Tom Petty Tribute – Damn The Torpedoes – Bio
Rich Kubicz, who plays the role of Tom Petty in the show, has been playing guitar and singing since his early teens. By 2007, so many people had told him that he looked and sounded like Tom Petty that he decided to put together Damn The Torpedoes as a tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Not knowing much about the tribute world at the time, he started by finding some of the best local musicians and trying to replicate that iconic Heatbreakers sound. The goal was to play all of the studio hits, some of the live versions and a few deep cuts to create the illusion of a Tom Petty concert performance. This meant that each band member would need to find the same sounds as on the records and play their parts note for note.
Over the years Damn The Torpedoes has evolved with a deeper understanding of the Tom Petty catalog and more committed members. The current lineup has been in place for several years and demonstrates the unspoken chemistry that makes any great band. All of the signature riffs, harmonies and underlying parts of the music are there—and the show has become “second
nature” with an artistry and emotion that makes audiences smile. Or as Rich likes to say, we deliver the “awe factor” in every performance.
Jimi Alan (Mike Campbell… Lead Guitar) Jimi has been playing guitar professionally for over 30 years in many bands and original music projects. With experience in various styles of music including Funk, Rock, Blues, and R&B, Jimi has mastered the techniques to play note for note renditions of some of the greatest lead guitarists and can create identical guitar sounds. Jimi is also an experienced sound technician and recording engineer.
Gary Castelluccio (Benmont Tench/Scott Thurston… Keyboards, Piano, Guitar, Harmonica, Backing Vocals) Gary has been involved with music and performing since the age of 13. He started with guitar and later learned to play keyboard and harmonica. Over the years, he has played in many bands , original projects and studio sessions. His experience and versatility has helped him to become a consummate side man adding support and color to the bands he works with.
Jon Provan (Ron Blair/Howie Epstein, Bass Guitar and backing vocals) Jon caught the music bug young, playing and singing in rock bands, a cappella groups, sax quartets, theatre pits, recording studios and more. He’s also laid down his bass groove for many indie and original bands. . When not on stage with DTT, Jon a theatrical performer, award winning writer, and a solo artist.
Ross Kantor (Stan Lynch/Steve Ferrone…Drums/