A musician prepares for a one night concert


Bob Seger sang it once and it’s true for Tom Gutierrez: “Rock and roll never forgets.

Local musician Tom Gutierrez, also a teacher and coach at Rio Rancho High School, usually performs solo but recovers with his former band for just one night on September 10. Courtesy photo.

This Rio Rancho American High School history teacher and boys tennis coach still regrets missing the Van Halen concert in the 1980s in Duke City, when he was a teenager and his mother didn’t let him. to leave.
“They broke up the following year,” recalls Gutierrez, now 50, “and I never got over it.”
His band, “Hit Parade”, may have broken up, but they are reunited for a “one and done” concert.
Gutierrez, the band’s guitarist and singer from 2004 to 2007, and again on September 10 in a live performance, performed live earlier this month for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
After dodging the Hit Parade to join the Daddios, Gutierrez found his voice taking a beating, so he entered the Lenin and McCarthy duo, swapping voices to preserve his voice. His partner in this tandem chose to step down, leaving Gutierrez with a one-man band after their May 2019 final at Corrales Bistro.
Gutierrez had the opportunity in September 2019 to open for comedian Jay Leno at the Isleta Casino. He realized in June 2020 that the pandemic was choking live entertainment, so his performances at local breweries and resorts had to come to an end – for how long he didn’t know.
It turned out he was 13 months or older. He found the July 10 and 17 stakes on the patio at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa “phenomenal – both shows,” which is about all a solo acoustic musician could ask for.
“Music has to be fun for me,” says Gutierrez.
That’s what it’s become since growing up in the North Valley, where his mother preferred the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and the Eagles, and his father, who served in Vietnam, preferred the Fifth Dimension, the Carpenters and Dionne Warwick.
Their son, meanwhile, graduated from Cibola High School in 1989 and later Air Force veteran, was making his way: Van Halen, Warrant, Poison, AC-DC, Def Leppard, Tesla.
That hearing remains intact now because his solo acts feature a lot of “softer” music: “Sweet Caroline”, “Don’t Stop Believing”, “Hey Jude”, etc. Maybe his favorite track is from the band Elvin Bishop. Fooled Around and Fell in Love ”, which you can check out on his Facebook page.
Something else recently posted on his Facebook page was his latest idea for a new “record”; yes, he still calls them disks.
“Ideas come from the strangest places,” he posted. “I was getting ready this morning and an idea for a concept album formed in my head in about 15 minutes. I realized that power pop just isn’t for middle-aged people, even if we still love and appreciate it.We still love to have fun, but our lives are different than they were 25-30 years ago, and these things just aren’t covered by the music in our youth.
“So that’s the concept: a set of songs for those of us who still have a lot of life left and still want to have fun even as we face the challenges and changes and awakenings of our fifties. Cool and fun music for the coolest of the coolest! More to come, but I’m very excited to get started!
Suffice it to say, “Most of my demographics are my age, between 40 and 60, so I found that they liked to come and listen to the old songs… they listen to songs that are decades old. , and I thought, ‘Why not do an album, a bunch of songs, that sound like 80’s power-pop thing?’; words that apply to people my age – there’s a lot to love about being middle-aged. “
So far, his outings at Tamaya and the live performance with his Hit Parade bandmates Mike Pierce (lead guitar), John Fernandez (bass guitar) and Gary Gabaldon (drums), who called him to reunite again , will have to do the trick.
Hit Parade will rehearse twice, then meet at Red Gorilla Studios in northwest Albuquerque for a one-hour performance. Expect tunes from Ratt, Poison, Scorpions and Van Halen, among other music from some 40 years ago.
But don’t expect Gutierrez to come back in a group. Life is too much fun, teaching, coaching and scratching.
“I have a successful solo act,” said a grateful Gutierrez. “I have a home studio where I can create music whenever I want, so I think about whatever I wanted when I was young. Lots of these things, I got some now – and it’s awesome. “


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