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THE PAST - (How it all began):

The Rotten Tomatoes didn’t start out as a “band”.  We started out as a “jam session”. 

Our lead singer, Gerard Giudice, and Dr. David Armstrong share a common interest in the Chamber of Commerce, as both are local business owners.  Gerard, along with his business partner Bill Pettibone, own Sally Tomatoes Café-Bar and Catering (home of The Rotten Tomatoes) – and Dr. David Armstrong (Dr. Dave) owns Armstrong Chiropractic.

 In early 2009, Dr. Dave had an idea.  He wanted to create a “Blues/Rock Jam Session” at the Sally Tomatoes Café/Bar.  He teamed up with Gerard and they contacted people they knew that played music, inviting them to come “jam”.  Eight people showed up that first night – Four guitarists, a bass player, a drummer, a harmonica player, and Gerard - We jammed…  And so was the creation of the band. 

The “Jam Session” never really went any further than that first night, but here we are, years later…  A band.  The original “format” of that jam session is what we currently have today, and four of the original members are still in the band.

 The Rotten Tomatoes are forever indebted to Dr. Dave, and have affectionately nicknamed him, “Geppetto” (our puppet master).  Although he does not regularly play an instrument in the band, he was completely INSTRUMENTAL in the forming of The Rotten Tomatoes.  He has remained connected to the band; helping with the sound system, sitting in on gigs playing harmonica and percussion, and offering moral & spiritual support.

 

THE PRESENT:

In a nutshell, we are a “cover band”.  Our SONG LIST spans 5 decades of music, although the majority of our tunes are based in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  We generally choose songs that will encourage people to get up and dance.  We like to have fun with our music and we hope to share that fun with our audience.  We have played private parties, weddings, community events, and local nightclubs.  We are always ready to play any event that could use some lively, foot-stompin’, hip-shakin, good old time music.

CURRENT LINE-UP:

  GERARD (The Big Tomato) GIUDICE - Lead Vocals

 

DON (Slidin' By) GYLFE - Electric, 12-String & Slide Guitar, Lead & Backing Vocals

 

PETE (Fly Like An) EAGLE - Electric Guitar

 

AARON (AC) SHREVE - Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals

 

RICH (Boom Boom) PAYNE - Drums & Backing Vocals

 

DAN (Shoeless) JOHNSON - Harmonica & Tambourine

 

THE FUTURE:

 We are constantly updating and adding songs to our SONG LIST.  Although we normally don’t do “requests” on stage during a gig, any song requests or ideas submitted here on our website will be given serious consideration.  Please visit the CONTACT page if you have any thoughts.