First/Last-Brian Vander Ark

April 3, 2013

Brian Vander Ark Club Cafe
Thursday, April 4, 2013 Southside

“Massive success and its aftermath have sent many artists into oblivion, forever trying to recapture the moment when the world first bowed at their feet. That moment came for Brian Vander Ark when, as the lead singer and principal songwriter for The Verve Pipe, he sold more than 3 million albums worldwide and produced a string of hit singles, including the #1 song “The Freshmen.”
More than just the frontman, Vander Ark was its literal and figurative voice, providing the creative spark and writing songs that gave the band its devoted following. Although the songs were cast in the style of the era, they remain singular and special. His gift is one of tremendous storytelling clarity expressed through melodies and rhythms that are unique, riveting, intensely personal and entirely gripping.”

You can find Brian at his official Website, Facebook and Twitter. He returns to Pittsburgh tomorrow night with support from Wojo, touring behind his 2011 album, “Magazine“. I have to thank him for taking a few minutes to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • “Frampton Comes Alive”.
  • Your last album bought?
  • “The Devil Makes Three”.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • “The Fox”, Elton John.
  • First concert attended?
  • U2 in Nuremberg, Germany.
  • Last concert?
  • The Mother Hips.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • U2 in Nuremberg, Germany.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • Too many to choose from…
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • I don’t play a lot of solo public shows anymore, due to my successful house concert series. But I’ve always had great shows at Club Cafè. Great, supportive music fans is why I come back.

Thanks, Brian. It’s cool that some artists have an affinity to certain venues in a particular city. Like a home away from home in the the crazy business of music.