We love matching buyers with the right house, and helping owners through the process of selling their beloved homes.
We also have lives outside of the office (and our cars!). Each of us has passions we joyfully follow.
But only one of us is a rock star.
That's David Weber.
His drumming roots reach back from Boston to the San Francisco Bay Area. He started the band Copperhead in Marin County with the former leader of the famed Quicksilver Messenger Service, John Cipollina. When bass player Pete Sears left to tour with Rod Stewart, he was replaced by Bonnie Raitt’s bassist and David's oldest friend, Hutch Hutchinson.
Copperhead shared the stage with many great bands and musicians: Santana. Journey. B.B. King. Yes. Jefferson Airplane. Peter Frampton. Van Morrison. The Grateful Dead.
Hot Tuna. Frank Zappa. Steely Dan.
They played a New Year’s concert at Diamond Head crater for 250,000 people with Santana and Journey. I've got “lots of stories,” David says from his days hanging with the Grateful Dead and The Airplane.
Clive Davis signed Copperhead to a huge Columbia contract. “You’ll be America’s answer to the Rolling Stones,” the noted executive said. They recorded one album. Davis got fired in a payola scandal not long after signing them. The new regime dumped them. They’d sold 50,000 records already, but that was the beginning of the band’s end.
Then came Raven, with legendary piano player Nicky Hopkins (Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Jefferson Airplane).
David’s next group, SFO, was backed by the Nederlander Brothers. The band opened the initial tour for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. But “ego clashes doomed us,” David says.
He then spent two years as guitar legend Link Wray’s drummer. Link’s album was the first record David ever bought – in junior high school!
After years of touring, he decided to do something different. David built a recording studio in Hollywood where he wrote songs and produced acts. Bonnie Raitt’s musicians were his house band. Greg Allman, Sly Stone, Melissa Etheridge, Etta James, Little Feat, the Nevilles, Dennis Quaid, Little Richard, Freebo, Southside Johnny, Joe Walsh – all came through David’s studio.
Unfortunately (for him), someone invented the PC! Suddenly, musicians could record at home. The studio went kaput.
So, David went to Hawaii for a few years and became … a diving instructor. It was a lifelong dream, and he loved it.
But in 1994, he got an offer to build and manage a recording studio clear across the country — near Weston, Connecticut. The life-long musician couldn’t say no.
The job did not work out. But life did. He met his wife Deni, and her 6-year-old son Matt. Fast forward to today: Matt is about to become principal bassist with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.
Funny how things work out. David got his real estate license that next year – 1995 – and has been an all-star real estate agent ever since.
Yet he still finds time for his musical side. He’s been a driving force behind the Weston Historical Society’s current exhibit, “Life in the Sixties.” The exhibit is a fascinating look into the music scene that David loved and lived – with plenty of great concerts and panel discussions too.
So, what does David think of all this?
He quotes a line from one of the most famous bands he’s worked with: “What a long strange trip it’s been.”
(To learn more about David’s Weston Historical Society exhibit, click here.)
To contact him, or any other KMS Partner, click here)