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“The Nied’s Hotel Band is a powerhouse recording and performing rock-n-roll band from Pittsburgh, PA. (USA). NHB delivers the hardworking, blue collar, muscle that has made Pittsburgh a legendary rock-n-roll city. The band includes some of the best-known and respected players in the region, including singer John Vento (who is, perhaps, the hardest-working front man around), guitarists Tim Hadley and Jim McCullough, plus keyboardist Fred Delu and sax man Ed Jonnet, who last joined forces in the 70’s as members of Pittsburgh’s most beloved rock/soul band – The Rhythm Kings. Newest members Frank DeCarolis (bass) and Bob Fetherlin (drums) complete a stellar Lineup.”

The Nied’s Hotel Band is a rock band from Pittsburgh who’s latest album is “One Night Stand” from 2014. Their name comes from a funky joint in Lawrenceville and they so happen to be playing there this Saturday (6/13). On Sunday (6/14) they have a special autism benefit gig at Jergel’s with Mia Z and the CAUSE. I want to thank the band’s songwriter John Vento (Lead Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?

The Beatles “White Album”.

Your last album bought?

Bob Seger “Ride Out”.

Favorite album of all time?

Don’t have one… too many greats!!!

Least favorite/most disappointing album?

Springsteen“Working On A Dream”.

First concert attended?

Thin Lizzy.

Last concert?

Styx.

Favorite concert ever?

Springsteen in 1978 at Stanley Theater (3 shows over 6 months).

Least favorite concert?

Anything in an effin’ football or baseball stadium. I’ll NEVER do it again.

Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?

Real people, great work ethic, can’t be a phony around here.

Thanks, John. Man, I wish I saw those Springsteen ’78 shows. The recordings I have heard from that tour are phenomenal.