The first song I learned was Deep Purple’s, Smoke on the Water and then Cream’s Sunshine of Your Love.
My dad told me about these two brothers, Angus Young and Malcolm Young who went to Catholic school just like Vincenzo and me. I asked what songs they played and he gave us AC/DC’s, Back in Black CD to listen to. I loved Back in Black. It was great, so we asked to see an AC/DC concert DVD and when I saw Angus Young playing I knew I wanted to play just like him.
So Vincenzo and I started playing together and taking some lessons. We chose to learn TNT, Back in Black, and Highway to Hell in that order. Pretty soon we thought we should form a band so we started V². V² stands for “Vincenzo and Vittorio” or “Vittorio and Vincenzo.” It really doesn’t matter. I was born first, about 1 minute before Vincenzo, so since I am oldest I guess V² is named after Vittorio and Vincenzo.
I love the sound of Angus Young and Malcolm Young’s guitars. My guitar teacher tells me I like the sound of the power chords. I guess I do and I like playing them LOUD. I also like Angus Young’s solos.
The first time we ever played in public was at our Cub Scout talent show where we played TNT and Back In Black but we did not sing. A month later was a talent show at our school, and we played TNT, Back in Black, and Highway to Hell and sang the songs too. Singing while playing is harder than it looks! My brother Vincenzo does most of the singing even though I think I’m a better singer.
A video was filmed about us at the catholic school talent show. You can see it on our concert on the Video Concerts Page. If you like it, press the like button so all your friends can see it too.
We held our first real concert when we were 9 years old at Rock Star University’s HOUSE OF ROCK. We played 6 original songs and 6 AC/DC covers. You can read the full page article that ran in the newspaper about our performance here. It was quite a show and I realized how much fun it is to perform in front of 300 screaming fans!
When we were ten, we delivered another big, live concert playing 12 original songs and 6 AC/DC songs at HOUSE OF ROCK and Jack Blades from Night Ranger interrupted our final bows to give us his personal guitar that he signed “To Vittorio and Vincenzo, Keep Rockin! Jack Blades, Night Ranger” Jack then asked us to play his favorite AC/DC song, Highway to Hell. My brother Vincenzo said we would play it if Jack would sing it, so Jack joined in. It was cool. Jack told the audience we were the greatest ten year old rockers he had ever seen. That was quite a compliment coming from the lead singer of Night Ranger. Those guys have been rocking the world for 40 years! You can read the article that was in the newspaper about the show here.
One afternoon, Ron Nevison stopped by to watch and listen to us when we were rehearsing at Rock Star University’s HOUSE OF ROCK. Ron Nevison is a legendary engineer and rock album producer who has produced over 75 rock albums including multi-platinum albums for Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, The Who, Heart, Chicago, Damn Yankees, KISS, Night Ranger to name a few. Ron watched us play Long Live Rock N Roll and I Like Doing This the Best and then stopped us and asked us to come off the stage to talk to him. I thought he was going to give us some advice, but instead he asked us if we would like him to produce our first studio album.
We had never done a studio album before, but he said it would be fun, and we had the time over the summer to do it so we spent 14 days in the studio, producing our first album, We Are V². Ron was right, it was a lot of fun, but was also a lot of work because I had to play every guitar part, both rhythm and lead, and sing every song too. My brother Vincenzo sang every song as well. We did lots of takes and then at the end of the day, we would listen to all the takes and decide which one was the best and whose vocals would be on the song. Some songs sounded better with my singing and some sounded better with Vincenzo. On a few songs we both sang either chorus or verses.
The album really turned out great. It was nominated for 7 Los Angeles Music Awards. In the 24 year history of the LA Music Awards, nobody has ever been nominated in seven categories. I was especially happy to be nominated for Guitarist of the Year.
We played two songs at the LA Music Awards show on November 12, 2014. We played the title track to our debut album, We Are V² and a song off the album that was nominated for Rock Single of the Year, Long Live Rock N Roll. Before we have finished our two song set the entire crowd was on their feet screaming and applauding for us. It was really cool. After we completed our songs, the producer of the LA Music Awards, Al Bowman came on stage with SEVEN LA Music Award plaques. We won ALL 7 Categories! Boy was that exciting! Best day of our lives! Check out the video of our LA Music Awards performance that has had over 1 million views.
You can see a full page article about our LA Music Awards night that was published in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat here.
Our debut album has done really well on the music charts. We have had four singles from the album reach #1 on DigitalRadioTracker.com’s National Rock Chart and the same four singles charted in the top 15 on Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales Chart, with Girls! Stars! Money! Cars! Reaching the #1 spot.
You can hear all the songs off our debut album by subscribing to our fan club.
We went back into the studio over Christmas that same year with Ron Nevison to produce our second album, Pass the Rock N Roll Torch. Here is a picture of the album cover. Pretty cool. We submitted it to the 25th LA Music Awards and it won Rock Album and Rock Single of the Year! We also won a Producer’s Choice Award for the documentary, V² Behind the Scenes, The Making of 11 Year Old Rock Superstars, that aired on MTV’s Palladia Network. You can watch that documentary on our Youtube channel by clicking on this link: V² Behind the Scenes.
I play the Star Spangled Banner on it, we cover AC/DC’s Long Way to the Top, complete with bagpipes and we added 8 new original songs. It’s a cool album, and like our debut album, we were only 11 when we completed all the songs in the studio.
