Each summer, brother Tim would have a summer cookout and naturally, friends and family would gather in the backyard of his Cranford home. Without question, each time, there would be music being played and invariably it would involve Tim and myself playing some songs we knew. A few of these songs would be John Mellencamp tunes. Well, back then it was John Cougar, then John Cougar Mellencamp. Each year more and more songs were added to our repertoire, but nothing significant enough to call it a band. Eventually, our other brother Chris and a friend, Andy, would join us with Chris on Drums and Andy on Bass.
Then I opened my big mouth.
One day in my brothers and I were in the car going somewhere and I said "We should do a John Cougar Tribute band. We know quite a few of his songs and everyone keeps telling me I sound like him". After some hemming and hawing, they agreed. We asked Andy if he's play bass for us, he said yes. We assembled a short set of JCM songs and when we thought the time was right, we brought in Sally to sing the female vocal parts. I don't recall how or who brought her in, the details are fuzzy but I think it was Tim. We needed a keyboard player and we knew that would be the tough part, but as it turns out, Tim had a neighbor who played the keys and we were surprised when he said yes. Alec joined us and then the work began on the music.
Things were going well and we were learning songs and sounding good. Sadly, Andy had to depart because of other obligations. But fortunately, Sally or Alec new of a bass player and in a short time, Paul joined us on bass. The photo above is the yet to be named band performing at Tim's backyard bash in the Summer of 2000.
After considerable debate for quite some time, the name of the band was pulled from a line in R.O.C.K. in The USA by Sally and Paul. Weary of debate, we settled on the name "Pipe Dream" which would be our name for several years.