FAQ

Did Luke Weyermann ever play with Zot?

He claims to have on the Hillbilly Moon website.

by Tom Calderaro

It's possible if he did in England. I am not sure as I was not present. I know that there were a few players who contributed on a track or two. I think Tony Brock did some additional drum work at the Record Plant in L.A. But that was all I remember.

Posted by Bill at June 21, 2004 | Comments (0)

You mentioned the one TV appearance...were there any others?

by Tom Calderaro

Two only. The MTV spots and the Rock Palace show mentioned.

Posted by Bill at June 21, 2004 | Comments (0)

Was there any Zot paraphernalia made up?

by Tom Calderaro

I think some T-shirts...long gone and some buttons. Maybe I have buttons in my garage.

Posted by Bill at June 21, 2004 | Comments (0)

How and when did Zot form? Who were the original members?

by Tom Calderaro

Zot Insanity single cover

It's a bit fuzzy about the actual beginning but I would say about 1982-83. The original members were Randy Wayne, Patrick Knowles and Chris Stewart. See the two attachments. Bryant Simpson was added later I think about '84? Can't quote me on these factually as it was a long time ago. The band was definitely a tech-trio for sometime before the decision to add a bass player was made. There were various additions to the group for support as needed. I was involved closely through all the years Zot was alive being included in arranging/production and at times keyboards. Andy Thomas entered the scene when Randy went back to England to finish sweetening and mixing on the album. In preparation for the release of the record the band added Andy and I, known as "The Hi-Tech Brothers", to handle all keyboard responsibilities so Randy could focus all his attention on fronting the band. This was a marked departure from the trio days when Randy sang, played support keyboard parts AND synth bass. He deserves an MVP award for that trick alone. Also playing with us for those post-release" shows was jazz sax star Eric Merienthal, an old friend from Orange County. Eric had also played with us at the Rock Palace show which was a Don Kirschner-type live TV taping. We played with Huey Lewis & The News and Night Ranger. I was playing support keyboards off stage b/c of contract/union rules but that was fine as I always hated make up.

An additional bit of history about the early days of ZOT. In 1977 Huntington Beach High School graduated some interesting figures. In addition to myself (Tom Calderaro) that same ceremony included:

Randy Wayne, famous drummer Chad Wackerman and founding member of Hurley International sportswear Bill Hurley. Believe it or not Randy, Bill and myself used to surf together all the time and Bill Hurley remains a good friend. My mom has a graduation picture with the three of us just standing around!!!!

Also at that time (1977 to about 1983) we were hanging with friend Dave Diamond (graduated H.B.H.S. A year or two later). Dave came in and out of the ZOT circle several times and we played some shows together that pre-date the recording of the album. He was a genius on the Prophet Five and other synths. We hung at the Whisky-a-go-go with his sister's band "The Teenage Prostitutes". I'm not sure who it was but one of the girls from TTP went on to form the Runaways. I don't know what happened to Dave's sister Diane Diamond. Living close by John Crawford and Terry Nunn. Those three (Dave, John and Terry) as you know formed Berlin about the same time as ZOT released.

More....

I was using in my jazz Big band about the same time a bass player named John Patittucci. And when living within a mile of Randy and Pat was founding members of MEGADETH, most notably Dave Mustaine. As a matter of fact there was a bit of a rivalry (mostly a stylistic one) between ZOT and Dave Mustaine's various groups. Interesting history!

Posted by Bill at June 20, 2004 | Comments (1)

How did you guys get hooked up with MTV? What was that like?

by Tom Calderaro

That was the Managers work (Randy Phillips of Steiffel/Phillips). I was not included in the MTV sessions as that was a "core group" event.

Posted by Bill at June 20, 2004 | Comments (2)

Are there any "lost demo tapes" floating around out there, or other recordings that were not released?

by Tom Calderaro

Zot demo

Yes. I have the demo (see the .jpg.) also some live mono recordings and a post-Zot demo project I worked on that included Me, Randy, Bryant and guitarist Craig Olivas.

Posted by Bill at June 20, 2004 | Comments (1)

What was "the end" for Zot as a band? Why'd you beak up?

by Tom Calderaro

Mostly the record's lack-luster performance and a VERY
long hard history set the stage for everyone wanting to go off and try different things. Zot worked long and hard to get where they did and at the end it was mostly fatigue I think. Also musical styles changed and that band paradigm didn't seem to work anymore. I did however continue to work with Randy. On the above mentioned project and also with Maria Conchita's back-up band that included Randy, Pat and Bryan.

Posted by Bill at June 20, 2004 | Comments (0)

Any chance of a reunion?

by Tom Calderaro

Probably not but who knows...

Posted by Bill at June 20, 2004 | Comments (3)