Originally from Central New York Tony Blasting starting playing bass at age 15. He fell hard for the instrument. Throwing him full - force into practicing for hours on end to hone his craft. After learning as much as he possibly could on his own, Tony up the ante and decide to take proper lessons. He studied with Carmen Caramonica touring guitarists with Tony Orlando. Then later on with Buffalo’s own Greg Piontek. This helped shape Tony’s musical skills & knowledge as well as expanded his talent. He credits John Entwistle & Stanley Clarke for having a strong influence on his playing style. Besides playing electric bass, he plays upright & fretless bass, can sight read, has strong improvisational skills, knows theory, writes, and sings lead & harmony vocals, plays keyboards. Blasting moved to the Western New York area in 1980 to attend The University of Buffalo, successfully graduating in 1985. Since the move he has been playing around the Buffalo music scene for 20 plus years. With his diverse musical back round Tony has been able to gig with a variety of bands. Most notably a 5 year stint with the Lance Diamond Band ( show, lounge ) ,Mr. Funny ( classic rock ), Locomotives ( blues ), Night Rhythm ( jazz ), Tin Roof ( Dixieland ).
Tony has recorded in many studios in the Western New York area , BCMK , Mark, Round Robin & Select Sound to name a few. His band Mr. Funny put out a single to raise money for kids escaping drugs. He also has played on the “Show You Care” CD by Bruce Rounds; Glen Colton CD’s and has done various jingles.
The stage is where Tony Blasting is most comfortable. With a wealth of energy & enthusiasum his stage presence is entertaining and infectious. Since joining The Bleeding Hearts in 2002, he has been a major force. With a positive attitude & strong live performances Tony has been a welcomed addition to the band. Fast Facts
· Tony jammed with one of his heroes Stanley Clarke @ the Tralf in Buffalo, NY
· Has opened up shows for Righteous Brothers, Pieces of A Dream, Najee & Harold Melvin& The Blue Notes
· Played bass in 10 musicals including Godspell
· Ran Marathons, surfed, scuba dived
· Taught lessons