Before our 12th birthday we played our third, big, sold out concert at Rock Star University’s HOUSE OF ROCK. I forget how many songs we played, but at the end of it, Michael O’Shea, owner of radio station 97.7 The River, Classic Rock for the North Bay presented us with a Gibson, Angus Young Signature guitar that was signed by all the 97.7 The River DJ’s and crowned us the Greatest 11 Year Old Rockers on the Planet! I thanked Michael O’Shea for the guitar and we played Long Live Rock N Roll on it. You can see a video clip of the concert on the Video Concerts Page.
We played a benefit concert over Thanksgiving that same year to raise money for the fire victims in Lake County. The concert was great. We got to meet Robby Krieger from the Doors and Danny Seraphine from Chicago who were part of a Classic Rock superband that performed right before we went on stage.
We played Led Zeppelin’s Rock and Roll and our original, Long Live Rock N Roll to a standing ovation. We then sold our debut album after the show raising over $3,000 and gave 100% of the money to Middletown High School’s baseball teams to replace their uniforms that were burned in the fire. It felt really good to perform in front of 1600 people and raise money for a good cause.
The cover that was eventually decided on was this one. It’s cool too.
Audio Fidelity Records told us they were going to promote the album heavily through their distribution channels but didn’t do much if anything with it, instead focused their efforts on the established classic rock acts from the 70 and 80’s that they already distributed. We canceled our deal with them as soon as we could and went back to just having fun playing music and cutting albums.
While still 12 years old we played our fourth, big annual concert at Rock Star University. 22 songs! This concert featured our favorite classic rock covers plus our best original music. 107.7 The Bone, the SF Bay Area’s biggest classis rock station sent Paul Tonelli and Chasta (of the Lamont and Tonelli morning show) to see us perform. Chasta was pregnant with her first child, Codie so Vittorio dedicated his original blues song, The First Time I Ever Tried to her “Baby Codie” and jumped off stage to play the solo right in front of Chasta. She still talks about it on the radio. At the end of the show, Chasta and Paul Tonelli interrupted our bows and presented us with a super nice hollow body electric guitar that was autographed by all the 107.7 Bone DJ’s.
We then went back into the studio to make a new album. We are big hotrod fans so we focused on our favorite cars songs and wrote some cars songs of our own. We called the album, Rock N Rods and it ended up with 7 of our favorite classic cars song covers like Little Deuce Coupe, Hot Rod Lincoln, I Can’t Drive 55 and we also recorded 6 original songs about cars. Here’s the coolest part. We have all the cars that the songs are about. Yeah, we have been collecting hotrods for this album. I’m not talking about model cars or HotWheel cars. REAL hotrods with blower engines, flathead engines, four speed transmissions, lowered, tubbed, chopped and channeled, you get the picture. When I said we are big hotrod fans I wasn’t kidding. So what we decided to do was make a calendar /CD package with the Rock N Rods CD attached to a calendar of the 13 cars that we wrote and recorded the 13 songs about. A couple of the cars took a bit longer to acquire or build so the release of the calendar had to be pushed out to 2019. You can buy a Rock N Rods CD and 2019 calendar here.
Half way through the Rock N Rods project while we were still 13 we held another, annual fan appreciation concert at Rock Star University’s HOUSE OF ROCK. We introduced a few of our car songs and played our favorite classic rock covers plus our most popular original songs. Eddie Trunk from Vh1’s That Metal Show came to our concert and interrupted our final bows to present us with a That Metal Show guitar that he signed and proclaimed us the greatest 13 year old rockers in the world. Because he was such a big KISS fan we played Rock and Roll All Night Party Every Day on the guitar he gave us. He loved it. You can see the video of the concert here and the newspaper article about the concert here.
You can also see a video of the photo shoot for the back cover of the Rock N Rods album here:
A couple months later the San Francisco Giants asked me to perform the National Anthem at one of their games. Being a big Giants fan and Vincenzo and I being baseball players, I was honored to perform the Star Spangled Banner to open the Giants game. Here’s the video of my performance:
We had a bit of a personal setback when the Tubbs Fire burned down our Santa Rosa home. We lost everything. Our home studio and rehearsal room and all of our musical equipment was lost including the special, autographed guitars that were presented to us at our annual concerts and the personal guitar Angus Young used in the 1980 Back in Black Tour that he endorsed over to us. It was heartbreaking. At 14 we moved to another town and attended a new school. Fortunately none of the cars were lost as they were located in a warehouse away from the fire. In retrospect we were fortunate to not be in the house when the fire swept through Santa Rosa area or we could have lost our lives along with all our musical equipment.
This summer we started rebuilding a 1936 Ford pickup truck and went back into the studio with Ron Nevison to cut a new album entitled Rock Show Girl. The 36 Ford will be done about the same time the Rock Show Girl album is released in the spring of 2019.
The Rock Show Girl CD has 14 songs. Rock Show Girl is the title track and is one of our original songs. The rest of the CD is our favorite rock songs about girls. The song order on the CD is as follows:
- Rock Show Girl
- Walk This Way
- Every Rose Has Its Thorn
- My Sharona
- Fat Bottom Girls
- Rock Candy
- Wonderful Tonight
- All Right Now
- Honkey Tonk Woman
- Girls Girls Girls
- Hey Hey What Can I Do
- Whole Lotta Rosie
Here is a sneak preview of a few of the songs off the new Rock Show Girl CD
If you would like to listen to the songs on our new album and receive a free song download of your choice, subscribe to our fan club. We’ll also let you know what songs we are learning and the details about our next concert. We will also make sure you get to see any concerts that get filmed.
And please get a V² hat and shirt to wear so people will ask you about us. When they ask, tell them to go to www.VSquared.Rocks and subscribe to our fan club. Every T-shirt and Hat that we sell goes toward our lessons and equipment so we can keep learning more songs and play better concerts for you.
Thanks for being our fan.