1989

Lonesome Crow is Born

Lonesome Crow #1 (August 1989-October 1989)

Chris Bennardo Keys
Phil Brucato Bass
Bill Richardson Voc, Gtr
Todd Sale Gtr
Mike Stilwell Drums

This was the first real incarnation of the band that had a complete lineup, that practiced and began to write songs. It wasn't until Mike Stilwell answered an add for a drummer that things really began to take shape. Before that, Todd Sale, Phil Brucato and Chris Bennardo, all current or former VCU students who lived in the same block in the Fan, had been jamming together in various places, attempting to put something solid together. Bill Richardson, who lived in the same building as Phil and Chris, heard the awful racket one day, and wanted to join in. Answering an ad for a drummer on the VCU Campus, the guys met Mike Stilwell. He was of the same mind, wanting to jam, and he joined. Once Mike was on board, the task looming was difficult. The musical tastes and backgrounds were diverse, and it led to style problems. Chris and Bill had a pop background and style, while Mike, Phil and Todd were from a rock and heavy metal background. Differences emerged during those formative months, and Bill ended up backing out.

Lonesome Crow #2 (October 1989-December 1989 )

Chris Bennardo Keys
Phil Brucato Bass, Vocals
Todd Sale Gtr
Mike Stilwell Drums

With the departure of a member, the next task was to find not only another guitarist, but a singer. The band looked to find both in one person. While auditioning and searching, the work began on some of the bands earliest compositions. At this time, 'The Big Lie', 'Victoria's Soliloquy', 'Ancient Swords', 'Society', and 'The Song of Pesitlence' began to take form. Phil handled vocals, but it was obvious that someone other than Phil needed to take the reigns on the vocal front. The band started to form a sound, which was obviously hard rock, tempered by Chris Bennardo's keyboards.

This was also the time when a name was finally settled on. After starting out as 'Revelations,' then 'Silent Alliance,' the group settled on naming themselves after a Scorpion's album, 'Lonesome Crow.'

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