Rock and Roll Hall of Fame supporters have fond memories of Dr. Warren Zanes, the musician-turned-professor who served as the Rock Hall’s vice president of education from 2003-2007. He left Cleveland in 2007 to move to New Jersey not because he didn’t love us, but he says, “I had to choose between the Hall of Fame and keeping my family together.”
Zanes’ former friends and colleagues will have a chance to see him again — he says it’s been a few years since he’s been back — when the Del Fuegos’ mini-reunion tour stops at the Beachland Ballroom Friday. As a teenager, Zanes played guitar for the ’80s college-radio favorites fronted by his older brother Dan. Warren left in 1987 to go back to school to earn two master’s degrees and his doctorate; the band broke up after recording their final album, 1989’s Smoking in the Fields.
Last year, the Del Fuegos regrouped for two shows at the Paradise in their native Boston to benefit Right Turn, an organization founded by drummer Woody Giessmann, now an addiction counselor, to help creative people with drug and alcohol issues.
“Someone in my family was having some real problems,” says Zanes. “We called Woody and he got the family member into a program and really talked him through it. My mother was so happy to get this help. So when my mother called and said, will you do this for me, of course I said yes.”