NEW JERSEY VETERAN ROCKER, WAYNE OLIVIERI, UNVEILS VIDEO FOR “I’M A MUSIC MAN”, THE FIRST SINGLE FROM DEBUT SOLO ALBUM, ECLECTIC MIND
By the age of 17, New Jersey veteran rocker, Wayne Olivieri, was already performing fulltime in iconic clubs like CBGB’s, Max’s Kansas City, The Limelight, The Village Gate and more, with his band Rockids, playing on the same bill as unsigned young bands such as The Ramones, The Talking Heads, Blondie, and a plethora of others. The Rockids went on to become one of the top drawing bands in the NY/NJ/CT club and concert scene, often opening for national acts such as Aerosmith, Roger McGuinn, Twisted Sister, among other esteemed artists.
After a five year run with Rockids, Wayne moved to Asbury Park, where he formed Oliver’s Twist with Rockids’ band mate Brian Hadley, and performed at legendary clubs like The Stone Pony, where he opened and headlined numerous times for artists like David Johansson, Huey Lewis, Southside Johnny, Cindy Lauper, Beaver Brown, Rick Derringer, Billy Idol, and many more. It was also in Asbury Park where Wayne met and became fast friends with a young, unsigned singer -John Bongiovi. John was a fan of The Rockids and Oliver’s Twist and the two remained tight friends.
Wayne recently returned to Asbury Park and The Stone Pony to film the video for “I’m A Music Man”, the first single from his debut solo album “Eclectic Mind”. “Shooting the video there seemed so appropriate for the song”, he says. “It’s all about not only MY past history of playing on that famous stage and living through the mid 80’s and 90’s as a young starving singer while Rock and Roll history was unfolding around me, but what the club means to so many others. Kind of felt like visiting your old high school after ya grow up. Instead of a trophy in the glass case, you see your picture up on the wall with Jon Bon Jovi, next to Bruce Springsteen’s guitar!”
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