We’ve been supporting the guys in ZO2 since we first heard them with the album “Tuesdays & Thursdays” and since that time had begun reviewing their music and shows.  I even reviewed their sophomore recording “Ain’t It Beautiful” for Metal Edge magazine when the opportunity allowed me to do so and one would hope that such exposure in a magazine like that would have given a promising push.   The boys are also stars of their own hit scripted reality show called “Z-Rock” and it does have its moments and sure seems to please their fans as they present to us their day to day antics.   Today would be something special to find Paulie, Dave and Joey partaking in and that was “Record Store Day”.  The band would make a stop at J&R Music World and not only sign their releases and photos but also deliver a brief set for free.  Considering everyone’s economic state right now, that is an awesome treat.  To read our synopsis of the set just click their logo to be taken to the article on the main PiercingMetal.com site.   We also recommend that you scroll further down this blog post to enjoy some additional candid moments and images that are only presented here from this fun afternoon.

Since this was Record Store Day down at J&R Music World, we wanted to present some other images from the event that we hope you enjoy.

Record Store Day Is In Effect

There were a number of artists appearing at the long standing music shop today but we did not get there early enough to enjoy them all.  We did arrive when the legendary Folk singer Judy Collins was doing some performance and story telling for her fans that had assembled in the store.

Judy Collins

Though I grew into Rock at a very early age, my Mother used to listen to Judy’s music and probably still does for that matter.  I have fond memories of her playing her albums on the stereo when I was little.

Judy Collins

Judy told some tales about her early years and the way the music scene was back during this time and brought up folks like James Taylor and Joan Baez.  She even sang a few bars of the singers “Diamonds and Rust”, which most of the Metal faithful know as a song once covered by Judas Priest.  I didn’t photograph her performance segment based on the vantage point that I had and left the images to be from when she met with the fans and signed their records and CD’s.  One guy was so happy with all of his records being signed and a few of them were the same records that I remembered my Mom playing.  If you are open to the more Folkish side of things then you should really give a listen to what Judy is all about.  She has been doing her thing for more decades than most and still has a nice voice at the age of 71.  Judy would end her part of the afternoon by singing “Amazing Grace” and all who were in the store for her joined in.

ZO2 Signing Session @ J&R Music World

Here’s a couple of shots of the guys doing their signing.  We didn’t add any of the fan faces since we did not recognize any of them this time around but there were a good hundred or so that were anxious to meet these Brooklyn rockers.

ZO2: Paulie and Dave Z with Joey Cassata (middle)

A lot of people had brought the DVD up to the table to be signed as well as the CD’s.   I tried to locate a link on the IFC Channel so you could watch a couple of episodes of it to get a better idea but was not able to find one.  I guess with the DVD available that you will have to go that route.

ZO2!!!!

Here’s the set list that you missed if you somehow were unable to come down for the fun.  Those out of town fans are forgiven, but this was a nice afternoon in the Big Apple so if you lived here you are on our list.

The ZO2 Set List for Record Store Day

Joey was slamming down the beat on a cool and apparently new set of red Ludwig drums.  I snapped a shot of them since I felt that they looked rather nice.

Joey Cassata's Ludwig Drum Kit

The dude was pounding so hard that he actually broke the front skin on his bass drum.  Look closely to your lower left and you can see the small space that his percussive might left on the poor defenseless drum head.  He even knocked the ring out.  Sigh, you just cannot give drummers anything without risking damage.  LOL

Music Battlefield Losses care of ZO2 drummer Joey Cassata

Before we go, we mentioned how we reviewed the band’s “Ain’t It Beautiful” for the now defunct Metal Edge magazine. Since the chance to enjoy a copy of that is very hard to do with that being the case, we included that particular review in our own synopsis of Metal Edge release narratives. Just click THIS LINK and scroll down to find the ZO2 one. We hope you enjoy what you see.