The drumming has stopped but the memories live on.
Friends and family gathered Jan. 13 for a celebration of life for Gary Robert Wright, drummer for various area rock bands including 12 Volt Sex, Black Camaro, the Fremonts and the Nines.
Wright died Jan. 7 after a private battle with lung cancer. He was 42.
The Jan. 13 gathering at Backstage Bar and Billiards featured tributes by friends and family in between performances by some of Wright’s former bandmates, including a reformed 12 Volt Sex with Killers’ drummer Ronnie Vannuci Jr. sitting in on drums.
“Last week, I got the worst text message I’d ever gotten in a long time.” Vannuci said. “Gary was such an influence on me, both as a musician and also as a person, so I was honored when the guys in 12 Volt asked if I wanted to play.”
12 Volt Sex singer Matt Gucu said of his late bandmate, “Gary was not only a drummer but also a teacher, in that he taught me to be a better person without even trying and to deliver the same performance whether you’re playing in front of 10,000 people in an arena or 10 people at the Double Down.”
12 Volt Sex short but enthusiastic set culminated the event, whose overall mood lived up to its title.
Brandy Provenzano, event organizer and Wright’s ex-wife, described the night as “an opportunity to gather together all of Gary’s immediate and extended family and pay tribute to someone who was one of a kind and will be missed by so many people but never forgotten.”
The event followed funeral services held at All Saints Episcopal Church.
Wright’s family has set up the Gary Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund benefitting students at his alma mater, Clark High School. Donations can be made to SBS Financial Services (Account #799161890), 10161 Park Run Suite 150 Lv, Nv. 89145 (702)835-6835. CL