Once called Long Island’s greatest live act ever, the Stanton Anderson Band is back, claiming their reign on the rock ’n roll throne. SAB helped create the Long Island music scene, paving the way for bands like Twisted Sister & Zebra. Their powerful live shows & popularity took Long Island by the ears & created a following of life-long fans that came out of the woodwork upon SAB’s reunion in 2000. It all started in the early 70's. Mark Fowler, a vocalist & harmonica player, moved up to Long Island & hooked up with bassist Larry Luby & guitarist Rick Silecchio. By 1972, the band’s line-up was in place & they began to storm Long Island with soulful sounds & blues-inspired rhythms.
The 70’s became the high point of the band’s success with highlights such as a legendary live concert at Rumbottom’s broadcasted on WLIR, a Nassau Coliseum gig opening up for the Marshall Tucker Band, and a slot on bills with huge stars including Southside Johnny & the Allman Brothers. Some often made the mistake of identifying SAB’s genre as “southern rock” based on the bands they were often opening up for, but the truth is – the band’s unique sound is sparked by a blend of soulful guitar riffs, bluesy lyrics & bass lines that gravitate down one’s spine creating the groove that is the Stanton Anderson Band. Supported by power-packed percussion & horns, rhythmic keyboards, and the raspy, cabaret voice of Mark Fowler, the band is a rock ‘n roll life-force destined for legendary greatness in the 1970’s.
However, with the 80’s hairband movement & new wave sound moving into mainstream music, SAB realized the 70’s rock phenomenon was coming to a halt & the band called it quits in 1982. Each band member found success over the next 20 years, building families & careers. Once in a while, a fan would recognize a band member in the street or in the supermarket & ask about Stanton. The band surely was gone, but clearly not forgotten. Then, nearly two decades later, the band reunited & Long Island came alive again! The feedback from the fans was astonishing.
Today the band line-up consists of the original members Mark Fowler, Larry Luby & Rick Silecchio with Bobby Simons on keyboard, Linda Mackley on drums, Tom Pecororo on guitar and the Skid Row Horns, led by Pete Tursi on trumpet, Ian Platt on tenor & bari sax, Mike Guido on tenor & bari sax, clarinet & flute, and Grace Tursi on tenor sax. They picked up right where they left off, booking gigs like opening up for Eddie Money, Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Marshall Tucker at the Westbury Music Fair & headlining performances at the Patchogue Theater and Brookhaven Amphitheatre to present the band a L.I.S.A award from the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. But, you can again find them lighting up the stage, back & doing what they do best – feeding the Long Island buzz with great live music.