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Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg: The Basic Cable Band Bio

Hey guys! Meet LaBamba! He plays the trombone, sings like an angel, and covered his butt in honey and sat on some money. We asked LaBamba to fill out our little questionnaire, and here's what he had to say...

THE VITALS:
  • Real Name: Richard Alan Rosenberg
  • Nickname: LaBamba
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
  • Instruments Played in the BCB: Trombone, Vocals, Percussion
MUSICALLY INCLINED:
  • Favorite Instrument You Don't Play: Jew's Harp
  • Favorite Band: The O’Jays
  • Favorite Album: Frank Sinatra's Ring-A-Ding-Ding
  • Favorite Song Of All Time: “Backstabbers” O’ Jays
  • Favorite Song Of The Week: What? That’s a question for my kids.
  • First Band You Were Ever In: 9 Easy Pieces
  • First Concert You Ever Attended: Chicago - 1972
  • Favorite City To Play In: NYC
  • Favorite Venue To Play In: Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
  • Coolest Rock N' Roll Anecdote: Springsteen "Tunnel of Love" tour. Bruce is standing at edge of stage with band standing beside him. Bruce gives the order. "It's only a 10 foot drop, boys." And we all had to make the jump with him. I've never forgotten those words.
  • Craziest Tour Story: On the Conan tour last year – before leaving Pender’s home town of Kansas City, a huge delivery of BBQ is brought onto the bus for our ride. Not being able to consume all the BBQ, Mark and I notice a truck of hogs riding next to us. We opened the window and threw BBQ ribs into the hog truck while speeding neck and neck down the highway.
  • Coolest Fan You've Ever Met: My hat maker, Tony Lippi
PERSONAL TASTE:
  • Favorite Movie: "Drums Along the Mohawk" and "Abbott &​ Costello Meet Frankenstein"
  • Favorite TV Show (Besides CONAN): Ever? "The Wild Wild West" and "The Twilight Zone"
  • Favorite Food: Pancakes with 100% real maple syrup.
  • Drink Of Choice: Absolut Vodka, Orange, Cranberry &​ Peach Schnapps
  • Favorite Comedian: Jimmy Pardo
  • Favorite Holiday: Any holiday that makes a three day weekend!
  • Favorite Sports Team: The Jets
  • Favorite Pair Of Shoes: My black and white spectators
  • Favorite Item Of Clothing: My hats
  • Favorite Smell: BBQ
POTPOURRI:
  • Lucky Charm: My wife
  • Pets: A red-eared slider turtle, and two goldfish
  • Scariest Movie You've Ever Seen: "The Shining"
  • Best Halloween Costume Ever: Davey Crockett
  • Other Secret Talents: Artist – creating dioramas and pine wood derby cars. Bringing up kids.
  • Best Conan Story: My best Conan story is also my greatest personal achievement to date and that includes playing with Bruce Springsteen at The Super Bowl. On September 16th, 2008, in the final months of "Late Night", Conan and the music staff awarded me the opportunity to have my own band play on the show in support of our CD Grapefruit Moon, The Songs of Tom Waits. Wow! What a rush! Eternal Thanks!
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