Paul Kent recalls MWASB origins on Macgasm

During a 2010 interview with Neal Pann on Macworld Conference and Expo’s changing focus, conference general manager and Macworld All-Star Band guitarist Paul Kent talked about the band’s beginning:

“Originally it was an idea of Macworld’s Chris Breen and myself. We wanted to put together a group of Mac industry people to jam at Macworlds. Ilene Hoffman had an interest in taking over the legacy of the Mac the Knife parties – so we now had a venue and the basis for a band. Ilene referred drummer Dave Hamilton from The Mac Observer, and bassist Chuck La Tournous from RandomMaccess– both very accomplished musicians – and we had a foundation. Bob LeVitus on guitar, Duane Straub on bass, were added to the group as we prepped for the first gig at Macworld NY 2001.

The band has truly become a band of brothers – we all look forward to these parties at Macworld as a chance to renew the deep friendships we have formed. We exchange song ideas by email, someone sets up a server to host the songs we decide to learn, we learn them on our own, rehearse ONE TIME (a few days before the show) and then perform at Macworld.

For the last 7 years we’ve performed at the Cirque du Mac parties that Dave Hamilton hosts. Bryan Chaffin joined the group on guitar and vocals in 2002. We actually had two other original members – Tom Irish (amazing Mick Jagger impersonator) and Scott Scheinbaum on keys – but unfortunately they stopped participating after a few years as they got busy with other non-Mac related personal projects.”

The full interview is available on the Macgasm website.