Born and bred on The Jersey Shore, Johnny O
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R.I.P Johnny O
John Luraschi - bassist/vocalist, also from the Asbury Park area. One of Luraschi’s first professional gigs, apart from his surf band, the Sand Tones, included backing up a very young Van Morrison at the Belmar Elks Club in 1968. Later, Luraschi was a bass player with Sonny Kenn, Hot Romance, Cold, Blast & Steel, Bobby Bertleson, Cahoots, George Theiss, Asbury Park vocalist Nicky Addeo’s band, Nicky and the Night Owls, Paul Whistler, and Vini Lopez and the Disco Rejects.
Rich “Safe Sax” Taskowitz - Saxophonist, has been part of the New Family Band, the Mango Brothers, Billy Lawlor, Lost Weekend, and as he explains it, “through the 1980’s and 90’s, I’ve been part of 75 percent of the bands still working at the Jersey Shore.” Taskowitz began playing weddings with his father as a 14-year-old.
Ross Holman - Trumpet and percussion, comes to the band with 25 years of teaching and arranging experience as band director at the Pinelands Regional School in Tuckerton. Guitarist Walton is a former student. Holman’s expertise in arranging horn parts is all over “It’s My Turn, Now,” though he wasn’t able to make the recording sessions, owing to his busy teaching schedule.
Pete Mauer - Trombone, has an extensive background includes experience going back to the 1970s with Cold Blast and Steel, Sam & Dave and Aretha Franklin.
Tim Moss - Drums, has been part of the Hollywood, LA and Seattle music scenes, playing with the Wallbangers, Billy’s Room, Landfill and Linsk, under manager Mark Weiss. Under the tutelage of Joe Nevelo, Moss began playing the drums nearly 25 years ago. Moss was introduced to the band after teaching guitarist Walton’s younger brother to play drums, and has been playing on-and-off with the band for the past two to three years.
Kelly Tyrrel - Bass & Vocals, Growing up in So. California, and influenced by Stax/Volt records and Phil Spector's Wall of Sound, Kelly began playing trumpet at the age of seven. French horn and piano lessons followed. Always favoring the low-end styles of Duck Dunn, Carl Radle and Nathan East, she soon found her love of bass and after making New York City her home, began working with original bands there. She has studied bass with Ivan Bodley. Band credits include Momo, Rubber Dahls (with Ian Roure), Larry Stevens, Rob Stoner, No Discipline, Belle of the Ball, Life After Tarzan and Long Island bar band, Outlet. Kelly comes to the Badboys hot off the heels of Jersey shore tribute band, Asbury Fever
Billy "Wonder" Walton - Guitar & Vocals - Out of Southern New Jersey. Voted Best Musician on Long Beach Island, Billy has been playing with Boccigalupe for the past 8 years. Billy started his professional career at age 15 playing with Moments Notice where eventually he met Boccigalupe and the chemistry began. Wonder and Bocci played together in Moments Notice for a year or so until it was time to move on, Thus the beginning of the journey. At age 18 Billy gained acclaim as the hottest up and coming guitarist in the state. As Billy and Bocci grew together (MUSICALLY) it was magic and the Beginning of The Badboys. At age 26 Billy "Wonder" is one of the greatest guitarists in the country.