With great hard rock and heavy metal just about a thing of the past, people have been turning to tribute bands to relive their days of rock n’ roll glory, when the music flowed and good rolled.
For bands like Pump, an Aerosmith tribute band based in Long Island, N.Y., that is one of the reasons why founder member and bassist Frank Tassielli started the band approximately 11 years ago.
“I hope to be a part of keeping this (rock music) around,” Tassielli said. “It’s so much fun.”
Lead singer Ian Temple, who joined the band in November of 2020, said that hard rock music provides people with intense feelings and experiences that few other past times can match while eventually retuning to your regular life a more fulfilled person.
“Rock music gives you the opportunity to lose your mind,” said Temple, who is also a voice actor. “You don’t get that at a museum. Then, you can return to your regular life. Hey, you have to have that energy at a rock show,” not to mention love it to pieces.
As much as he has a passion for rocking out for kicks and good times, he said: “When your hobby is cash positive, what’s better than that?”
Upcoming Pump shows include:
Pump will be playing live at the Great Divide Campground, in Newton, N.J., on Saturday, May 28th at 7:00 p.m.
On June 18th, from 8 p.m. – 9p.m. Pump will be performing at the Long Island Fun Fest at Suffolk County Community College, in Brentwood, Long Island.
Then, on Saturday, July 2nd at 8 p.m., the group heads to Upstate N.Y., at Lake George at the Warrensburg Travel Park, in Warrensburg, N.Y.
Next, on Sunday, July 3rd at 6 p.m., Pump heads to Medcalf Acres Riverfront Campground, in Schroon Lake, N.Y. (near Lake George).
On July 21st, from 7:00 p.m. – 8 p.m., Pump plays a scaled down free show at the Connetquot Library, in Bohemia, N.Y., as it presents an audio / visual-chronological presentation of Aerosmith s history.
Monday, August 8th, from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Pump will be playing an outdoor show at Mitchell Park, in Greenport, N.Y.
Next, on Saturday, August 27th, the band will hit the stage at the Woodbury Brewing Co., in Woodbury, Conn., with the show starting at 8:30 p.m.
On Friday, November 18th, Pump has a special performance planned at The Metropolitan, in Glen Cove, N.Y., as the boys will be playing Aerosmith’s greatest hits as well as the Rocks album in its entirety. Show is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.
Pump members include lead singer and pianist, Ian Temple; Frank Tassielli, bass/vocals/band manager/booker; Herb Ricco, drummer/vocals; Johnny Flaggs Francese, guitar/synthesizer/vocals; and Tommy Lestat Collier, guitars/vocals/talk box.
Check out Pump’s promo video here.