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Whatever happened to David Petratos?
Feb 18th, 2005 at 11:27am
 
David Petratos took over as the Romantics' drummer after Jimmy Marinos left the band in 1984, and recorded one album (RHYTHM ROMANCE) with the Romantics.  He stayed with the band through the remainder of the 1980s until Clem Burke became the Romantics' third drummer in 1990.

Whatever happened to David Petratos?  Has he been heard from since his Romantics days?  I've read that during the late 1980s, he sang Jimmy's vocal parts during Romantics gigs, but did he sound anything like Jimmy?
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Reply #1 - Feb 18th, 2005 at 11:43am
 
Actually, I have a whole show on video with Dave on drums from 1986 and he did sound similar on vocals when he sang Jimmy's parts. He of course also played left handed on a drum set that was set up for a right handed drummer, just like Jimmy did.
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Reply #2 - Feb 19th, 2005 at 5:08am
 
I saw three shows during the David Petratos era and I thought his vocals sounded uncannilly similiar to Jimmys. Probably why the record company/management pushed for him to be in the band.  I still have a Cream magazine article where it was reported Detroit drummer Ralph Serafino was replacing Jimmy on drums, which obviously never happened, but I have never heard how the band found petratos.
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Reply #3 - Feb 19th, 2005 at 9:32am
 
I, too, saw many shows with David on drums, and vocals - and he was amazing!  I, personally, really liked David . . . and thought he was a great person to fill Jimmy's shoes (that's not easy to do!).

Does anyone know what happened to him?

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Reply #4 - Feb 19th, 2005 at 11:53pm
 
Personally I always thought that David Petratos' vocals added to the shows.  In a way he sounded a lot like Jimmy, but I think he might have had a greater vocal range. 

Having two lead vocalists in a show is the only thing I think the band needs right now.

I asked Wally after a show in 1986 if they had had auditions to fill Jimmy's vacancy because I would've tried out (more or less to fulfill my fantasy of playing with them) if I had known where and when they were.  Wally said that the band's management had secured David's services and from what I've heard since then, he might not have been what the band wanted, but they had no say in the matter.
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Reply #5 - Feb 21st, 2005 at 8:32pm
 
I asked Wally after the first non-David show I saw what happened. All he said was, "Oh, he went back home to Florida to be with his family." I wonder if he's playing in some local band somewhere now? Also, I have a copy of a live radio broadcast from late 1985, during the early weeks of the RR tour, and I've always felt David's vocals -- based on that -- weren't all that great. I didn't notice it during the shows I saw with him (totaling maybe six or seven), but this particular broadcast certainly didn't do him any favors.
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Reply #6 - Feb 21st, 2005 at 9:04pm
 
Jimmy's shoes are a hard act to follow, although personally, I felt David did a good job. 


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Reply #7 - Feb 22nd, 2005 at 10:42am
 
I've never seen Dave Petratos play at all.  I sure wish I had seen Jimmy when he was with the band though... Tongue
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Reply #8 - Feb 22nd, 2005 at 11:52am
 
I saw him play with the Romantics at the Living Room in Providence R.I.  I remember being a little put off hearing him sing Jimmy's lead parts.  His voice was similar to Jimmy's, but his drum playing did not even come close.  I felt he was simply flailing about; really not into the music at all. Sad
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Reply #9 - Feb 24th, 2005 at 2:01am
 
I was at a show in Cincinnati waaaaay back when (early 86?), and someone tossed a plastic beer pitcher that almost nailed David right in the face (Wally had seen it coming and ducked). Naturally, Dave got pissed off, but it was impossible to tell who threw it. My buddy looked at me and casually said, "Must have been a Jimmy fan."
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Reply #10 - Feb 24th, 2005 at 3:50am
 
A meeting should have been called, problems worked out, differences put aside, apoligies made, hatched buried, egos dropped, and everything possible should have been done to keep Jimmy in the band.  Enough said.
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Reply #11 - Feb 24th, 2005 at 10:31am
 
