Project: You and
Cosie worked together in Friendly Fire, too! Lots of
terrific young actors in that segment . . . any memories of that
Steve Bonino: I remember enjoying that shoot. Working with
Cosie is always a treat. Heís such a good actor.
C.A.P.E.R. you made several television appearances on series like Eight
is Enough and One Day at a Time. Did you remain
in Los Angeles mostly after working on C.A.P.E.R. or did you split
work between L.A. and New York?
Steve Bonino: I stayed in L.A.
any of these jobs stand out in your memory for any reason?
Steve Bonino: I remember being scared out of my mind on the first
shot of Eight is Enough. I was asked to drive a stick
shift car from off screen up to a certain curb area to pick up one
of the actresses in the show my character was dating. I had
never driven a stick before. One of the stage crew saved me
by giving me enough of a crash course that I was able to (barely)
drive up to the curb. Whew!
and Robert Emhardt both appeared in the television remake of Itís
A Wonderful Life with Marlo Thomas entitled It Happened One
Christmas. Did you actually get to work with Mr. Emhardt
again or see him during your time on the film? And do you
recall what your role was in the movie?
Steve Bonino: Yes, I was a smart aleck in a pool scene where
characters fell into the pool. I donít remember too many
specifics, but I did not get to work with Robert Emhart on that
C.P.: In a
handwritten questionnaire for Tiger Beat magazine you mentioned
you liked horror movies. So was it exciting to get to appear
in one of Alan Landsburgís killer insect films (okay,
technically theyíre arachnids), Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo?
Steve Bonino: I remember having fun shooting that movie.
Other than working on my role what I remember most was what an
incredibly cool guy Claude Akins was. Heíd be out there
working all morning and then get behind the food counter and serve
lunch along with the catering people to make sure everyone was
well fed and taken care of.
got to work with Michael Lembeck and Dennis Quaid in the wacky
comedy film GORP. What was that shoot like?
Steve Bonino: I remember having fun hanging out with the
guys. I learned a lot from them. There was something
special about Dennis Quaid. He seemed very interested in a
wide variety of subjects (I think I remember him reading about
astronomy), not just a self involved actor. I am so happy to
see him become a star.
acting something you moved away from gradually because you were
just devoting more time to music, or was it a conscious decision
to focus on the music?
Steve Bonino: I drifted away from acting as I developed a network
of musicians to work with over time.
you consider acting again?
Steve Bonino: I would consider acting again if it seemed a good
idea. For now, I'm dedicated to music.
said you began to set up a network of musicians to work with and
as a result you have performed with a staggering number of artists
over the years. What were some of your most memorable
Steve Bonino: On stage with Emerson, Lake and Palmer at Madison
Square Garden with my high school choir singing "Silent
Night" at Christmas time.
My favorite musical
moments have been on stage with my current cover band The Trip
when we get the crowd going . . . itís magic.
did you come to work with Screamin' Jay Hawkins?
Steve Bonino: A very talented drummer/composer friend of mine,
Shannon and I were in an original band together named 1X1.
He was friends with Herb Cohen who managed Screamin' Jay
Hawkins. Rik was playing drums on Screamin' Jayís album and
got me invited to the studio to sing some backgrounds.
done some film scoring as well. How does writing a score
differ from writing individual songs and did you enjoy it as much?
Steve Bonino: The scores I wrote were almost exclusively song
based, so it wasnít very different. I enjoyed it very
also worked as a session musician on a wide variety of
projects. In what ways does session work differ from playing
with a regular band? And can you recall any memorable
sessions you were part of?
Steve Bonino: I like being in a band more. The session that
comes to mind is one I did a few years ago where I was hired to
try to emulate Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nailsí singing style on
some original compositions. It was fun trying. Did I
get it? Ehhhhh.
have worked with a large number of cover bands over the
years. Were most of these bands ones you put together
Steve Bonino: I just gravitated to other musicians in different
groups over time. In the Orange County, CA music scene
almost everyone has played with everyone else in some situation.
C.P.: Do you
ever get the chance to perform original material with these
bands? Or did any of the bands you were in perform *only*
original material by the members?
Steve Bonino: I performed exclusively original material in
Tomorrowís Game, 1X1, Native Language, Black Spring, Lucid
Dreaming and now with my own band (coming soon). Iím also
working in a new original band called Children Of The Moon which
is still in the development stage.
currently performing with Gigmasters "Best Rock Cover Band in
the USA," The
Trip. Can you tell us how this band came
Steve Bonino: It is the remains of a previous cover band
incarnation called Gypsy Beggars which disbanded. Guitarist
Steve Fazio and I, who were members of Gypsy Beggars, joined forces
with guitarist Erik Johnson and a revolving door of fine drummers
(Greg Babcock, Jimmy Keegan, Pat Leon and now Mike Lewis) to
Trip. It has been my most rewarding cover band
experience to date.
Trip has a loyal following in Southern California, and rightfully
so! But really, do you ever get tired of playing that
Steve Bonino: Weíre still trying to get it right . . . maybe
tonight. : )
think itís interesting that you are essentially doing the same
kind of work your father did for so many years, in that you are
performing the standards of our day (classic rock songs) in
clubs. Do you think he was proud to see you carry on this
Steve Bonino: My dad loved "beautiful" music . . . Frank
Sinatra and the like. He always supported me musically but
thought the music I play is noise. Is he wrong? You
us something about Steve Bonino which might surprise us!
Steve Bonino: My nose is real, believe it or not.
projects do you have coming up in the immediate future?
Steve Bonino: "Steve Bonino - Peace Rocks" CD / download
album is coming out in the next couple of months (True North is
not going to be a separate release but will be part of Peace
Rocks, so there will only be one release.) I would love to
hear your feedback when it comes out. Also the Children Of
The Moon group and album currently in the development stage.
I will keep you posted.
Musically speaking, you've just about done it all! But is
there anything you havenít done that you would like to do in the
Steve Bonino: Have an original music career with my own original
compositions. I want to earn enough to give back by helping
keep music in our schools and communities. There are
programs out there now that I would like to become a part of and
help expand. Hey, whatís keeping me? . . . something else
for my to do list!
again for taking the time to answer our questions, Steve!
Steve Bonino: Thank you for carrying on the C.A.P.E.R. flame.
up to date with Steve at his website and at The Trip's website!