Last October marked the third year in a row I’ve been involved with the Johnny “Vatos” Tribute to Halloween and Oingo Boingo. I serve as music director, keyboardist and backing vocalist for the 18-piece band that includes former Boingo members John Avila, Steve Bartek, Johnny “Vatos” Hernandez and Sam “Sluggo” Phipps. My brother, Brendan “Bt4” McCreary, fronts the group, which also boasts a 5-piece string ensemble, horn trio and two backing singers. Together we smash through the hits of Oingo Boingo, playing selections from the band’s entire 17-year career and inflict Halloween chaos and mayhem on an unsuspecting world.
Here I am singing “Jack’s Lament” from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
For me, playing with these guys is not only a dream come true, but a welcome opportunity to get out of the studio and on stage in front of an audience. Scoring three tv series is a blast, but very little compares to being in front of thousands of screaming fans. One girl in the audience even kissed me, practically leaping on stage to do so! Rock stars might be used to this, but to composers, believe me… this is out of the ordinary! 🙂