The subject of Jimmy seems like such an incredibly complexed and somtimes bitter issue, both with the band and the fans. I became a Romantics fan in 1980. First show I seen was the now-famous Pine Knob show where the guys tossed their red leathers into the crowd...etc.  I've seen every version of the band since, except the latest with Brad. In my "joe nobody" opinion,  Jimmy was an irreplacable element. I have nothing but respect for Wally.  His talents, drive and leadership certainly keep the Jimmyless version of the band afloat. Marinos might have been the arrogant, over-the-top rock star of the band but he was powerful and unique. I've been to well over 400+ concerts and other than Josh Freeze of Perfect Circle/Paul Westerberg..etc and Fred Leblanc of Cowboy Mouth, nobody hit the skins as hard as Jimmy...
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Reply #12 - Feb 24th, 2005 at 2:25pm
 
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nobody hit the skins as hard as Jimmy...


I'll have a double helping of that.  Jimmy Marinos drummed with a ferocity that I've seen rivaled or surpassed only by the likes of Keith Moon, John Bonham, and Ringo Starr.  Good company.


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Reply #13 - Feb 25th, 2005 at 10:25am
 
If you are just comparing apples to apples, then yep, Jimmy was the PERFECT accompaniment for The Romantics drummer, however, the personal stuff unfortunately took over and, as we all know, sometimes those things don't mend themselves.

Luckily, the band has survived.  Wally is an amazing talent, Coz an incredible guitarist, and Skill wonderful, as well.  Haven't seen Brad drum for the band, so can't really speak to him.

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Reply #14 - Feb 25th, 2005 at 10:57am
 
Lori,

I think you'll be pleasantly surprised when you DO finally see Brad play-- he is friendly, funny, and definitely puts on a great show! (and his wife Chloe is just as nice!)  I can't compare him to Jimmy on the drums, as I have never had the honor of seeing Jimmy play except on videos... But to see him (Jimmy) on New Year's Eve singing, I imagine he is maniac on the drums as well! (You could definitely see his ego--all eyes were on him when he was on the stage!)

Personally, I like Brad Elvis better on the drums than Clem Burke-- Clem seemed "laid back" to me (personality-wise when he's playing) Smiley  Brad is a lot more fun to watch--and, it seems to me like he always knows where the camera is (at least when I'm taking photos--he seems to "pose" and make some funny faces for the camera... but then again, that may just be my imagination... Grin )

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Reply #15 - Feb 25th, 2005 at 11:39am
 
When Jimmy Marinos was in the Romantics, it was difficult to avoid the feeling that he was the band's frontman (although he sat in back at the drums).  Jimmy had rock star charisma by the truckload. 

As far as day-to-day management of band activities, however, Wally Palmar was probably the actual leader of the band...its musical director and public relations man.

Jimmy went out to seek greener pastures when it seemed that the Romantics had gotten as far as they would get on the trajectory they had embarked on.  It's unfortunate that solo stardom for Jimmy didn't materialize as the 80s wound down.

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Reply #16 - Feb 25th, 2005 at 8:26pm
 
Jimmy had/has 'rock star charisma', that's for sure.  He was pretty damn awesome to watch during the 80's - very electrifying.  I thought that the band couldn't get any better then - it was quite a time!

But, the only constant is change.  I thought David was a good replacement for Jimmy, and also liked Clem. 

Can't think who the drummer was when I saw The Romantics at the North Star Bar many months ago in Philly.  Lin??????????????

