About Us

Davey Zee - Lead Vocals & Guitar

Davey Zee started his musical career in 1971 at the ripe old age of 9 by performing at his church "talent shoe"  for 200 plus parishioners in the Black Rock neighborhood where he grew up. In the 5th grade, he auditioned  for the All City Band. He was accepted and performed at venues such as Kleinhans Music Hall, McKinley and Riverside High Schools. He played first chair trumpet for 4 years at Riverside High School in Buffalo. In 1982 he hooked up with Mr. Twister himself, Chubby Checker, and toured the USA and abroad until 1986. After four years on the road, Davey returned to Buffalo to form the band Cheap Sneakers and performed all around WNY. Davey moved to the Atlantic coast area in 1988 to perform with a band he formed with his friends Scott McGowan and Buck Fogg. It was a three piece, three part harmony acoustic band that toured the New England circuit, packing houses along the way. In 1990, Davey moved out west to Glendale, AZ and performed with various acts in the west until he decided to move back to Buffalo. After another one year stint with Chubby Checker, Davey formed Davey Zee and the Renegades (AKA Renegade) along with his good friend, Buffalo's legendary Sam Gambino. In 2013, after a 23 year run in WNY, the members of Renegade decided to move forward with different projects. Davey met up with his current band members on the internet and decided immediately that it was the right move, hence Mid~Life~Crisis was born. Davey is 51 years old, married and has 4 grown children and 5 lovely grandchildren. His mom lives with him and his wife, and he also has three sisters and one brother who support him in every facet.


 
Tom Young - Lead Guitar and Vocals

Tom brings over 40 years experience to the band. He is known for his note-for-note playing style and ability to play within all genres. Tom played locally in the 70's opening up for such notables as Lou Gramm, then with Black Sheep. In the late 70's, he toured the United States with the national recording artist "Gabriel" Elvis & 50's show. He played throughout the 80's and 90's locally with keyboardists Joe Rozler & Rick McGirr of Party Squad. Tom also has various credits to his name, most recently for his camera work on the Fixx's latest DVD "In the Public Eye"

 
Dr. Jay Werder - Bass Guitar and Vocals

The "Doc of Rock" formerly with "Out Cold". He has 30 years in practice - 40 years in rock & roll! A rock solid bottom end that fills the room with power! Rock 'til you drop!


Bruce LaMantia - Drums

Bruce started honing his chops at age twelve in The Precision Drum and Bugle Corps.   He was classically trained by Master Percussionist, Eli Saks.   Played a five year stint with Dr. Blues at the historic Ontario House in Niagara Falls. Worked with many area bands , including Davey Zee and The Renegades, The Buzz, Old Skool and Souled Out.  Musical Theater Percussionist with Coop Productions at The Lancaster Opera  House and The Riviera Theatre.  His work can be heard on recordings with:  Frank Vigliotti of San Francisco, California.  Detroit Frank Dumont at the International Blues Competition in Memphis, Tennessee.  Duke Jethro of the B.B. King Band and Dave Maxwell of the James Cotton Blues Band.  Bruce works out on a vintage 1969 Ludwig kit with Zildjian cymbals and endorses Calato Regal Tip sticks.