About Thomas Howard Lichtenstein
Born in the 1960s in the back of a Cadillac. Parents were flower children age but not
flower children. More like nerd children.
Hung out with all the famous rock stars of the 70’s: Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, Jim
Morrison, The Who, Jackson Browne, etc.
Then he woke up and realized it was all a dream.
Wandered off to L.A. in the 80’s where he spent months on the beach in Santa
Monica contemplating his navel.
Attended a now defunct music school at the same time as Michael Jackson.
Got vocal coaching from the same coaches as Stevie Wonder, but that didn’t seem
to help. Took a few dance and acting classes and went to a few auditions where he
got so nervous he threw up. This did not help with the audition process.
Formed a band with fellow defunct school mates and started playing at biker bars
and yuppy bars around Los Angeles county.
Had a lot of beer spilled on him. Witnessed several interesting bar fights while trying
to play his Roland D-50 and Yamaha DX-7 keyboards and sing at the same time.
An agent offered the band a 3 month gig in Kyoto, Japan and promised they would
live in a “mansion” while they stayed in Japan. Went to Japan and discovered that
the local meaning of the word mansion is “tiny apartment”.
Cramped quarters led to personality clashes and band broke up with much acrimony
at the end of the 3 months. Had blown money on beer and snacks, so he returned to
Japan several times to learn karate and Japanese language. Huh?
Met Megumi in Osaka and was smitten.
Married in the U.S. in 1995 but went to Japan to have a wedding party. Never
returned to the US, but some part of him feels sad about that.
Started co-writing songs and singing for Konami games (DDR, DrumMania,
GuitarFreaks) and also as the announcer for the games. Favorite part is trying to
crack up the guys in the sound booth with weird voices and cultural references they
Continued playing piano and singing in hotel lounges every night for years and
years. Worst experience: Had to perform Billy Joel’s “Honesty” 5 times in one night.
Finally changed the arrangement to a 40’s swing version because he was sick of it. That was actually kinda cool...