REDLINE Bids A Fond Farewell

 

In May of 2014, the band, REDLINE, exploded onto the stage for the very first time. Since then, Mike Marzullo, Joe McSweeney, Tony Campione and Earl Hamilton have been bringing their brand of energetic hard rock covers to the masses on a regular basis. After four all too short years, their prolific career is coming to an end. Saturday, July 28th at The Gig at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, REDLINE will grace the stage for the final time. It is a rare occurrence to put together a band with so much talent, so much humility, so much energy and so much love for their fans. Every time they stepped onstage, REDLINE made it a point to not just play, but to entertain their fans. In the end, it was always about giving the fans a great experience and bringing back the lost art of a true “Rock Show.” Over four years and countless shows, the fact that there have been zero personnel changes in the band is a tribute to their chemistry and drive to bring a quality show to the masses.

REDLINE was able to create a unique show by putting four incredibly talented and diverse musicians together. By doing this, they were capable of performing a broad variety of covers, with a foundation of vocal talent that has rarely been matched on the local scene. Each member brings a distinctive singing style that makes for an incredible live show, giving the fans everything they could ever want from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. On one side of the stage is the multi talented Tony Campione, playing guitar, keyboards and singing lead on many tunes, including his signature STYX covers. On the other side is Joe McSweeney, whose tremendous lead vocals are secondary only to his guitar playing, shredding through some of the best solos the 80’s ever produced, with ease. Front and center is Mike Marzullo, who has one of the most amazing voices I have ever heard, smooth and powerful, just like his “in your face” style of bass playing. Finally, in the back, but never in the shadows is Earl Hamilton, incredibly talented drummer and singer as well as handling the front man duties from the throne like no one else can.

It is with mixed feelings that we all say goodbye to REDLINE. As they get ready to take their final bow, I cant help but be saddened to see them go, but also excited for the new projects each of them will be bringing to the people. Earl will be retiring from work(never from the drums) and moving to Florida where he will take over drumming duties for one of the best party bands in Florida, TC And Sass. Tony and Mike will be part of the open mic house band at Sharpshooters in Amsterdam, NY as well as being part of another rock project, called Lights Out. Joe is currently and will continue to play in an acoustic rock duo with Rob Earle around Central New York. There are plenty of opportunities to see each of these talented musicians in the future, but only a few chances to see the culmination of their talents in REDLINE. They will be at The Hagaman Music Fest on Saturday, July 21st from 9 to 11 p.m. and their final show will be at The Gig at Turning Stone on Saturday, July 28th at 10 p.m. Be sure to catch that final show! Their finale performance will be filled with surprises and it’ll be your last time to say goodbye and send these great guys off with a bang! Come show your appreciation for all of the great times REDLINE has given all of us over the years.

On a side note, I’d like to say how lucky I feel to have had the chance to get to know each of these fine gentlemen. I’ve always said that you should never meet your heroes, but my experiences with REDLINE have changed that philosophy. I have watched these guys tear up the stage for four hours, busting their asses to give the best show possible and never once skate out without talking to the fans. They stop to chat, take pictures with fans, wish happy birthdays and just treat every fan like a friend. Not only are they the prime example of what I want to be as a musician and what every musician should strive to be, but I am proud to call these guys my friends. Thank You Joe, Mike, Tony and Earl for letting me be a part of this incredible ride.

 

Ted Snyder / The Fuze Magazine
Photo Courtesy of Rocktographer Meek

 

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