Maybe one day I'll get better at keeping track of these things. I left off with the talent show...
After the talent show some guys at school said they saw me play and wanted to know if I was interested in being in a band. That band became Saints and Sinners. Jeff Gover Guitar, Gary Mauck Bass, Matt German drums. I really wasn't a lead player but they wanted me to be. I said yes and a band was born.
Jeff was a popular guy in school. He was on the football team. He and his girlfriend (Beth I think) were the official high school sweethearts. Matt was a badass. He was one of I think 4 brothers and seemed to always be looking for a fight. Gary and I worked together at Roy Rogers and knew each other from North Laurel. I don't really remember how we met but we were close and he helped me a lot when my father died.
I had a total mismatch of gear. I think I bought some stuff from a yard sale or something but I was playing through a Sun head. I remember it had this switch that made it sound like the "Crimson and Clover" song. I never used it but I thought it was fun. The head was totally clean. I had a Cervin Vega cabinet that was huge. Terrible rig :-). Between my mother and my jobs (I've had many) I bought a guitar from a guy named Steve Melkisethian. Weird name, I guess that's why I remember it. He ran a place on Route 1 called Angela Instruments. I remember the guitar was about a thousand bucks. More than any car I had bought up to that time. It was a black Strat copy made by Schecter. I loved that guitar and I still miss it. I took it apart years ago to fix it up... It's still in pieces in my workshop. I kept the neck so that I can build something with it. Someday.