Norman Nardini, longtime Pittsburgh rock’n roller wrote the lyric “I’ve Been Doin It For Years Before Ya All Was Here” in 1979. Thirty four years later, he’s still doin it.
Look for him Fri., Aug. 16 at the Berkeley’ s Dauphin Grill. in Asbury Park. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. and admission is free.
In addition to his longtime friendship and collaborations with Jon Bon Jovi, he hhas shared concert bills with Aerosmith, Rush, KISS, Ted Nugent, Kansas and Canned Heat, among others.
Nardini spent the late 60’s and early 70’s doing covers and learning the ropes. In 1971, while living in Boston and attending the Berklee School of Music, Nardini spent a week playing guitar for music legend Big Mama Thornton and George “Harmonica’ Smith at The Jazz Workshop.
In 1975, as bass player for rock band “Diamond Reo”, he got his first national release and toured extensively through 1978 performing on shows with Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, Canned Heat, Kansas, Rush & Kiss. It was a great education. After two more releases, 1976’s “Dirty Diamonds” on the Kama Sutra label and 1978’s “Ruff Cuts” on Mad Dog Records. Norman left the band to start “Norman Nardini & The Tigers”, his first shot as lead singer, lead guitar and chief song writer.
The 1981 release “Eatin Alive”, recorded live at Cleveland’s legendary Agora Club, received a 4 Star Review from Rolling Stone’s record guide. The Tigers toured together through 1986. 1983 saw the CBS release of “Norman Nardini and The Tigers”, which featured Norman’s longtime friend, Jon Bon Jovi, on background vocals. In 1987, CBS released “Love Dog” which featured Rick Derringer, Dr. John and Paul Schaeffer.
Give a listen to Norman below: