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As I write this, it’s 36 degrees outside and raining. There was a brief round of hail earlier. Looking back over the past few months, it’s hard for me to reconcile that it’s been over a year since the death of Press Tones frontman and legendary Scorgies’ bartender Scott Weichman. Scotty passed away on October 15th, 2019 after a series of debilitating health issues. This was, for many people who knew him, both a shock and not surprising. Ever since his return to Rochester in 2009, he underwent more than a few health scares directly related to lifestyle choices.

Scotty was always brutally honest about his faults… and journaled about them incessantly in a variety of diaries that he kept. Here’s a notebook entry he made shortly before he passed:

“in my suck ass life, I’ve enjoyed lust & love. Had a lot of fun. One of my rules was to be honest to doctors. Only lie to police and girlfriends.
Now I’m at the age where I don’t have to worry about girls anymore. On my behalf, I’ve always remained true and always remained faithful to music.
Sure, I’ve had a little television on the side, but music you are and and (will) always be my only love. I love you.”

And on another page, he wrote this:

“I never cared for too much, not that I didn’t love life, laughter or the company of a beautiful girl. Next in line was nature, feeding the birds, mostly the squirrels. Nature is so important, it is everything beautiful.
But foremost is what makes even nature smile… music. Without music we wilt and die. With music comes sex, friends and smiles; without it comes the END. The end brings darkness, death”

I truly hope that wherever Scotty is, that there will be musicians to jam with and listen to, friends to share good times with, girlfriends to love (and lie to) and a plenitude squirrels for him to feed.

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It was September of 1984 that my first band, The Invisible Party, opened for the Neats at Scorgies (remember them?). That gig was also, believe it or not, the first date I had with my wife Lynne. And here we are, Sunday September 29th, almost 35 years later and Lynne heard through the grapevine that the club’s venerable site on Andrews street was a “crumbling’ down” (please pardon the John “Cougar” Mellencamp reference, slight as it is), dashing all hopes that the club would ever find a new owner. More than a few good folks have left us over the past few years, some noted here, some not. Could the stage that so many have graced will be truly obliterated, never to return? This needed to be investigated!

Lynne and I stopped by this afternoon to take a few pictures of the demolition in process. While it wasn’t apparent at first, given the security gates surrounding the area, Scorgies was not being demolished… it was the building next door at 162 Andrews Street. Whew! I took a few pictures and it wasn’t till later, after reviewing Google street view, that Scorgies appeared to be untouched, albeit showing signs of age and a few cracks. So far, it looks like the “glimmer of hope” I was searching for in my previous post still exists. Who knows. The building lives on, empty as it stands right now, still full of grit, grease, grime and asbestos. Still, I’d like to to retrieve a piece of the old building for posterity’s sake, much like some Liverpudlian entrepreneurs have; just saw an Instagram ad touting fragments of a Cavern Club brick enclosed in acrylic selling for $29 each. Probably no such luck here!

Mementos? We got your mementos, right here in these pages. Plenty of memories from those days. Paul Dodd’s Polaroid pictures, Kodak memories from a ton of folks, posters and (thanks Duane) bootleg recordings. Tons of physical media that has been digitized and shared, as well as the ubiquitous posts on Facebook. I guess for now, thanks to the wrecking ball limiting itself to 162 Andrews Street, we still have the building that housed Scorgies

Hopefully that’s the end of the story for now… here’s a few pictures of the demolition that’s occurring next door:

Road Closed

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Couldn't enter the site, for obvious (safety) reasons

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Always controversial, the Resistors were a band unto themselves. With songs like “Bend Over, I Think I Know You” the Resistors certainly let you know where they were coming from. And now, it is time to say goodbye to their erstwhile bass player, Robert “Bobby” Berretone. If you hadn’t see Bobby out much since the band broke up in the early 90’s, that might be because he was confined to a wheelchair. I would often find him at soccer games, cheering his children on the playing field. Here’s the obituary, from the D&C:

Berrettone, Robert “Bobby B”

East Rochester: October 16, 2017. Survived by his children, Elisa and Abby, and nephews Michael, Collin, Devon, his niece Lily, several cousins, his longtime friend Craig Stewart and his very best friend, Sandy Stewart. A father, an uncle, a college professor, a businessman, a coach and a musician.

Graduated from East Rochester High School and the University of Rochester and then went on and did his graduate work at The William E. Simon Graduate School of Management, at the University of Rochester. In 1972 he founded Scarber Mailers with Michael Scarpino. In 1977 the firm evolved into Icon Direct, at which time it employed more than forty people. He operated the firm until 2002. He developed marketing campaigns for Xerox, Chase, City Bank, Kodak, the U of R and many other firms. He coached CYO basketball for ten years and played in a rock band form 1980-1990. He then recorded two successful CD’s. But his greatest accomplishment and joy was his two daughters-the light of his life.

He loved to see you smileā€¦.he wanted to make you laugh. Friends and family are invited to a mass at St. Jerome’s Church, 207 Garfield St, East Rochester on Saturday, October 21st at 9:30AM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to support research at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (nationalmssociety.org)

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RIP Bob Janneck

Rochester has lost another true original.. Bob Janneck passed away Nov. 17th, 2016. Bob was a key player in several bands and projects… the Insiders, Riviera Playboys, Hotheads, Luther & the B.B.B.’s, the Pawns, the Hidden Charms, The Imaginary Band, Ray Paul, Brian Lindsay & the Bootleggers to name but a few he was involved in. Bob worked for many years at Ashly Audio and then Whirlwind.

Bob Janneck was rock n'roll personified and one of the nicest guys you could ever know. RIP, Bob... Click To Tweet

 

Starting off with a bang; I’ve imported the Scorgies.com blog & will be expanding the content to incorporate other notable Rochester venues and gigs. It’s about time…