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Exclusive: moe. drummer Vinnie Amico on Buffalo sports, upcoming plans & more

moe. / Photo courtesy of Denise Kovalevich
moe. / Photo courtesy of Denise Kovalevich
Darren Paltrowitz
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Founded in 1990, moe. carved a niche for themselves with a distinct blend of Americana, melodic turns, clever songwriting, and jam band ethics. Members Vinnie Amico (drums), Rob Derhak (bass/vocals), Chuck Garvey (guitar/vocals), Jim Loughlin (percussion/vibes) and Al Schnier (guitar/vocals) have built a dedicated following through their extensive touring and musical output.

moe.down -- the New York band's namesake festival, now scheduled for its 17th edition -- officially kicks off moe.'s summer touring season. The band will team up with jam titans Blues Traveler on the co-headline All Roads Runaround Tour, as presented by SiriusXM JamON. The summer run will showcase one set from each band plus a very special collaborative set each night. Special guest G. Love will join as support.

I had the pleasure of doing Q&A with moe. drummer Vinnie Amico, and a few questions from that interview are below, exclusive to Sportskeeda. For tour dates and more information on moe., please visit www.moe.org.

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If I've done my research correctly, you grew up in Upstate New York and went to SUNY Buffalo. Are you still a fan of the Bills and/or Sabres?

Vinnie Amico: I am still a fan of the Bills and the Sabres, although I haven’t really paid much attention to hockey because the Sabres have not been good for quite some time.

The Buffalo area has spawned a lot of major recording artists, yet there isn't much of a "Buffalo scene" that I'm aware of. Did moe. have a lot of run-ins with the Goo Goo Dolls or Billy Sheehan in years' past?

Vinnie Amico: Not really. We did record an album at the Goo Goo Dolls' studio a few years back and Robby [Takac] was there a few times, so we hung out and talked a bit.

What was the last live sporting event you attended?

Vinnie Amico: Buffalo Bills vs. the Raiders at New Era Stadium. We smoked them.

Have you ever been part of a national anthem performance at a sporting event?

Vinnie Amico: Never.

Sports aside, what does the near-future look like for moe.?

Vinnie Amico: moe. has a busy summer, starting with Summercamp Music Festival, the Red Rocks in Colorado, then moe.down, then an extensive summer tour with Blues Traveler.

Finally, Vinnie, do you have a career accomplishment you are proudest of?

Vinnie Amico: Getting to play music as my career is a major accomplishment. I have also gotten to play with many of my musical idols/influences. And I’ve gotten to play at many of my dream venues, where I grew up seeing concerts and dreaming of being on those stages.

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Edited by Nishant Jayaram

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