My First Time on Stage

1985… The band was called Iron Flyte, the venue was The Empire Theatre in Placerville, California.

I was 17 at the time and had only been playing the guitar for about 2 years, but never in a band.  The guys in Iron Flyte were a few years older than me and had been playing together for years.  Their rhythm guitarist left the band and I’d been hanging around them for long enough that they asked if I wanted to fill in.

I practiced with them for about a month, and then this show happened.  I was so nervous I thought I was going to throw up.  I couldn’t even look out into the audience, and I barely moved from the position I was standing in the entire time.

I’m on the left… Check out that sweet mullet and rad clothes!
That was my first guitar, a 1984 Westone Raider II.

Dennis Setzer: vocals
Kevin Mogan: lead guitar
Jeff Moore: bass guitar
Frank Castillo: drums
Me: rhythm guitar