You can't write the history of rock music in Buffalo without including Talas and The Road. To call them "bar bands" doesn't do their legacy justice. They were synonymous with the Buffalo rock scene, packing bars multiple nights a week for their live shows, while also building regional fan bases through touring and some radio and chart success. (Think "See Saw" by Talas or "She's Not There" by The Road.)
"It was like a Renaissance. Everyone was creating music and having fun. It was a great experience for all of us," Joe Hesse, bassist for the Road, recalls of the time. "We were working six to seven nights a week with The Road. We had a ball -- and you can never take away from our lifelong friendships."
Those lifelong friendships include one with Talas bassist Billy Sheehan, who lives about 20 minutes from Hesse in California where they get a chance to have lunch and hang out from time to time. On Saturday, they'll be hanging out back home as the two Buffalo Music Hall of Fame bands reunite for a special free outdoor performance as part of the Hard Rock "Rocks Old Falls Street" concert series. If that sounds great to you, the musicians are just as stoked.
"It's exciting that we're all getting together again.," says Hesse, who will be performing with bandmates Jerry Hudson, Phil Hudson, Nick DiStefano, Ken Kaufman and Bobby Lebel. "We're going to have a lot of fun."
The free outdoor show starts at 6:30 p.m. with a performance by Fat Brat, followed by The Road and Talas.
-- Toni Ruberto