Queens Theatre Rocks: Stories from Rock & Roll, Metal, Punk & the NYC Hardcore Scene from Those Who Were There

Monte Now Circle

(Queens, NY)— What were The Ramones like back in high school? What was it like to watch Dime-Bag Darrel from Pantera do a sound check? What bands did the most outlandish things that nobody knows about? And that age old question: what happened?

Join three musical pros—all have worked at Queens Theatre (QT)—who were there in the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, telling their most outrageous, honest, and true accounts of working in the music scene during the golden age of Rock & Roll in a two-hour Zoom roundtable discussion this Thursday, May 13 at 7:00 PM (ET).

This two-hour conversation will be filled with stories, photos, memories, and wisdom. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP at

“One of the pleasures of working at Queens Theatre has been getting to know people from different backgrounds, including these three incredible talents in the music industry,” says event moderator Dominic D’Andrea, QT’s director of community engagement. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with them and been consistently amazed when hearing stories about musical legends. Join us as they give us a behind-the-scenes look like you’ve never heard before!”

The panel features:

· Mike Lawler (Sound Engineer, NYC Punk, Hardcore, and Metal Scene)

· Monte A. Melnick (Ramones Tour Manager 1974 – 1996, touring the world nonstop, working over 2,200 shows, and author of the book “On the Road” with the Ramones’ Bonus Edition.)

· “King Willy” Mosquera (Guitarist, Bassist, Vocalist & Composer/ Music Producer, who played with the NYC band ATTAKKU for about 15 years.)

“At 22, I asked myself, am I playing rock music because I wants to be rich and famous, or because I love it? I’m still playing,” says “King Willy” Mosquera. “We lived through a golden era of music. All these years later, we have stories that need to be told.”

About Queens Theatre

Queens Theatre (QT) is a performing arts center located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, NY. Its mission is to provide high quality performances and programs that are accessible to the residents of Queens, the most diverse county in the nation. The Theatre’s work reflects and celebrates its community. QT theatre presents dance companies, produces, presents, and develops new works of theatre, family programming, community engagement events and initiatives, and offers a range of education programs onsite, in schools and in senior centers. In 2016, Queens Theatre launched, and has since expanded, Theatre For All (TFA), a ground-breaking initiative to advance the inclusion of disabled

people in the performing arts. Since COVID-19, Queens Theatre has produced a range of digital programming – readings of new plays, wellness checks with performances for seniors, original dance showcases, a Storytellers series, an online round of its TFA training program for Deaf/Disabled actors, and more.