FOREVER YOUNG is:
acoustic & electric bass, vocals
violin, acoustic guitar, vocals, keys
Gary St Germain
drums & percussion
6 &12 string acoustic guitars, electric guitar, vocals, keyboard, 6-string banjo, mandolin
electric & acoustic guitars, vocals, harmonica
lead electric & acoustic guitars, banjo, mandolin, keys, vocals, lap steel
ABOUT THE BAND:
Now in their twelfth year, the Forever Young Band was originally conceived after Mark Cutler,
John Fuzek and Dan Lilley performed the Neil Young classic “Powderfinger” as a group set
closer for a show at Stone Soup Coffeehouse in Pawtucket, RI (March 2006). Forever Young is
a group of performers that pay tribute to the SONGS of Neil Young. No one in the band tries to
imitate Neil Young. In addition to Cutler, Fuzek and Lilley, Forever Young original members also
include Becky Chace and Pete Vendettuoli. John Amitrano and Phil Hicks were added to the
band in December of 2007 to give the show a "Crazy Horse" feel. Original drummer, Phil Hicks
passed away in Jan 2010. Leo Dumas was added to the line-up a few months later. Amy
Bedard joined the band in April 2011 to add vocals, violin, guitar and keyboard. Becky Chace
left in 2012 and in December 2015 guitarist Mark Cutler and drummer Leo Dumas left the band.
Former Rizzz, Original Jelly Roll Soul and RI Music Hall of Fame Member, Gary St. Germain
joined in January of 2016. The band has stripped down to six members and now has a more
concise and cleaner sound allowing for more varied instrumental interpretations of the music.
All of the musicians performing in Forever Young are staples of the Rhode Island music scene
and veterans of many national and regional tours. In addition, they are all fans and have been
influenced by the music of Neil Young. Drawing on the 40+ year career of Neil Young the show
highlights many of Young’s popular songs and a few of the more obscure numbers. The band
performs both the acoustic and electric songs that Neil Young is famous for. The show is
reminiscent of and was influenced by the "Four Way Street" live album recorded by Crosby,
Stills, Nash and Young and of Neil Young with his many back-up bands.
(West Greenwich, RI)
John has been playing venues in the Rhode Island area since 1983. From 1983-1990 he was a member
of Tyger Tyger, an original rock band based in Providence, RI. The band had a recording deal with the
independent label Tropical Records. They recorded 23 songs over two years including a few of
Amitrano's originals (Better Place, Garbage Boys and Up In Smoke) which received steady airplay on
local radio stations WBRU and WHJY. In 1990 he was a founding member of the popular Rhode Island
band the Flying Ditchdiggers. The Ditchdiggers recorded one of his songs (Olney Ghosts) on their first
album. From 1992 to 1994 John played a bit with his brother lead guitarist and song writer Mark Cutler.
They performed occasionally as a duo and in a band called Buddy Holiday. In 1994 John got back
together with Dan Lilley formerly of Tyger Tyger and the Flying Ditchdiggers and formed a new band
called Lovetrain. This band evolved from an original band featuring Dan Lilley and John Amitrano songs
to a cover band featuring Neil Young, Woody Guthrie and everything in between. In 2003 John took a
year off from gigging to spend time with his family and get back to fundamentals with his bass playing,
taking bass classes at a local school. After that hiatus at the urging of his wife he returned to Lovetrain
and gigging. In 2008 as Lovetrain began to slow down John began performing with Forever Young and
part time with the Becky Chace Band. Tragically in 2010 Lovetrain and now Forever Young drummer Phil
Hicks passed away; Lovetrain dissolved. Today, John plays steadily performing on stage with; Viking
Jesus, Frank O' Rourke and Forever Young.
violin, vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboard
Amy Bedard is a classically trained, violinist but picked up the electric violin about 25 years ago. She
received her B.S. degree in Music Education at Rhode Island College where she played violin and also
sang in the chorus and chamber singers. Amy has been playing in the RIC Symphony orchestra for the
past 25 years. Bedard has also been teaching music and strings classes for the past 21 years. She also
fronted the rock band the Sliders for about 5 years in the late 90’s. She also plays guitar, violin and
sings as half of the acoustic duo, Providence Underground with Gil Allen (since 2001). As if all this wasn’t
enough, she also performs in the wedding ensemble, A Change of Scene and plays violin in pit
orchestras for various theater companies throughout RI and Massachusetts.
Gary St Germain
drums & percussion
A member of the RI Music Hall of Fame, St Germain has performed in such bands as Rizzz, Original
Jellyroll Soul, Violin River and others. He has shared the stage with Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat and many
others. Little Feat's Lowell George even jammed with his band Rizzz one night!
6 & 12 string acoustic guitars, electric guitar, vocals, 6-string banjo,
John Fuzek is a Rhode Island based, award winning singer-songwriter-guitarist that has been performing
around the Northeast and various points in the US for over 30 years. His folk-rock sound, unique guitar
playing and vocal style has won him both fans and critical acclaim. John’s original songs touch on the
environment, politics, social issues, history and relationships. He has recorded full length or contributed
songs to ten CDs that have been heard around this country and in others as well. In addition to his solo
work, John plays with the award-winning band, Forever Young-A Tribute to the Music of Neil Young and
occasionally as part of the award-winning Fuzek-Rossoni duo. He has shared the stage with such
notable artists as: Judy Collins, Steve Forbert, Paula Cole, Noel Paul Stookey, Livingston Taylor, Don
Mclean, Richie Havens, Iris Dement, Aztec-Two-Step, Cheryl Wheeler, Tom Rush, River Phoenix, Kevin
Bacon, Marshall Crenshaw, and many others.
acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals, harmonica
(East Providence, RI)
During his long career Lilley has fronted many bands such as Tyger Tyger, The Flying Ditchdiggers, and
Lovetrain. Dan was voted Best Male Vocalist in the 2010 Motif Magazine Music Awards. Nowadays when
Dan isn’t playing pubs, taverns, and restaurant in his duo, Dan Lilley & Scatman or with Forever Young
he’s out there in his 4 piece rock and roll band, Dan Lilley & The Keepers. The Keepers consist of Dan’s
longtime side man, Mike “Scatman” Sullivan on lead guitar and two veteran players from the legendary
Rhode Island band, Rizzz, drummer Gary St. Germain and bassist Kenn Reynolds. The band jokingly
boasts the motto “Old Guys Rule”, but in reality this may be the best lineup Lilley has ever played in.
The style is classic and original rock which apparently never goes out of style judging from the
enthusiasm with which the band is received at their shows in clubs throughout the state. The Keepers are
an outlet for Dan’s latest original songs and are working on a new recording..
mandolin, lead electric guitar, vocals, keyboard, banjo, lap steel
Pete Vendettuoli has been a fixture in the New England Music Scene for over a decade, playing in bands
such as "No Shamus", "Josie Crosby Band", "Rank Strangers", "Fat Glass" and "Garda Band". As the
former owner of PM Recording in North Kingston, Pete had his finger on the pulse of the RI Music Scene
and accompanied many of the area's finest talent. Currently he is also a member of the bands: The
Grass Fed Men, Wilbur Hill, and The Free Radicals as well as a solo performer.
guitar tech, stage