From 1996 to 1998, the flashback column was a regular weekly feature in the East Coast Rocker written by Jersey Shore musician/songwriter/producer/columnist, Hal B. Selzer. The success of the flashback column can be attributed to Hal’s own illustrious musical career during which time he has played with many of New Jersey’s top acts including:

Crystal Ship, Adrian Dodz, Silent Witness, Tenfold, Sticky Fingers, Bobby Bandiera Band, DogVoices, Jarrett Dean/Talk Town, Luxx, Friction, Jimmy & The Parrots, Matt O’Ree, Lisa Bouchelle  and Gary U.S. Bonds.

Hal has also shared the same stage on numerous occasions as some of New Jersey’s most famous musicians including: Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.

More recently, Hal has also been performing as part of the stage band in the hugely successful Broadway musical, Rock Of Ages.

When he’s not performing, Hal’s journalistic skills can be found regularly in the following publications:

  • The Aquarian/East Coast Rocker
  • Jersey Style
  • UK Rock and Metal magazine “Powerplay”
  • Inside Connection

In addition to all of the above, Hal co-produced the outstanding 1999 release, The Spirit Of Asbury Park – Rockin’ The Jersey Shore, a compilation CD that features original material performed by some of New Jersey’s finest musicians. Other CDs featuring Hal’s production skills include: Dressed To Thrill a tribute to KISS and Stiff Competition, a tribute to Cheap Trick.

The following flashback collection is a fascinating insight into many of the bands whose undisputed talents have contributed to the legendary Jersey Shore Music scene. All of the articles contained in this anthology were originally published in The Aquarian/East Coast Rocker and have been transcribed with permission.

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