He began his musical life as a drummer, studying the styles of everyone from Ringo Starr to Gene Krupa to Buddy Rich. (He was fortunate enough to have met both Gene & Buddy.) Pete played in every school band during his High School years and graced the stage as the musical lead in every production.
At the age of 18 he began playing and
performing professionally. He is an alumnus of The
American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and has performed in many stage and
television productions during his career.
Pete has also played and/or
with such bands as Gregory's Funhouse, Fling, Pleazer,
and many others.
Always a fan of The Beatles (and John Lennon in particular), Pete decided to learn guitar and threw
himself into learning the complete catalog of Beatles songs while honing
both his vocal and rhythm guitar skills with the dream of one day playing
in a Beatle Tribute Band. That dream became a reality when he formed
Love Me Do in 2008.
Jay learned piano at age 9, then self taught guitar around 10, drums at age 11, and then received his first left handed Hofner bass at the age of 14. He learned to play left handed guitar at 16 playing most of the catalog Beatles songs.
In 2012, he uploaded a video to audition for Staten Island's first "Beatles Blast," and decided to upload more as a one man tribute band. He also began performing both in and out of High School.
He continues to play other styles of music, musical instruments, and has worked on some original material today as a student at Wagner College.
Opportunity knocked when he applied to audition for "Love Me Do" and passed, becoming their first "Left Handed McCartney Character" at only 19 years old.
Peter Michaels Jr.
He received his first guitar (from a toy store) at age 5, but showed no real interest in learning to play. He just liked to strum it and pretend. However, as he got a bit older, and watched his Dad playing Beatles songs, he began learning chords and eventually leads.
He received a Squire Strat one Christmas, then a Fender acoustic. He played both guitars at Concerts while in Grammar School to great acclaim. He then received his Gretsch and most recently his Rickenbacker 360 12 String and Epiphone Casino.
He is a huge fan of George Harrison, and is quite an impressive lead guitarist and vocalist.
An Honors Student, Peter also plays bass, mandolin, keyboards, drums, harmonica, recorder, ukulele and violin. He also writes and records his own compositions.
As he grew up he taught himself to play drums. Some of his favorite drummers are- Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Neil Peart, Ian Paice, and Budgie (Siouxsie & The Banshees).
After high school, deciding not to play in cover bands, he went to NYC where he formed original bands with friends he met. Rob played in a few hardcore groups called Killer Instinct and XKI. He later played in a few Goth bands; Caledonia and Curse. He recorded CD's with these bands. Rob also played in a fundraiser band Project 19.
Rob met Pete while doing a similar Beatles project which never reached fruition. They decided to carry on with Love Me Do.