“No Rest for the Wicked”: Popa Chubby at FTC!
Hard rock blues boy Popa Chubby talks Pitbulls, Madonna, and other summertime staples!
Since he started strumming on the New York punk scene, native New Yorker Ted Horowitz has never hesitated to make a name for himself. That name is “Popa Chubby,” to be exact. Born in the Bronx and raised on the sounds of the Ramones and the Sex Pistols, Popa Chubby has acquired an epic fan following with his unafraid attitude and a killer combination of blues and rock music to match. He has released over 20 original albums and revamps old favorites like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with his hard swinging style. We recently had the chance to chat with Popa Chubby, who will be back and bad at Fairfield Theatre Company this September - his only rule is that you don’t miss out!
Have you been to Fairfield, Connecticut yet, and if so, are there any stops your excited to make when you return in September
I’ve been to the area many times. But my life is a series of highways and hotels, man. I never really get to spend time in the lot of the places I visit on tour. Right now, I’m finishing up a new record that’ll probably be out in October or November. No rest for the wicked.
What stop on this tour has been your favorite thus far?
We were just in Europe, and we did a music festival in France. 50,000 people. That was a real rush, man. But every show is special.
What has been your funniest moment with a fan this summer?
We’ve got some real characters out there. That’s all I’ll say. Sometimes I get these older women, maybe like 40 or 50 years old. They just want to have sex with me, and they’ll try to climb up onstage and do it! Every once in awhile, there will be a dog in the audience. That always makes me happy. I have a dog. Timber the Pitbull. He’s sleeping on the deck right now. I’m a big Pitbull lover.
What is your favorite song to play on tour?
It varies. It’s always a different song, man. I get obsessed with songs. There’s always a song that I HAVE to play during my set. I have to play “Hey Joe!” or “Hallelujah.” I try to make everybody happy and at the same time, try to have a good time.
When and how did you learn to play guitar and what is your advice to those who want to learn?
If you want to learn how to play guitar, my advice is to get a guitar and start to play. There is so much stuff that’s available right now that wasn’t available when I started playing. You can go on Youtube now and look up thousands of ways to play one song. When I was a kid, you had to put a record on and play it over and over again in order to practice. That’s how I learned.
What was it like performing as a native New Yorker during the early punk scene?
Awesome. Music was being reset, and it was wide open. So it was great. The energy was really fresh.
The way you cover songs is legendary. What goes into the preparation when you make a song your own?
The preparation comes from the inspiration. There’s a reason why you decided to cover that song. It’s a matter of putting your own style on it.
If you could play alongside any artist or band, dead or alive, who would it be?
Madonna. Cause she’s a sexy old broad.
What is your favorite summertime snack?
Cucumbers in apple cider vinegar. It’s very cooling.
What is your favorite summer jam, either by a favorite artist or a Popa Chubby original?
I’d have to say, and it’s another song I listen to all the time: “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” by the Allman Brothers.
September 19, 2014
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT 06824