“April Fool” was formed in early 1988 by drummer Walt “Wiggy” Kaye who enlisted guitarist Chris Rocus, bassist Chris Mock and vocalist Dave Stradling. First order of business was a four song demo recorded at Dave Ivory’s studio “Iris Sound”. April Fool then hit the club circuit hard while the song “Bad Boy Willie” was receiving local Philadelphia airplay, resulting in the bands live concert following starting to grow.
When Dave Stradling decided to leave, the band hired vocalist Jay Regan, got right back out playing and began writing for the 2nd album, but the audience started to dwindle with the advent of grunge. This led to the departure of Roberto Lombardi who wanted to front his own band “The Rage”.
After Jay Regan left in 1991, Dave Stradling rejoined the band with Joe Bisbing joining on bass, but they played sporadically until mid 1993 when Dave Stradling again left. Joe Bisbing then followed suit to join Michael Kelly Smith in “Razamanaz”. In mid 1994 the band again regrouped with a returning Lombardi joining Kaye, Smith and new vocalist Jerry Mihalcik. They played only one show before the band ended for good later that summer.
The classic “April Fool” lineup of Lombardi, Smith, Kaye and Stradling and the music they made continues to draw interest from fans.
2. Playin’ To Win
3. Take Away The Heartache
4. Bahama Mama
5. Help Me Understand
6. Next Time Around
7. Steppin’ Out
9. Sleepless Nights
10. Bad Boy Willie
11. Can’t Stop Rockin’
12. Hey Molly
13. Chain Of Love
George Smith: Guitar, Background Vocals
Walt “Wiggy” Kaye: Drums, PercussionDave Stradling: Lead and Background Vocals, Keyboards
April Fool – Playin’ To Win (2014)
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