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.
I met the guys in ZO2 a few years ago when they had opened for KISS and as I have mentioned in past reviews had already known of their members previously from their work with either KISS tribute bands and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. I really enjoy their sound as it’s a solid and grooving Hard Rock that we don’t always get a lot of exposure to these days and the time is right for such a vibe in the Rock world to return in full force. The guys have been very busy over the last year as they had been the stars of their own scripted reality program called “Z-Rock”. The show is a comedy series on IFC (or the Independent Film Channel) and on this show we follow the guys who are on their own quest for Rock stardom at night while performing at kids parties during the day as the “Z-Brothers”. “Z-Rock” follows the bands misadventures and the colorful characters that they encounter along the way. The cast includes the real life Z Brothers David and Paulie, Joey Cassata, comedians Lynn Koplitz, Jay Okerson and the one and only Joan Rivers. It’s a show that you either loved or hated as a fan of the band and that is where we have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that if you loved the show you will be happy to know that it is returning for a second season and the bad news is that if you hated it, well, it is returning for a second season.