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Reply #17 - Apr 2nd, 2006 at 12:02am
 
Last night I just watched the show I have from April of 86 at the old Second Chance in Ann Arbor with Dave on drums. It's amazing how much Dave looked like Jimmy from a short distance when he was behind the drums, especially since he played a right handed kit left handed, just as Jimmy did. One thing I forgot about this show was what an excellent voice Dave had. He actually took the lead vocal on "Rock You Up" and added excellent back up vocals on many of the songs. His playing style is even very similar to Jimmy's. I wonder why he left the band so quickly. I forgot what a great fit he was with the Romantics, but they seem to find really excellent drummers when they need one, as is obvious whith Brad.
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Reply #18 - Apr 3rd, 2006 at 12:17pm
 
Guess who was at the show at the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood yesterday?  OK, well maybe it would have been a bit tougher to answer had I not posted the question here! Wink
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Reply #19 - Apr 4th, 2006 at 1:29am
 
Really, how interesting!
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Reply #20 - Apr 4th, 2006 at 9:55pm
 
Solodka, what's he doing now?  Is he still drumming?  How's his hair?
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Reply #21 - Apr 4th, 2006 at 10:20pm
 
Well, I didn't know who he was at first!  I thought it was either Barry Manilow or Rod Stewart. Yes,  he still has all of his hair!  Looks like he has a ton of it!  And I think that he has a very lucrative tile business if I heard correctly.
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Reply #22 - Apr 4th, 2006 at 11:31pm
 
Ha!  Did you get a photo of him?
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Reply #23 - Apr 5th, 2006 at 4:15am
 
Yes, that would be interesting to see! Did you talk to him at all?
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Reply #25 - Apr 5th, 2006 at 4:41am
 
Iris, what the hell does that video have to do with Dave Petratos? 

Barry Manilow, maybe I can see a connection...........
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Reply #26 - Apr 5th, 2006 at 8:58am
 
BrewCity wrote on Apr 4th, 2006 at 11:31pm:
Ha!  Did you get a photo of him?

No, I didn't.  Like I said, I didn't know who he was until later on!  By that time I didn't have my camera!
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pinkbubelz wrote on Apr 5th, 2006 at 4:15am:
Yes, that would be interesting to see! Did you talk to him at all?


Yes, I talked to him for a bit.  He seems like a really funny guy!  Very nice and down to earth like the rest of the guys!
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Reply #28 - Apr 6th, 2006 at 12:44pm
 
BrewCity wrote on Apr 5th, 2006 at 4:41am:
Iris, what the hell does that video have to do with Dave Petratos? 

Barry Manilow, maybe I can see a connection...........


That actually was meant for the silly videos thread!
Ooops! must have had too many windows open and posted in the wrong thread!!  LOL
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Reply #29 - Apr 6th, 2006 at 12:45pm
 
solodka wrote on Apr 5th, 2006 at 8:59am:
pinkbubelz wrote on Apr 5th, 2006 at 4:15am:
Yes, that would be interesting to see! Did you talk to him at all?


Yes, I talked to him for a bit.  He seems like a really funny guy!  Very nice and down to earth like the rest of the guys!


Does he still play the drums at all? Maybe someone else at the show got a photo of him?
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Reply #30 - Apr 6th, 2006 at 10:19pm
 
If OIAM didn't then I don't think so!  The head count at the show was somewhere around 800!  That's a lot of people out by the pool!  I wish I would have known who he was!  Like I said, I passed him a few times.  I need to be a better Romantics fan!  Maybe I should be punished for the missed opportunity?! Wink
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Reply #31 - Apr 6th, 2006 at 10:34pm
 
800 people-- that sounds like fun! Smiley Although I'm not sure I'd even recognize him if I saw him in person...
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Reply #32 - Apr 7th, 2006 at 1:31am
 
He looks exactly like a cross between Barry Manilow and Rod Stewart!  Lots of hair! Smiley
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Reply #33 - Apr 9th, 2006 at 8:56am
 
Not that either are good to look at (IMHO), but hopefully, he looks more like Barry than like Rod (I can't stand Rod!)
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Reply #34 - Apr 9th, 2006 at 11:33am
 
Better than both and a lot younger!  But along those lines! Smiley
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