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Hi Gang ... 

New member here. My name is Tony Matteliano and I am 56 years old. 

Mark Matteliano is a member here and is my baby brother :)   I used to work for a concert promotor back in the late 70's and early 80's named Harvey and Corky in the Buffalo NY area.

My job was to stand center stage at concerts, behind a protective barrier between he crowd and the band, I had to make sure that people did not try to get up on the stage. This gave me a unique opportunity to see many many groups having a seat closer than anyone in the audience.

By the way, Harvey from Harvey and Corky Productions is now Harvey Weinstein, head of Merimac Productions, one of the biggest movie makers in Hollywood.

I was lucky enough to get my picture on the cover of the Rush album Exit Stage Left. The live shot was taken in Buffalo NY in 1981 and you can see me working center stage security in the picture.

I have worked MANY memorable concerts, including The Who on Dec 4, 1979 which was there first concert after many people were tragically killed in a stampede for festival seats at a concert in Cinncinnati.

I once had to pick brown M&M's out of a big bowl of M&M's for Van Halen concert because they had a clause that there be 4 pounds of M&M's with no brown ones as a clause in their contract.

I have many wonderful rock memories and a head full of trivia that I am eager to share with everyone.

Thanks for having me as a member.

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Comment by Mark Matteliano on August 8, 2013 at 2:58pm

OMG yes. My hearing was muffled for days. And my voice was shot for a couple of days too.

Comment by Tony Matteliano on August 8, 2013 at 2:42pm

Mark were those seats in front of the HUGE speakers ?  :)

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Comment by Mark Matteliano on August 8, 2013 at 2:39pm

Ah yes. It was nice to have a brother in that security position. My very first concert was AC/DC in 1983. I was 13 years old and my friend Jeff and I bought tickets in the nose bleeds. I was instructed by Tony to "..find me and flag me down". I did so and he wanted to watch over his kid brother, as any brother would, and popped two chairs for Jeff and I in the FRONT ROW left side ! Talk about a cool first concert experience !

Comment by DJ Bear on August 8, 2013 at 1:36pm

Hey Tony...Welcome to CRN!!! NJoy the site and dont forget the chatroom!!! Almost always somebody there to chat with about music or whatever!!(and sorry bout the first post...fingers are all rusty here)

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Comment by Rich Page on August 8, 2013 at 1:34pm

Welcome Tony! Great to have you on board... can't wait to hear some stories from you!

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