SAPPHIRE – We’ll Rock Your World
Written by Gerry Ulicny
Attending a performance by Sapphire is like going back in time to the 1980′s. The band often feels the same way.
“We play the same songs we’ve always played, since we were in high school, only now they’re classics,” says front lady vocalist Michelle Scribbick of Minersville. “Sometimes that just kills us!”
This popular local band is a reunion story, having come together in 1981, disbanded in 1986, then reunited in 2001.
“We find it cool that people keep telling us that not only have we played their prom or wedding but now we are playing for their kid’s proms or weddings,” Scribbick said. “Which is freaky and cool. Yeah, freaky cool!”
The female front for this now-Classic rock band is smoking hot onstage. She exudes so much energy you can’t help but feel it. She’s not the only one, though. All six members are on fire up there.
The band members and their main positions are:
Mike “Squeak” Melusky-drums
Michelle, Steve and Paul (Zelinsky) are members of the original band which formed in the 1980′s, before everyone finished college and moved apart.
This is a professionally-produced, strictly-covers band that really has an act together. Well, with all those years, I suppose they should.
“With this much time together and three of the original six members, it’s smooth,” said Scribbick. “We get along really well. They’re my best friends.”
Favorites on the band’s play list include a good mix of 70′s and 80′s fare. Songs range from selections by Boston, Fleetwood Mac (and also Stevie Nicks), Foreigner, Journey, and REO Speedwagon, to Bob Seger, 38 Special, and Pink Floyd. Some Cyndi Lauper, Pat Benatar, or Lita Ford might be in there, or even Billy Idol, Grand Funk Railroad, Eddie Money, STYX, and AC/DC.
To sum it up, with three vocalists and all that music, the band can cover just about anyone, but one of the hallmarks of their shows so far is the female lead with all-male band. Michelle’s got a lovely voice, even on the telephone (might be helpful as she works for a major business school in the area and does most of the talking for this band offstage) and she knows how to use it.
She also knows how to let the rest of the band take the spotlight when they deserve it. Each member of the band is a musician in their own right, but together they meld like the old friends they are for a “true to original” sound, as their website says.
Another thing Sapphire fans have come to expect is the light show. While it does have to be tailored to the locale, the band does the lights in true 70;s/80′s fashion. Let’s not forget the soundman, Jeff Jefferson. He says, “Michelle and the guys crack me up all the time, I love that job!”
It will be interesting to see how that comes out at Thunder Road in Shenandoah, where they play on May 8 (10 p.m. start) and then also at Amigo’s in Minersville, next up on May 22.
A brief Q&A with the band:
Q: What does your music say to the world?
A: Pay us more!!!!!!!! Lol…
Q: Why do you do it?
A: For the love of music!!!!!!!
Q: What do you do that no one else does?
A: Get along!!!!!!!!!!
Q: If you could describe your sound as a place and time, or a weather event, what would it be?
A: The 80′s, the 80′s.
Q: If you could bring someone back from the dead to tour with you, who would it be?
A: Elvis though we are not sure he is truly dead. We heard he had just left the building when we were playing at Amigo’s or was that Thunder Road… most likely Denny’s.
Q: Are you signed or talking with anyone, who?
A: We were just talking to the bartender from Denny’s..
Q: What’s the best thing about playing music in Pennsylvania? Are you natives?
A: Best is the people who show up for our shows and yes, we are all natives.
Q: Why should people come to your show?
A: We not only amuse ourselves but we tend to amuse all within earshot!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Q: Have you ever made a music video?
A: None that can be shown..
More on Sapphire can be found at:
Song Links & schedule: www.myspace.com/sapphirerocks