The Empty Hearts feat. members of The Cars, Blondie, The Romantics, Chesterfield Kings

The Empty Hearts feat. members of The Cars, Blondie, The Romantics, Chesterfield Kings

Pete Donnelly (of The Figgs / NRBQ)

Oct 17 2014 · Fri

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$25 Tickets

This event is 21 and over

The Empty Hearts
The Empty Hearts
Wally Palmar Vocals/rhythm guitar/harp [The Romantics]

Elliot Easton guitar [The Cars]

Andy Babiuk bass [The Chesterfield Kings]

Clem Burke drums [Blondie]

“You can make it if you try/Take a little time/I can help you find a way to/Fill an empty heart.”

Even though THE EMPTY HEARTS feature members of Blondie, The Cars, Chesterfield Kings and The Romantics—as well as being christened by Little Steven Van Zandt from his super-secret list of unused band names—this is no cynically constructed super group. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Clem Burke, two-time Grammy nominee and MTV Video of the Year Award winning guitarist Elliot Easton, bassist Andy Babiuk and lead singer/rhythm guitarist Wally Palmar have parlayed a combined lifetime of rock ‘n’ roll into their self-titled 429 Records debut, a sterling collection of influences that include ‘50s American roots rock ‘n’ roll, ‘60s British Invasion and ‘70s garage-punk that is anything but retro, rather a refreshing return to core musical values.

There’s the clarion power chords of The Who’s “I Can’t Explain” in “Soul Deep”, the Stones-by-way of Chuck Berry twang of “Drop Me off at Home,” the Yardbirds’ bluesy R&B of “Meet Me Around the Corner,” the Led Zeppelin epic sweep of “Loud and Clear,” the “Wild Horses”/ “Dead Flowers” country-rock of “I Found You Again” and the Faces’ “Stay with Me” party vibe in “I Don’t Want Your Love.”
Pete Donnelly (of The Figgs / NRBQ)
Pete Donnelly (of The Figgs / NRBQ)
Pete Donnelly is a Southern New Jersey/Philadelphia based musician/songwriter. His latest record “Face the Bird” 2013, is a return to the exploratory side of “home” recording. The result is a wide ranging exposition of songs, unabashedly displaying some far reaching influences.

Densely hypnotic, Mod RnB, Swinging Pop; The music is moody with it’s exuberance and desolation, childish romps and descriptive lyrics.

“Face the Bird” was recorded in an unused store front in Ocean City, NJ. Off season in Oct/2012. This city, a near desolate locale, offered the perfect place to retreat to and write/record. That was until Hurricane Sandy flooded the island and much of the North East. A harsh ending to a prolific month.

The record was finished in the home studio, as well a couple Philadelphia studios, including Waking Studio(owned by producer Bill Moriarty) where the single “Got Caught Up” was recorded. This song was written while out in California writing with friend Shelby Lynne. Her vocals are from that original writing/recording session.

Pete, who was a member of the legendary band NRBQ, is also a founding member of The Figgs, which has a world-wide fan base, a hearty discography, and has toured and recorded several times with Graham Parker.

As the ever active bass player and song writer in The Figgs, founded in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. in 1987, Donnelly has spent the better part of the past 25 years touring with the band, as well as a number of other artists such as Soul Asylum, Mike Viola & The Candy Butchers and Tommy Stinson.

Living in the Philadelphia area more than a decade, when not on the road, Pete Donnelly has been performing, engineering and/or producing for a variety of artists, including G. Love, Death Vessel, Carsie Blanton, John Legend, The Capitol Years and Amos Lee.

Pete’s Music is built upon sturdy pop melodies, and played with a genuine sense of care, Donnelly’s songs are testaments to his artistry.
Venue Information:
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003