Musician shows other side for Sept. 11 benefit concert
Post Independent StaffMusician Ted Fiorino uses all different musical genres to express himself.The lead singer of Damned Society, a new-aged, energetic band, Fiorino also sings in the Colorado Symphony chorus and is the lead singer for Lights, a tribute band to1970s icon Journey.Saturday, Fiorino will perform with Damned Society and Lights at the first annual 9-11 tribute concert at Two Rivers Park.Lights performed a free concert for valley residents during Strawberry Days in June.”I feel the country is in a lot of turmoil and people are going to be faced with a hard decision about what they want to happen,” Fiorino said. “It was a terrible catastrophe, and people need to take the time to really reflect what’s going on in the country and what we can do to make the world a better place.”Fiorino wants the concert to have a patriotic feeling and plans on having a moment of silence in remembrance of Sept. 11.Swapping between an established 1970s persona and a cutting-edge personality isn’t easy, Fiorino said.Doing his “Steve Perry thing” – the lead singer of Journey – is like jumping into character, whereas leading Damned Society is personally expressive, Fiorino said.Fiorino’s exposure to a variety of music began the day he was born.His mother who went to the prestigious Juilliard music school in New York, exposing Fiorino to all types of dance, theater and music. As a child, Fiorino acted in television commercials for Kool-Aid and First Bank.The first band Fiorino started was a Christian-based band, and in 1991, Fiorino performed for Pope John Paul II via satellite.”I’ve always gotten a lot of enjoyment out of all different genres of music,” Fiorino said.Fiorino is a fan of tribute bands and has thought of starting a Led Zeppelin tribute band or a Stone Temple Pilots tribute band but for now, he’ll just have to stick to classical, Lights and Damned Society.”I’m really excited to come back to the Valley,” Fiorino said. “We really enjoy our stay every time we come.”Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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