The Defibrillators

 

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Aging Baby Boomers now have a band whose music reflects their refusal to grow old gracefully.  As pioneers of Senior Citizen Rock and Blue-Haired Blues, The Defibrillators poke good-natured fun at the foils and foibles of aging in their contagious blues-based rock originals.  Billing themselves as the World’s Oldest Boy Band”, The Defibs show they can kick it as energetically as (if not as high as) any of the young whippersnapper bands making the scene.  Their high caliber of musicianship is offset only by their subtle theatrics during live performances. 
They have a rapidly growing fan base and receive regular air play across the nation from DJ's that have discovered their music.  The Defibrillators have been performing together for more than twelve years, and have become a mainstay at the Riverhead Blues Festival, the South Bay Festival, the Cedar Beach Blues Festival, the Huntington Fall Festival and many more.  Promoters have sought out The Defibrillators to open up for such legendary acts as The Zombies, Leon Russell, Susie Tyrell, Motown Sound and others.  Television credits include a recent feature on WLIW Channel 21 on Newsday's Act II show and several public access TV shows, including auditions for NBC's America's Got Talent.  Their eponymous CD has garnered rave reviews from The New York Times, Newsday, LI Press, Good Times, LI Entertainment, Aural Fix and other local press. 

All the good fun aside, The Defibrillators have rightfully been called Long Island's first Supergroup by the press. The members of the band are all highly accomplished musicians who have made their mark on the music scene.

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Keyboards and vocals: Sonny Speed who is a well know record producer and studio owner and is the current Director of the Island Songwriters Showcase. (Long Islands largest songwriting organization). Sonny has played with members of the band Orleans during their early years, and has performed with the Drifters, Chubby Checker, and Bobby Lewis as well as headlining his own acts. Sonny also plays the role of the Defibrillators main arranger and producer. The NY Times calls Sonny Speed " A musician and producer known for his professionalism"

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On lead and rhythm guitar:  Bob “Pops” Westcott who is widely known as a remarkably talented fingerstyle guitarist; he is often in demand to work with other musicians.  Bob hosts the longest running Holiday Revue on Long Island.  Bob was nominated for a LI Music Award for his solo album “Rollin’ Along”.

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On drums:  Robert Langley was a session drummer for Shadow Morton.  That’s Rob’s drumming on the Shangri-Las’ “Leader of the Pack” and “Walkin’ In the Rain”; Rob also revved that iconic motorcycle!  Rob has also shared the stage with Thin Lizzie, Blind Faith and Al Kooper.

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On lead vocals and harmonica:  Sonny Meadows has been nominated for a LI music awards for his recordings and performances, and presented his Woody Guthrie Tribute in 2000 and 2002 to sold-out audiences.  His topical songwriting skill has brought him a lot of attention from the media, and it serves The Defibrillators well; Sonny is the primary songwriter for the band.

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On bass:  Bobby “Buddy Boy” Cattrano recorded with Billy Joel on the “Cold Spring Harbor” album.  Bob has kept the bottom moving with such well-known artists as Little Buster and The Scott Ross Blues Band.  Bob is in demand as a session player for many Long Island artists and is also an avid Jazz listener and player.

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On lead and rhythm guitar:  Jon “Dr. Max” Foreman brings his hot licks and voice over talents to all of  The Defibrillators CD's and shows.  Honing his skills in radio, “Max” now brings his talents to songs such as "Side Effects" and "Just Gereatric Gigolos".