Tilton Gallery
by Kurt Gottschalk
Published: December 10, 2017
Read The Brian McCarthy Quartet At FlynnSpace Live Reviews The Brian McCarthy Quartet At FlynnSpace
by Doug Collette
Published: December 10, 2017
Read Mindi Abair at The Empress Theatre Live Reviews Mindi Abair at The Empress Theatre
by Walter Atkins
Published: December 8, 2017
Read "Ann Hampton Callaway at Birdland" Live Reviews Ann Hampton Callaway at Birdland
by Tyran Grillo
Published: November 5, 2017
Read "The Cookers at Nighttown" Live Reviews The Cookers at Nighttown
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: February 16, 2017
Read "Monty Alexander Trio at Longwood Gardens" Live Reviews Monty Alexander Trio at Longwood Gardens
by Geno Thackara
Published: February 15, 2017
Read "Richie Buckley With The Scott Flanigan Trio @ The Sunflower, Belfast" Live Reviews Richie Buckley With The Scott Flanigan Trio @ The...
by Ian Patterson
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "Beth Hart at the Historic Wuppertal Statehouse" Live Reviews Beth Hart at the Historic Wuppertal Statehouse
by Phillip Woolever
Published: June 9, 2017

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!