Prior to performing in concerts held all over the world, Peter started out a regular guy doing what regular guys do when they love to play music -- he and his childhood friends got together and formed Northern Lights and Hot Ice. Along with neighborhood friends, Josh, John and Dennis, the quad recreated cover songs of their favorite bands -- playing at neighborhood block parties and festivals -- attracting a following of friends, family and local fans.
For several years, the band played at the street fair, but one year, the electric was accidently turned off just before the guys were supposed to play. There was a crowd filled with friends like Lauren, Billy, Susan, Gary, Nancy and many other friends from East 15th & East 18th Streets. More than 100 people were chanting and screaming because they waited all day in the sun to see their friends play.
One of Peter's brothers in law, Johnny, decided that he could wire the band's equipment into the street lamp next to the stage. It saved the day and the band played their song list before the local area politicians decided to unplug and shut off the power to the band. I was young, but I remember my sister, cousins, aunts, uncles and Pete's parents sitting by the stage, singing along and clapping for Pete and the guys. I had a secret crush on two band members, but ultimately I was there to cheer on my favorite ... Peter.
This picture is from the 18th Street block party down the street from his home